Friday, January 24, 2014

starting a fling with strava

I broke up with Daily Mile back in 2012. There was a list of reasons I had to cut it off with Daily Mile, but mainly it was annoying that they didn't have an app, I couldn't to see weekly mileage more like a written training journal, and visually, let's be serious, DM is ug.a.ly. Ugly. 

What I said I would miss, and did, was the social aspect. After the break up I never filled the social void in my training life. Of course yapping about my training once in awhile here does fill part of the void. Until I met someone new, Strava

Larissa Rivers, Marketing Manager at Strava, called me up at Oiselle to see if it might be a fit for our team. At first I was hestitant to get excited about an online training community, having been burned before. But as she talked and I actually looked through the site, I started to feel optimistic about a new start. The clean design! The beautiful graphs and calendars! My friends were already here! 



I signed up right away and (because I haven't charged my Garmin since Chicago) struck out with my iPhone loaded with the Strava app. Easy to use, and again, beautiful to look at. Now if you peek in at my latest "running" adventures, you'll undoubtly wonder if I'm the same person who is trying to nail a qualifying time in the marathon… yes. Not right now, but yes. More on that later. Don't judge my 9:07 pace. Or do. No sweat off my Rogas. 

Things I love about Strava:

  1. It has an app. 
  2. You can use my iPhone, Garmin… a whole slew of other things to track my training. 
  3. You can protect yourself by setting a privacy area. No more broadcasting my routes to the world. 
  4. You can spy on PRO athletes. And do a side by side comparision of your training and theirs. Rad. 
  5. Challenges with prizes. 'nuff said. 
  6. You can check out loops other runners in your area are treading for ideas to spice up the norm. 
  7. You can join a club and encourage each other, have conversations and challenge each other if you want. I'm on club Oiselle, if you're into that, come join! 
  8. Cool stuff like if you take photos on your phone during your run it automatically will associate them and add them to the recap! What the what. 
It's just a super robust tool and rad community. To be honest, I'm still learning the ins and outs of Strava. We're in the early stage of our relationship… getting to know each other. 

Do you use Strava? Let's follow each other! www.strava.com/athletes/smariemac


Tip: you have to change your preference from cycling to running here. Took me awhile to find that.



Saturday, January 4, 2014

looking back on the rw runstreak

I am a runner who loves her rest days. I love putting that big ol fat X mark across an entire row of my training journal once a week. A sacred day where I only shower once and sometimes do my hair. A day I eat whatever I want, whenever I want without miles hanging over my head. I earn my rest days, and so when I take them they are glorious. It might be 62% of why I run in the first place. There's nothing like earning a real rest day to revel in.

So I've never been tempted to join a runstreak. Ever. Why would I give up my big X day of indulgence!? Until this winter. When I found myself Tweeting that I was in. I needed the group hug of a community this holiday season to get me out the door. I don't know why, but I just did. I hung onto #rwrunstreak for all I was worth. And I made it!

Most Surprising
One mile days are refreshing and actually worth getting out there for. Turns out one mile is better than no miles.

Being featured on runnersworld.com as a streaker! Life dream realized. 
first of many 1-mile days, day 4

Best Day
Christmas light run fueled by classic Amy Grant Christmas album. And the 5.5 through my old stomping grounds: Whitinsville, MA.

Worst Day
3 miles: running sick and feverish in 7ยบ degree Vermont day. Walked up one hill. Not ashamed.

not actual day, but another equally rough moment as captured by my sister


One Mile Days
Way more than I planned on, due to being sick, tired or a big baby.

Highest Mileage Day
Probably 5.5 I didn't write any mileage down.

Most Glitter Covered
Girls on the Run 5k with my two running buddies.
Number of Awkward Selfies Taken
Too many. 

Have you ever streaked? I mean 'runstreaked'... How'd it go?