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 I Am A Freak Of Nature

I came to the realization the other day that I am a freak of nature.  Yes, I know, there are those that already think that – but, I believe that I really must be. Warning – there’s a bit of rambling that’s going to happen!   First of all, there’s the whole streak thing.  I started my streak long before I knew that there were others doing it, also.  And, frankly, I really don’t think about it that much.  Running every day is something that I’ve been doing for so long – that it’s just something that I do.  Like getting out of bed and brushing my teeth.  It’s another day – it’s another run. I know that some think that’s kind of freaky – and maybe it is.  Whatever. But, that’s not what brought this on.  I’m in several running groups on Facebook.  Which brings up another subject that I’m … {Continue Reading… }

Making Your Running A Habit

Many people start out with the intention of beginning and sticking with a running program. However, for one reason or another the majority of them will quit before even really getting to enjoy all the benefits of running. So, it’s important to start off on the right foot – so to speak. Read on for some tips on getting your running program started correctly. First of all, you need to set a time to run – and stick to it. A big reason that many want to be runners quit is because they don’t make their running a priority. With all the benefits that you gain from running, you need to make sure that it is important for you to get it done. If you just have the attitude that I’ll get it in sometime today – it probably won’t get done. So, make sure that you set aside a … {Continue Reading… }

Have We Made Running Too Complicated?

Running, as people like to say, is a “simple” sport.  Yes, it used to be that way.  But, is it still? Personally, I don’t believe so.   OK, I know I’m probably going to sound like the person that used to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways – but, here goes. There’s a humorous picture of a marathon runner that has so much gear on them and carrying that they look like they are going into a survival weekend in the wild.  They have a back pack on, a gear belt on, an arm band with their phone, etc.  Do we really need that much stuff to go on a run? Runners think that they can’t run around the block without carrying the kitchen sink with them and without their phone.  I see so many posts on social media where a runner has gone ballistic because their … {Continue Reading… }

I Love My Gym!

I was having a little bit of trouble coming up with a blog post, so I googled for ideas.  One of them was pros and cons of your gym.  Perfect!  So, here we go with a little bit about my gym and why I love it! First of all, I guess that I should admit that my gym is in my basement.  There’s a BIG reason for this.  If I had to actually drive somewhere to work out – I would never do it.  I love the convenience of just wandering down to the basement after a run to get my weight workout done. I’m set up with everything that I need.  I have a weight bench (actually 2), dumb bells, medicine balls, balance ball, dip bar.  Everything that I need.  I even have an exercise bike – one that I used in high school every morning.  Not high tech, … {Continue Reading… }

The Best Way To Keep A Running Streak Alive

Being 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 … {Continue Reading… }

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… }