Go, Erin, go!

Working mom, wife, food-lover, ultra-runner(?). This is my life.

“Reading” while running March 30, 2014

Filed under: running,ultra running — Erin @ 7:43 pm

Today I gave listening to a book while running my long run today (5 miles). A few of my book club buddies swear by it and I was finishing up The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, so I thought this was a good time to test it out. I think it really did help! Listening to the story distracted me from my miles and if anything, I was afraid my run would end before the book ended. While I did enjoy it, I won’t do it all the time. I like my rock music (and occasional bad pop and good rap/hip hop) to get me pumped and to keep me going.

All in all, it was a good run. I ran a solid 11:00 minute mile and while it isn’t super fast, today was about distance, not pace. So, I’m happy.

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Crescent Moon March 28, 2014

Filed under: running,ultra running — Erin @ 4:59 am

This morning my alarm went off at 5:30 and I let out a groan. When I lived in Chicago, 5:30 didn’t seem so early. Granted, when I lived in Chicago, I didn’t have two kids. And I was usually in bed by 9:00. These days, 5:30 seems so early! I was tempted to hit snooze, get some more sleep, and get my run in at lunch. But, deep down, I felt a nagging and knew I should get up. I checked the weather and saw it was 46 degrees out, not so bad! So I got out of bed, got dressed, and headed out the door. I only had to do a 30 minute run and I covered 2.75 miles. I’m never going to be fast, but I can go far.

About midway through my run, I was rewarded for getting out of bed and running in the dark. There was an amazing, orange crescent moon in the sky! It was gorgeous and took my breath away. This isn’t the only run on which I have been rewarded with an amazing moon. I have to remember that moon and other moons I’ve seen on my early morning runs when I want to hit snooze.

 

On my way to an ultra March 23, 2014

Filed under: ultra running — Erin @ 2:34 pm

This past October (2013) is did the Ragnar Relay in DC and had an awesome time! I was part of a 12-woman team and loved every minute of it. I am going to do Ragnar again, but this time I will be on an ultra team; a team of six women. I am at the beginning of my training, but I am confident I can be ready. Part of my motivation is that I have five teammates that are counting on me!

I did a 4-mile long run today in the rain. It was chilly, but felt good. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, so bear with me as I get back into my groove.