Friday, April 24, 2015

Meb for Mortals - Book Review

Even if you aren't a runner, I am sure you have heard of Meb Keflezighi (pronounced Kef-lez-ghee) before. Meb is an amazing long-distance runner and was the 2014 Boston Marathon winner (and he became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years!) He is a class act (he had a great performance this year at Boston, but more notable was his hand-in-hand finish with an elite female runner), a 3-time Olympian and yet people still wondered how he did what he did at Boston in 2014.

They had their reasons to wonder - he was almost 39 years old and had experienced years of injuries and setbacks.

In Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Eat and Think like a Champion Marathoner, Keflezighi describes his training, nutritional and mental principles in detail so that anyone from a seasoned runner to a newbie can incorporate them into their daily routine.

His book is broken up into nine sections: Think like Meb, Run like Meb, Train like Meb, Race like Meb, Eat like Meb, Strengthen like Meb, Stretch like Meb, Cross-Train like Meb and Recover like Meb.

The two sections, Strengthen like Meb and Stretch like Meb, are great resources for different strength moves and stretches complete with pictures. I need to incorporate more of the stretches and flexibility moves into my own training! He also describes why, when and how stretching and strengthening are important for runners. The Run like Meb section also includes some running form drills that all runners should consider incorporating into their weekly routine.

 Example of one of the stretches in the book

Personally, the section that I enjoyed the most was the first section: Think like Meb. Keflezighi describes why setting goals is so important and how his philosophy on long-term success with running is one part physical (hard work) and two parts mental (commitment and good goals).

The other section that I enjoyed was the Eat like Meb portion of the book. Admittedly, Mike and I are still figuring out how to properly fuel our training (we have gotten better!) and it was inspiring to read how an elite runner fuels his running career. It was just as inspiring to read that he has a sweet tooth and that he believes that balance is key. He also emphasizes that it is alright to gain weight after a goal race and that you cannot maintain "race weight" the entire year.

Meb for Mortals is a great resource! Whether you are looking to set goals to succeed, looking for resources on how to improve your running form, looking for strategies to improve your stretching, strength training and recovery, looking to improve your daily nutrition or looking for tips on how to mentally prepare for race day (and much more) this book is for you!

If you would like more information about Meb, you can check out his website here.

And if you would like to purchase Meb for Mortals, you can do so here!

I was provided a copy of Meb for Mortals from Runner's World at no charge in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Seneca7 Relay Race Recap - Part 3

Did you miss Part 1 and Part 2? Check them out, here and here!

When we left off, Mike had just taken off on his second leg of the day. The rest of us got in the van and took off, we went a different direction than the runners so we didn't get to cheer him on while he was running.

 Mike about to run leg 14 of the race

Eventually, I got this feeling that we had gone too far and I looked at the directions and asked if we went by Townline Road. We had. Greg turned our van around and then we were back on track. By the time we parked and I ran my way down toward the exchange (as a brief warm-up), I knew I didn't have much time before Mike would come in from his leg.

I went across the road to the port-a-potties and the exchange, and asked if anyone in line was the next runner. One person said she was, and most of the people in line let us go ahead of them. I went to the bathroom and then when I came out, a few minutes later Mike was making his way up the road.

He did great on his second leg and ran the 3.1 miles in approximately 22 minutes at 7:11 pace!

I grabbed the slap bracelet from him and took off on my final leg of the day. My last leg was 3.7 miles and described as "down, down, down". While it was mostly downhill, there were still some rolling hills throughout.

Since we had caught the earlier starters, I passed quite a few people on this leg. The van drove by me shortly after I started and they cheered me on as they continued down the road. My first mile came in at 7:32.

As it was around 4:30pm, it was still hot out but I tried not to let that get to me. I just told myself that these were the final miles of Seneca7 (for me) this year and I didn't want to let my team down. The hills in the second mile slowed me down a little bit to an 8:12 pace, but I was still passing other runners.

The third mile had some nice downhills and unfortunately another runner passed me. It was the same guy from the second leg who passed me (I only recognized him since he had on a team shirt that said, "6 Mikes and Will" - I should have asked if he was a Mike or a Will!) When my watch beeped for the third mile (7:52 pace), I knew that the golf course had to be right around the bend in the road.

And it was. I could see the final turn for the exchange point in the distance. From doing this race so many times I knew that I would still have a bit of a run to the exchange point, but as I turned the final corner I saw one of our friends (the driver of team "Trail Heads") cheering me on. He told me that I knew how much was left and I kept going. Then I saw team "Trail Heads" walking toward me and they all cheered me on as I ran through.

 So close to the end!

This part of the race is a bit congested since runners are running through the parking area for the golf course/exchange. I dodged some people and then I heard my team cheering for me. For some reason, I couldn't see Jamie and asked where he was (I thought he'd be wearing his grey shirt). Finally, I saw him and handed the slap bracelet off to him. And I was done!

 Jamie's turn to run his final leg

I ran the 3.7 miles (I had slightly over on my watch) in 29:10 at 7:48 pace! Not a bad way to end my race.

Since Jamie had a slightly longer leg, we didn't have to rush out of the golf course. So we walked back to the van and I FINALLY could eat more than a few bites of food! The next legs took us through Sampson State Park and from previous years' experience, we knew that it was going to be really congested.

All the people!

Jamie finishing up his third leg

We got through Jamie and Erin's exchange point with relative ease and then we got to where Erin and Greg would exchange. This was so congested! Greg finally jumped out of the van (of course he was driving) and we parked. Mike and I walked down to the exchange (it took FOREVER and randomly I saw someone with a sweatshirt from my high school in Maine). We just barely made it to when Erin and Greg made the exchange.

 I love this sequence of photos!

We saw our friends from Trail Heads (and we were calculating if we could catch/pass them!) and turned around to get back to the van in a hurry. Greg is super speedy (6:00-7:00 pace!) and I knew we wouldn't have much time before he would fly into the exchange. Mike, Erin and I saw the rest of our team and we hustled as much as we could back to the van (we really should have ran back, why we didn't I don't know, ha). As we were driving to the exchange, I was getting really worried that we weren't going to make it in time.

As we drove on the road that the exchange was on and we didn't see Greg, I knew we were going to cut it close. Finally, we saw him. RIGHT before the exchange! We told Heather to jump out (but to make sure that she crossed at the proper place, or we would have been disqualified)! We drove our van through the exchange and saw Greg running across the field toward us. He told us he was only standing there waiting for about a minute, so luckily the congestion didn't cost us too much time!

We didn't even stop at that exchange point and we continued on our way to the next stop. We chatted with team Trail Heads there, all while Mike was thinking we may have a chance to pass them, and then we saw Heather make her way up her final hill.

 I am so proud of Heather, she was a sub for our team, didn't know many of us and crushed the runner 5 position that had the most mileage!

Team Trail Heads was only a few minutes ahead of us at this point and we knew that it was going to be close. When we finally got out of the exchange point (the vehicular, bike and runner traffic here was AWFUL!!), we drove by Liz. I wish we got a photo. She made the "I've got my eyes on you" hand motion, and we knew what she meant. She had Steven, from Team Trail Heads, in her sight!

When we went by him, we knew she may have a chance to catch him. We parked at the exchange point and we waited with everyone for Liz to come in.

 Love the smile at the end!

First came Steven. And then a few seconds later Liz came running down the hill!

 Mike's final leg and the final leg for our team!

Mike took the slap bracelet and before we had even turned back to the car, he had passed Team Trail Heads (this was just a fun way to motivate ourselves and since we are all friends it was some friendly competition, plus most of their runners had raced the day before so they are the true beasts!) A few of our runners got in the port-a-potty line and then we got in the car to go to the Team Reunification area.

 Mike high-fiving members of Team Trail Heads

Looks like Mike is telling us to hurry up!

Before we knew it, Mike was running toward us (he ran his final 3.7 mile leg in approximately 28 minutes at 7:27 pace)! We all ran with him to the finish and then team "Girls in Skirts, Guys in Shirts" was done!

Our team ran the 77.7 miles in 10:12:38 with an average pace of 7:52. We came in 24th overall out of 211 teams that finished the race (7 team were disqualified) and 11th for mixed teams.

 Yay team!

I can't believe another Seneca7 is over. This fourth year reaffirmed how much I love this race, and I hope that I get to continue to run this every year (I have to at least run every runner position!) I am glad that I was able to share this special race with old and new friends this year!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Seneca7 Relay Race Recap - Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? Check it out, here!

