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… }

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… }

Now We’re At Plan C

This weekend is the weekend that I’m supposed to be running the Outer Banks Marathon. This is a super great marathon and I was really looking forward to running  it again.  And, you know me, always on the lookout for a destination race!   Well, I tweaked something in my knee (walking – not running) and was having some weirdness when I ran.  It wasn’t a sharp pain – more of a discomfort and aggravation.  So, I decided to back down the training and do the half marathon this weekend instead. Meanwhile, my Chiropractors – yes, I have 2 – they are partners – looked at me and said that there was no reason that I couldn’t run.  One of them used to work with a college track team.  So, I just cut back on the mileage.  Both of them pretty much agreed it was a kneecap tracking issue. The … {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… }

Race Recap – Race 13.1 Charlotte

Last weekend, Hubby and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for another half marathon put on by Race 13.1.  This is the 3rd race of this series that I’ve done this year.  I absolutely love their races!   Well organized and great communication! Another race where I had been anxiously watching the weather all week.  The forecast was not looking good.  And, it really didn’t change too much during the week before.  So, I was getting ready for a soggy race.  (Didn’t I just go through this a couple of weeks ago?) Got to the hotel, checked in and got unpacked.  We had passed an outlet mall with a couple of running stores – so, even though I said we didn’t need to go – Hubby said we needed to go.  So, we did!  I got a new running top at the Nike store and a new pair of shoes … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon

Every year for the first two weeks of September, Hubby and I go to the Smoky Mountains for our annual vacation.  There are two car shows – one the weekend after Labor Day and one the following weekend.  (Remember – that’s my Hubby’s passion – he restores and show classic muscle cars). So, a few years ago, we started coming down Labor Day and staying for both shows. It’s always a nice time away for us.  Summers are crazy with our business and we can never get away.  So, this is a nice time away.  There’s always a couple of days that we take off to go up into the mountains with a picnic lunch and just sit by the creek all day.  Always my best day!   Meanwhile, back to the race! This race had the option to have your packet mailed to you – which worked out great … {Continue Reading… }

Another Fun Race Week-end! Race Recap for Race 13.1 Greensboro

Last week-end, Hubby and I traveled a couple of hours away to Greensboro, North Carolina, for a half marathon – Race 13.1 Greensboro.  I ran this race last year in it’s first year.  I was impressed by the organization, etc., but, swore that I’d never do it again. It is a pretty killer course – you know the ones – where the race application says “rolling hills”. Explanation – you will climb mountains!    But, when registration opened, I signed up.  I had a score to settle with this course. Greensboro is a city that Hubby and I like to visit.  We will go there and stay at our favorite hotel for special week-ends (anniversary, etc).  If you are ever in Greensboro – I highly recommend the O Henry.  The rooms are nice,  wonderful atmosphere, the breakfast buffet is amazing and the staff treats you like royalty. Many times I … {Continue Reading… }

Tips For Pre-Race Jitters

Pre race jitters

Road racing season is right here!  Running a road race is exciting and a great goal to have. You train hard and prepare mentally and finally race day is here. You know that you are ready – so why are you so nervous? This is common among all runners. I doubt if there is a runner out there who has not had pre-race jitters at one time or another.  Even elite runners still get nervous before a race.  Some runners that I know get them every time before a race. So, just know that you are not alone. Here are some tips to help get you through them. Many runners get anxious because they are afraid that they are going to forget something important. This is especially true if you are traveling out of town to a race. Have a checklist before you leave home with what you need. Type … {Continue Reading… }

Why You Should Plan A Destination Race!

I’ll admit it – I am a destination race junkie!  I would much rather run a race out of town and make a little mini vacation out of it.  These little mini vacations are planned several times during the year. Luckily, my hubby supports my little habit and is happy to go to support me.  Of course, it’s a little time away from work for him, also.  (And, he knows that I would probably go anyway – it’s the only child independence in me!) Destination races are a great way to stay motivated with your running.  If you have problems wanting to go out and train in the winter – plan a marathon or half marathon in January or February in a warmer climate.  This keeps you running through the winter – and also helps keep you in shape during the holidays.  (You can justify that extra helping of mashed … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – Where You Pin Your Number Is Important!

Road races are run the whole year – but with the oncoming of Spring and Summer – road races are found almost every week-end.  There are many things to think about when you are getting ready to run your race.  You need to get the clothes you need for the weather, make sure you have your shoes tied just right, etc. But, you know, there’s one thing that you really don’t hear about that’s important.  It’s especially important in longer races such as the marathon and half marathon.  You may not think so – and most of us have learned this the hard way – but it’s super important how you pin your race number on you. Think about it – when you go to the port-a-potty before the race – or try to make a quick stop during a race – if you bib is pinned to your top … {Continue Reading… }