- Let it be – Tapering can bring on all the emotions. Excitement, anxiety, irritability, and everything in between. Get ready to embrace it all and just let it be. Instead of fighting all this and thinking there’s a way you should feel and should be, just remind yourself this is all part of the process. If you’re like me, when someone tells me to “just relax!” or “try to get more sleep” I end up doing the exact opposite because it feels like pressure. Instead of forcing yourself to feel a certain way during taper, just let it be, observe your emotions, warn to your friends and partner in advance that you might be cranky, and just embrace this inevitable part of the process.
- Revisit your strongest workouts – Hone in on a couple of workouts from your training cycle where you felt powerful. Channel those workouts and visualize feeling like that during your race. How did it feel to be out there running strong? Where did your thoughts go? How did you stay positive? Bring back these workouts to channel your confidence and remind yourself that if you can nail workouts, you’re more than ready to take on the race.
- Embrace the bad ones – Most likely you had some bad workouts, and instead of letting those get you down or trying to brush them under the rug, embrace those as part of the process. You succeed because of challenges, not in spite of them. If you think about it, in movies, we expect conflict as part of the story, but in life – or racing – we often want the path to go perfectly. But just like in a good movie where the obstacle makes the story interesting and the conclusion more rewarding, we should expect the same in racing. The workouts we bombed or the week we took off with injury is all part of the story that gets you to your epic race. So embrace your racing storyline – bad moments and all.
- Don’t try anything new – Taper can bring on feelings of needing to do something differently to get ready, but refrain. If you’re feeling like you need to move more because you’re running less, go for a casual stroll and remind yourself that running less and relaxing more is part of your training. But the last thing you should do is squeeze in an extra hard workout because you’re feeling antsy. Definitely don’t take up rock climbing or horse back riding three weeks before your race. Maybe taking up a new hobby can be a reward after the race! If you feel sluggish, that’s normal, and you might not feel “ready” until your shakeout run the day before. Hang in there! In general, keep your routines the same and don’t intentionally introduce your body and lifestyle to any changes. However, if something unexpected happens, just remind yourself you’re tough and built to roll with the punches.
- Plan out your ideal race, but be ready to adapt – Write out and visualize your ideal race. From start to finish, visualize yourself feeling powerful, hitting paces, thinking positively and running your best race. Also, visualize yourself being adaptable and prepared to take on any situation. If you can prepare yourself with a sense of planned adaptability, you will be ready for anything race morning and equipped to have a strong race.
Individually we are strong; together we are unstoppable. Runners thrive when we are inspired in a healthy running community. We are excited that we’ve opened an Arete Remote Team this year, where women from all over the country train, communicate, meet each other in real life, and crush their goals alongside one another.
Paulette Ference is a new Arete Remote teammate with a passion for ultra and trail running. We’re glad she had a few moments to catch up with us.
Tell us about yourself as a human and runner.
I live in San Jose, California, although I grew up in Ohio and came to California after a few years in Michigan. I currently work for Google as a Program Manager and celebrated my 11 year work anniversary at the company in December. I started running in 2008 to train for climbing Mt. Hood, and running resonated with me more than mountaineering. I ran my first half marathon, the San Francisco 1st half marathon, alongside my husband in 2009 – from there I was addicted! I’ve transitioned to trail and ultra running in the past few years, and I love being outdoors and enjoying nature while being active. In addition to running, I love to spend time trying craft beer, skiing, and cuddling my two adorable cats.
Arete remote team is new. Why did you join?
I have friends who are active in the Oakland and Santa Cruz chapters, and I’ve loved following their experiences with Arete as well as all of the social media accounts. I’m not in the immediate vicinity of those locations to attend weekly runs, but I’m definitely close enough to meet up sometimes! I wanted to be part of the fun and to connect with more ladies in the Bay Area and beyond as part of Arete.
What are you hoping to get out of being on this team?
In addition to connecting with more strong women, I’m hoping to share a few races and in person relationships with Arete teammates. I love meeting people and connecting with other runners, which is also a huge benefit of being on the team. Last, I’m looking for that extra bit of motivation and fun in my running after having a tough last few months and I feel the team environment will give me that push!
What are your 2018 running goals and how is being on a team going to help you get there?
