Here’s a few pics from the 0° Millinoket half/full marathon last weekend! I haven’t had a chance to post since I had a 6 hour drive home and a plane to catch to Hawaii the next day! This race did not disappoint despite the bitterly cold temperatures, in fact that’s what makes this race great! The scenic view of Mt. Katahdin, people hanging off snowbanks cheering you on, local Maine lumberjacks running with their chainsaws for charity, aid stations offering anything from half frozen water, to hot soup, cookies and of course booze to warm you up. Most had fire pits and gave out free hand warmers to thaw out your frozen gloves! I ran into a good IG running friend @bradrunsmaine who sported his frozen beard after! This race is everything you want out of a race and more. It involves community and competition. It’s not easy but the excitement in the air carries you through. My intention was to run only a few miles but ended up running/walking the half. I just got so pumped with excitement I couldn’t resist. My finish time was 3:34:28 averaging a 16 minute mile. Absolutely awful but I didn’t care. Next year I should be back to form but for the next 2 weeks I’ll be traveling so I’ll get to post some warm weather runs.. 🌴❄️🏃🏽♂️ #millinocketmarathon#runmillinocket#halfmarathon#runninginthecold#maine#runnersofinstagram#runningmotivation#runchat#millinocketmarathonandhalf@runmillinocket
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Meanwhile ... inside the McDermott training complex we are busy training the next generation of runners. 4 x kitchen/tv room/dining room loop at pace. No rest in between sets. This is also a great way to get the kids ready for bed (especially when dad is how alone and mom is at a company dinner). 😮 🏃 🔥 - - - -
In other news, dad ran 6 miles this morning - outside not around the kitchen. But dad still holds the kitchen/tv room/dining room loop record ... for now. #mychicagomarathon#chicagomarathon#304daystogo
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Since I didn't get my promised pancakes at the end of the Locomotive Half, the free pictures are a consolation prize. It's hard to believe we ran in the rain for 3 hrs. #bibchat#runchat
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Jumping for joy because it was warm enough to wear shorts this morning!! Seriously, I don’t mind the colder weather but man it’s nice to feel my toes and fingers again. And idk about y’all, but I hate running in pants. I don’t go to extraordinary measures to avoid them, because I hate being cold more than I hate pants, but if it’s above ~35°F girl friend is in shorts.
*real talk warning* I took it easy this morning, warming up with a 10 minute mile. And stopped to take a few pictures. My mind has been way overthinking - I’m comparing myself to others, feeling overwhelmed with how much Christmas stuff I have to (correction *want to) get done, and honestly feeling a little lonely lately (even though that’s a bullshit feeling because I know I’m not alone and have people here for me). And when I feel all those things I try to handle it myself. My sister sent a pic to our fam the other day that said “STRESS: Someone Trying to Repair Every Situation Solo.” Wham. Guilty as charged 🙋🏽♀️ I’m still working on being better about that, and reaching out when I need it, but it’s damn it’s hard. I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that I don’t want to feel like a burden, don’t want people to see me as weak, don’t want to disappoint myself by not being able to handle things alone. But I’m trying to get over that. And this morning was about processing some of that and trying to figure out where I can do better. So I took it easy on my run, enjoyed the weather, and just let my mind wander and do some untangling of thoughts. Therapy miles for sure.
You were fun these past 4 days. I saw and did a lot🚝🗽🏰🎡⛲️🌋Definitely a learning experience but the very good kind! 😉
Here’s to hoping I can do this again next year but at a different location. Gotta expand those horizons 🌅
Traveling for work this week and the post run selfie didn’t happen...but the 8 miles did, so you get the “I’m off to spend 10 hrs in a conference room selfie”. On another note, I love being in the desert and so does my running. Happy Wednesday!
