Tickets are Booked!

It’s official, my flights for the Marine Corps 17.75 in DC are booked! It’s going to be one of the quickest running turnarounds of my life (in DC for roughly 24 hours, including the race), but it’ll be worth it.

I’m going to let you in on a little-known fact relating to this race, which eventually made the BylMiles Team decision to run it.  This year’s Marine Corps Marathon has officially switched to be a lottery entry.  Now, if you have ever experienced the stress of a lottery entry race before, you know that you would do just about anything to avoid it. ever. again.  Luckily, the MCM team created a little loophole. This year’s 17.75 race in April is the one race that if you finish, guarantees you entry to the marathon in October.

BINGO! As someone who is running as part of a team, we wanted to ensure that we could run the marathon + get in together.  So, Marine Corps 17.75, here we come! The April countdown is officially on, then only a few more months after we cross that finish line until MCM round 3.

Seeing as my training is ramping up in anticipation for this race, wanted to share this awesome/totally true article from one of my favorite blogs: 25 things you learn when you train for a marathon. 

As always, run on runners.

-Kendall

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Zombies, Run!

In case you aren’t already aware, I’m a total technology nerd.  I’m constantly connected, and my runs are no different. Lately I’ve been sporting quite a few apps during my runs, including (but definitely not limited to) Spotify for music, Map My Run for GPS, Charity Miles, and the latest fun, Zombies, Run!

I’m definitely a sci-fi lover, so when I found this app that takes you through a post-apocalyptic zombie filled world on your runs, I almost died with excitement.  The basic premise is that you are ‘Runner 5’ who drops in to Able Township in the UK, where you have to complete missions to survive.  As you run, the characters in the game guide you through tasks, all while encouraging you to keep running, because you never know how many zombies (or enemies!) are on your tail.  There’s even a setting where every few minutes, you have to put on a burst of speed to escape a zombie horde! It’s epic.

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Would highly recommend for my fellow runners that find yourself out on the same paths, getting bored with the scenery, and needing some extra motivation.  The game is great, and you don’t even have to sacrifice your music to play.  Want to join in on the apocalyptic fun?  Check out their iPhone app here.

As always, run on (faster than the zombies) runners.

-Kendall

 

The not-so-terrible treadmill

One of the joys of working in advertising is the unpredictable schedule, and with it comes complications to my training schedule.  When I originally created my plan leading up to our marathon, I had accounted for one or two days of not having time to run, but apparently my work schedule didn’t get the memo.  Living in a new city, I’m not completely confident running outside by myself in the dark yet, and even though the sun is up until 8pm in Southern Cali, I find myself quickly running out of daylight.

Cue the treadmill, and the inevitable gasps of my fellow runners. When I tell people that some of my training has been on a treadmill there is this accompanying feeling of admitting a horrible secret. Hi, my name is Kendall, and I run on a treadmill sometimes.

Yes, it is better to train in the same conditions you will be running in, and yes, running a treadmill isn’t the same as pounding the pavement, but I promise you runners, it’s not the end of the world.  When the outside run just isn’t going to happen or you really just want to hide from the weather or it’s pitch black out, a treadmill run is better than no run.

A few tips that I’ve noticed along the way:

  • Crank up the elevation to at least a 1 or 2 to account for the fact that you’re on a machine
  • Try one of the ‘random’ runs to make sure your accounting for inconsistencies in the level of your run
  • For people who sweat (alot) like I do, just FYI you will got hot faster, since there’s no wind in your face
  • Do your best to avoid obsessively checking the trackers on the treadmill, I promise watching those little numbers change is not making you run any faster

Any other treadmill trainers out there? As always, keep on (treadmill) running runners.

-Kendall

1 month, 16 days

As of today, we have exactly 1 month and 16 days until the big marathon day! If the amount of posts on here (aka minimal at best) is any indication, my training has been rough.  It’s now the final lap towards the finish and I’ve got to seriously buckle down and make this happen.

Between now and marathon day, I plan on running over 200 miles as part of my final training.   Thanks to MapMyRun, I have a goal tracker set up that sends me daily updates to keep me even more accountable in the last stretch.  My appreciation for the extra motivation cannot be understated, it’s a fantastic tool.

I’m not going to lie folks, this marathon is going to be an interesting one, but my faithful running partner, Michael, has promised to help me muscle through the finish line.  With work + training ramping up at the same time, we’ll see how busy my days get, but at this point, I’m just excited to get to DC! Not to be cheesy, but it’s the final countdown, so runners, run on with me.

-Kendall

Happy National Running Day!

