Friday, August 26, 2011

Feeling Sick

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I have really hit a stride the last few weeks ... running all of my scheduled training runs, having great long runs, hitting yoga twice a week, and even losing a few pounds along the way.  I was feeling so great, and then BAM!  I get hit with a nasty cold/flu/virus/bacteria, whatever you want to call it.  And for the last week, I've been laid up at home, nursing my lungs back to health, feeling totally defeated in the exercise department.  I've always stood by the rule that if your sickness is below your throat, then you shouldn't run, and definitely held to that this week.

But man, it SUCKS not keeping up with your fitness. 

And as I'm trying to get ready for my half next Saturday, I'm feeling a little tentative not having run in a week.  Any tips?  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thoughts on running...

Wanted to share a post by my friend Kristin Brown Marshall- I liked some of her thoughts/descriptions.

My post a little while ago about what I do all day got me thinking....

Is running all that I do? Is it who I am?

Well it is a major part or how I spend my individual free time, but I want to publicly state that

I am not a runner.

I run. I love to run. But I am not a runner. I am so much more than that. It's a hobby, a passion, an interest, an indulgence, but running does not define who I am. I've known people before, that let running (or some other sport or activity) define them. My life is not fulfilled only if I am running; setting new PR's, logging a certain number of miles, going a certain speed, beating certain people, getting a BQ (Boston Qualifying Time) etc. etc. I am not left forlorn and empty if people don't praise or acknowledge my running accomplishments. I don't rely on my running accomplishments to fuel my mood, or my opinions about myself.

Yes, I think everyone should run, but not because I think it will make them a more worthwhile person or in some way increase their individual worth. I just think that a person can learn immense amounts about themselves and life while running; and the parallels of running and life are endless. But, I get that not everyone likes it and it's not for everyone.....but I still think everyone should do it! Even just a little. A mile or two a few times a week? It can work wonders on the soul! But, I digress....

Running is a huge part of my life (some people in my life who don't understand running would say I'm obsessed - Why do people who don't run think that all runners are crazy or obsessed? I don't get it - But perhaps that is a different post altogether).

As I was saying, running is a part of my life (yes a big part), but it is not who I am. However, it IS something that has taught me about myself and helped me grow mentally. It has pushed my limits and made me stronger. Running is something that has given me more than normal amounts of serious introspection time, and contributed to my well-being. It has helped develop my character, tested and proved my work ethic, my dedication, my will, my resiliency. It brings peace to my life. It brings pain as well - but the pain brings appreciation and growth. It's principles can be applied and compared to other parts of my life, which help bring understanding to other things in my life as well. Yes, I am aware that running isn't the only activity in existence that can bring this to a person, but it has been a very effective source in my life, and I think it can be fore most people. In a nutshell, running is the conduit that helps me discover who I am.

And though I absolutely LOVE running, if I wasn't able to run ever again I would be ok.

Running was taken away form me once before in my life and I survived. If it were ever taken away from me again my life would go on, I would be ok, and I would still be me - because it is not who I am.

I think that there are people who think that all I do is run and that it is who I am and there isn't much more to me. I guess I just wanted to express the point that though it contributes a lot to my life, trust me; I am so much more than a runner.

Having got that off my chest....anyone wanna go for a run?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I'm set to run the Lake Tahoe Half Marathon in just under 7 weeks. I have been wanting to run this race for years and am so excited I'm actually doing it this year! Check out the description and profile below.

The Half Marathon starts south of Meeks Bay on Glen Street, halfway down the Marathon course. The course rolls downhill for the first 2 miles before starting a challenging climb of 520’ over 1.55 miles up the "Hill from Hell", then 1.3 miles of rolling terrain, then down 200’ over 0.9 miles crossing over Eagle Falls, and back up 200’ over 0.9 miles to the 20 mile mark at Inspiration Point. The spectacular 20 mile mark (or 7 mile Half Marathon mark) is the narrow spine of the ridge overlooking Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, and Lake Tahoe itself. This may be the most beautiful run you ever do. The last 6.2 miles are all down hill and beautiful, picking up the bike trail for the last 3.5 miles to the finish, going over Taylor Creek Bridge and the spawning fire cracker red Kokanee salmon, through the Pope and Valhalla Historical Estates along the waters edge, by Camp Richardson, and finishing at Pope Beach where the cold waters of Tahoe await your tired feet.

