Happy Friday! Each week, Friday Thrive rounds up interesting reads and some of my favorite things from the week. Here’s this week’s edition!
The Secret to a PR? Don’t Try to Prove Yourself in Training
Some runners can bust out incredible workout after incredible workout, yet struggle to run their goal pace on race day. Steve Magness, the author of the blog The Science of Running, discusses how a desire to prove oneself in training – often borne out of insecurity about achieving a goal – can cause one to miss race goals. Why? According to Magness, it’s a combination of mental and physical factors: you left your race in your training physically and left yourself emotionally drained to push hard on race day. Instead, save something in each workout, trust your training, and wait until race day to prove your fitness – which is easier said than done.
Huddle and Hasay Prepare for a Boston Marathon Showdown
Jordan Hasay is one of the best new marathoners in America – her finish at Boston 2017 was the fastest marathon debut by an American woman and she earned a spot in the top five fastest American female marathoners at Chicago the same year. Hasay and Molly Huddle are both racing Boston in a few weeks and have raced against each other twice in the weeks leading up, including at last weekend’s USATF 15K Championships. This Runner’s World article summarizes the tune-up races: Huddle won the race, beating Hasay’s second-place finish by 50 seconds. Huddle also beat Hasay in the Houston Half Marathon, with record-breaking 1:07:25.
Given these tune-ups races, it will be interesting to see how Huddle and Hasay place – especially since Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, and Sara Hall are also racing. Who else is hoping that American women totally dominate Boston this year, just like the USA Women’s Nordic team did at the Olympics?
Pre-Race Rituals Calm Nerves
We all have pre-race rituals and superstitions; I always drink Dunkin Donuts original blend coffee before a race (yes, even packing it in my suitcase for CIM) and have worn the same tank top in multiple races. Allie Burdick examines why we runners have such quirky pre-race habits in the article “The Scientific Reason We Create Race Day Rituals” for Women’s Running. The reason? Rituals like drinking the same cup of coffee give us a sense of control and calm our anxieties – and a calm runner races better than a nervous runner.
Strength Training Really Does Make You Faster
If you want to get faster, you need to increase your mileage, include speed workouts – and hit the weight room. Alex Hutchinson examines in-depth the benefits of strength training for runners in his Sweat Science article, “How Strength Training Makes You Faster.”
And no, strength training will not make you bulk up. According to Hutchinson, runners showed no difference in size or muscle mass after 14 weeks of weight training, due to the way endurance training affects your muscle composition.
When you are married to an engineer who happens to love pie, Pi Day is celebrated every March. Baking pie is not my forte, but this blueberry pie recipe from Kitchn (I used my go-to all-butter crust from Smitten Kitchen) turned out beautifully – especially after the pie had about 16 hours to rest. I keep sneaking bites of the filling because it’s so good (and filling is the best part of pie).
What pre-race rituals do you have?
Do you like pie? What’s your favorite type of pie?
Have you left your race in your training before?