Training Change: Running 4 Fun vs Speed

My four-legged friend is an enthusiastic running buddy! 

photo-291Disclosure: Cabot it sponsoring my participation in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, along with travel and accommodations. I was not expected to write this post. I did not receive financial compensation for my time. Opinions are my own.

I’m casual when it comes to my approach to running. Part of this attitude stems from my running partner, a 90 pound, high energy chocolate lab (Brody). We’ve been running together for over  1 1/2 years now. It started as a way to keep him out of trouble and now it’s just a bad habit.  As you  might imagine, there are lots of  obligatory stops while running with Brody…no one can do it better than a dog!  Speed goes out the window and for me has been.. well unimportant, until recently.

Two weeks ago, I began to time myself, track my runs with Map My Fitness, add sprints and interval training. Hmm, why the change? I ‘m almost giddy telling you this story. I scored an invite to be a member of the Cabot Fit Team! It’s an opportunity to join the  dairy families in an effort to increase awareness about the health benefits of exercise and proper nutrition and also to partipate in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race on August 1, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Yes, I’m looking forward to being treated to a weekend of  actives on the coast of Maine, but toeing the line with some of the fastest runners in the world is a little intimidating. So I’m trying to run faster. Stay tuned while I share some of my ups and downs trying to prepare for this exciting adventure.

Do you run for speed or for  fun?

How do you run faster?




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