Christmas Ideas For Runners

It’s getting to be that time of the year.  People are asking you what you want for Christmas.  Or, if you are like me – you thinking about what you can get yourself for Christmas!

As a runner there are always things that you need -or at least you think that you need.  I know that I can’t pass a running store without looking and usually buying something.  We’re always looking for something to make us more comfortable, make our runs easier – or just a bright new pair of running tights!

So, I thought that I might help you out.  For the next week or so, I’m going to be giving you some ideas.  Some of these things will be something that I use and am crazy about and think that all runners should have.  Some are going to be things that I want.

Look for the first post to come out tomorrow!

 

Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

  A word of warning here – I’m about to get on my soapbox for a bit. Now, I’m the first to admit that I’m on social media as myself and as The Streaking Runner.  I love trying to inspire and motivate runners.  I also love hearing runners’ stories and their accomplishments. However, there is a dark side, too.  There are so many runners out there posting their times, their distances, their streaks (yep, guilty), etc.  It’s easy to look at what everyone else is accomplishing and think that you’re not worthy.  I know – because I read their posts. Life was so much simpler “back in the day”.  We ran while listening to our bodies.  We pushed when we needed to push, we held back when our bodies told us to.  There was no pressure to keep up with what others were doing.  Unless we were running with them – … {Continue Reading… }

Ramblings On Another Streak Anniversary

Today is November 21st, the day after my Streak Anniversary!  Yesterday, I celebrated 31 years of running without missing a day.  The Streak Registry (yes, there is one – and I’m number 58 on the all time list) showed me as reaching this milestone on Friday – I guess due to extra days for leap year over all this time.  But, since I started my streak on November 20th, that’s the day that I always celebrate. So many people are flabbergasted when they hear that I’ve run that long without missing a day. It just doesn’t seem like that big a deal to me.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I am super proud of my streak.  And, I think that my Hubby is prouder.  He is always telling someone about it. The reason that I say it doesn’t seem like a big deal is that running is just something … {Continue Reading… }

Race Weekend Recap – Outer Banks 8K

Race weekend and has come and gone.  If you read my last post – you know that I’ve been having a little knee issue and was torn about what race to do.  If you didn’t read about my angst – here’s the link:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/now-were-at-plan-c/. Thursday morning of race week found us on the road to the Outer Banks and our hotel in Nags Head.  My knee has been feeling pretty good and not much discomfort at all.  The aching at night has pretty much stopped, too.  It was never that bad ——just annoying. Anyway, y’all know how I am about Moe’s.  If there’s one close when it’s time to stop for lunch, that’s where you’ll find us.  I found one in Newport News and we took off the interstate.  Small problem.  It was 3 miles from the exit.  Oh, well.  Luckily, Hubby loves me.     Good news is that … {Continue Reading… }

Now We’re At Plan C

This weekend is the weekend that I’m supposed to be running the Outer Banks Marathon. This is a super great marathon and I was really looking forward to running  it again.  And, you know me, always on the lookout for a destination race!   Well, I tweaked something in my knee (walking – not running) and was having some weirdness when I ran.  It wasn’t a sharp pain – more of a discomfort and aggravation.  So, I decided to back down the training and do the half marathon this weekend instead. Meanwhile, my Chiropractors – yes, I have 2 – they are partners – looked at me and said that there was no reason that I couldn’t run.  One of them used to work with a college track team.  So, I just cut back on the mileage.  Both of them pretty much agreed it was a kneecap tracking issue. The … {Continue Reading… }

Maybe I Am A Freak Of Nature

I came to the realization the other day that I am a freak of nature.  Yes, I know, there are those that already think that – but, I believe that I really must be. Warning – there’s a bit of rambling that’s going to happen!   First of all, there’s the whole streak thing.  I started my streak long before I knew that there were others doing it, also.  And, frankly, I really don’t think about it that much.  Running every day is something that I’ve been doing for so long – that it’s just something that I do.  Like getting out of bed and brushing my teeth.  It’s another day – it’s another run. I know that some think that’s kind of freaky – and maybe it is.  Whatever. But, that’s not what brought this on.  I’m in several running groups on Facebook.  Which brings up another subject that I’m … {Continue Reading… }

Taking Hubby’s Advice

A 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 … {Continue Reading… }

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… }