Team NutriBullet – The Final Stretch!

With three weeks left until the Asics LA Marathon, I’m literally in the final stretch of my training with Team NutriBullet!  If you missed my previous posts and am unfamiliar with Team NutriBullet, you can read about my training here and here!

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Team NutriBullet!

This Saturday morning was Team Nutribullet’s final long run before the LA Marathon.  We ran from Joes gym to Marina Del Rey and back one of our rare long runs that did not include a tribal run or loops around a park.  It served as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the LA Marathon.  We were all wearing our Team NutriBullet gear, we stayed in our groups and ran our paces.  I had the honor of “leading” the 8 minute pace group!  I say “leading” because at this point in our training we are pretty much a well oiled machine!  We stayed together and hit our target pace for most of the run, though some nagging pains forced a couple of runners to fall back a bit.

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All Smiles Halfway Through 20 Miles

I had the honor and pleasure of running with 2 sub-elite athletes and members of the Los Angeles Speed Project (LASP) Crispin Lazarit and Cynthia V Zarate, who were both original Team NutriBullet Members!  For our groups final 20 miler this was a great opportunity to pick their brains and get some great marathon advice from 2 runners who have both qualified for Boston many times.  For me, personally, it was a huge boost of motivation to run with them and I just felt the positive energy and good vibes!  As happy as we all were to run with them, they were both very gracious in joining our group and running those miles with us!

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This 20 miler was the culmination of a training program that started in December and will bring us all to the starting line of the LA Marathon as stronger, healthier runners!  As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about Team NutriBullet, we have lots of expertise at our disposal, from dietitians and nutritionists, to strength and fitness trainers to running coaches.  All of this, to impart wisdom to all of our teams runners, to help us all to be more balanced as athletes.  In short, all of these areas are important, proper diet, strength and core training, and running form all make for a much more successful running experience when applied!

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8 Min Group w/ Coach John LaPointe

When I was asked to be a member of Team NutriBullet, I was also asked to be a pace group leader, which was a great honor for me, and not an opportunity I took lightly!  I was asked to pace the 8 minute group, which was a bit nerve racking in the beginning since I didn’t know how many runners would actually be in my group!  For the first 2 group runs there really wasn’t a set established 8 minute group, but slowly the group came together!  Looking at what it is now, all of the runners are exactly where they need to be! Being able to keep a conversational at a specific pace is one tell tale sign that its the right pace for a long run!  As much fun as I’ve had pacing the 8 minute group throughout this training program I have been willing to do what has been asked of me!  Some weeks this meant running as a “tribe” during the first few miles of our long run!  This “tribal run” helped to unite the group and give runners in different pace groups, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to run together or strike up a conversation to do just that!

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Tribal Run

I have also had the pleasure of leading the 10 minute pace group for 2 weeks due to necessity by the group.  I’ll be honest, in a small way I dreaded my first run with the 10 minute group because I thought it would be much too slow for me, but something happened, I settled in and enjoyed it!  Actually, I enjoyed it a whole lot!!  So much so, that when I was asked to pace the 10 minute group again the next week I was happy to take the task!  I have learned that every pace group brings their own energy!  Their own goals, and their own experiences!  When I went back to running with the 8 minute group it was bitter sweet!  I was thrilled to re-join my 8 minute group, but sad to leave the 10 minute runners as well!  I almost wished both groups would run at a happy medium pace, but that wasn’t realistic for anyone involved!

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10 Min Pace Group

So what’s next?  It’s time to taper and rest up for the LA Marathon!  We still have a few group runs left before March 9th, but the core of our training is complete!  I am extremely proud of everyone who has trained with our group, and am hopeful that everyone will reach their goals!  Whether its a first marathon, a PR attempt or a BQ attempt I believe everyone is now in a better position to achieve what they are set out for!  For those runners dealing with nagging injuries, now is the time to heal up and get healthy for race day!  I am thrilled to share my LA Marathon experience with this group, and when I wear that Team NutriBullet logo on my chest and back I will be representing the entire group proudly!

There are so many great people in Team Nutribullet so in my next point I will try to share about some of these amazing individuals!

Happy Running!

~Eddie

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How can I enjoy running?

One of the questions I get the most from friends, family and new/beginner runners is: “How can I actually enjoy running?”. Many people recognize the health and fitness benefits of running, but I’ve also noticed many of those same people automatically think of the bad.  “Oh this is gonna suck”, “Running is boring”, “I can’t wait for it to be over”.

When people read one of my running posts, see me coming back from a run, or hear me talking about running I often get asked, “do you actually enjoy running?  Is it fun for you?” and the comment “I would run more if I actually enjoyed it”.

Here are 7 tips to start enjoying running!

  1. Go at your own pace – Really, its just that simple.  You can decide how far, how fast, or how slow you want to run.  Alternate running, walking, and jogging if running the full distance at once is too intimidating!  The great thing about this approach is that you can set your own personal goals without letting someone dictate them for you.  Even if your walk break is shorter than your previous run, its a victory!
  2. Run with groups and friends – Running on your own can get dull, get a friend involved and tackle it together!  This can give you a training partner you can trust and creates another common interest for conversation.  Maybe your friends are flakes, fortunately there are many running groups out there that train at a conversational pace.  Visit a local specialty running store, chances are they have a weekly group run!  Even if they don’t, they can point you in the right direction!  Running with others can be a great motivational boost and make those miles fly by!
  3. Find a fun / scenic place to run – Maybe running laps around your block is not appealing to you, find a more interesting location! Does your local area have a scenic trail, a beach w/ a bike path, maybe a high school or college track is more appealing?  Websites like http://www.mapmyrun.com can help you find the most popular running routes in your area to keep things fresh and fun!
  4. Switch it up – Now that you have found new routes, try switching up the type of runs!  Short quick runs, longer slow runs, hills, interval runs, track workouts, etc.  The idea may sound intimidating at first, but just remember there are no rules!  If you want to try a different type of run just do it!  Be like a kid, let your imagination run wild!  Literally, if you like to run down hills, start off doing that!  Why not?
  5. Join an online community – Online running/fitness communities such as http://www.dailymile.com, http://www.strava.com, http://www.nikeplus.com and many more, are increasing in popularity.  These communities can give you some extra motivation by allowing you to meet runners from all over the world who share the same goals!  You can comment on others’ workouts and have them comment on yours, and you can join and participate in challenges to give your training that extra push!
  6. Rock the run – Music can be a great boost for a new runner.  Uptempo music can rev you up and motivate you to run longer, further, and even faster.  It can also get you through a tough part of a run when your getting tired!  I have 2 tips for running w/ music… Be safe and Use it accordingly.  You don’t want the volume of the music so high that it is distracting you from your surroundings and you cannot hear traffic around you.  Keep the music at a reasonable volume, where you’re still able to hear ambient noise.  If running with a friend or a group, it can be considered bad etiquette to listen to music when others want to engage you in conversation.
  7. Sign up for a race – Some people simply need to be challenged, and feel that running is boring, or not as exciting without a goal.  The easiest way to set a goal is to sign up for a race!  Start off with a 5k and go from there!  Find a training program that fits your schedule and lifestyle, (there is no shortage of variety in this area).  Most importantly, remember to keep things fun!  In addition to traditional road races there have been a flurry of new “event” runs like mud runs, color runs, electric runs, and even zombie runs!  The point is to make these events fun, party atmospheres.  Find the event that suits you and go for it!

So these are my 7 tips for how to make running enjoyable.  Remember these are just tips and not rules!  The main rule is that there ARE no rules;  experiment and explore!  Find what works for you and just have fun!