Am I Really Becoming A Social Runner Again?

Part of the Couch to 5K group.

Part of the Couch to 5K group.

That’s the question that I’ve been asking myself the last several weeks.  Let me share with you why I’m asking that.

For many years, I ran 3 or 4 nights a week with others.  I had 4 guys that I was friends with and we all ran about the same speed.  These were fun (and sometimes a little competitive) runs.  I still consider these guys to be good friends – even though we lost one of them and I haven’t seen the others for years.  But, I know that we’d pick right up where we left off.

Then, as life always does, circumstances change and I became a solitary, early morning runner. And, I LOVED it!  I still do.  I love getting out early morning by myself.  It’s my total me time.  And, trust me – as an only child and having a crazy, busy life – it’s important.

My coaching clients were all virtual – so, running with them was not going to happen.  Well, at least not on a usual training week.  Then, I got several local clients who wanted me to run with them.  And, on top of that, I started working with one of the local running stores coaching their Couch to 5K runners.

I’ll admit it.  I’m having a blast!

It is so fun working with these ladies who have never run a step in their lives before now.  And, so fulfilling!

I ran a 5K with one of my runners last weekend – her first race ever!  And, she placed in her age group.  I was so proud of her.  Kind of like a proud mama when her child does well!

So, to answer the question – have I become a social runner again?  Well, yes and no.  I enjoy the runs with my runners – but, they’re later in the morning or the afternoon.  My early mornings – they’re still all mine!

 

Traveling To Races

Y’all have heard me talk so many times about how much I love to travel to races.  I honestly don’t do that many in my hometown anymore.  I enjoy getting out and about.  (But, I am slowly working on doing some local races to show support). Anyway, it’s important to make sure that you have everything packed that you are going to need. There is nothing more annoying than to have to run out to a store the night before a race and hope that they have what you need.  Which many times – they don’t.  So, I thought that I’d give you some tips and what I do when getting ready to go out of town for a race. I become obsessed with weather apps.  I have The Weather Channel and Weather Bug on my phone.  I’ll start checking about a week out for the weather of where I’m … {Continue Reading… }

Time For My Yearly Rant

Yep, here we are – that time of the year again.  The weekend that we “spring” forward with our clocks.  I HATE it.  Now, I don’t mind losing the hour of sleep .  You can adapt to that – I have a friend that is a sleep specialist and she can tell you how to get used to it during the week before. What I hate about this weekend is the mornings.  I am an early morning runner.  I love running through my neighborhood when most of my neighbors are still in bed.  I love the stillness and the peacefulness.  And, I do even like the darkness on those mornings when the moonlight is bright from the full moon. However, I do love it when it starts to get light when I’m out there.  My favorite is heading out just before dawn when it’s still a little dark – but … {Continue Reading… }

Balance and Running

Well, this week I’ve come to terms with the fact that I definitely have a balance problem.  Throughout the last few years, I’ve attempted to do some strength exercises that require balance – and failed miserably.  So, I stopped attempting.  No one wants to be a failure, right? Last week, I met with a PT basically to talk about my knee issues.  I slipped last fall and have been having issues on and off since.  Nothing stabbing – just an annoying ache at times.  The PT visit and eval was certainly enlightening. My balance is totally out of whack.  My left leg is better than my right – but, many moves I have to have to something to support myself.  So, my PT gave me some exercises to do that will help. Here’s one of them:   Now, I know that wasn’t real pretty – but, I’m much better than I … {Continue Reading… }

What I Eat Before, During and After Long Runs

It’s important to make sure that you are fueling properly for all phases of your long run – before you head out, during the run and after your run.  You want to make sure that you are fueling properly so that you can get through your workouts and recover well. Before the run I go old school – it’s carbs.  And, most of the elites that I have read about or listen to do the same.  “Eating carbohydrates prior to a race improves a runner’s endurance, speed, energy and alertness, according to Asker Jeukendrup, a professor of exercise metabolism and academic director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.”  All I know is that I eat some sort of pasta or pizza the night before a race or a long run and I feel like I have more energy during the run. The … {Continue Reading… }

My Review Of Dry Goods Athletic Spray Powder

Dry Goods is one of those items that I had to try because of necessity.  I’m usually such a detailed packer (I make a pack list before every trip) but, forgot to pack my Body Glide before our trip to Key West in January for the race.  I hoped that I could get by without it. The first night we were on the road I ran the next morning on the treadmill.  We were in an unfamiliar area and I was running well before daylight.  No problem with chafing.  (No matter how many miles I run – my thighs always seem to find each other.) However, the next morning in 70 degree weather – another story.  I knew that there was going to be a problem.  Yep, the following morning on my run – yikes!  But, I wasn’t too worried – I figured that I could find some Body Glide at … {Continue Reading… }

My Review Of Run Gum

Run Gum is one of those products that I tried basically out of curiosity.  I had seen the ads on Facebook and really didn’t pay any attention to them.  Then, I was listening to The Runner’s Connect Podcast and Tina Muir was interviewing one of the co-founders of Run Gum, Nick Symmonds.  Nick is a pretty incredible runner and in addition to his other accomplishments is a 2 time Olympic team member. I was very interested in what Nick had to say about the variety of items that he and Tina talked about.  Then, they started talking about Run Gum and how it came about.  First of all, Nick has a biochemistry background and is an elite runner – so, he knows that the body needs to perform at optimal.  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail – but, you can read all about it at http://rungum.com. … {Continue Reading… }

3 Product Reviews Coming Up

As most of you know, I am a creature of habit.  I’m not thrilled about change – and I am totally an old school runner.  However, sometimes things happen that make me change up things that I do – or I just hear about something and want to try it myself. In the last few months, I’ve come across 3 products that I’ve become really excited about!  In the next few blog posts, I’ll share with you why I have come to love these and have incorporated them into my running. These products are Run Gum, Dry Goods Spray Powder and Protalus shoe insoles.  I only do product reviews when I like something – I guess it’s just a continuation of the positive me.  And, maybe because I always hear my mother saying, “if you can’t say anything nice……”.  Anyway, I do like all 3 of these products and I can’t … {Continue Reading… }

A Letter To My Younger Running Self

Dear Younger Self: Guess what!  Here I am 58 years old and still running.  I’ll bet that you never thought all those years ago that we’d still be out there every day pounding the pavement.  But, we sure are!  And, still have our running streak intact!  Who would have guessed?    In fact, you even ran a 30 mile run a couple of years ago on your 30 year streak anniversary. Remember how you used to run early in the morning – then gave it up and started running in the evenings after work?  Well, you’re back to running super early in the morning again.  You finally learned that your life is just too crazy to chance running later in the day.  But, you really enjoy getting up and running when the rest of the neighborhood is asleep.  Seriously, you do! And, remember how you used to run speed work … {Continue Reading… }

The One Thing That I Never Run Without

There is one thing that you will never see me heading out the door without.  A cap.  That’s it.  Pure and simple.  No matter if it’s a day with shorts, tights, etc., there will always be a cap on my head with my pony tail hanging out the back! In the 70’s and 80’s, my hair was short and I always wore some sort of sweat band on my head while I was running.  I needed something to try to curb the sweat that was always tried to roll into my eyes.  I had all different colors of sweat bands and bandannas.  (Don’t laugh, it was the 70’s and 80’s)   The first time that I wore a cap during a run was sometime in the late 80’s.  I was having to wear my glasses instead of contacts for a while because of an eye issue.  One day I was … {Continue Reading… }