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Welcome to the offseason!

Offseason project: Rock'n'Roll Phoenix Marathon Jan 18th!

On 5k Fun and Running A Lot

This past weekend, I ran (and won!) a local 5k race here in Crozet, VA. If you are in the area definitely consider the Freedom 5k next year. Supporting a great cause, this was a well done race and a lot of fun (with donuts AND pizza at the end!!) One of my favorite parts of being able to jump into races like this from time to time is:

1. Interacting with the community! I especially love that there were so many girls in their teens out running with their moms and dads as it takes me right back to the days I was running these with my dad!

2. Reality checks! This time it came in the form of two 12 year old boys who beat me handily in the race.

Stuart and Joseph, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re awesome.

This weekend was a cruel reminder that despite the race actually taking less than 20 minutes, it still can sting as much as anything else if you are trying hard enough (and, I think I was!). But what hurt almost just as much was the 20 hilly miles today.

So, why in the world am I running so much?

Well, in the past few years I have been able to chop away at just about any distance PR that I held before starting to work with Hillary. Except one: the open marathon. And, this was only due to the fact that I simply hadn’t run one! I would always quickly opt for a trail 50k or a half marathon instead of ever putting one on the schedule.

As I began to really set my sights on an Ironman marathon breakthrough this year, it became clear that perhaps if my open PR was a bit more competitive (currently a 3:31), I’d start to believe more in what I can do at the end of the iron distance.

So, I signed up to run the Rock’n’Roll Phoenix Marathon in January with a goal of  3:09:59.

And, I even duped Leslie  (and our significant others!) into doing it with me! Misery does love company…..And, I’m beginning to remember just how miserable marathon training can be :)

A Foolproof SMASH Gift Guide!

From now through 12/31 you can get 15% off your SMASH order with the code ALYSSA15.  Yes, this means you can do all your shopping PLUS get yo’self something for saving some money :) Stumped on what to get people? Just use my guide below and you’ll be all set!

1. Is your giftee a male? Yes – go to 2. No – go to 8.

2. Is this male a significant other, or close family member or friend? Yes – go to 3. No – go to 5.

3. Does this male ride bikes? Yes – check out the Fast Cat kit, or the HC kit….unfortunately he won’t turn into Maik Twelsiek by wearing it but pretty darn close :) No – go to 4.

4. If he doesn’t ride bikes, you should probably get him an iRock cycling kit and encourage him to start.

5. Does he wear hats? Yes – go to 6. No – go to 7.

6. Check out the bird trucker hat. One of my personal favorites!

7. No better way than to show his SMASHpport than a tee. My personal fave is the men’s charcoal smash tee, but the aloha tee is a close second.

8. Is this female giftee a best friend or family member? Yes – go to 9. No – go to 14.

9. Does she ride bikes and/or do triathlon? Yes – go to 10. No – go to 13.

10. Does she prefer training in tri kits to cycling kits? Yes – go to 11. No – go to 12.

11. We all know spending money on kits for ourselves is hard. Go ahead and let her know you want her to look cute when she races and trains. Plus – the Queen K is a lucky winners kit after Beach2Battleship! Think she wants a little more coverage? There are new iRock 7” tri shorts!

12. For the girl who loves a good long ride, get her the new Ohana bibs and jersey!

13. You don’t have to ride bikes to appreciate a good sundress. This pink Michele dress turns heads!

14. Not close enough with the giftee to splurge for a kit? Does she wear hats? Yes – Go to 15. No – go to 16.

15. The bird trucker is going to be back in stock in pink just in time for Christmas delivery! But if you’re in a colder climate, consider the beanie!

16.Who doesn’t need another easy cover up for the gym-to-errands days? These two new sweatshirts (one and two) are great options!

 Still need a stocking stuffer? Smash socks, swim caps, and cinch bags will never disappoint!