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… }

PR’s Begin At 60 – How I’m Dealing With Running As I Get Older

Getting slower as you age is a part of it.  Yes, there are still speedy runners in their ’60s and ’70s and beyond – but, the truth is that the majority of us do slow down as we get older.  (And, what makes it even harder is that I’m still feel 35 and in my mind I am!)  In some of the Facebook groups that I’m in, so many are having a hard time with this.  I’ve learned to accept it and just keep running and forget about my time. However, it wasn’t easy to do this.  I went through a stage where I wouldn’t run any local races because everyone remembered me as the faster runner.  My ego wouldn’t let me handle that very well.  Truth is – there is maybe one or two people who are still running when I was in my prime – so the newer … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon

Last Saturday I did something that I never thought that I would say.  I ran a trail half marathon! Now, don’t get too excited – yes, it was a beautiful trail through the woods and along the Jackson River.  It’s finely crushed gravel that is built on an old railroad bed.  Not the roots and rocks of a trail that most of you think about.  (I’m too klutzy to do those trails). The race started and finished at the Intervale Trail Head of The Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington.  It was actually a perfect location for me.  Covington is an hour from home and is on the way to my Mom’s house (1/2 hour from her).  So, I made this weekend my “Mom’s Chores” trip for the week.  I stayed at Mom’s Friday night so that I had 1/2 hour less to drive on race morning.  Picked up my packet at the … {Continue Reading… }

An Easy Way to Get Excited About Your Running Again

Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions with your running?  Are you in a rut? No worries, we’ve all been there. I was going through that myself just a little bit ago.  Now I’m an early morning runner – and most of the time I run by myself.  I’ve been doing that for years.  In fact, I only started running with others again when I started running with some of the runners that I coach. I wasn’t in a funk because of running by myself – it was because I was in a rut with where I was running.  I would take off from my house and run the cul-de-sacs and surrounding neighborhoods. Unless I was doing a long run – then I would take different roads around the city.  My longer runs were not the problem – it was my shorter runs.  The going … {Continue Reading… }

Do You Have Any Running Quirks/Superstitions?

I got to thinking the other day about some of the rituals that runners go through.  Some runners have certain things that they do before a race – some before every run.  I started thinking about some of the quirky things that I do regarding running.  And, also some quirks I have about races. First of all, I’m a major stickler for the way I put on my socks and shoes.  Always right foot first – then left foot.  This isn’t only for my running shoes, I do this for every shoe that I put on.  Not sure why, just something that I do. Another thing – I will always wear a cap. I love my caps – they keep the glare of the sun out of my eyes, they keep the rain out of my eyes and………well……they help make my sunglasses fit better on my head! Regarding races, I … {Continue Reading… }

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… }

OMG, I’m Wearing Hokas!

Yes, I know…….you’ve heard me talk about them in the past.  I’ve never been a fan of Hoka One One Running shoes.  I tried them a few years ago – and they absolutely killed my legs.  All that talk of putting on a pair right out of the box and running 10 miles in them was hooey in my book. But, I also realize that what works for one person does not work for another. Not to get on my soapbox – well, OK, I am.  Running shoe companies really pi** me off.  You have a favorite shoe that you run in forever and then one day………it’s all changed.  Well, I’m afraid Asics may have done it to me for the last time.  I have run in the Asics Kayano series of shoes for more years than I care to remember.  Several years ago, they screwed around with the fit … {Continue Reading… }

Am I Really Becoming A Social Runner Again?

That’s the question that I’ve been asking myself the last several weeks.  Let me share with you why I’m asking that. For many years, I ran 3 or 4 nights a week with others.  I had 4 guys that I was friends with and we all ran about the same speed.  These were fun (and sometimes a little competitive) runs.  I still consider these guys to be good friends – even though we lost one of them and I haven’t seen the others for years.  But, I know that we’d pick right up where we left off. Then, as life always does, circumstances change and I became a solitary, early morning runner. And, I LOVED it!  I still do.  I love getting out early morning by myself.  It’s my total me time.  And, trust me – as an only child and having a crazy, busy life – it’s important. My coaching … {Continue Reading… }

Traveling To Races

Y’all have heard me talk so many times about how much I love to travel to races.  I honestly don’t do that many in my hometown anymore.  I enjoy getting out and about.  (But, I am slowly working on doing some local races to show support). Anyway, it’s important to make sure that you have everything packed that you are going to need. There is nothing more annoying than to have to run out to a store the night before a race and hope that they have what you need.  Which many times – they don’t.  So, I thought that I’d give you some tips and what I do when getting ready to go out of town for a race. I become obsessed with weather apps.  I have The Weather Channel and Weather Bug on my phone.  I’ll start checking about a week out for the weather of where I’m … {Continue Reading… }