Friday Thrive

Friday Thrive

Happy Friday! Each week, Friday Thrive rounds up interesting reads and some of my favorite things from the week. Here’s this week’s edition! 

The Secret to a PR? Don’t Try to Prove Yourself in Training

Some runners can bust out incredible workout after incredible workout, yet struggle to run their goal pace on race day. Steve Magness, the author of the blog The Science of Running, discusses how a desire to prove oneself in training – often borne out of insecurity about achieving a goal – can cause one to miss race goals. Why? According to Magness, it’s a combination of mental and physical factors: you left your race in your training physically and left yourself emotionally drained to push hard on race day. Instead, save something in each workout, trust your training, and wait until race day to prove your fitness – which is easier said than done. 

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Huddle and Hasay Prepare for a Boston Marathon Showdown

Jordan Hasay is one of the best new marathoners in America – her finish at Boston 2017 was the fastest marathon debut by an American woman and she earned a spot in the top five fastest American female marathoners at Chicago the same year. Hasay and Molly Huddle are both racing Boston in a few weeks and have raced against each other twice in the weeks leading up, including at last weekend’s USATF 15K Championships. This Runner’s World article summarizes the tune-up races: Huddle won the race, beating Hasay’s second-place finish by 50 seconds. Huddle also beat Hasay in the Houston Half Marathon, with record-breaking 1:07:25. 

Given these tune-ups races, it will be interesting to see how Huddle and Hasay place – especially since Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, and Sara Hall are also racing. Who else is hoping that American women totally dominate Boston this year, just like the USA Women’s Nordic team did at the Olympics?

Pre-Race Rituals Calm Nerves

We all have pre-race rituals and superstitions; I always drink Dunkin Donuts original blend coffee before a race (yes, even packing it in my suitcase for CIM) and have worn the same tank top in multiple races. Allie Burdick examines why we runners have such quirky pre-race habits in the article “The Scientific Reason We Create Race Day Rituals” for Women’s Running. The reason? Rituals like drinking the same cup of coffee give us a sense of control and calm our anxieties – and a calm runner races better than a nervous runner.

Strength Training Really Does Make You Faster

If you want to get faster, you need to increase your mileage, include speed workouts – and hit the weight room. Alex Hutchinson examines in-depth the benefits of strength training for runners in his Sweat Science article, “How Strength Training Makes You Faster.” 

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And no, strength training will not make you bulk up. According to Hutchinson, runners showed no difference in size or muscle mass after 14 weeks of weight training, due to the way endurance training affects your muscle composition. 

Pi Day

When you are married to an engineer who happens to love pie, Pi Day is celebrated every March. Baking pie is not my forte, but this blueberry pie recipe from Kitchn (I used my go-to all-butter crust from Smitten Kitchen) turned out beautifully – especially after the pie had about 16 hours to rest. I keep sneaking bites of the filling because it’s so good (and filling is the best part of pie).

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What pre-race rituals do you have?
Do you like pie? What’s your favorite type of pie?
Have you left your race in your training before?

 

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7 Responses

  1. I definitely think pre-race rituals make sense. I keep to a similar routine although its a bit trickier when traveling. I actually don’t really care for pie- its one of those things I might eat a little of if its there, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to make it or buy it. Have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you for including my article and also for helping me write it in the first place! I’m so fascinated by behavioral science, especially where it intersects with running and racing 🙂
    I also LOVE the amazing team of American women running Boston! You bet I will be cheering from my couch hoping to see that American flag flying at the end of the race. I think this is the year they do it!!
    Happy weekend my friend. I hope you still have some of that amazing looking pie to eat!

  3. Couldn’t agree more with the leave the race to race day mindset. You can have dress rehearsals, but even so, you wait to really feel it until the day of.
    Got I want pie. But nooooo

  4. I try not to leave my races in training but I know I’ve done it before… doing workouts too hard. The worst thing is, a lot of times if you do this, you never make it to the start line, which is my problem. Injuries happen.

    I loved the strength training article. It hasn’t made me faster yet (actual running training might help), but I definitely feel stronger, my muscles and body feel and look a little different. I think it will help in the long run.

    I had pie on Wednesday, way too much pie. I tried to eat round foods all day!

  5. I sure hope it’s true about strength training. I’ve recently taken up weight lifting. It is the opposite of running in so many ways, and I think that’s part of why I enjoy it. It’s a new challenge and offers so many fitness benefits you can’t get from running or cardio work alone. It is fun, gratifying, and empowering.

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