The Best Way To Keep A Running Streak Alive

running tipsBeing a Streaker for over 30 years – this is probably one of the questions that I get the most. Runners always ask how I can run every day and how I stay motivated to do so. It’s really kind of funny.  After this long, I really don’t think about it that much anymore.  Running is just a part of my life – like brushing my teeth and eating.  It’s just something that I do.

When I think back about it – there’s a few answers.  First of all, I always tell runners to listen to what their body is telling them.  If they are feeling a little “glitchy”, back down for the day.  Either go slower or go fewer miles.  Your body is probably trying to tell you something.  This is one thing that I’ve always done.

Another thing that’s been my stand through all these years is to never do anything that may interfere with my running.  I know that there are many that think I’m crazy about this – but, it’s how I feel.  I’ve never done boot camps, Spartan races, etc.  Anything that may cause an injury that would cause me not to run – I just don’t do.

Now, for the biggest thing that I think someone can do to keep a running streak going – run in the morning.  Some people are not morning people – and up until about 15 years ago – I wasn’t either. Now, the morning is my favorite part of the day!

But, I digress.  About running.  There are so many things that can pull us during the day.  An unexpected business meeting, something that you had planned that ran much longer than anticipated, etc.  There’s so much “life” that can happen during the day to come between us and our running.  And, unless your commitment to your running is extremely strong – you may be tempted to punt the run.

I know – because this has happened to me years ago.  It just seems that the day that I decide to sleep in – or just be a little morning lazy – something will happen and then I’m trying to squeeze a run in when I can.

So, I have a firm rule to run first thing in the morning.  Period.  If I have to get up at 3 or 4 am to get a run in – that’s what I do.  I just had one of my 3:30 wake up calls on Saturday so I could get a little nourishment before heading out for a 13 miler when I knew I had a busy day ahead.

This week coming – same thing.  I have to work at our DQ a few days – so, it will be earlier than usual morning runs before heading to work.  (I also give myself time to do my weight workouts on the specified days, also.)

It takes dedication – especially in the beginning.  But, now, if I’m not up and out the door by 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. something is wrong.  Not only do I have peace of mind that my run is done for the day – but, I have more energy to take on whatever may come my way.  Or, just to deal with what I have on my already crazy, busy schedule.

So, take it from a 30+ year Streaker – learn to get up and out early.  You’ll be glad you did.



Race 13.1 Roanoke Recap – Slowest Half Marathon Ever – But, I Had A Blast!

Last Saturday was the latest half marathon in the Race 13.1 Series Races – and was held right here in my hometown of Roanoke.  So, of course, I had to do it. Now, to start my story – I’ve been fighting a little “glitch”.  I really don’t know what it is.  It’s mostly in my butt, and a little bit on the top of the back of my leg.  So, somewhere between glute, SI or hammy.  Running doesn’t really bother it – it is just an annoyance when I run.  What hurts the most – and I mean hurt – is when I’m driving.  And, considering I drive 1 1/2 hours each way to my Mom’s every week……well, let’s just say it gets downright uncomfortable. I’ve been doing exercises for all 3 – plus Piriformis exercises.  And, seeing my chiropractor a couple of times a week.  The week of the … {Continue Reading… }

Reasons To Run Alone

Yes, I can hear some of you yelling at me through your computer already.  But, I have some very valid reasons why it is advantageous to run by yourself.  Yes, I know that it can be great to have someone to run with you to help the miles go by.  Yes, I know about camaraderie.  Years ago – we’re talking 15 or more years ago, I ran 4-5 times a week with a group of guys that were my bestie running friends.  But, then I started running by myself – and I absolutely love it!  Here’s some reasons why:  You won’t try to be a runner that you aren’t.  When you are running with someone else – you will try to keep up with their pace – whether they are slower or faster than you.  If you’re the slower runner – you won’t kill yourself trying to keep up with … {Continue Reading… }

Race 13.1 Richmond – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Well, another half marathon is done.  Race 13.1 Richmond was held on Saturday at the Richmond International Speedway.  First of all, before I get started – I just want to say that I absolutely love the Race 13.1 series.  They usually have their act together and put on a great race.  I’ve done several of their races over the last few years – and I’ve enjoyed them all! That is the one of the “good” parts of my story.  These guys are great, well-organized and are obviously runners themselves. I’d been watching the weather all week.  It looked like it was going to be 100% chance of rain. But, we all know that the weather forecasts have been wrong in the past – and I’m sure will be into the future.  This time, they were spot on.  Race morning was about 55 degrees, rainy (downpours at times and windy).  Dressed … {Continue Reading… }

I’m SO Confused!