As Mike was making his way through his first leg, it was almost time for me to run my second leg! Our team was doing well and holding strong at a consistent 7:50 pace, but the majority of us would run our hardest legs of the day next.

Floating during his first leg!

When I decided on going first this year, I knew that my second leg was going to be tough. Admittedly, all of the runner positions have tough parts to them, but I was scared of the hill that I was about to attempt to run up!

Right around 12:27pm, I saw Mike running along the road and then he made the turn down toward the exchange. He crushed his first 4.1 mile leg! He ran it in approximately 31 minutes at 7:28 pace.

While his leg had some climbing in it, the final portion was a steep downhill toward Glenora Winery. As he came flying in, I said to him, "you need to slow down!" We almost bobbled the exchange, but luckily I grabbed the slap bracelet and took off!

Hilarious relay hand-off

This 3.3 mile leg is described as "down, down, then up, up". The first mile is downhill along North Glenora road. I made my way down and crossed the railroad tracks and just focused on keeping a good pace, since I knew I would slow down the next mile.

This was my loneliest leg. The vehicles went a different way than the runners and I only saw three other runners, who all passed me, during this leg. The views were spectacular and this took my mind off of the monster hill I was soon going to have to run up. As I made my way down the final portion of the downhill (it was pretty steep and I felt like I was going to fall sometimes), another runner passed by me.

The course wasn't marked at this point so he looked back at me to ask which way to go. Since straight was a dead end, I indicated that we had to go right, and up. My first mile was 7:13 pace, which is good since I needed all the help I could get to balance out my next mile!

 Photo from the first year we ran this race

Right when we turned, I saw Glenora Falls. It was beautiful and took my mind off of what I had to do for the next mile, but only for a second. I had it in my mind that I would try to run up the entire hill, but when I saw the guy who had passed me walking up ahead I knew that I might not be able to.

I made it pretty far and then turned the corner and walked for the first time. Eventually another runner caught up to me and we exchange a few words about the hill and he kept going.

I walked a few more times because my calves were burning from being on just my toes (it was that steep) and then the hill started to level out a little bit. I didn't walk again and finally made it back out to the main road. A cyclist from a bike team (yes, some people choose to use bikes as their transportation around the lake) said to me, "great job tackling that hill".

Luckily, at that point the road flattened out a bit for the last mile or so of the leg. My second mile was 11:35 pace so I knew I had to pick up the pace. I didn't want to let my team down!

All business trying to get to the exchange point

So happy to be done!

Finally, I could see the exchange point in the distance. I just focused on getting to Jamie and tried not to slow down. We made the exchange and my hardest leg of the day was done! I ran the 3.3 miles in 28:53 at 8:54 pace, not too bad considering I had 400 feet of elevation gain - all of which was in that second mile!

 Jamie and Erin making their exchange at Lakewood Vineyards

 The exchange at the bottom of the lake in Watkins Glen

Greg and Heather making their way up the hill!

We kept up our pace of around 7:50-7:55 average as we made our way around the lake. As I mentioned previously, the majority of runners had their hardest legs coming up. Erin ran us down a steep hill into Watkins Glen (the halfway point!) and then Greg had to run up a steep hill out of town. There was also a new change to the race this year (a disgruntled winery owner told the race two weeks prior that they could not use their business as an exchange), and as a result, Heather had to run 6.1 miles.

 T: Erin, Liz and Greg waiting for Heather, BL: us enjoying our 4th Seneca7, BR: the line for the port-a-potty at one exchange

Heather crushed her 6.1 mile leg! Beast.

At this point we were catching up to the earlier starters, so some exchange points were becoming even more crowded than the previous ones (but not as bad as some later exchange points, just some foreshadowing). We also started to think that we might have a chance to catch our friends who were on team "Trail Heads". Their team started at 8:30 and we were now about 10-15 minutes behind them.

 Liz and Mike's second exchange of the day

Then before I knew it, Mike was off and running his second leg of the day. It was almost time for me to run my final leg of my fourth Seneca7. I just hoped I had enough left in me to pull a decent pace.

You'll just have to wait and see if I did!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Seneca7 Relay Race Recap - Part 1

Seneca7 - I love it.