My big goal for 2018 is to run my first 50 mile ultramarathon. I’ve been pushing myself at the 50K distance for the last couple of years and I’m looking forward to the new challenge. I don’t have the race chosen yet, but I’m looking at one for this fall. In March, I’ll be running the Marin Ultra Challenge 50K and looking for a 50K PR!
I believe being part of Arete will help me get there because the extra support, motivation, and run meet-ups can go a long way. I love seeing strong women runners hit their goals, and I’m already feeling the spark of inspiration from the team.
What’s something you want us to know about you?
I’m mostly a trail runner who does a road race here and there for fun. I love challenging myself with long distances and heavy vert. I’m known for dragging friends on trail runs and making them love it (or at least I try!)
Favorite run/race memory: Finishing Canyons 50K – it was my hardest 50K by far with 9200 feet of climbing, and it gave me confidence that I can do hard things! Plus, the course included a part of the Western States trail that I’ve wanted to experience for years.
Superstition or odd running routine: New socks (of the same style I always wear) for a goal race!
Best place to run: Marin Headlands trails
Favorite race: Headlands Endurance Runs (Pacific Coast Trail Runs) – washing machine loops means you see trail runner friends over and over! I’ve done the marathon two times but might bump it up to the 50M this year.
Favorite teammate memory: Spectating and supporting friends at the North Face Endurance Challenge 50M this year, and pacing my friend and teammate Ali for 23 miles of her first 50M.
I’m all in for Arete because I want to connect and share goals with a team of awesome ladies!
I run because I love being outside on trails and to have exciting adventures.
We’re excited to watch your journey unfold this year, Paulette! Follow her journey at justkeeprunningblog.com
If you’d like to join Arete as a Remote member or in one of our five locations, visit runarete.com.
Happy New Year, Arete Community!
I hope that this new year finds you happy, healthy, and ready to share miles with your Arete teammates. I’d like to share a few important dates and details with you so that you know when you can kick-start your year with Arete. We are looking forward to another year of many memorable miles with you. Welcome aboard to our new teammates; we are happy you are joining our awesome run family!
We are a team of intermediate and advanced runners committed to supporting each other through the miles: in running and in life. We show up for ourselves and each other through all the peaks and valleys. Through the process, we plan to have a lot of fun and become stronger runners and human beings. We train and race together and have social meetups throughout the year. Arete is a lifestyle, and we’re here to make it awesome. While some women meet several times a week to run, others come occasionally. We get it. Life is full. We are here to support you and however the team environment works for your life.
Each team is led by a rad volunteer team leader. These women lead one weekly speed session, a weekend long runs, and general communication. We will share the times and days of the week you can plan for your workouts at each location, but they will likely be similar to 2017. There may be additional optional roles for leadership this year. Stay tuned!
Your season launch is your opportunity to meet and catch up with your teammates, register for the new season, and reserve your spot for the Arete Running Camp. There will be a fun Arete exclusive mug filled with swag and $25 discount for “regular registration” (legacy pricing is always the same!) for those who register at the launch event.
Please visit the Facebook page “Arete Women’s Running Club & Community” and RSVP for your chapter event.
Here are the dates and times for each location’s season launch:
Sacramento: January 20th at 3pm, Leilani’s Home (address will be posted on Sac FB group)
San Francisco Peninsula: January 27th at 10am, Nachoria in Burlingame (optional run at 9am)
Santa Cruz: February 3rd at 8am, New Brighton Middle PAC
Santa Barbara: February 3rd at 9am, Oat Bakery
Oakland: February 10th at 8am, Blue Bottle Coffee
Chico: February 10th at 8am, One Mile
Arete Remote Team:
We have an all-new Remote Team this year! Just like the other chapters, you can follow a training path, meet-up at races, and share the inspiration, wherever you live! If you or someone you know is interested in joining, they can register at runarete.com.
Arete Running Camp:
This inaugural Running Camp is August 16-19 in Santa Barbara. Think beautiful running, inspiration, fun, and team bonding. Details to follow. Spots will be limited, and you’ll have your chance to place your deposit at the launch date to reserve your spot.
