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… }

My Review Of Dry Goods Athletic Spray Powder

Dry Goods is one of those items that I had to try because of necessity.  I’m usually such a detailed packer (I make a pack list before every trip) but, forgot to pack my Body Glide before our trip to Key West in January for the race.  I hoped that I could get by without it. The first night we were on the road I ran the next morning on the treadmill.  We were in an unfamiliar area and I was running well before daylight.  No problem with chafing.  (No matter how many miles I run – my thighs always seem to find each other.) However, the next morning in 70 degree weather – another story.  I knew that there was going to be a problem.  Yep, the following morning on my run – yikes!  But, I wasn’t too worried – I figured that I could find some Body Glide at … {Continue Reading… }

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… }

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… }