This Week in Running – When a PR isn’t JUST a PR…

What day is it? Oh, it's Sunday. That's right. I'm glad technology is tracking that sort of stuff, cause we're losing most of our reasons to care about such things. I did go to church on YouTube this morning, so we're adapting where we can to the current situation. One other way that we've had to adapt as runners is by coming to the realization that we aren't racing anymore for a while. I had big plans for Shamrock, but of course plans are changing. I decided to do the Dolphin Challenge virtually cause I DEFINITELY want to wear those awesome race shirts and I felt like I better earn them. ­čÖé


This Week in Canceled Races – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Life Goes On…

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Telling the world your goals… Yay or Nay?

I think setting goals is a big part of being a runner. Sometimes the goal is to not have a goal, but even that's a goal! Putting your self out there and telling people about them is something that not everyone wants to do. The accountability of letting others know what you're going for can be a useful tool in training right and giving your best, but it can also add to the pressure to create stress and anxiety that you otherwise may not have had to deal with. What do you think? Keep the goals to yourself or share them with others?

The Shamrock Dolphin Challenge – Challenge…Accepted.

Hey there! It's Friday afternoon and I'm watching a movie with my family while also doing a little blogging. ­čÖé I'm in the middle of marathon training week 2 and feeling a little dead legged. I have a 14 miler tomorrow, so I don't see that feeling getting any better. Coach Brooke says it's good for me, so I'll suck it up, Buttercup. Some of my best races have been in the middle of marathon training, so lucky for me I was given the chance to sign up and be a part of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon weekend in Virginia Beach! I'll be running both the TowneBank Shamrock 8k AND the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, aka The Dolphin Challenge. The plan is to use the 8k for a casual stroll on Saturday and then break 1:30 on Sunday. That would be a PR.

Looking Ahead – 2020 Vision

Happy New Year! NYE was a low key effect at the Birnschein house. Jen, Kayli and I did made it to midnight. We realize that we are getting out of touch by all of the performers and people that we didn't know. Fun... I'm spending this morning getting my thoughts out here while drinking a strong cup o' Joe. There's a 5k race at 10:30 this morning that I'm not particularly excited about, but we'll get it done. The race directors tried something new with this one that I don't love all that much with the age groups. In an effort to have an equal amount of competitors in each group, the groups are rearranged and out came a 20-41 age group. What??? I'm 41, so I guess I'll have a tough go in trying to place today haha.

Shamrock Half Marathon Race Recap – Catch Meb, or Blow up Trying

I'm back from a long weekend that involved not quite 2 hours of running, but involved over 7 hours of driving. Needless to say, I'm in need of a rest day. That was a lot of driving in a 24 hour period, but it's not all the time that I get an opportunity to run a race that I'd heard SO many great things about. It helped even more that some friends of mine were going to be there and so graciously allowed me to crash on their extra hotel room bed (you're the BEST, Clark and Abby). I'd heard many great things about Shamrock and the legends are real. It's really not just the race though, it's the whole kitten kaboodle. There's an 8k on Saturday, which I unfortunately could not attend and of course they have an after party for that. Sunday is for the half/full marathons, which both start at the same time and the same place. I like that.

This Week in Running – I Wanna (Sham)Rock!!!

It's just another Manic Monday, but we've just about made it through. Daylight savings time can be a real beast. My kids are so confused! Charlie keeps seeing how much light there is outside and getting SO disappointed when it's time to get ready for bed. Poor guy. I hit 28.9 miles last week, which is the most since December. I guess I'm ramping up. I finished the week with back to back to back 6 mile runs! I really love a 6 mile run and I think I could do one everyday for the rest of my life.