Not only do we get to meet and train with the most awesome women around, we are also grateful to partner with incredible companies we believe in. In addition, some of our chapters have local business discounts as well. Check your chapter pages soon for that information. Here’s a quick list of our current all-team exclusive discounts (more are in the works):
50% off all *clothing in 3 seasonal 10-day windows. The first window is March 1-10
30% off Picky Club
50% off bars, mixed packs, merchandise
NoxGear Reflective LED Running Vest:
We look forward to seeing you at your season launch soon! Until then, feel free to use your chapter Facebook group to post meetups and share inspiration. If you haven’t joined we also have a new Facebook group for all members in every chapter. Ask to join Arete Women’s Running Club: All Chapters Community so you can stay in the loop. Your first official day of practice starts the first weekday speedwork of the month following your season launch. So if your launch is in January, your practice starts in February. If your launch is in February, practice starts in March.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback. I love hearing from you and collaborating with all you smart and inspiring women. Can’t wait to share the journey with you in 2018.
Let’s do this!
Like other areas of our lives, a new calendar year allows us to reflect upon our running and how we want it to feel for the next 12 months. Since our energy and time is limited, it’s advantageous to take a step back and ask ourselves what we want from our relationship with running for the next year. While you think about your new year running goals, implementing these five things into your plans can keep you motivated, help you run faster, and increase your authentic love of the sport.
Listen to Your Gut
When you stop for a silent moment, what do you want from running this year? I’m big on intuition and following your inner voice of curiosity. If your little running voice says, “chase a big PR” and that feels good to you, go after it. If you’re being pulled to spend a year of consistent, relaxed running, do that. Who knows, you may change your mind in a few months. Be open and tune to to what feels right for you this year.
Make a Goal
Once you’ve established how you want to structure and move forward with your running this year, it’s time to set a goal. While you might go toward a time goal or mileage goal, maybe your goal is different: run one race a month, meet your running friends twice a week, run for charity, or run a race in a different state. Keep in mind that these are your goals, so if it doesn’t feel good to create the goal and set yourself on the journey, then it’s probably not the right goal for you. You’ll know when the goal(s) feels right, and when it does, write it down, say it aloud, and do the things that will set you on your journey.
Stick With It
Fact: you will not always feel motivated to run. You’re human! Even the elites aren’t always motivated to run. Try to stick through it when you feel unmotivated but don’t burn yourself out. When you feel unmotivated, ask yourself why that might be and make changes to get yourself on track. Vary your terrain, change speeds, sign up for a race, or take a day off. There is no rulebook. Remind yourself that you’ve felt unmotivated before and it’s not a permanent feeling. Keep going, add lightness and enjoyment to your running, and before you know it you’ll be on the other side of your funk.
Go Easy & Practice Patience
Are you always striving – in your life and your running? While this may give us the results and accomplishments we’re looking for, the constant push can lead to burnout. Get in touch with yourself and when it feels right to take it easy. Be sure each hard workout is followed by a recovery run as your body’s chance to restore and build. You will not grow in your training if you do not allow yourself the chance to rest. If you’re not where you want to be in your running (or your life!), practice patience. Put in the strategic work, be diligent, forgive yourself, rest, and enjoy the process. The results may not come overnight, but with patience, you will delight yourself over time.
Find a Running Crew
These are the no-drama, no-pressure friends who will be by your side through the miles. They’ll show up for a run in the dark, listen to your dreams and worries, and give you the extra push just when you need it. Some running friends become best friends, while others we meet strictly for the weekly camaraderie pushing through workouts together. You know you’ve met your crew when you can show up exactly as you are and at the end of the run, you feel a little bit closer to your best self and your goals. What’s not to love about this special relationship?
What would your running look like if you took the extra step to implement these practices? If you make these tweaks, and spend a little extra time reflecting, listening, and committing to your running community, you’ll feel excited and inspired entering a new year of running. These tiny changes can make a giant difference in your year of running.
What’s one thing you would add to make this your best year of running?
Welcome to Arete Running Club!
We’re a group of dedicated and spirited runners, united by our love of running and our desire to share miles together. Our team is open to intermediate and advanced runners. (minimum: ability to run 6 miles without stopping and has a strong understanding of running and running concepts). Whether you’re looking to get faster, get a Boston Qualifying time, or just meet some cool people, this is the team for you.
If you are looking for the most positive group of women in a supportive and knowledgeable training environment, then we want you to lace up and join us!
The launch event is February 3rd and includes brunch, fun run, meet your teammates, day-of discounts on membership and the chance to stop by our sponsor booths! We’ll see you there. Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601263606599103/
Here’s is some information on 2018 Santa Cruz Team Membership: