Have you been wondering why your running has been stagnant? Why your race times are either not getting better, or possibly even getting worse? I’ve been in this zone for a few years, with a few decent races and a whole heck of a lot of injury. Common thought would be to run less because my body can’t “handle” higher mileage and some people tell me I’m just getting older. My coach actually disagrees. And considering she’s an Olympic qualifier, I will take her advice and encouragement and pass it on to you. READ MORE
I often get asked about my non-running fashion choices. I do often say that shopping is one of my top talents! So I thought I’d compose a blog post about the last 5 items I have bought that are not running related. I do follow lots of fashion bloggers so lots of my ideas come from their posts/sites but I also know what works for my body and also think I’m pretty good at helping others dress theirs, so if you have a question for me, feel free to comment and ask!READ MORE
You only do something if the return is worth it, right? Think about why you run and what it gives you. The reason is different for us all. For me, way back when (in the era of DSL and dial up) I started running because my track coach thought I was good at it. It felt good to be recognized for something I’d never thought of as a strength (especially with severe asthma). I kept at it in college and increased my distance to keep my weight stable and be able to eat what I wanted. It’s funny though how that reason has evolved over time.READ MORE
About a year and a half ago I posted about what a sample day looks like for me (click on link to see that post). Well, training changes, bodies change, and so did the way I eat. (Not drastically, but I did notice some things that needed tweaking). On recent posts, I’ve been messaged about what I eat and so I’m showing you what that looks like today. I am still fortunate to be a stay at home mom and I still have to manage errands, activities, my daily workout and keep up with the housework. This blog post is long, so pin or save it for reference!READ MORE
Overtraining. It might be my middle name. Kidding, kind of. I have been running for 20+ years and have had more than 20 injuries, for sure. I bring up the topic because I see it often, I have done it often and I’m working on a race season of staying healthy and training smart. (Pretty sure you are, too)! When most people think of the drawback to overtraining, injury is the first to come to mind. But there are actually some other drawbacks to overtraining you may have experienced or may be experiencing now. Hopefully, you haven’t and are just one of those people who trains smart all the time and your body responds accordingly, but something tells me if you are reading this, then you’ve overtrained or worried you may be about to. (ugh I hate ending sentences in prepositions! But I digress…) Anyhow, the following are other things to consider when you want to push through 8+ days of non stop training….