Sunday, December 2, 2012

It's Finally Here!

It is hard to believe it has been a year since we were last in Vegas for the Rock N' Roll Marathon. What a difference a year makes - rather than standing on the sidelines, we are gearing up to race.

We have transitioned for a year; working on our form and easing into more minimal shoes along the way. I can't believe it, but I have actually experienced runs with 8:00min/miles, and I have my proper form to thank for it. I have run for years, and never have I been able to break 9:30 miles. It is amazing to me looking back at my progress.

I am not sure what my run today will bring, but I am up for the challenge. I have my bagel, plenty of water, and lots of excitement fueling me up for the race.

We are prepped and ready! Just waiting to hit the road.

Are you joining us for the race? Good luck and let us know how it goes!

-Lizzie

Thursday, October 11, 2012

No one said it would be easy…



The process of becoming a natural didn’t seem like it would be a walk…or run…in the park. I knew there would be challenges. However, I didn’t anticipate some of my most recent obstacles.  

In today’s instant gratification world, I was thinking my transition would take the suggested amount of months, but I thought I would be golden after putting in my time. However, I am coming to realize this is a constant process, just as building on my mileage is, and I was going to have to truly commit to this journey. 

When you train for a marathon, you start small, and add miles slowly to both short and long runs. You don’t just run 20 miles once on the weekend and suddenly you can do that every day. Your body can only take so much change. So when I completed my transition into my Road-X 233s, I was running comfortably in them for 3-5 miles.  As I started to up my long run mileage while preparing for Vegas, I slipped on my 233s and hit the road for a 7 miler. However, around mile 6, I noticed some soreness similar to my earlier 233 run days. Wait a minute, I transitioned! I am a 2 Arrow SHOC-ZONE natural! Feet don’t fail me now!

I walked home thinking to myself, “What did I do wrong?” It is obviously going to take time to go from 12 or even 15mm differential sneakers to zero drop…but wait…how come my 6mm drop isn’t perfected after following directions?! 

It seems that after pushing myself on mileage that my body is unaccustomed to, my Achilles, feet, legs, mind is also being tested again in lower drop shoes.  My body was used to 3-5 miles in 9mm and 6mm drops, but 7? Maybe not so much.   

I decided to try my Road-X 238s for 6 miles, and felt better. I am going to re-start the transition for my longer run days, and slowly get my body used to lower differentials with higher mileage, but I will continue on my transition journey during the week for my short runs.

Everyone is different, so maybe you aren’t experiencing this problem (I am jealous), or maybe you are running into other obstacles. What are you going through on your transition journey and what are you doing to stay on track?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Training Inspiration- The Chicago Marathon


I have to admit, one of the many things that I was excited about when taking this job with inov-8 was the prospect of traveling to iconic events, races, and competitions across the country spreading the good word about inov-8. Attending these events you get to watch the most elite athletes in the world compete. You see them push themselves to run 4 minute miles for 26 miles, or work out at maximum capacity for 4 days in a row, or run through the night through the woods by themselves. When I see that, I can’t help but think, “gee, maybe I CAN push myself HARDER"... for my 1 hour or 45 minute workout each day.

 “Do you push yourself this hard every day?”

This weekend inov-8 was at the Chicago Marathon- our first big road marathon. Attending the Chicago Marathon for the first time reminded me of the first time I saw the Boston Marathon. Watching the sea of thousands and thousands of people flooding down the streets, pushing themselves towards their goals and the feeling of accomplishment while millions cheered them on mile after mile- it gives you a rush of energy, empowerment, a sense of community- it makes you want to run.

The Chicago Marathon this weekend also reminded me of the reality of race day/weekend.  Hanging out at the expo all weekend, I met people who have been preparing for months and who are anxious, nervous and excited for the day that they’ve been training for. It made me think about how real my race was and how soon it was coming! I better get in gear!