There really isn't much more that I need to say about this race than that, but of course, I will!

This year, Mike and I ran with a completely new team. We put together a mixed team and we called ourselves, "Girls in Skirts, Guys in Shirts". Three of us had done the race before and four people were completely new to the race.

After some contemplation (and stressing over, I'll admit) our team pace, we ended up with a start time of 9am. Our team order this year was me, Jamie, Erin, Greg, Heather, Liz and Mike. I have a goal to run each runner position of the race, so it was my turn to go first!

 Wearing a skirt per the team name!

Greg, Jamie, Mike and I carpooled in the van to Geneva. We met up with Erin, Liz and Heather shortly after 8am. We saw some of our other friends who were starting at 8:30am and 9am, and everyone looked like they were ready for a day of running around Seneca Lake!

 Two thumbs up for Seneca7!

 Chatting with other runners before the start

Right before 9am, I went over to the start line to wait for the start of our wave. We had put 8:00 average pace for our team, so I knew that everyone in our wave was going to be fast. After chatting with some other runners, we were told that we had 90 seconds until the start.

Then, after what seemed like forever, we were off!

 Cheese face!

I took off really quickly, but I knew that I wasn't going to keep it up the entire 3.8 mile leg (and honestly, I was really worried about how I would perform at this race since I have lost some speed due to 50K training). The start of the race takes you out of downtown Geneva and immediately we were greeted with a small grassy hill. I made my way up it with the majority of the pack and then I told myself to let everyone go and settle into my own pace.

We ran along the sidewalk for awhile, before we ran down a hill and onto the road. This leg was described as "rolling" and there was a pretty decent climb during the third mile. I started to pass some of the people who started off too fast. The van drove by me at one point and cheered me on as they continued down the road.

My pace slowed a little during the third mile and I told myself to just hold on until the exchange point (my splits were 7:59, 7:55, 8:14 and 7:33 pace for the final .8 of a mile). There were still hills but they were smaller and they didn't slow me down too much.

Eventually, I could see a lot of bright colors in the distance. I figured it was the exchange point and it was - I could see it for almost a mile!

I got to the exchange, handed off the slap bracelet to Jamie and then made my way to the shuttle bus (vehicles aren't allowed to stop at the first exchange to try to help reduce congestion in the beginning of the race). The bus brought us all to the second exchange point and I found my team.

I ran the 3.8ish miles (my watch had a little less than that) in 29:30 at 7:57 pace! Not a bad start to our day.

Soon we saw Jamie come in and our team continued to make our way around the lake. We were making good time and were holding a consistent 7:50ish average team pace.

 Jamie and Erin's exchange

Erin and Greg's first legs

Heather and Liz's exchange

And then before I knew it, Mike was heading out for his first leg of the day. Since he was our 7th (and final) runner, that meant it was almost my turn again!

Mike making his way out on his first leg after his exchange with Liz

We got to Glenora Winery, where our exchange would take place, and I used a real bathroom (yay for being able to wash my hands) before heading over to the exchange.

And right before 12:30pm, I saw Mike making his way down the road toward us.

You'll just have to wait to find out what happens next!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rally Round the Valley Race Recap

This past Saturday I participated in the inaugural Rally Round the Valley 18 mile race. I used it as a training run for my 50K rather than as an actual race, sometimes it is nice to have a supported training run!

The race location was in Honeoye, New York about an hour from our house. Mike wasn't racing so he was able to drive the course and cheer me on, which I really appreciated! Our friend, Heather, was also running this race and we found her right before the start.

 Ready to tackle 18 miles!

 The Finger Lakes area is gorgeous!

When I found out about this race I really liked the idea of running around Honeoye Lake. Mike and I have ridden around this lake, but we have never run around it. You could either register for the solo 18 miler, a 2-person or 3-person relay or a 9 mile walk.

 Waiting for the start

I don't like running or anything

The race got started right at 9am and I tried to settle into a comfortable pace. I thought that 9:30 pace would be good, but of course I started out around 9:00-9:10 average for the first 9 miles.

 The one complaint for this race was the plastic cups used at the water stops

Still making my way around the lake

The race started at the Honeoye Central School and from there we turned down West Lake Road. This side of the lake the terrain had longer, but gradual hills and downhills. I was able to keep up a good pace and Mike stopped to cheer me on two or three times on this side. The temperature was in the upper 30s, which was pleasant on this side of the lake.

