Running Links [05/14/2016]

Good morning everyone! I am essentially dead to the world this morning (or hopefully) and sleeping in my bed. After a long weekend at Ragnar Cape Cod, I need at least part of Sunday to recoup.

I imagine I’ll fill you in on the race sometime this week, but check out my Instagram (on the side bar) for tons of great pictures with all the wonderful people I don’t see enough. I really am blessed to have this community and feel so loved. As for links this week, my favorite is the one from Salty Running about marathon taper guilt. I will be dealing with that for the next two weeks and I know it’s going to be a hard road.

Another article I enjoyed was an interview with Phoebe Wright. That girl is DA BOMB! I wish she was my best friend. If you don’t follow her on Twitter, that is a mistake. She is hysterical, candid and speaks the truth. She even writes about her own adventures and thoughts on her blog. Check that out as well.

Well, that’s it for me right now. Have a great day!

Running Links

Interview With Phoebe Wright via Belle Lap

Working Out Shouldn’t Hurt via Nia Shanks

Marathon Taper Guilt via Salty Running

What To Do When You Miss A Workout via Hungry Runner Girl

Lessons my XC and Track Coaches Have Taught Me via A Run Around Life

Why Attention To Times Is Killing Our Sport via Science of Running

Training Talk [Running A Relay With A Team]

When you read this post, I will most likely be on my way to Cape Cod to endure sleep deprivation, exhaustion and 22 miles of running.

I can’t wait!

Strong Hearts Team

No matter what happens or how much of a struggle work will be the best day or two, driving 6 hours to meet a bunch of crazy vegans to run 200 miles never sounds better. I’ve thought a lot recently about why I am so excited to run this race. Honestly, when I described it to my coworkers, they thought it sounded awful. Granted, they are not runners, but they have a point.

I will be smushed in a car for 72 hours.

We still don’t know what food were going to eat.

I have to race, then sit, then race, then sit and then race again in less than 24 hours.

We all smell after the first run.

This is no small feat. Another contributing factor is that my team is the competitive team. We want to win. I am going to race each leg as best I can. When you don’t sleep, that’s a struggle for sure!

Why I do this to myself is because I am part of a team. I am part of something bigger than myself. We are part of a bigger movement advocating for animals. It just makes sense to me.

The pain.

The sleepless nights.

The uncomfort.

I thrive in that. I live for it. I can’t wait!

I think I’ve narrowed down a couple things that make being on a team worth it for me and why I think everyone should at least try it once.

1.) Less Presure

There are others on your team who share the burden of success/failure. In a normal race, it’s all on you. On a team, you help each other.

2.) Encouragement

I have never felt more amped up to run than when I have other people invested in my success. They want to see me do well in the most affectionate way. Whether it’s playing “slayer” music when they drive past or catching me before I fall into a pothole at the handoff (thanks Alan), I never have felt more cared for.

3.) Common Interest

This is a big one. I don’t know many people like me in my community. I don’t have close vegan friends. Close vegan running friends? No way! Being a part of a team, the Strong Hearts team, has given me a family. I feel completely safe and at home when I am crammed into that van for 48 hours. It’s a feeling that I would never want to give up because I don’t feel it often.

Running on a team is great! Here are my reasons why @SHVeganPower Click To Tweet

Running used to be something I would do to get away from it all. Since I’ve matured through many different stages in life, it has become so thing that has given me a community. Being part of a team, whether it’s an actual team, a group run or even a social media group, has given me that support I need to be happy and content in my crazy life.

Have you ever ran on a team before?

What keeps you returning to the pain cave running can be? To