So, I was inspired by all of these athletes and ventured out into this new city. I took my training down the Magnificent Mile, along the edge of the Lake Michigan, by the Sears Tower, down through Old Town, and wherever my inov-8s took me.  Now that I’m back from my trip- I just have to keep remembering that energy that I will feel on race day- and how ONLY MY ACTIONS NOW can improve how I feel on that weekend. Thanks Chicago and all of you that raced Sunday for inspiring me. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Commit Around the Clock Relay #CACRelay 9/29/12



The #Commit Around the Clock Relay is the ultimate relay team of all inov-8 committed athletes. We want to see how many miles can we log in 24 hours all around the world. It is a virtual relay, where you tweet your run. Legs start on the hour and you run as many miles as the hour is, i.e. 5 at 5am, 6 at 6am, 7 at 7am, 3 at 3pm, etc.  There will be prizes for runners at every hour, and the grand prize will be a pre-release pair of running shoes from inov-8s new Road-X-Treme line due to come out in Spring 2013!

THIS IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO:





More details:
On Saturday, September 29th, you will pick a time for your run, and run as many miles as the hour is, i.e. if it is 7am, you run 7 miles, if it is 8am you run 8 miles, if it is 9am you run 9 miles. Since it will be global, there will be different people doing different distances all hours of the day, but that’s okay, we just want to see how many miles we can log!

Before heading out for your run, tweet to @inov8Run your planned mileage based on your time (5@5! or 6@6!) with the hashtag #CACrelay and your shoe size (in case you win!). Then check back in on Twitter (follow the hashtag) when your done to let us know how it went and see if you won a prize!

We will award a t-shirt every hour and as we accumulate miles, we will also give away shoes! At the 155th mile, we’ll give away a pair of Road-X 155s, at the 233rd mile, we will give away the Road-X 233, at the 255th mile, we'll give away a pair of Road-X 255s. Then after another 155 miles, we'll give away some more Road-X 155s. So, if you want a chance at winning shoes and a t-shirt, you may have to run twice…which we know you all can and want to do!

At the end, we will select a grand prize winner to receive a brand new pair of pre-release inov-8 Road-X-Tremes which will available in stores Spring 2013.



Let’s see how many miles we can log next weekend, and maybe we can even break some records!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

inov-8's Commit Around the Clock Relay


My schedule last weekend:
1:00pm run
2 :00pm  keep running
3:00pm still running
4:00pm umm…run
5:00pm run, run,run!
Saturday 1:00am runnnnnn
2:00am yawn while running
3am maybe sleep while running?
4am Just. Keep. Running.

You get the picture- I participated in a relay this weekend! If you haven't ran in a 24 hour relay before, it's where teams....run...a lot...for 24 hours (or more)! I spent this weekend running 200 miles with 11 of my friends from the mountains of New Hampshire to the coast. It's always loads of fun- lots of smelly runners, baby wipes, vans with window paint, horns honking, the smell of icy hot mmmm.

Now, my 200 mile race was split up among 12 runners. On the other hand, we have inov-8 sponsored athletes who run 24 hours straight all by themselves- Anne Lundblad placed 9th in the 24 hour World Championships in Poland 2 weekends ago running 138+ miles in 24 hours!

This got us thinking.  We realized that with all of the #committed inov-8 fans we have, we could make one killer 24 hour relay team. So, we want to do just that- Join us for the Commit Around the Clock Relay (#CACRelay), Saturday, September 29th. It will be virtual, so all of you can participate no matter where you're from. And even though it’s a team effort, there will be individual prizes.

Oh, and did we mention, there will be a grand prize of a pre-release pair of running shoes from inov-8's new Road-X Treme line due in Spring 2013?




How it works:
On Saturday, September 29th, you will pick a time for your run, and run as many miles as the hour is, i.e. if it is 7am, you run 7 miles, if it is 8am you run 8 miles, if it is 9am you run 9 miles.

Before heading out for your run, tweet to @inov8Run your planned mileage based on your time (5@5! or 6@6!) with the hashtag #CACrelay and your shoe size (in case you win!). Then check back in on Twitter (follow the hashtag) when your done to let us know how it went and see if you won a prize!

