Dear Running Shoes: 5/8

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Dear Running Shoes,

We successfully made it through my 23rd Birthday Week! We ran 12 miles this past Saturday with some running buddies – thank you!!! My body is definitely not used to sunlight and heat, but I can tell I am getting stronger with each long run. It was a 9:18 pace, which felt easy so I am HAPPY! This week was a light week after that, with two 2-hour runs coming up before the Run for the Dream half. We are getting faster and stronger with my pace. It must be the speed interval training on Wednesday track nights. We had our first ‘full’ week at the new part-time gig: Metro Run & Walk in Springfield. It is so fun to be paid for helping and talking with people about running and how it can benefit their life. We had an extremely important interview, for a position I WOULD LOVE to have. It is a dream job, and I am constantly nervous on waiting to hear back.

We are almost less than a week away from Race for Linmarie 5k – holy what?! Yes, we are working our butts off to pull off this amazing and fun event in Woodbridge. We have almost 250 runners registered and we couldn’t be more happy with that turnout.

It’s been a very busy time, but I am focused on living my dream. I want to help people, with whatever situation they are going through. I’m hoping all my work will pay off sometime soon. Thank you for all of your support!

To my running shoes – thank you for supporting me and dealing with the craziness of my life!

Love,

Kelly

Fitness Trends v. Back To Basics

I found a fitness trends post on the BHG 360 blog, which talks about the top fitness trends of 2015 and safety. Some physical therapists weighed in on the post, and I found a lot of the points interesting. If you’d like to read a little more about the latest fads, check out this post, or to read more on BHG and what they do, visit their website here. This post is just for expressing my views on fitness trends within the running world.

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Dear Running Shoes: 5/1

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Dear Running Shoes,

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK! On May 5 (my birthday), we will be partying, dancing, and running our way out of my last day at my full-time job.  That’s right.  I put in my two weeks, with my last day being on my birthday.  What a better way to celebrate my 23rd birthday?!

Back to this week – we ran 25 miles so far.  Our work outs included the GW Parkway 10 Miler (recap here), 3x 1 mile intervals, 50 minute tempo run, and 3 mile runs with strength training.  This weekend we have a 5 miler and 1:45 hour run.  Better yet, my college roommate will be in town to run with us! :)

We started our new part-time job at the Metro Run & Walk running store in Springfield, VA.  I will be working on their race planning, newsletters, website, and social media. I will be trained to fit shoes and customer service during the summer.  I cannot wait to start this journey.

Now to go back to my last day at my job. I am taking a leap of faith. I have a dream of making a difference through running and my full-time job wasn’t a very satisfying position for me. With this running store part-time job and interview for nonprofits in the area, hopefully I will start to live my dream.

GUESS WHAT!??! #RunAllDay tanks are in!

imageMany thanks to Pavement Runner for donating his shirts! If you ordered a bundle (More Miles and Run All Day shirt), they have been shipped.  Thank you for your patience and support.  We have donated $150 to Race for Linmarie so far and still have more shirts in stock.  Head to miles2grow.com to order!

Love,

Kelly

The picture above shows the start and finish line for the local Woodbridge 5k – Race for Linmarie.  We are up to 200 runners! If you’re in the area, come join us on May 16 to celebrate and honor all cancer fighters.  www.LinmarieSTRONG.com/race-for-linmarie

RRCA Coaching Certification Course Review

About 4 months ago, I registered for the Vienna, VA RRCA course for April 11-12.  The only northern VA one before that was during the Dopey Challenge, so Vienna it was!  I thought it was going to be much more of a hassle to go from Woodbridge to Vienna and back but it was super easy.  The conclusion: I loved the course.  For the rest, I’m keeping it short!

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Dear Running Shoes: 4/24

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Dear Running Shoes,

This week we were EXTREMELY jealous and motivated from the Boston Marathon.  Due to traveling, we ran 17 miles, which is less than I wanted.  It included a great speed interval workout on Wednesday.  I am starting to love living near a track so it’s a short and sweet work out.  We ran a calming, no music or Garmin 30 minute jog that put life into perspective.  We are upping our mileage and intensity for the Run for the Dream 1/2 coming up at the end of May.  This weekend, we are running the GW Parkway 10 Miler that starts at Mt. Vernon and ends in Old Town Alexandria (one of my favorite places in northern VA)! We cannot wait to run this.  Our goal is 1:30!  Time to pound the pavement, and hopefully get faster.

Love,

Kelly