The only thing I'm not looking forward to is the 6.2 miles of downhill! That is going to be brutal on my knees, hips, and back.

I'll definitely need to run at Rancho this weekend. Got to get those hills in.

Okay. Your turn. Let's hear about your upcoming races!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

List of Races

Alright, I'm hearing a lot of talk about races for the fall ... what's everybody running?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ready to Glisten

This year, I'm ready to glisten.  OK, I'm ready to sweat.  I'm just trying to make it sound a little more glamorous.  ;)

I guess it took four years living in North Carolina to adjust to the summer's humidity, its heat.  I don't mind "glistening" in the early morning on a run.  In fact, I love it.  I am so relieved to be perfectly honest with you.

My marathon training starts next Saturday.  4 miles and then we move from there to November 6 when I run the City of Oaks Marathon with Kaylynn (and anyone else who wants to join me).  With wedding season, my baby, my family, yoga, and life, I know training for a marathon will be less than convenient, but oh so necessary and I am ready.  Ready to glisten. ;)

PS: Molly ..................................... a huge GOOD LUCK from me this weekend.  I will be thinking of you in Tahoe. xoxo

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

National Running Day

Happy National Running Day!!

Here are ten ways to celebrate ... :)

Click here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Race

This popped up in my inbox yesterday from Miss Kaylynn.  Thought it was definitely worth a share.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Our Inner Dialogs Part II

Fast forward almost one year from this post ... I've had a baby and have dedicated a lot of time to running and continued to spend hours on a yoga mat since my Quin has been born.  I feel like becoming a mother has transformed me into a different kind of runner and paired with my new found yoga mind, I feel like I am in such a better mental place.  Physical?  We're getting there.  That's a whole different post. ;)

My half marathon in April in the Outer Banks was incredible.  I felt such a good, strong, consistent pace throughout the entire race.  My mommy muscles (as I now like to refer to them as) slowly began to fail halfway through and from mile 7 on, putting one step in front of the other continued to require more and more effort.

Before Quin, before yoga, it would have been very easy for me to look at the 6.1 miles ahead and feel so discouraged knowing that my body was different postpartum and much weaker.  It would have been so easy to anticipate the pain and the extra effort that the last half of this race would require.  But now, with a new mind set, I was able just to be at mile 7 and enjoy mile 7 for what mile 7 was.  To acknowledge that my inner dialog was there ("Wow, 6 miles to go, I am so tired.  Will I make it?  That finish line sounds soooooo good right now.  That summer break I've scheduled for running season is looking soooooo good right now.") and then to let it pass.  I loved that mile 7 more than I've ever loved a mile 7 and then 8, and then 9 and then 10.  I was in the moment, listened to my body and enjoyed just being.  Being in nature, being a momma, being weaker, being stronger, and being a runner.  And then, the finish line arrived and I was happy.  So, so happy.  While the race wasn't my fastest, or wasn't my strongest, it was one of the most enjoyable races I have ever run.  Accepting who I was in that moment, for those 13.1 miles made me feel whole.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I'm A Runner

Thanks to Linds for this share. Bahahaha!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

3 Months, 4 Weeks Postpartum

... and I'm running a half marathon this weekend.  Ladies and gentleman, I never thought it would be humanly possible, but with the help of an incredible husband and some goal races along the way, we're back to 13.1 and I'm feeling so confident.

It's so empowering to truly know what your body and mind are capable of.  Makes you feel like you can really do anything.