Taking Hubby’s Advice

A wonderful running hubbyA couple of weeks ago, I had come to the realization (and depression) that I was off track to reach the yearly mileage goal that I had set for myself.  I usually hit my goals – so, I was more than a little bummed.

Being behind in my mileage was basically due to a couple of weeks where I had listened to my body and cut back on daily mileage.  I had been running some killer repeats and had finished feeling great. Was running my cool down back to my house and coming down the hill – I stepped funky and tweaked my knee.  No knee overuse injury – just stepped stupid.

So, I did some easy miles to rest it.  By the way, my chiropractor said that there was nothing wrong with it when he manipulated it – and gave me the OK to continue running.  And, to start slowly increasing my mileage to get back where I usually am.

I never really “hurt” was just an annoyance.  I could still do 2 minute wall sits with no pain  so, that pretty much confirmed that it wasn’t major.  But, I’ve always paid attention to my body all these years (thus the 30+ year streak) – so, I took it easy.

Back at it and doing my double digit long runs and running happily.  However, off track.

So, I was moaning about it over dinner one night and Hubby says, “Why don’t you do an extra mile or so a day to make the mileage up”.

Yeah, why not.

I decided to do it on a few days.  It actually has been working great since I’ve been working on getting my mileage back to where it should be.  3 or 4 days a week, I’ll do an extra 2 miles in the late afternoon before I start dinner prep.

The days that I don’t do the double are the night I spend at Mom’s, the day of my pedicure (I mean, I can’t mess up my toes) and the evening before a long run or race.

It’s been working great!  My mileage is getting back up and I’m happy to report that I’m back on track for the year!

Hubby may not be a runner – but, I guess he’s lived with me enough years that I’ve rubbed off.  And, I’m glad that I listened to him!

Yes, Fall Is Here!

Well, here we are in the first week of October.  I know that for many of you this is your favorite time of the year to run.  I also know that I am a freak of nature and actually enjoy the warmer temperatures and running in that kind of weather. Like I’ve said before – I like the simplicity of Summer running.  No questions about what to wear – a singlet and a pair of shorts will pretty well be all you need.  If you are traveling (like I do each week to my Mom’s) – no thought.  Just shorts and singlets for the days that you’ll be gone.  And, of course, a cap thrown in. Fall and winter running is a little more tricky.  You have to pack for all types of temperatures. There may be a freak cold morning (48 degrees last week at Mom’s), or it may be a … {Continue Reading… }

My Favorite Running Books – Part 2

In my last blog post, I started sharing some of my favorite running books with you.  In case you missed it – here’s the link to that post:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/favorite-running-books-part-one/ Today I’m going to share a few more with you!  Books really are a great source of motivation! Runners of North America:  A Definitive Guide to the Species I love a good running book – and I love humor! This book by Mark Remy combines them both! I highly recommend it – especially for my runner friends. I’d love to hear what subspecies of runner you are! I’ll admit – I’m a combination of a few – including the Grizzled Vet (they hate themed runs – think color and mud runs – and people who race with a phone. I once ran a race and someone was actually carrying on a conversation with someone for a few miles. Well, she did … {Continue Reading… }

My Favorite Running Books – Part One

I’ve always been a big reader!  When I was little – Daddy would tell me not to bring a book to the table while I was eating.  So, during breakfast, I would read the cereal box or anything that was close with writing on it. In grade school, I would get certificates for reading books.  So, I guess you could say that I am an avid reader. I love to read mysteries – and, of course, I love to read books about running.  Not only books about the “how-to’s”, but books about different runners and their stories.  I thought that I’d share some of my favorites with you over the next few blog posts.  (I don’t want to bore you with a long list in one post – I want to tell you why I love the book). Let’s get started!  (These are not going to be in order – … {Continue Reading… }

Making Your Running A Habit

Many people start out with the intention of beginning and sticking with a running program. However, for one reason or another the majority of them will quit before even really getting to enjoy all the benefits of running. So, it’s important to start off on the right foot – so to speak. Read on for some tips on getting your running program started correctly. First of all, you need to set a time to run – and stick to it. A big reason that many want to be runners quit is because they don’t make their running a priority. With all the benefits that you gain from running, you need to make sure that it is important for you to get it done. If you just have the attitude that I’ll get it in sometime today – it probably won’t get done. So, make sure that you set aside a … {Continue Reading… }

It’s Alright To Be Old School – Just Look At Ed Whitlock

I’ll freely admit it – I am an old school runner.  And, proud of it!  I don’t do a lot of the fad things and I pretty much just run.  And, I just found out that old school can work pretty well – for a lot of years. I was on my long run today and listening to a Runners Connect podcast.  Tina Muir was interviewing Ed Whitlock – a masters runner living in Canada now.  Ed Whitlock is not only a masters runner – he’s fast.  He just ran a 7:18 for the mile – which he says was “soft”, he ran a 1:50 half marathon at age 85 (his current age) and ran a 2:54 marathon when he was 73. I absolutely loved listening to him.  He runs.  That’s it.  He does no cross training, no speed work, no weights, etc.  He listens to his body and backs … {Continue Reading… }

Maybe I Am Like A Horse!

What would you do if your running friends called you a horse?  Especially, if you are a female. That’s exactly what a group of 3 guys that I used to run with called me. This was in the mid to late 90’s when I used to run 3-4 days a week with these running buds. They would meet me at my office, at my house at another location – wherever we wanted to run from. We would run all different distances and always had a lot of fun together.  But, they had one small problem with me.  I always sped up the last mile. I really didn’t even know that I did it.  It just happened.  They would tell me that I was like a horse. When a horse knows that it’s close to the barn, it will speed up to get home.  So, that’s how I was the horse. … {Continue Reading… }

30 Questions With The Streaking Runner

I get a lot of questions about my personal running.  If you allow me, I thought that I’d share some of them (and my answers) here. Here ya go. How did you get started running?   I started running in 1978 when I was in college.  My friend and I started running to get rid of some excess weight.  (You know – college years).  She was also trying to catch the eye of a member of the college cross country team.  Almost 40 years later, I’m still running and she is still married to the runner she was trying to “catch”! How long have you been running?   Since 1978. Why do you keep running?   I keep running to stay healthy and to stay in good shape.  I do like to eat!  And, truthfully, after all these years – I don’t even think about it anymore.  It’s just something that I … {Continue Reading… }

Have We Made Running Too Complicated?

Running, as people like to say, is a “simple” sport.  Yes, it used to be that way.  But, is it still? Personally, I don’t believe so.   OK, I know I’m probably going to sound like the person that used to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways – but, here goes. There’s a humorous picture of a marathon runner that has so much gear on them and carrying that they look like they are going into a survival weekend in the wild.  They have a back pack on, a gear belt on, an arm band with their phone, etc.  Do we really need that much stuff to go on a run? Runners think that they can’t run around the block without carrying the kitchen sink with them and without their phone.  I see so many posts on social media where a runner has gone ballistic because their … {Continue Reading… }

I Love My Gym!

I was having a little bit of trouble coming up with a blog post, so I googled for ideas.  One of them was pros and cons of your gym.  Perfect!  So, here we go with a little bit about my gym and why I love it! First of all, I guess that I should admit that my gym is in my basement.  There’s a BIG reason for this.  If I had to actually drive somewhere to work out – I would never do it.  I love the convenience of just wandering down to the basement after a run to get my weight workout done. I’m set up with everything that I need.  I have a weight bench (actually 2), dumb bells, medicine balls, balance ball, dip bar.  Everything that I need.  I even have an exercise bike – one that I used in high school every morning.  Not high tech, … {Continue Reading… }