Each week’s Friday Thrive rounds up 5 things from the week worth sharing. And let me just tell you, I am so glad that it’s finally Friday! Or maybe I’m just ecstatic because we finally saw some blue skies and sunshine for the first time in days. Either way, Happy Friday!
“5 Things Most Marathoners Shouldn’t Worry About” from Outside. This article sums up my approach to marathon training so much, which honestly makes me feel better about my adaptive approach to that beast of a race. I don’t like to make the marathon overly complicated because the distance is already challenging enough as it is.
My favorite quote in the article was from Mario Fraioli: “You don’t want to chase [mileage] numbers for numbers’ sake. You want to prioritize the training elements that will yield the biggest returns for you, based on how much time you have available.”
There is so much wisdom in those two sentences. Social media presents an image of marathon training as miles, miles, and more miles. Endurance is essential, but so are rest, recovery, tempo runs, and not devoting every waking second to running. I averaged 45-50 miles per week in marathon training for CIM; if I had succumbed to the pressure of social media, I might have been tempted to aim for 60-70, but balancing the priorities paid off with a BQ and a strong, enjoyable race.
Back in February, we had some delicious tacos at Deschutes Public House in Bend that featured pickled onions. I had been wanting to try pickling at some point, but those tacos inspired me to start now.
This week I made pickled red onions using this recipe for quick pickled veggies from Cookie and Kate. I’ve been putting them on salads and sandwiches all week because they are mouth-wateringly delicious. And, despite what I originally thought, pickled onions were quick and easy to make.
I’ve spent the past couple months working on an exciting project with Runkeeper: weekly workouts! Each week, you can find a new workout on Runkeeper’s blog.
The first weekly workouts is a personal favorite of mine: a progression run. The out-and-back progression run is a simple yet effective workout. This run teaches you how to pace yourself and run fast when tired – and those two skills are immensely valuable for improving as a runner, no matter what level you are at. You can run it based on time or distance.
Guinness, of course! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This Guinness is from the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar in Dublin (from my trip there in 2010, hence the old camera phone quality!). I adore that shamrock they did on the head when serving the beer! From seven stories high, can see a 360-degree panoramic view of the beautiful city while sipping on a pint. Hint, hint, Ryan (because I know you’re reading): we need to go to Dublin some day. Soon.
We all know how important sleep is for recovery, and Ollie is already taking that advice to heart. Now that Ollie is more trained and adapted to running twice per week, I decided to take him running with me this week. We ran 6 miles in the rain together on Wednesday and afterward Ollie napped for three hours straight. This dog never naps unless he’s gone for a run. Not only was his napping ridiculously cute and a welcome respite from his standard hyperactivity, it served as a reminder to take some time to rest and recover after a hard effort.
What are your plans this weekend?
What are you reading, eating, or drinking this week?