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:

http://runningonhealthy.com/

http://shesgoingthedistance.com/

https://boringbroadruns.wordpress.com/

http://www.themilereport.com/

http://bayrunnerjamie.com/

https://runawaywithkristenk.wordpress.com/

http://pipersrun.com/

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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.

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

2.

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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.

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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!

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4. Trails!

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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!

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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.