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En algún momento de nuestras vidas, cuando tenemos nuestras murallas altas, cuando ya el dolor cesó, cuando estamos fríos por dentro y llenos de rencor, llega esa persona como un terremoto que comienza a hacer temblar nuestras murallas, haciendo nuevamente que nuestros miedos se levanten. Y como una ola de emociones comienza a arrastrar esos miedos, comienza a reemplazarlos por dudas, de muchos quizás, y muchísimos peros…
Pero como esa persona no busca rendirse comienza a encender su fuego para quemar nuestro frío, nos comienza a llenar de cálidos abrazos, e hirvientes besos que lentamente nos hacen olvidar el pasado, y comenzamos a escribir una nueva historia llena de sonrisas, llena de alegrías, una historia con algunos momentos de histeria en los que pensamos qué pasaría si esa persona se fuera, y llena de noches en las que sólo queremos estar entre sus brazos y que jamás nos deje ir…
Esa persona tan perfecta y tan defectuosa a la misma vez que a veces no sabemos cómo manejarla, y muchas otras veces con un simple beso y una sonrisa podemos calmar sus demonios. Una persona llena de cicatrices claro está, con un pasado doloroso, con sus propios miedos, y sus propios demonios pidiendo a gritos salir e invadir su mente y su corazón de dudas… Pero así como esa persona calma nuestros propios miedos, nuestras sombras, y nuestras inseguridades, nosotras también somos capaces de calmar las suyas… De llenarlo de paz, y cesar sus temores… cuando esa persona llega, es que comenzamos a comprender por qué nunca funcionó, e incluso damos gracias por los dolores y cicatrices del pasado, por que sin esas experiencias, sin tantas lagrimas, quizás no sabríamos apreciar lo que vale esa persona y más aún entender lo que valemos nosotros para así darnos cuenta cuánto nos valora realmente esa persona. De eso trata el amor.
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It wasn’t meant to be this year 💔It happens. But #chicagomarathon 2019... I’m coming for you. With bells on. 👊
The ballot results are rolling in. Who else is gunning for all the deep dish next year? 🍕 .
More strength and easy miles today. Eyes firmly on the spring marathon first. I will be strong for 2019 👀 .
I have to admit that I have fallen in love with these afternoon runs. There isn’t much time and they are rushed, but there is sunlight and it’s warmer than 20 degrees. And, I have been sleeping in until 5:00 am so I don’t feel like a zombie at work. How am I ever going to adapt to the training life of 3:00 am wake up calls and running with frozen eye lashes? How am I going to get motivated for those runs? I hope the marathon gods throw some motivation at me in the next month because I’m just not feeling it. Is there anyone else out there feeling the same way about a spring marathon? #runnermompose
Here is what life with kids looks like when you try to take a selfie after the kids get home. I didn’t plan on running, but when it nears fifty degrees you run, even if you only have thirty minutes. I sat all day long so getting these legs moving felt great! #runnermompose
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No Santa races for me, no fun on the trails (😩) and to be honest totally smashed NOT having my shit together today 🤷🏼♀️
But I snuck in 50 minutes of easy miles tonight, and now donning my Santa hat, about to consume a whole baked Camembert all to myself 🐷 .
Not a bad end to #sundayrunday and another week of slowly increasing those miles. I like it. Makes for a pretty curve on Strava 😆
Hope everyone has had a fab Sunday! 🎅🏼 .
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Heather McKirdy 🙋🏻♀️ (@itsheathersturn)
It happened. 10x800. Yeah. Already. That’s what I said too. 😑
They definitely did not go to plan, but I hung in there. I’m dubbing this the season of no excuses. IDGAF about weather or sleep or job stress anymore. They’re just hurdles.
Also I didn’t do track in high school, so I don’t know how to do hurdles but I’m working on it. 🤷🏻♀️
Plain and simple, I was not strong enough to pull off this workout to plan. YET 😈 Goal race is 102 days away. Lez go.
10x800s: 3:05 avg. | 10.69 miles @ 8:23 pace. Cheers fam ♥️🔥