Happy Tuesday! As the first “official” day of Summer is Friday, there’s no better time to discuss our summer running plans. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know that I’m no fan of summer. In fact, it’s my least favorite season by far. Every year I suck it up for 3 months and just pray that Fall comes quickly.
When I sat down to write this post I realized that I actually do not have any specific summer running plans, which is crazy! I normally have at least two race cations plans (usually RnR Chicago and RnR Philadelphia) but I’m not doing either of those races this year. Although I’m not currently signed up for any races, I will be doing my far share of running this summer.
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This summer…I’ll be Marathon Training
Next month kicks off the start of marathon training for the Chicago Marathon. I cannot believe I am doing this again. In 2017 I swore off Fall marathons because a bulk of the training takes place in the summer. If I didn’t want to go back to Chicago for redemption I would have been content just running for fun this summer but that’s not how things played out. I’ll be doing a few things differently this time:
– Shorter training cycle! Last time I trained for Chicago it was a 20 week program and that was too long for me.
– Earlier morning long runs! I will most likely start my long runs at either 5:30 or 6:00 a.m., depending on the amount of daylight.
– Virtual support group! Luckily Renee and Michelle are also training for Chicago and it will be nice to check in with them over the next few months for support.
This summer…I’ll be trying new running fuel
As a BibRave Pro I get to periodically try out products. This summer I’ll be testing out a few different varieties of the Science in Sport (SIS) energy gels during my long runs. I will admit that the consistency is very different than I’m used to, but I did like the flavor of the apple gel I used over the weekend. The gel didn’t give me any tummy issues either which is always a good thing!
This summer….I’ll participate in the Stamford City Challenge
The City Challenge Obstacle Race is coming to my city, so of course I had to sign up! I haven’t done an obstacle course race is a few years. The last one I did was a Spartan Race at Citi Field in Queens, NY. Although it’s not a road race, we will cover about 3 miles of obstacles. I’m sure it will be a challenge, but also a lot of fun too!
This summer…I’ll be enjoying Orange Theory Fitness classes
I had my first class last week and I’m already hooked! I hope that by going consistently (2x/week), I’ll see some improvement in my endurance and running. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I needed something new to mix things up.
Tell me: What are your summer running plans? Do you have any races scheduled?
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