Five Things Friday

1) Run Less, Run Faster


During the Mitten Challenge last weekend a friend told me about a few things he had been doing during training and has seen tremendous results.  I’m up for trying anything once so I rushed over to Amazon and purchased this book Run Less, Run Faster.  The training concept is centered on the idea that to often runners focus on the quantity of training miles as opposed to the quality of training miles.  The training plan is centered around 3 runs per week; a track speed workout run, a tempo run, and a long run.  Each training day has specific time goals that should be met.  The plan is balanced with 2-3 of high cardio workouts on non running days.  Suggested activities are cycling, swimming, and rowing.  I plan on reviewing more about the program as I get into it, but I figured I’d jump in for the next 5 weeks as I get ready for my next marathon.


2) Hatfield McCoy Marathon



Speaking of my next marathon.  Wrapping up the Mitten Challenge I felt a sense of relief knowing that I wasn’t registered for another marathon until next January in Disney World.  Then I listened to a few friends planning their next weekend escape to West Virginia in June to run the Hatfield McCoy Marathon.  As you could imagine it took very little arm twisting to get me to cave in to the peer pressure.  On June 14 I’ll be running my 14th marathon in my 14th state!

3) Juicing


During the Mitten Challenge I met a friend who talked extensively about juice fasting.  One day a week he takes in nothing but juice and water.  He eliminates food intake for a day as a means of helping to replenish vitamins and nutrients lost in the body.  He claims that it has helped improve his overall performance on the road and has provided more energy throughout the week for him.  I’ll try anything once, so I’ve been giving it a shot for the last 2 weeks.  Wednesdays have been no food all juice, mixing a variety of vegetables and a handful of fruits to counter some of the tastes and nutrients.  I’ll be posting more extensively on my juicing experiences as time goes on.


4) St. Jude Fundraising Update



The current fundraising total for the month of may is quite a bit lower than I would like it to be.  Remember that it only takes a $10 donation to be eligible for a chance at a $100 Amazon gift card.  Your donations make a real difference in the lives of the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  You can make a difference by donating at this link. do good stuff.


5) More Mitten Challenge Pictures

Here are just a few of my favorite shots from the Mitten Challenge that didn’t make it into earlier posts. Be sure to check out my recaps of the Wisconsin Marathon & the Kalamazoo Marathon.