I've hated running my entire life.
I dreaded suicides at the end of basketball practice during high school. And running laps during soccer practice was torture.
Yet here I am, in 2020 with a goal of running 2,020 miles (check out Run The Edge!).
Why would I commit to spending so much time doing something I don't enjoy?
Well, first off, I'm really terrible at it. My form is bad and my pace is slow (10 - 12min miles). Mentally, I get in my head all the time and I'm constantly battling that voice that's telling me to stop. So ideally, I would like to get better! And then maybe it will stop seeming like it's the worst thing in the world!
But most importantly, I discovered this thing called obstacle course racing in early 2018 and a big component of that is... running!
In 2018 I completed 8 spartan races - including the Carolinas Spartan Ultra (50K) and a 6 mile race in Iceland. In 2019 I completed around 35 obstacle course races - 25 spartan races, 5 savage races, 3 bonefrog races, FIT Challenge Ultra and OCRWC 24 Hour Enduro. Three of these races were considered ultras (50K) - the Tri-State NJ Spartan Ultra, Dallas Spartan Ultra and the FIT Challenge Ultra. I missed the mark at Enduro - I was severely underprepared for a 24 hour race in 2019. But I would love to try a 24hr OCR again one day, with proper training!
So here I am with this crazy goal of running 2,020 miles, hoping it will help me start to enjoy it more and become more competitive on the running side of OCR!
One of the biggest 2020 running changes for me - I'm starting to run commute. In fact, Thursday was my first day doing this. And let me tell you... it was THE WORST! But... in a good way. If that makes sense.
It's approximately 5.25 miles to get to the office from the apartment. Three of those miles are on sidewalks and the rest are on a running trail with some pretty awesome views of Tampa Bay. I bought an IAMRUNBOX commuter backpack to hold my computer and work clothes as I run and I have a quick-dry towel and toiletries at work so I can take a shower once I get in. I do think the commuter bag is great, it's just going to take a little time for me to get used to running with the added weight.
The best part about run commuting - it's an easy way to rack up around 10 miles and instead of time spent in the car driving to and from work, I'm using that time toward my daily workout. And for all of my eco-friendly readers, it's good for the environment :)
I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
While I'll be responsible for running the 2,020 miles this year, I will have some help from my favorite brands!!!
My absolute FAVORITE race nutrition for long races are Honey Stinger Energy chews! All of the flavors taste delicious and it really hits the spot - especially when you're a few hours into a race! I also like the Honey Stinger waffles and energy gels! Can't go wrong with anything from Honey Stinger!
Hammer Nutrition is my go to for daily supplements! Tissue Rejuvenator was my savior last year when it came to my knee pain. I haven't had any knee pain since I started taking tissue rejuvenator regularly. I also enjoy the Mango fizz to help replenish electrolytes after tough workouts!
Using 326581 will get you 15% off your first order!
I've never really been a bath person, but after a long run on the weekend, using Coach Soak's muscle recovery bath soak is HEAVENLY! If you don't soak after tough workouts, I'd recommend trying it!
Can't wait to share more along my journey toward 2,020 miles this year - including updates on run commuting, training and races!
Next up is the Disney Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon) next week! Will share more after!
Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are my own opinions and not representative of my employer or the brands I am affiliated with. I was not paid to post any of this content.
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