I Broke All My Rules – And, Had A Great Week Of Running

Last week was a good week of running for me.  I hit 50 miles a week in training.  I used to hit this and more consistently – but, for the last 5 or 6 years – I haven’t been able to.  Sometimes life – personal obligations and work – just seem to get in the way of mileage sometimes.  I hate that it does – but, it’s the truth.  Now, I’m still going to get my runs in every day no matter what. I may have to cut back a few miles from time to time – but, the run is going to happen. Now, that I’ve hit the magic 50 again – I know that I’ll be able to keep at it. The funny thing is – last week was one of those weird weeks where what I usually do to work up to a long run went all … {Continue Reading… }

Common Sense and Running – It’s Soapbox Time Again!

Well, it’s time to get on my soapbox again!    Actually, I’m normally a very positive person – but, some people need to get some common sense when it comes to running and running etiquette. (Now, if you do any of these – I’m sorry to be stepping on your toes). Please have common sense when listening to your music on your runs.  Runners who listen to music on their runs – WITHOUT earbuds drive me crazy. This happens in races and on the greenway.  Not all of us like your taste in music.  I don’t expect everyone to like the music that I listen to.   And, if I can hear your music over what I’m listening to with my earbuds – your music is also too loud.   Of course, on the other hand, it makes me run faster to get ahead of them. Another thing that drives … {Continue Reading… }

An Easy Way to Get Excited About Your Running Again

Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions with your running?  Are you in a rut? No worries, we’ve all been there. I was going through that myself just a little bit ago.  Now I’m an early morning runner – and most of the time I run by myself.  I’ve been doing that for years.  In fact, I only started running with others again when I started running with some of the runners that I coach. I wasn’t in a funk because of running by myself – it was because I was in a rut with where I was running.  I would take off from my house and run the cul-de-sacs and surrounding neighborhoods. Unless I was doing a long run – then I would take different roads around the city.  My longer runs were not the problem – it was my shorter runs.  The going … {Continue Reading… }

Do You Have Any Running Quirks/Superstitions?

I got to thinking the other day about some of the rituals that runners go through.  Some runners have certain things that they do before a race – some before every run.  I started thinking about some of the quirky things that I do regarding running.  And, also some quirks I have about races. First of all, I’m a major stickler for the way I put on my socks and shoes.  Always right foot first – then left foot.  This isn’t only for my running shoes, I do this for every shoe that I put on.  Not sure why, just something that I do. Another thing – I will always wear a cap. I love my caps – they keep the glare of the sun out of my eyes, they keep the rain out of my eyes and………well……they help make my sunglasses fit better on my head! Regarding races, I … {Continue Reading… }

Thoughts and Ramblings On Being A Pure Runner

Hello, my name is Judy Mick and I am a pure road runner.  That’s what I do.  That’s all I do.  Well, OK, I do some light work with weights and core work – but, that’s it.  I don’t do weird races, trail running (except for my “trail” that is flat and crushed gravel), cross fit, etc. Yes, I hear many of you sighing right now and shaking your heads.  Just allow me to ramble on a little bit. This week I celebrated the 11,500th day of my running streak.  In these years, I’ve seen a lot of runners come and go.  Most of the runners that I ran with years ago no longer run.  There are several reasons – some have had injuries, some have gotten burned out and some (as much as I hate to say it) are no longer with us. Some of the runners that I knew … {Continue Reading… }

Am I Really Becoming A Social Runner Again?

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 … {Continue Reading… }

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… }