Tomorrow Hubby and I are heading out of town for a half marathon.  And, it looks like I will be packing running clothes for a week.  Let me tell you why. First of all, it’s May.  It’s supposed to be warm.  Running when it’s warm is SO easy to dress for and to pack for.  You take a pair of shorts, a singlet, a cap, sunglasses, shoes, socks and you’re ready to go.  That’s another reason why I love Summer running.  No decisions.  You don’t have to think about how long you’ll be running to gauge what to wear and how to layer.  No math…..let’s see it’s 40 degrees….dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer ……..but, it’s cloudy…….so……..   You know what I mean. Anyway, the temperature at race time is supposed to be 50 degrees.  Normally, that’s pretty good for a longer road race.  HOWEVER, there’s 100% chance of rain … {Continue Reading… }

Pre-Long Run/Race Eating – Back To Old School

Last year, many of you remember that I was moaning about the end of my favorite flavor (and only flavor that I eat) PowerBar – my beloved Banana!  I had eaten them for years (and I mean a lot of years) before my long runs and before races. All of a sudden, there I was trying to find a replacement for pre-run nutrition.  I spent several weeks purchasing and trying out different things.  Nothing that I tried seemed to work – or tasted as good as my Banana PowerBars.  Maybe I was being a little hard-headed – but, oh, well….. Anyway, one day I was thinking about it – again.  And, then a super brilliant thought popped into my head.  Go back to being old school.  I’m old school with my running in so many ways – why not with my pre-run snack. So, I went out and bought a … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – When To Ice And When To Use Heat On Running Injuries

  You’ve been out for a run and something just doesn’t feel right. You don’t want to get an injury that will keep you off the roads – so you want to take care of this as soon as you get it. But, should you ice the injury or use heat on it?  Here are tips for knowing which to do. Basically running injuries will break down into two categories – acute or chronic. Acute injuries are those that have just happened – within 72 hours. During this time period, the injured area will be inflamed. Chronic injuries are those ongoing and still giving you a little problem after 4-5 days – but usually there is no inflammation. During the acute stage of your running injury is when you want to ice. Icing the area will help numb the pain and will help with decreasing the swelling as ice constricts blood … {Continue Reading… }

Be Your Own Runner

I’ve been toying with writing about this subject for awhile – and know that I’m going to rile up some people – but, there’s some things that I want to address. I follow several running groups on Facebook – and I love the community and reading about everyone’s accomplishments.  However, sometimes I see some things that worry me.  So many runners out there are always looking for something different than what they are currently doing. Here’s what I mean.  A runner is happily running along in their certain pair of shoes.  Someone posts how marvelous their shoes performed on their run that day.  Suddenly runner #1 has to try those shoes – which may or may not be right for them.  Word of advice here – go to a good running store and get fitted by a professional.  Runner’s feet are like snowflakes – no two are the same.  So, … {Continue Reading… }

Review Of Jabees Beating Bluetooth Ear Buds

Yesterday, on my 12-miler, I tried something that I’ve never done before.  I didn’t take my beloved ipod shuffle on my run, but used my phone for music with wireless ear buds.  No, I haven’t crossed over to the dark side of taking my phone on every run – let me explain!   Last year, after I scared Hubby with my chest issues (see for explanation), he made me promise to take my phone with me whenever I was out for more than 90 minutes.  I tried to make my case that I had my RoadId on and if something happened – I wouldn’t be able to use my phone anyway.  (He loves that I wear my RoadId on every run!)  Anyway, I caved because I figured that if I was out for over 90 minutes, I’d want water, so I could just wear my CamelBak and tuck my phone in it. … {Continue Reading… }

Glad To Know What’s Been Wrong With Me!

The last few weeks have been challenging – to say the least.  We hired a new General Manager at the DQ to hopefully take some of the burden off of Hubby and me.  Well, after 3 days – he stopped showing up.  Just as well, he didn’t want to listen as I was training him and could only talk about all the things that we do wrong.  Hmmm, we’ve been in business there for over 16 years – we must be doing something right. Anyway, in addition to that, my chest problems started resurfacing again.  Remember, my problem when I was to run the Outer Banks Marathon in November?  Here’s a reminder: In January, my doctor and I decided that I was overly stressed (go figure) and put me on some medication.  Up until last week, it worked. Last Monday night, I started getting that pressure again in my … {Continue Reading… }