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RacePace: Houston’s Premiere Running Studio

If you’re part of the fitness community in Houston, you may have heard about RacePace. Simply put, RacePace is a running studio. You’re probably scratching your head and asking yourself, what in the world is a running studio? You’re probably familiar with spin studios like SoulCycle or Flywheel. This is a similar concept for running! You’re in a room full of treadmills and you’re running along side others while listening to music and being coached by an instructor.


My experience with RacePace was kind of a fluke. During a Fitness in the Loop charity event, I placed my raffle ticket in the drawing for 5 classes at RacePace thinking I wouldn’t win. It seems like a neat idea and I hadn’t tried the studio yet. Luck would have it that I would win the 5 class pass so it gave me a chance to try out the studio for free!

My RacePace Experience

One thing I really loved about RacePace from the beginning is their super kind owners, Jeff and Shiva Douse. Immediately when I walked into the studio Shiva was incredibly kind and gave me a tour of the studio. She showed me the ins and outs of the place and explained a bit of the idea behind the concept. As I walked into the studio and found my treadmill, I received a quick rundown of the system. Luck would have it that my first class was with her husband, Jeff.

One thing you’ll find about RacePace is that they really live up to their premier studio status. There are combination locks for your belongings and locker rooms that are stocked with high end toiletries. Plus, the location is absolutely awesome! RacePace is located in a art studio complex so it definitely has a chic vibe on the outside as well.

There are basically three different types of classes offered: RP Starting Line, RP Speed, and RP Endurance. RP Starting Line is a lower intensity class aimed toward those who are just at the beginning of their running journey. If you’re looking for high intensity speed and hill intervals RP Speed if for you! RP Endurance is more my flavor with longer intervals with moderate recovery periods. Each class is 60 minutes long but this includes warm up and cool down time.

I’m normally not a treadmill runner but I really enjoyed my classes at RacePace. Having a coach guiding the class through interval sets really motivated me to push my speed. There were times in my first class where I knew I would have quit if I were running on my own. Having the whole class running along with you gives you a sense of community.

The great thing about these classes is that everything is at your own pace. There are some guidelines as to what your pace should FEEL like at certain intervals but paces are never mentioned. For someone who’s SUPER self conscience about their pace, this was music to my ears. It allowed me to push myself without having that comparison aspect in the back of my mind. While you can always peek at the person’s display next to yours. the amount of effort you put in is all up to you.

If you’re in the Houston area, I would definitely give RacePace a try. It’s a great way to go for a run and avoid the Texas weather!

Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

My light bill is through the roof, my glass is dying, and the “feels like” temperature is consistently in the triple digits, it’s August y’all! I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and just say I’m over it being this hot. Every day, I try to get as much done as possible before the sun comes up. The heat is stifling and it’s just downright nasty out there.

New Season of Running

However, August also marks the beginning of a new training regimen. I’m very Type A and I crave structure. After my last race in the Spring, I was very adamant about taking a break.  I did go on a few runs but most were short and slower. Now, I’m getting excited because next week I’ll beginning to add the miles and being to push myself. I really believe that I’ve built a good running and strength training base to be able to run a half marathon under two hours at the end of October.

Since I’m really focusing on running a strong race, I’m going to devote more time towards running. I have some strength training planned each week but if my legs are too tired, I’ll take the evening to relax. Foam rolling and stretching will also be a high priority during these next few weeks!

Here’s the Google calendar that shows my training plan along with some other fitness events I’m planning on attending. It looks like a lot but there’s only five runs a week and two crosstraining days. Rest days will be complete rest days with absolutely no workouts. If you workout during a rest day, it’s not a real rest day people!

Here’s a few things I want to remember during training:

  1. Be smart and take rest days when everything hurts
  2. Now’s not the time to go hard when it comes to lifting
  3. Mind over matter. Your legs can do it, just shut up and run
  4. You can’t do everything so pick and choose what you want to do

That’s just a glimpse into my crazy running habit! There’s some stuff scattered in there and I just know that I won’t get to run that day but I’m not going to worry about it. Ultimately, I run because I think it’s fun and I want to continue to have fun during my training.

Have you ever done a half-marathon before?


Running With Friends Makes You A Better Runner

Are you a lone wolf runner? Do you use running as your time to get away from the stress of life? I used to be the same way. My mornings were where I would take time for myself and run without a worry in the world. However, I believe you should make an effort to run with friends at least once a week.

There’s so many ways to find a group of runners in your area. Local running stores tend to host group runs and if you live in a big city, you’re bound to find running groups that fit your schedule. With social media, it’s easy to make relationships with other runners and meet up for runs. Safety first of course! Here’s a few reasons why I believe running with friends make you a better runner. Continue reading Running With Friends Makes You A Better Runner

Should You Run With Music?

The age old question that has plagued many runners; should you run with music? I’m sure you’ve seen runners on trails with their phones tucked safety in their arm bands (or the stubborn few who hold them while running!). When I’m running at the park on weekends, I can count on one hand runners who don’t run with headphones. There’s been seasons of training where I have given up music completely but I also ran my marathon with some music toward the end. So here’s the kicker, should you run with music? Well that depends on who you ask. Continue reading Should You Run With Music?

Marathon Recovery!

It’s so nice to be able to walk normally again! It’s been such a crazy week full of story telling and just reliving the marathon.

marathon medal

So if you didn’t know, the day after the marathon is ROUGH! I had truly no idea the amount of soreness I would have to deal with. Once I was able to slowly roll myself out of the bed on Monday, I knew I was on horrible shape. The blisters forced me to wear sandals to work. Everyone at work kept wanting to hear my story which was nice.
There was a massage parlor that was having a special for all marathoners. I was truly so thankful that I found it. There was an opening that I was able to snag after work. Jessica was so amazing and she really knew what I needed. It truly hurt so good!

marathon rest

Tuesday was a bit better and the massage made all the difference. I was able to walk a bit better and the soreness went down a notch. This is when the post marathon blues kicked in. I was already looking for another race to try! I’m still undecided but taking it easy this week gave me plenty of time to think.
marathon spin

There was plenty of yoga this week and some modified workouts but I was ECSTATIC to get back to spin class. It was my first cardio workout and it definitely kicked my butt. It was a great sweat so I was over the moon to be able to get through it.
Now what’s next? Well I’m still modifying some workouts. My legs feel good but my left ankle is still a bit weak. Taking it day by day and testing it out! As far as races go, I’m still thinking as there’s a lot of different factors going into my decision. I’m still on cloud 9 and it feels surreal when I see the medal on my wall!

Have you run a half marathon or marathon before? How did you recover?