To my fellow runners, happy national running day!  Today is a day to celebrate all of the victories, the races finished and the miles logged, but also to celebrate our defeats, because no matter what, runners keep on running.

With all of the craziness that has been my work schedule lately, I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road today and spending my time looking back on all that I’ve accomplished.  If you told me two years ago that I’d be a regular runner, I’d probably have laughed in your face.  Let’s be honest, I’m not a natural athlete, but I’m working on making it part of my daily life.  It hasn’t always been easy (see: this entire blog) but I keep pushing forward.

Hopefully you have a fantastic run scheduled for today, and while you’re out pounding the pavement, just think about all of the runners around the world who are joining you out on the roads/paths/trails.  Cheers for every mile that has ever been conquered and all of the miles to come!

As always (especially today) run on runners.

-Kendall

 

A newbie yogi

I’ll admit it, I’m starting to fit into the California stereotype: endless coffee runs, more vegetarian meals in my diet, and of course,  starting yoga classes.  For the past few weeks on Sunday mornings, I’ve grabbed my bright purple yoga mat and rocked a neon headband over to my new form of cross-training. I found this adorable little yoga spot in Venice Beach, aptly named the Yoga Nest, to be my homebase for yoga instruction.

Yoga Nest decribes itself as “locally grown” which quite honestly, is the only way you could describe this place.  It’s a small studio above a surf shop right off the beach with a a very local low-key vibe.  The studio itself is tastefully simple with a few of your typical yoga decor pieces thrown in – but nothing too flashy or over the top.  They have all the equipment you could possibly need (including freshly laundered towels!) which for a newbie like me, has been super helpful.  Who knew there could be some many props!?  Needless to say, I’ve needed some serious direction in classes.

The instructors I’ve met thus far have added their own little flair to the Vinyasa style yoga that I’ve been attempting.  Yoga Nest offers a bunch of different types, but I figure I’ll conquer one before branching out.  And seriously folks, I’m not half bad! I’m still only a few classes in, so we’ll see how this progresses, but so far it’s been really beneficial in terms of helping me with my breathing and stretching out after a long week of runs.  All, of course, while working up a good sweat.

Any other runners using yoga as part of their training?  As always, run on runners.

-Kendall

 

New City, New Paths

Moving to LA has made for some interesting running experiences.  This is due mainly to the fact that the area I live in doesn’t have much in the way of foot traffic on the sidewalks.  For a city that is as health conscious as LA, its amazing the lack of walking around here.  Combine this with my awful directional skills, and my routes thus far have been a little convoluted.  Not going to lie though, getting lost is doing wonders for my training! Having to add in an extra half mile because I got off course is the perfect way to amp up my runs.

On my most recent routes I’ve been doubling as tourist and taking some shots of the scenery along the way.  Below is from my latest run along a canal that runs behind my house all the way to the shoreline.  Random art on the underpass, LMU campus and sharing the path with my fellow bikers definitely made for a fabulous trek.

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Where are your latest runs taking you?  As always, run on runners.

-Kendall

Running Motivation

Let’s face it, we all have our running doubts every now and then.  For me, getting back into the swing of my running routine is definitely a motivational battle. (and reminds me why I should never stop training!) But I try to follow the philosophy of one of my favorite characters, Barney Stinson: “When I feel bad, I stop feeling sad and be awesome instead”

So, if you ever need a little pick-me-up, check out my pinterest board which is chock full of the running motivation you need! My motivational board.

Run on runners.

-Kendall

1 down, 5 to go.

I never visit the actual BylMiles blog homepage, I’m normally chillin behind-the-scenes, but noticed today that our count down until the Marine Corps Marathon has officially hit the 5 month mark.

1 down. 5 to go.

In case you missed it, keep reading for my full training schedule leading up to the big day.  Today was day 1 of many early mornings to come, and it felt awesome.  I’m not exactly what you would call a morning person (my snooze gets hit an average of 3 times), but today, with the excitement of my new regime, I hopped right out of bed and onto the treadmill.  With my new work schedule, morning runs are going to be a must, so hoping this enthusiasm leads to better snooze habits in future.

Is anyone else in the beginning stages of a training program?  Cheers to you, because I know how tough a new routine can be, but we got this!

As always, run on runners.

-Kendall

My Running Playlist

My Running Playlist

I’m the type of runner that my playlist gets me pumped up & ready to rock, not sure what I would do without my music!  Here’s a link to my spotify playlist that will give you a taste of what I jam out to on my runs.  Any suggestions for music to add?  I’m always looking for new stuff, but in the meantime, enjoy!

Run on runners.

-Kendall