As I made my way down a longer hill, I could see the halfway point in the distance (and a downhill skiing area that still had snow on it). I was starting to feel a little bit tired, but I still felt good at this point. After going through the water stop (which was also the 2-person relay exchange point), I turned left onto East Lake Road. Immediately, the conditions changed.

It was pretty windy on Saturday, but it wasn't that noticeable during the first half of the race. As soon as I made the turn to start the second half of the race the wind was in my face, and it didn't let up until the finish line. I started to slow down due to this, but I kept on going.

I hadn't seen Mike in awhile, but I was hoping that I would soon. The east side of the lake the terrain is constant rolling hills, which isn't too bad on a bike but it was starting to take its toll on my legs.

I just kept telling myself to keep going and not to walk. I was just using this as a training run so my finishing time didn't really matter that much to me.

 You can tell I'm getting tired and I put my gloves back on since it was so cold!

After a water stop, I saw Mike in the distance. When I went by him, he told me that I was doing great and I said that I was starting to get tired. Then I had to run up the worst hill of the race, which Mike asked me about when he drove by me. I still hadn't walked and the downhill after brought a little bit of relief to my legs.

At the final exchange point for the 3-person teams, I saw a co-worker getting ready to run her leg. I said hi to her and told her that this kind of sucked, ha. She told me I looked great and I kept going on my way.

At this point, I could kind of tell who the two-person and three-person relay runners were. It was hard not to be envious of their fresh legs! I saw Mike one more time and as he drove away, this woman running next to me started to talk to me. I asked her if she was a relay runner and she told me no that she was doing the entire thing. I said that I was too and that I was a bit envious of the relay runners at this point.

We chatted for a little while before we both settled in for the final two miles.

Eventually, I could see the road crossing that we would need to make before turning back into the school for the finish. There was a final uphill and then I started to make my way toward the turn into the bus circle for the school. Mike was cheering me on as I crossed the finish line.

 Yay, I can stop running now!

I finished in 2:54:20, not too bad considering the conditions!

 Successful training run, complete!

After hanging around for a bit, Mike and I made the drive back to Rochester. Overall, I really enjoyed this race and I would be interested in doing it again - either solo or as a relay!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Being Proud of My Accomplishments

I know that I have been down on running and triathlon lately. I can blame the winter, I can blame my weak mind, I can blame my not-in-Ironman-shape body, but really I have accomplished a lot over the years that I should be proud of - and I am.

April 12th will mark our 4-year running anniversary. We started running using the Couch-to-5K program and haven't looked back since.

Even though it is hard and there are struggles, I wouldn't change our lifestyle for anything.

This past weekend, I set the ambitious goal of running the entire length (out and back) of the Seneca Trail. That trail is my favorite, it has just a little bit of everything, and I made a goal this year to run the entire length. Unfortunately, the entire trail isn't open all year round because of hunting.

I wanted to use this 27ish mile run as a training run for my 50K and because of races and hunting season this past weekend was the only opportunity to do so. I was a bit worried about the conditions of the trail, since our snow still isn't 100% gone.

 Here I go!

Saturday morning at 7am, I set out to start making my trek along the trail. Mike dropped me off at the start, because you can't park there, and then he went to one of the places he could stop and park. I had four other friends meeting me about a tenth of a mile down the trail. As I came running up a hill, I saw them in the distance cheering for me.

The five of us continued on our way and we saw Mike in a few places before he went to get ready to join our group.

 Running down the hill at Valentown

Another downhill around mile 4

This photo makes me laugh, we're all doing something different!

The trail conditions were varied. In some spots there was still snow and ice and in others we were trudging through almost knee-deep water. The mud was unrelenting in some spots, but we continued on. There was one water crossing that we did not do, except one of us, because the water was too strong. We had to detour to the road and then connect with the trail again.

 Thanks to these people, I made it as far as I did

 I love this photo!

When we made it to the halfway point, I thought about stopping. I thought about asking one of our friends for a ride back to Mike's car, almost 8 miles away. But, I popped a few pretzels in my mouth, refilled my water and kept trudging along.

We made it back to the barn where a few of our friends had parked their car and finished their run. Our friend, Todd, who had finished at the halfway point was there. He asked if we needed food or a ride.

