Happy Friday! How has your week been so far? As with every week, Friday Thrive rounds up some of my favorite articles, workouts, and more from the week – and here are my favorites from this week.
A couple weekends ago, Molly Huddle broke the America record for a women’s half marathon, beating Deena Kastor’s 12-year-old record – and, in her own words, “blew up” in the process. Huddle did not make the common mistake of starting out too fast and falling apart in the second half of the race – but she did make a calculates risk and ran the final 5K at 10 seconds per mile slower than the rest of the race (5:05 down to 5:15 – and think about those paces for a minute).
I will never tell someone to start out a race too faster or run a faster time than their training indicates (nor is that what Huddle did). But this article makes me wonder if at times in the past (like my half marathon in early 2017), if I raced too conservatively through the middle miles.
There are no magic workouts. The most effective workouts sometimes can be the least glamorous, but they improve your running because they require you to concentrate and work hard. My latest workout on Runkeeper’s blog is a long interval workout – 8-minute repeats – to build both speed and endurance in one hard but effective workout.
I guest posted over on Meredith’s blog this week, discussing what female runners should know about how their cycle can affect running. It’s a fascinating topic, so I encourage you to hop over to The Cookie Chrunicles and read!
StrideBox has a huge sale on their StrideBox Elite website, featuring name brands such as Saucony and Nike. Use the code StrideBox50 for 50% off your orders. This is an awesome discount! I purchased these Saucony Scoot shorts for a great price.
It may be a runner cliche, but I love peanut butter. I think the cold weather makes me crave fat more, because all I want after a run is a big spoonful of peanut butter on a bowl of oatmeal… and that’s after having some peanut butter on my pre-run banana. (Here’s the recipe for how I make my own peanut butter – if you even want to call throwing peanuts and salt into a food processor a recipe.)
Do you race conservatively or aggressively?
What foods do you crave when it’s cold outside?