Happy Belated National Running Day!

Last post for a while. I’m taking another big exam soon, so I’ll be in my zone for a bit ūüôā

Sorry for not writing about National Running Day¬†yesterday. I¬†don’t think it would have been¬†appropriate for me¬†to post about “National Running Day” on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. It would have felt way too trivial. Anyway, making up for it now.

I did an easy 2 miler yesterday, and today I did a 3.1 mile tempo run¬†in my Brooks PureFlow 2’s (review forthcoming). I had meant for it to be a 30 minute tempo run, but I miscalculated the distance and ended up back at my house at the 3.1 mark, so I called it a day:
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Oh, and if you’re wondering where I got my¬†Brooks PureFlow 2’s… I bought them at¬†DSW about a month ago just to try them out because they were only $40. Terrible idea for an Asics GT2100 series devotee, I know. Then I saw Hungry Runner Girl (one of my favorite bloggers)¬†post¬†about the same deal on her blog a few days ago, so I bought another pair in black hahah. I didn’t realize that it was that great of a deal! Oops.¬†They’re also available at 6pm.com for $45 and $50 depending on the colors, but the prices on that site fluctuate way too much. Not gonna lie, I’m probably going to get the white or purple pair(s)…

What’s your favorite running shoe? Do you ever stock up on running shoes when they’re being replaced by new models?/on sale?

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It feels like summer…

A¬†big congratulations to the sensational¬†Abbey D’Agostino who dominated Heps this past weekend, winning the 10k, 5k, AND 3k. Her story¬†and accomplishments are absolutely inspirational, and it’s so amazing to see an Ivy League student-athlete be so incredibly successful. I can’t wait to follow her professional career (New Balance, anyone?)

In the boring world of a recreational runner-musician, I went for an easy 3 miler this morning and was dripping in sweat by the end. It was a nice way to start the day, but I just can’t believe my body already thinks it’s too hot. Guess I’ll have to work on that because it’s barely 70 degrees! It’s supposed to hit 80 later today, I think.. yikes! Good thing I got the run out of the way.

My easy 3 miler, accompanied by Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto:
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I have some running goals for the summer:

  1. Increase my mileage to 20 miles/week and maybe 25-30/week by the end of the summer. Right now, I’m a 10-15-ish miles/week girl. I had a high of 27 miles one week while training for Broad Street, but the other weeks were in the high teens at most. I did the same thing last year for Broad Street, except I ran even less! I did a lot of elliptical/cycling though, so maybe that helped. But yeah, hoping to increase mileage to get stronger and run faster.
  2. Run a 25 minute 5k. I have three 5k’s lined up for this summer (maybe 4?): June 12, July 10, August 14. I ran 2 5k’s last summer, and I think the only “training” I did were maybe 1-2 mile runs around the neighborhood. Oops. Although, to¬†be fair, I was studying for the GRE’s, researching grad schools, and starting my first adult job :p¬†
  3. Run a sub-7 mile. I haven’t done this since 2011 when I used to get up at like 6am and run before¬†physics class. I doubt I was doing 20 mile weeks, but those days need to happen again.¬†
  4. More speed work and long runs.

Also, I got new shoes! They’re technically an old model (Brooks PureFlow 2), but I heard really great things about them, so I decided to give them a try. I took them on a short run on Friday when they arrived and then did another short run yesterday (I did my 3 miler today in my Brooks Adrenalines… didn’t want to put too much mileage in a more “minimal” shoe without building up to it).

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They are so light and feel great.¬†I’ll continue to do some updates on these as I put more miles in them. Here’s yesterday’s run around the neighborhood:

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Brief update: Korngold and Tchaikovsky

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’m currently tapering¬†because the Broad Street Run is next Sunday! As always, I am aiming to PR. My time in 2012 (first road race ever) was 1:30:13. My time in 2013 was 1:28:16. I definitely want to beat that. I’m going to try my best to run negative splits this year. Even though I’ve only done the race twice, both times I went out wayyy too fast. I think my first mile last year was sub-8… nice but totally not sustainable:

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I did a short and sweet tempo run yesterday:
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I was getting bored with my workout wardrobe, so I cut up an old t-shirt into a workout tank. It was super cute until I remembered why I don’t wear cotton while running. Lol.
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Top: Adidas sports bra and Penn Engineering t-shirt. Hahah. No, I am not an engineer, but I swear that everyone I know, no matter which school they were actually in at Penn, had an engineering school t-shirt. We all somehow have our ways of obtaining one… Bottom: Brooks Infiniti Short 2 (LOVE these new shorts. As a long time devotee of Nike tempo shorts, I can finally say that I have discovered its better, softer, more flattering cousin); Accessories: Garmin Forerunner 10, iPod shuffle, Fitbit One

I learned my wardrobe lesson yesterday, so I wore more functional¬†workout clothes today. Still a decent outfit though ūüôā My philosophy is to always look cute when working out because it motivates me. In fact, I found an article in the April issue of Vogue that echoes my sentiments, so it must be legit, right?
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Today’s running #OOTD
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Top: Lululemon “Stuff Your Bra” tank (gorgeous back, and the front is great because you can literally just stuff anything and everything in there. I have stuffed my phone, ID, Luna bars, etc. there. Amazing.); Bottom: Nike tempo; Accessories: Garmin Forerunner 10, iPod shuffle; Fitbit One

Run:
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Playlist:
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I heard the Korngold Violin Concerto for the first time after the Broad Street Run last year. I’ll be listening to it again later this week, and I have a pretty cool story about it, so get ready!

What do you like to wear when you workout?