Race Recap – Race 13.1 Greenbrier Half Marathon

Another half marathon is in the books.  Last weekend was Race 13.1 Greenbrier Half Marathon. This was a first year race.  I’m always a little skeptical about first year races – but, when it’s put on by the Race 13.1 group – I don’t worry. Side note – If you’ve never run a race put on by Race 13.1 – find one and do it.  Everything is organized and you can just tell when a race is run by runners. This race was around the grounds of The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  I grew up in Lewisburg – which is about 10 miles away.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you hear me talk about going each week to do my “Mom chores” – well this is where I go.  About 1 1/2 hours from where I live).  So, it was kind of a non-brainer to … {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… }

Ramblings On Another Streak Anniversary

Today is November 21st, the day after my Streak Anniversary!  Yesterday, I celebrated 31 years of running without missing a day.  The Streak Registry (yes, there is one – and I’m number 58 on the all time list) showed me as reaching this milestone on Friday – I guess due to extra days for leap year over all this time.  But, since I started my streak on November 20th, that’s the day that I always celebrate. So many people are flabbergasted when they hear that I’ve run that long without missing a day. It just doesn’t seem like that big a deal to me.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I am super proud of my streak.  And, I think that my Hubby is prouder.  He is always telling someone about it. The reason that I say it doesn’t seem like a big deal is that running is just something … {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… }

Streaking Runners – No, We’re Not Crazy!

There are some runners, myself included, who run every day of the year. No matter what, they get their run in. These runners are called streakers – not because they run without clothes, but because they have a streak of not missing days of running. Now, there are some that say we’re crazy and others who embrace the idea and wish they could. Read on for why streaking is a good idea and some tips from a streaker. Having a running streak is excellent motivation to get out the door to get your run in. All of us have days where we’d probably like to stay in bed that extra hour, but we know that we need to get our run in. So, having the streak makes it easier. And, all runners know that the hardest step on those days is the first one out the door. Running every day … {Continue Reading… }