Running favorites

The lovely Charissa at Charissa Running tagged me to answer a couple of questions about my running favorites. So here goes…..

1) Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?

Hmmm…….it has to trails. No cars. No traffic lights. Beautiful views and no pressure to do anything but enjoy being outside. My two favorite runs last year were both on trails: at Dead Horse State Park and in Great Basin National Park. The only downside is my overactive imagination and irrational fear of coming across a rattlesnake.

2) Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?

Morning. No question. I find it hard to get motivated to do anything after work. All I want to do is eat and hang out in my pjs. I used to think my husband was crazy for getting up at 6 AM to go running, but now I’m on board with the crazy o’clocks. Just don’t talk to me before I’ve had a chance to shower/eat breakfast.

3) Weather: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?

Mild. Hello, Irish person here. We do not do well in extreme conditions. My perfect running temps are 50s and overcast. But I can’t lie sometimes I just want to run in the sunshine but that gets pretty old once the sweat gets in my eyes (it stings!).

4) Fuel: Before, After, and sometimes during?

If I’m running less than 10 miles I don’t eat anything beforehand. My stomach just can’t handle that.  This is also my limit for bringing a gel with me. If its 14+ I will try to eat something beforehand – usually a Nature Valley granola bar or toast with cookie butter. Last summer I was bringing Nuun with me for runs but I realized they were not great for my stomach so now I just bring water. And afterwards – chocolate milk!

5) Accessories: Music, Watch & More?

Watch. Hat (always – see being Irish). Road ID. And water bottle.

6) Rewards: Food, Wine, or …?

Food. Food. Food. My ideal is a giant brunch cooked my someone else – and preferably of the egg variety: Benedict, breakfast burrito, scramble. And always avocados.

7) Type of run: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or recovery/easy?

For my marathon training cycle my favorite type of run was my midweek tempos. They were the runs were I was nervous before leaving the house and worried that I wouldn’t make my paces. But they were also the ones were I felt strong – almost invincible. If I could run 9 miles at 7.45 min pace before breakfast then there was nothing that I couldn’t do that day.

Bonus: Running photos from Saturday’s half marathon. They actually look pretty good (surprisingly).

Mile 5. And I've finally learned to spot photographers!

Mile 5. And I’ve finally learned to spot photographers!

I think this is at the finish. And I feel that this photo doesn't adequately convey how much hurt I was feeling at the time.

I think this is at the finish. And I feel that this photo doesn’t adequately convey how much hurt I was feeling at the time.

And now I get to tag 7 other bloggers. Apologies if you’ve already done it or been tagged by a bajillion other people:

Friday Faves

This is a race-free weekend for me – just a race-pace 6 miler and then a Sunday (long) runday. No major plans except to relax and visit the Utah Arts Festival.

But this week has been full of good workouts and good eats.



This has made it’s way back into my life.



Frittata – yes please. I love eggs! This one had chard (from our CSA), mushrooms, red onion and bacon. I would definitely recommend the addition of bacon. And loving cooking with cast iron.



3 ingredient cookies – banana + oatmeal + chocolate chips. I haven’t quite figured out baking at altitude (we’re at 4000 ft) but these are foolproof. They are best served with this. Amazing!


4. Trails!


Trail race last weekend (and next one on July 12th) plus a midweek trail run (4.36 miles at 9.39 min/mile pace and 500 ft elevation gain). And no rattlesnake sightings.

5. Yogi Yoga!


This was the first week back on my mat in forever (well 6ish weeks). And my glutes are a little tender – thanks hip openers. It hurts so good.