Maybe It’s Smart – Maybe It’s Just Lazy

Happy New Year!  Are you ready for a super year?  I know that I am!

Well, you know that I have been going to Key West for the last several years (this will be #4) and have planned a Florida race in January or February for as long as I can remember.  We leave Wednesday – and I can’t wait.  We had snow in Roanoke last night – and in Lewisburg at my Mom’s (where I am today).  The high today is supposed to be 15 and the low tonight 4.  Yes, I know I’m a wuss – but, I hate this weather.  So, I am REALLY looking forward to head south!

Now, regarding the race.  Key West has a half marathon and a 5K.  If you remember, I’ve been talking about how I keep slipping (not running) and hurting my knee.  My knee is doing better and my chiropractor is positive that it is just a tracking issue.  (I’ve been doing a variety of exercises 2-3 times a day.)  He also said that the half marathon wouldn’t be a problem for me – especially with the shape I’m in.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and soul searching.  I know that I’m in shape to do the half – but, I’ve decided to go down to the 5K.

There’s a couple of reasons for this.  First of all, I’ve decided to take January easy to rest my body and my knee.  No runs over 5 miles.  It’s hard for me to do this – but, I’m going to make myself take it easy this month.

Second reason.  When I run the half marathon, Hubby takes the time I’m gone and goes to Harpoon Harry’s for breakfast.  This is a cool pace with good food.  So, I’ve decided that I’m going to drop to the 5K, have fun with the shorter race and then join Hubby for breakfast at Harry’s.

As I was debating this decision, I talked it over at length with Hubby.  (Always afraid of disappointing him and others).  He had some words of wisdom.  “Hey, we’re still in Key West.  Are we going for just the race – or vacation”.  Yep, vacation.  Decision made!

Yes, I know that as soon as I can, I’ll sign up for next year.  And, next year I’ll do the half marathon again.  But, for this year.  It’s vacation all the way!

2016 – Year In Review

Has 2016 been a super crazy year for everyone – or just me?  I’m never one to wish my life away – it moves too fast as it is.  However, I’m am ready to be done with 2016 and ready to rock 2017! January started out pretty good.  Scheduled trip to Key West for the Key West Half Marathon. This was the 3rd year that I’ve done this race.  I love it for many reasons.  One of which is – hey, it’s Key West in the middle of winter! Anyway, race morning came with tornado warnings and a major rain and wind storm at start time. After a rain/storm/tornado delay we got started.  The race was going pretty well for me until I pulled something in my butt.  Not going to sugar coat it – it was a pain in the butt!  But, I’ve never DNF’d and I certainly wasn’t … {Continue Reading… }

Time To Set Those Running Goals For 2017

Here we are in the last week of 2016.  Can you believe that?  This year has flown by!   This is the week of the year that people sit down and make their goals for the new year.  And, running is no different.  You need to have your goals written down that you hope to achieve.  Without goals you are just winging it.  Just like driving to a destination.  If you don’t have a road map with a place to go – you’ll never get there. Here are some tips to help you with your goals for the new year.  And, yes – it is important to WRITE THEM DOWN! Make Your Goal Specific. You want to be specific about your goal. It’s not enough to just say, “I want to run faster” or “I want to run farther”. A more specific goal is “I will lower my marathon time … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler – Setting A World Record!

Last Saturday evening was the Surf-n-Santa 5 miler in Virginia Beach.  I love this race!  I ran it the first year that it was held in 2010 and many years since.  In the beginning, this race was a 10 miler.  Three years ago, it was changed to a 5 miler and the start time was changed to 4:30.  This was to give the runners the opportunity to run down the boardwalk under the Christmas lights. In case you’ve never been to Virginia Beach at Christmas – it is a fantastic site.  There are Christmas lights on both sides of the boardwalk (yes, they are set up on the beach!) and across the boardwalk in many places.  At night, you are allowed (for a small fee that goes to a local charity) to drive down the boardwalk. Christmas is a fun time here! Hubby’s birthday is December 20th, so we make … {Continue Reading… }

Christmas Gift Ideas -PR Soles Recovery Sandals

Have you ever finished a race or long run and your feet are feeling tired or sore?  Here is just the thing that you need to put on to help! PR Soles Recovery sandals! I discovered these last year.  I found them on sale and, of course, I had to get them.  You know how it is, running thing on sale – buy.  Anyway, I stuck them on after a 20-mile run while I was stretching out and getting a quick bite and loved them!  They really did help! So, I had to do a little research to see why they felt so good.  Here’s what I found out: “PR SOLES are lightweight, breathable, waterproof and feature our unique foam cushioned ACUPOINT soles for ultimate massaging comfort that both refresh and energize your feet. How Do PR SOLES Work? The unique raised triggers on the ACUPOINT soles activate nerve endings … {Continue Reading… }

Christmas Gift Ideas – Garmin Forerunner Watch

I am pretty much a minimalist runner.  I don’t like to run with a lot of things – but, the one thing that you will not see me going  to run without is my Garmin Watch.  I don’t always run the same routes – sometimes I’ll just take up a different road just to explore.  However, I like to know the distance that I’m running – so, a GPS watch is important to me. My watch of choice right now is the Garmin Forerunner 230.  It does everything that I need it to do.  Tracks time, distance and pace.  What I like about this watch is that on the main screen you can have 4 different things shown.  The 220 that I used previously only had 3 – well, maybe I just didn’t know how .  Anyway, I like that because I can also see what the time of day … {Continue Reading… }

Christmas Gift Ideas – Massage Roller

This little gizmo is something that I’ve just recently added to my arsenal and I absolutely love it! As you’ve heard me talk about many, many times – I use The Stick almost every day after running and at night.  The foam roller is also one of my best friends and used daily. I thought that I had all my massage needs taken care of with these two. Then, my chiropractor turned me onto the Massage Roller!  Oh, my!  This little baby gets into some places that you just can’t reach with a stick or foam roller! This Massage Roller features the unique “omni-directional” ball, “which combines superior function with ease of use”. It’s really super easy to use – you just roll it over those places that need a little extra work.  You can sense the knots as you roll it across the area.  Also according to their info, “The … {Continue Reading… }

Christmas Gift Ideas – iPod Shuffle

For another of the gifts that I recommend for runners (which includes as a gift to yourself) is the iPod Shuffle.   Now, I know that there are so many people that talk about how you shouldn’t run with music.  I’ve never had any trouble hearing traffic or anything else while I’ve been listening to my ipod.  But, then, I don’t have it cranked up so much that it sounds like I’m at a rock concert. I never thought that I wanted an ipod – but my husband bought me my Shuffle several years ago.  I fell in love with it! There are different models of iPods out there – but I think that for runners the iPod Shuffle is the best. It’s small and you hardly know it’s there when you’re out on a run. And, that’s extremely important to me.  I hate anything bulky when I run (including … {Continue Reading… }

Christmas Gift Ideas – The Stick

The Stick.  This is something that I have used for many, many years and absolutely love! The Stick is so simple in its design – but it works wonderfully!  The roller part of The Stick is about 11 inches long with the whole thing measuring 20 inches.  There are 10 little rollers that move as you roll this over your muscles. I bought mine over 20 years ago at a little race in Tennessee.  It wasn’t even an expo – this guy was just going around after the race while we were waiting for the results. He showed how easy it was to use.  Of course, being the running gadget person that I am – I had to have one! I ran it over my legs a few times and it did seem to help with that “after race” soreness.  Then, truthfully – I didn’t even think about it again … {Continue Reading… }

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 … {Continue Reading… }