We will award a t-shirt every hour and as we accumulate miles, we will also give away shoes! At the 155th mile, we’ll give away a pair of Road-X 155s, at the 233rd mile, we will give away the Road-X 233, at the 255th mile, we'll give away a pair of Road-X 255s. Then after another 155 miles, we'll give away some more Road-X 155s. So, if you want a chance at winning shoes and a t-shirt, you may have to run twice…which we know you all can and want to do!

At the end, we will select a grand prize winner to receive a brand new pair of pre-release inov-8 Road-X Tremes which will available in stores Spring 2013.

Let’s see how many miles we can log next weekend, and maybe we can even break some records!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Training starts NOW!


I have a confession to make, although I have been running regularly for nearly 10 years, I have never run a race (unless the Main Dunstable Elementary 6th grade race counts). Yes, it is shameful.  Since the age of 18, I have braved New England snow at 5am, ridiculously angry geese along Boston’s Charles River, and wild animal encounters while living in Northern NH, but I have been too nervous to sign up for a race.
As you know, we are running the Zappos Rock ‘N Roll Half this December. December 2nd to be exact; making it around 15 weeks away. Besides a few “woo Vegas!” thoughts, I have had a lot of “can I handle it?” thoughts. I am a regular runner, but the farthest distance I have ever run is 7 miles…and that hasn’t been recently. In transitioning, I have done a lot of 2-3 milers while adjusting to new shoes, and a 5 miler maybe once a week. That being said, I am starting my training. TODAY.

I found a plan online that features a 16 week guide that I am going to be following (adjusting a little for the timing). Although it features only 1 -2 miles in the first couple of weeks, I am going to use that time to continue to transition in my shoes and be more aware of my form.


So, who is joining us? Have you started your training?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Spartan Race- The Aftermath


OK. I’ll admit it.  I may have underestimated the Spartan Race.


5K, I thought- no problem.


Burpees? Yah, I can do a lot of those.


Army crawling in the mud? Sure, that’s lots of fun.

While those are definitely pieces of the Spartan Race…it does not even begin to describe it.


The challenge comes in when you need to overcome your mind. Your brain keeps thinking- this seems dangerous, this seems dirty, this seems hard. And your mind reels about how uncomfortable you are- whether with the types of creatures or as Nicole says, “s-words” (snakes) that could be swimming around in the thigh deep murky, root and branch filled water that your wading through. Or the heft of your mud soaked shirt that is stretching out around you with the weight of mud and water as your trying to climb a 35% incline hill carrying a 20lb sand bag. Or the pain in your hands as they blister while you pull a 40 pound cement piling on a metal chain. Burpees are a whole new challenge as sand flies in your face. Or for me, when I got grass in my eye while doing them. I had to overcome it with my mind and for me, I just thought how I was stronger than Tom Brady in this moment- I can get past grass in my eye (kidding, Tom Brady, I love you). Anyway, the challenge is not to think of the "what ifs", or the "this hurts", or the "this is uncomfortable" and just run on. 

We are proud at inov-8 of our amazing sponsored athletes who took on the challenge of their first Spartan Race and rocked it! Ben Nephew (pictured below) placed 1st in the Open division and 4th overall and Lisa Mikkelsen (pictured in the tractor pull) placed first in her age division.

Besides being an awesome challenge, running in our inov-8s was absolutely an advantage.  All around us people were slipping down hills, losing their shoes in the mud, or throwing their shoes away after the race.  My F-Lite 230s didn’t budge from my feet as the mud tried to suction me into a mucky black hole. They gripped as we went down a wet downhill rocky path, and at the end of the race, after being unrecognizable with a solid coating of mud, I stuck the hose in them, let the water drain out (it literally poured out through the upper mesh), and they looked as good as new.

Oh and one more thing- the Spartan Race was an awesome team building/bonding experience. We all laughed or cried (not literally, but almost) our way through the obstacles together and gawked at the amount of mud down our shirts (honestly, somehow even my underwear was covered in mud!). We had a blast together!


Now that I know what Spartan Races are all about- I am excited for the challenge of my next one.