Orangetheory Peak Performance Week: 24 Minute Run for Distance

This week is Peak Performance Week (PPW) at Orangetheory Fitness. Basically, twice a year, Orangetheory does a specific series of benchmark workouts for a week. The idea is that every six months you can do the same workouts you did six months ago in order to see how much you’ve improved. I’ve only been doing Orangetheory regularly since February, but I was still really excited to put my training to the test and see how well I could perform. Today’s {Read More}

Race Report: Superior Mile

To kick off the Fourth of July, I ran in my town’s annual one mile race. I ran this race last year and was thrilled to finish just under 6 minutes, in 5:58… but this year, I wanted to go even faster. I knew that all my Orangetheory classes have significantly improved my running over the last year, and also that all those short intervals are perfect training for a one mile race. But how fast would I be able to {Read More}

Race Report: Broncos 7K

After the Bolder Boulder last Monday, I spent most of the week feeling sluggish still. I went to Orangetheory on Tuesday, but was so tired that I realized it may have been a mistake to go. My friend Heidi warned that I might be overtraining, and while I didn’t think that was an issue, taking a few days off probably wasn’t a bad idea. And besides – with only four days in between the Bolder Boulder and my next race, I {Read More}

Race Report: Bolder Boulder 10K

About a month before the Bolder Boulder, I wasn’t super excited about the race. I had so much fun running in costume with Adam the last two years, and I didn’t have any great ideas to run in a costume this year. But then a week before the race, I did a tired training run on the treadmill and ended up besting my 10K PR by 3.5 minutes, finishing in 45:00. Sure, it was at sea-level, but I was running {Read More}

Orangetheory Workout: 22.5 Minute Endurance Run

I am flying high after an awesome Orangetheory class yesterday! I had a truly terrible travel day on Wednesday (15 hours for what should have been a 6 hour trip), finally got home at 1am, and woke up at 6:30am yesterday – not nearly enough sleep. I was totally dragging, but decided that I might as well drag myself to a lunchtime Orangetheory class. And I’m so glad I did! Yesterday’s class was really fun. It was endurance day, and for once, {Read More}

Ready for the Bolder Boulder

My current project is in Florida. The client is great; the work is really interesting; and the location is unbeatable. The commute, though, is where I pay the price for all that. Palm Beach is a fairly seasonal airport that does a lot of traffic in the winter, and when I was here in February, the flight times weren’t too bad. But now that seasonal service has ended, my best bet to get here is to take an 8am two-leg flight that {Read More}

Upcoming Race: Broncos 7K Series at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Ever since I wrote that post last Monday about needing to get back to running… I’ve really lived up to my goal! Tuesday morning, I went out for a short run around my very hilly neighborhood, but ended up running 5.2 miles in 43 minutes. That’s much faster than I’ve ever run those hills before, and an 8:20 average pace! On Wednesday, I didn’t go for a proper run, but did two quick miles on my new* treadmill interspersed with some weight {Read More}

Pondering the Bolder Boulder

I feel like I’ve really been slacking on workouts lately. First there was the week of vacation, where I didn’t have access to any kind of gym. That’s obviously no excuse and I could have done some bodyweight workouts on my own… but I didn’t. I thought I’d get back on track the next week, but that was when I got really sick, and even navigating from one room to the next was problematic. No way could I exercise! Last {Read More}

Race Report: Spring Equinox Four Miler

I ran the Spring Equinox Four Miler on March 26th, but it’s taken me some time to sit down and write a race report. I’m pretty proud of my effort here though, and definitely wanted to write it up for posterity! Having PRed in the four mile just a few weeks earlier, I was really excited about the Spring Equinox Four Mile race to see what I could do. I tried hard to do things right, too: resting up the {Read More}

Race Report: Winter Six Pack #5

The Winter Six Pack #5 was five miles long… which meant we were almost to the end of the six race series build up to 10K! I was a little nervous going into the 5 miler, though. Even though I had run the four mile distance just two weeks before, I hadn’t done any sort of running in between other than some Orangetheory classes, where I never cover more than about 3.5 miles in a class. Five miles would be {Read More}