It’s official! The bump and I will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle 8K next month!
I can’t wait to join the Brooks team in Seattle for another amazing weekend of running, eating, and learning all about my favorite running brand (check out my 2014 trip here and here). I was a little bummed that I wouldn’t be able to run the full or half marathon this yea due to my current doctor-recommended exercise restrictions. However, when I saw that they introduced an 8K for 2015 – I jumped on it. My doctor gave the all clear (as long as I take it easy, drink plenty of fluid, and stick to a run/walk) and I immediately registered. It will be my first (and probably only) pregnancy race. Still, running a race was definitely on the pregnancy bucket list, so I’m happy I’ll have the opportunity to check it off.
I almost feel a little boring giving my running updates on here now. I’m still sticking with the every-other-day 3 mile run/walk as my doctor had recommended. I pretty much run with Maddie exclusively now, which keeps her happy. I plan to keep going as long as it’s comfortable and my doctor gives the okay.
I’ve also introduced some prenatal yoga to my weekly routine. Since I’m restricted from doing any heavy lifting, I figure yoga will allow me to keep up some strength and flexibility. So far I’ve mainly been practicing via classes on YouTube, but there’s a studio down the street from me I’m looking into that offers prenatal yoga sessions.
Interview with a Brooks Beasts
I recently had the opportunity to interview Brooks Beasts team member, Cas Loxsom. Cas is the American record holder for the indoor 600-mater run (1:15.33!), the 2015 Indoor U.S. Champion for the 600-meter run, and has a PR of 1:45.22 for the 800-meter. So basically he’s fast. Really, really fast.
When did you first realize, “Hey, I think I’ve got something with this running thing”?
I was primarily a soccer player growing up, and very begrudgingly took on running as a way to stay in shape for my primary sport at the time. Around my sophomore year of high school, I started having a little bit more success and my coach was extremely encouraging. By my senior year, I loved the sport in addition to finding success in it.
What does being a Brooks Beast mean to you?
It means that I’m part of a truly special family. Brooks does a great job surrounding us with top notch human beings that also happen to be quick on their feet. We do quite a bit together and really have a team feel going on. It’s a pretty unique setup.
What is your favorite race day memory?
I’ve had quite a few that have been pretty special, it’s hard to pick one! I suppose there were a few of the Penn Relays teams that I was on while I was at Penn State. There’s nothing quite like getting to hold up a wheel after a relay victory!
I’m a long distance runner who finds it hard to stay focused on the track. What’s your advice for keeping track workouts interesting?
I can’t empathize too much! Track sessions are usually my favorite part of the week. I will say though that it’s really helpful to try and get a few people out there with you, even if it’s just to watch. Going it solo is a really challenging thing. I also love bringing out my bluetooth speakers and playing some music while I work out.
Do you have a favorite race distance?
While I’m adamantly working on my strength and trying to put together all the components of a great 800-meter run, I will always have a soft spot to for the 600m. It’s a really interesting hybrid event where sprinters and middle distance runners get to face off.
Any other fun facts to share?
I have a twin brother, and I’ve never seen Titanic!
Thank you, Cas! I hear only the really cool peeps have twin brothers. 😉