Its time to update you all on my running! I know I have been MIA in blogging, but be sure to follow me on social media, which is where I’ve been hanging out lately due to being so busy. Another reason had to do with my sporadic running this winter. I turned into a big baby this winter and had trouble finding the motivation to get out there in the freezing cold. Northerners understand–it was a COLD winter! But I decided to use the cold and winter to take a much needed decrease in running to focus on crosstraining and strength training.
I didn’t totally stop running, I just significantly reduced my mileage. And honestly, it was very helpful and I think everyone should do it every so often. I love signing up for races but it was nice not to have anything on the schedule for a while; anytime I ran there was no distance or time goal–it was running just for the sake of it. And it helped me to remember why I love running and got me motivated for the spring/summer!
But now that I’m back to running normally again, I am thinking about the race schedule for the year. I decided not to enter the NYC Marathon lottery this year, but instead to focus on the NYRR 9+1 this year to get guaranteed entry into the 2016 NYC Marathon. I do want to run it again, but I feel that the 9+1 is the best way for a local runner to get in. So as a result, I decided to instead enter the lottery for the 2015 Chicago Marathon! We don’t find out until the end of April whether we get in or not, but I’m crossing my fingers! It will be fun to run in a new city, so here’s hoping:)
So since I’m doing the 9+1 this year, I have alot of NYRR races to run. Here’s what the schedule is looking like so far..
April: NYRR Scotland Run 10K
April: NYRR Run for the Parks 4m
April: NYRR Run as One 4m
May: NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon
May: NYRR UAE Healthy Kidney 10k
October (tentative): Chicago Marathon
Looking forward to a year of running, and some warmer temperatures to train in
I also wanted to share with you a bit of fun new from Under Armour. Early this year, they launched the next version of their Speedform shoe–the Speedform Gemini running shoe! If you remember, I had the chance to try on what I called “rocket shoes”, which were the first version of the shoe called the Speedform Apollo. The Apollo’s are super lightweight and I run in them often for short training runs–they are so comfortable without all the bulk!
So in expanding the Speedform line, Under Armour launched the Speedform gemini this year. This version is built for the athlete who needs extra cushion when taking on longer distances in training, races, or for those who log in the extra miles to reach their fitness goals. Its still lightweight, but with a little more cushion for a longer run. They also come in some awesome colors–bonus!
Here are some specs about the new shoe!
-Light, flexible, two-tone mesh upper
-Seamless heel cup with foam collar offers a locked-in, anatomical fit
-Smooth, ultrasonic welded seams for next-to-skin comfort & durability
-Charged Foam midsole: cushioned AND responsive.
-Anatomical outsole for natural fit and performance.
Super cute, right?! Check them out, they are available now!
What are your favorite lightweight running shoes?
What races are you planning to run this year?