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… }

Key West Half Marathon and 5K – Race Recap Plus

Another Key West vacation is over.  This is the 4th year in a row that we’ve traveled to Key West for the race.  I love the Keys and I love this race! As you know, I am big on destination races!  I believe that traveling to a race is a perfect excuse for a mini vacation.  Or in this case, our major vacation of the year.  (Having a Dairy Queen, winter vacations are best for us.  Which is fine – I get out of the cold!) We headed out a day earlier this year.  The weather for the day that we were planning on leaving was going to be cold and rainy early in the morning.  We have to travel over a mountain on Interstate 77 that gets kind of bad in those conditions.  So, we headed out the afternoon before to avoid any craziness. The first night we ended … {Continue Reading… }

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 … {Continue Reading… }

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… }