Secrets to Become a Faster Runner

Over the last 6 years, I went from non-runner to a 3 time marathon runner. The strangest thing about running is that there are times you see a ton of progress, but then there are times when you go for months and months and feel like you have gained nothing. This summer, has been one of those plateau periods for me, but then I ran a mile PR of 5:29!

There are some specific things that I have learned and tried to become a faster runner. It’s actually not always about running more, or even running faster all the time! I thought I would share some of my biggest secrets!

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Twin Cities Virtual One Mile Race Recap

I haven’t had very many race recaps this year because all of my races have either been moved to virtual or have been cancelled. I didn’t think that I would be a fan of virtual races because the race environment is what makes races special and fun. But, after months of running without any challenge, virtual races are better than nothing!

The Twin Cities One Mile race is always a fun one for me. I never run just a mile for speed, so I never know how it will turn out. I was really nervous about running this one virtually, because in previous years, the crowd and competition have definitely been a huge help.

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How I Made 5am Workouts My Routine

Prioritizing exercise in your busy life is never easy. I’ve found that when I wait until later in the day to work out, its all too easy to start scrolling on my phone or lying down for “just a few minutes” as an hour passes by.

With my new work from home schedule during the pandemic, I’ve made a point of getting up early every morning to work out. Some days its a long run, some days its just light yoga. It’s not always easy to drag myself out of bed, but it starts the day on the right foot and guarantees that I get my workout in each day.

I thought I would share some of my top tips for getting into the habit of early morning workouts!

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Review: Apple Watch 5 vs the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

I have been an Apple Watch user for most of my time running. I originally purchased a watch to be able to run without my phone, and used my Apple Watch 2 for training and running for my first 3 marathons. After 4 years, the battery life on my watch was getting bad, and the software was buggy for the running app Strava. I decided it was time to upgrade to the Apple Watch 5.

After I start working with a running coach, I decided I still wasn’t happy with my new watch, and ended up getting ANOTHER watch just for running. I purchased a Garmin Fenix 6 pro, which is at the higher end of their watches, but had a lot of the features I was looking for. In retrospect, I should have just kept my old Apple Watch and gone with the Garmin.

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I’ve had quite a few people ask about the differences, so I thought I would share the pros and cons of each. Right now, I use my Garmin for running and my Apple Watch 5 for every day use. Here are my thoughts on the two:

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Things You Can Still Do To Improve Your Life in 2020

After the excitement of starting the new decade, this year probably hasn’t turned out the way you wanted it to. This year, I had looked forward to traveling, spending time with friends, and running lots of races. Now that most plans have gone off the rails, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do other than survive.

Its so important to take care of yourself, now more than ever. There are actually quite a few things that you can do in the next few months to become a better, stronger version of yourself. My motto this year has been to control what you can control, so I wanted to share some of the things you still can control right now!

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How to Score Deals on Lululemon Gear

One way to make exercising a little more enjoyable is fancy workout clothing. Quality clothing can make your workouts better by keeping you comfortable and staying in place. Its also fun to treat yourself to new gear when you meet a goal or just want to motivate yourself.

At first, I was very skeptical of the lululemon brand. A lot of their yoga specific styles were not functional for runners, which is my sport of choice. Over the years, they have expanded their running specific styles and have developed really functional, quality items For someone who spends a lot of time running, I am willing to splurge to have the right socks, shorts, or sports bra to make the activity enjoyable. I also enjoy the style and aesthetic design of their items.

The only thing that I don’t love is the price. As a product designer, I understand the amount of research and development that goes into a good product. Lululemon also uses quality materials and construction that can cost more and take more time to make than a cheaper brand that “looks” similar.

But, if you’ve followed this blog, you know how much I love a deal. Why pay more for something you can find for less? As a deal hunting pro, here are some of the best ways to score deals on lululemon gear.

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