Last week I spent a little too much time in the sun and even though I reapplied my SPF 30 three times, I still ended up with a sunburn. A second degree sunburn from the tops of my feet all the way to mid-thigh, to be exact. Fantastic.
I was miserable and untouchable for about a week- the burning, the fever, the redness, the blisters, the peeling, the itching, the pain. So very attractive. The day after the burn, I tried to pull on a pair of biking shorts for spin class, screamed, “WHY ME???” fell over, and nearly passed out. Ouch. A day later, I was able to put on the shorts but my skin ached and stung constantly while I ran and especially underneath any synthetic sheath of black fabric I require when I work out.
It was that moment I decided to try a running skirt. In the past I would always joke to my running buddies, “If I ever wear a running skirt, shoot me dead on the spot.” I always figured running skirts only belonged on women who 1) have 0% body fat, 2) are taller than 5’5″, and 3) have no cellulite. Not adhering to any of the aforementioned rules myself, I happily dismissed the running skirt. But now, I have to add that running skirts can and must be worn by women who 4) have a horrific sunburn that no wicking clothing could possibly ever cover. Continue reading →
Last week things started to get pretty busy around here with my daughter finishing kindergarten and me preparing the whole family for four weeks at our beautiful cabin in the woods (we leave this Sunday!). The blog has been missing me and I’ve been missing that pure-quiet-no-kids-time to just sit, think, and type- I’ve been interrupted by my beautiful children about 12 times while just typing this sentence. Hooray. Nevertheless, I’ve been hitting my work outs and feeling great about it!
I run to train, I train to run… if only it was that simple!
The other day, I was complaining to my husband that my 5:50am track run was “so early” and he replied, “I don’t want to hear it! You’re doing this voluntarily.” True, very true… I signed up with Team in Training knowing exactly what I was getting into- 6 days a week and 175 total days of training, a steady increase in mileage, and of course, those early mornings.
Hubby is right, if I am dedicated to my training, I do not have anything to whine about. The training itself is not new to me, but the dedication I know I must employ in order to tackle my first marathon IS new. I’ve got a great team, I’ve got donors, and I’ve got honorees to run for. Must stay focused. Must maintain my running mojo. Must stay “in training”. Continue reading →
It’s time to start counting down the training days until the Nike Women’s Marathon on October 16th (11 days down and 163 to go- that sounds like a lot of time, but I had a minor stroke just typing that, still pretty nervous about my first 26.2!).
Last Tuesday I had my first-ever track run. When I thought about running around and around and around an oval for who knows how long without my trusty LauraPod, I figured it would be just as torturous as the dreadmill, but it really isn’t too bad! These track runs are basically Running 101 classes where Coach Al teaches breathing and form. I soak up all the information and then actually apply it on the track, I love it! I’m such a running nerd!
As you can see from the following- or, more specifically, what you don’t see- is that I have not taken a REST DAY in 2 weeks. My legs are so tired right now, my pace is getting slower and slower and I have had to take at least 1 walk break during my runs this week. I promise to work in a rest day soon here less my IT band strikes back and the sub-9 minute/mile pace I’ve worked so hard for never returns. (In my defense, there is a ton of running involved in my boot camp, including high intensity fartleks and hill repeats- very hard, very tiring, but worth it.) Continue reading →
I’ve been putting off writing this first race recap as I was not too thrilled with my performance for this one. I’m over it now- well, somewhat- so here goes…
The all-female See Jane Run 5K & Half Marathon took place this past Sunday June 5th and even though it was pouring rain all day prior, we were met with a dry course and blue skies- thank goodness! When the race was about to start, I maneuvered my way to the front in order to avoid too much weaving in and out of people as I had my sights set on a PR for this one. Let me save you the suspense- I did not PR. Hmph.
The race started and I faced one of my biggest race pet peeves right out of the gate- why oh why do the slower people come up to the front? I’m not super fast by any means but if you’re a slower runner, say plus 10 minute miles, get to the back please! I signed up for a run, not an obstacle course, people! So as we started, I was weaving in and out, in and out of all the slower people, and that slowed me down significantly. After about a half mile I finally had my space and I tried to pick it up but my legs refused to go any faster than a 9 minute mile. Continue reading →
Today is the day I officially went crazy. Today is the day I decided to run a Marathon.
What, exactly, am I thinking? Well, I tell ya, I’m thinking a lot of things…
Mainly, I’m thinking of the parents of Baby Dawson, a 5 month old suffering from Leukemia. I’m thinking about that baby being able to live the best life he can. I’m thinking about Louie Bonpua who died at 37 from Leukemia and completed 9 triathalons, one Iron Man, and was able to carry the Olympic Torch before he passed away. I’m thinking about the countless other Team in Training honorees who are currently living and surviving cancer. I don’t have cancer. I don’t have to endure chemotherapy. Running for 4 hours really isn’t much to complain about in comparison! I have my health, the ability, and the opportunity thanks to Team in Training- so, here I am, ready to seize my opportunity. Continue reading →
One great aspect of running is that, as hobbies go, you virtually need nothing other than a good pair of shoes and a little bit of will power to get started. On the other hand, the accessories that I have found useful, I am more than dedicated to, and would never hit the pavement without them. Here are mine- what are yours? Continue reading →