I joked that I wanted the ride, but would be mad at myself if I didn't keep going. So I took some more pretzels and Mike and I continued on our way.

There was a moment when I thought I would keep going all the way to the end. Then the last stretch before Mike's car really started to take its toll on me. I was worried about doing the last 6 miles by myself (Mike did an almost 16 mile out and back), especially in the area that had the most water.

I stopped at Mike's car. I stopped at 21.27 miles.

 I was too tired to even reset my watch, definitely NOT 10:08 average pace - that's lap pace

At first I was disappointed in myself that I didn't accomplish my goal (even today, I feel like I COULD have kept going). However, this was the furthest I have run in training so far this cycle and I had 5 hours on my feet. I may have been able to make it through the next section, about 2 miles, without injury but there's no way to know for sure. Mike would have had to come trekking through the water to come and find me if it started to take too long, and I didn't want him to have to do that (though I know he would have).

I am PROUD of what I accomplished. I know that without the mud and water (and maybe someone with me the entire time), I could have finished what I set out to do. I still have a little work to do on my mental state with running and training, but I am getting there.

There was no crying, no complaining (alright, there was a little bit of complaining), but I kept moving forward.

And, I have plans to tackle the entire length of the Seneca Trail again sometime in the summer. Hopefully there won't be as much mud next time!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Running Strong - Book Review

We all want medical and health advice from people who are involved in the same sports that we are, which in reality, is sometimes easier said than done.

I was provided the opportunity to review "Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong: The Sports Doctor's Complete Guide to Injury-Free Running for Life" and I jumped at the chance! I have been injured twice in my short running career (peroneal tendonitis) and have experienced the normal aches and pains from intense training.

Dr. Jordan Metzl is a runner and triathlete, as it says on the cover of the book he has completed 32 marathons and 12 Ironmans, and has experienced an injury - a torn ACL. His book "Running Strong" is a great reference with a lot of information about different injuries and how to prevent them in order to maintain a healthy running career.

His book is broken up into five sections: Nuts and Bolts, Uh-Oh: What's that Pain?, Getting the Most from your Machine, Tools of the Trade and His and Hers.

I read the entirety of section 1: Nuts and Bolts. This provided an overview of healthy running and why some runners become injured. I thought that this was an informative review of the bio-mechanics of running and confirmed that I need to keep adding strength training to my routine!

The next section was one that I skimmed. I think it is a great reference for when you are trying to identify why you are experiencing pain and what might be going on with your body. I did check out the section on peroneal tendonitis since I have had that injury twice. This section is divided into nine chapters, eight that focus on specific areas of the body from your feet to your upper body and one that focuses on other aches and pains, such as, blisters. The chapters include diagrams, symptoms, and how to remedy the injury that you are experiencing.

I also skimmed the fourth and fifth sections. I found some of the nutrition information interesting, as well as, some of the differences between men and women (which is a good thing for me to keep in mind while Mike and I train together). The female section went in depth on running during pregnancy, which isn't something that applies to me, so I skimmed this information as well. The two sections are also good references and reminders for maintaining your health as a runner.

 Your body is your machine

The third section was one I was really excited to see. Dr. Metzl included his strength training program IronStrength in this section. I have been working on incorporating more strength training into my routine this year and the other day I tried his workout.

This book has another really cool feature: it utilizes the Blippar app (which you can get for free) so that you can view numerous videos for more information. I used the app while trying out the IronStrength workout when I was unsure about a specific move.

 Checking out the Blippar app during the IronStrength workout!

I did modify his workout (shortened some of the sets/reps), but overall I really enjoyed it! I am going to continue to incorporate this workout into my strength training routine.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It isn't one that you read in its entirety in one sitting (unless you really want to), but it is a great reference with a TON of information. The Blippar app just increases the amount of information that you can gain access to in order to keep yourself healthy while running.

If you would like more information about Dr. Jordan Metzl, here are some resources:

Dr. Jordan Metzl's website
Twitter (@drjordanmetzl)
Instagram (@drjordanmetzl) 
Facebook (Dr. Jordan Metzl)

If you are interested in buying this book, you can do so here. I would highly recommend that you check it out!

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of "Running Strong" from Runner's World at no cost in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.