Posts Tagged“Running”

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Obstacle course runs have always intimidated me. Despite the cajoling from past participants that “it’s a piece of cake” and “so much fun!” I never really imagined that I would take part in one. I think of the participants in these things as the CrossFit elite and the P90X folks. (Definitely not ME.) For the record, I have absolutely no upper body or core strength. Therefore, I never believed I could complete an obstacle course race without getting stuck or having to bypass the challenges. So I safely managed to avoid them when they came to town. Of course that…

You know that whole marathon thing I’ve been talking about here and there? It is really creeping up on me. I’ve been running, of course, but never with an official plan. I  knew I needed to have one, but just never seemed to get around to mapping it. It is all about the art of denial, y’all. Of course, it is hard to deny the impending marathon when the organizers keep sending you race updates. So Katie and put together a plan for the next few weeks to get ourselves on target for the Steamtown Marathon on October 13th. (Which, in marathon…

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I hate this hill. This hill and I do not get along. I knew it too, from the day I discovered and first tried to conquer it. (Years ago. Yeah, we go way back.) In my gut I knew that it would eventually evolve into something symbolic that would rise again to try and mock me. And this morning it did. I’d been up early contemplating the desire to get a jump on the day’s workload versus relieve some stress. I somehow (miracle of all miracles) managed to talk my slacker self into donning my running shoes in favor of…

Anyone else struggle with hydration while in training? It sometimes seems like a never ending concoction of sports drinks, water and chocolate milk. I tried something the other day that is making me rethink my hydration solutions, though. It is called ZICO (specifically, ZICO- Dark Chocolate) and it is a delicious combination of coconut water and dark-chocolate flavor. Mmm…. coconut water. Did I mention it was delicious? A study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that coconut water replenishes body fluids as well as a sports drink and better than water. ZICO is literally loaded with electrolytes:…

I’m a happy, happy girl these days. My attitude is better. My smile is wider. My sense of humor returned. Heck, I even bought Chia seeds the other day. Why? It is running season again! Granted, it is still chilly out there but the birds are chirping and ice cycles are no longer forming in my hair. And THAT makes me happy. (Because who wants to run with an ice ponytail and hypothermic fingers?) And with the return of running season is a new resolve to incorporate the right nutrition and training into my daily life. (That and the threat of bathing…

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Every year I say I’m not going to slack on running in the winter and damn it (!) every year I do. This year was especially hard not to get out of the running grove. After my marathon hopes petered out in November, I was left without a purpose. I honestly didn’t realize how much not achieving that goal would mess with my mind. Obviously, you can’t control a  hurricane and the resulting mayhem. But still, I felt lost and completely without direction. Now I have to build up my endurance all over again. My intention has always been to…

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If Twitter is what you say, and Facebook is who you are, then LifeKraze is what you do. LifeKraze is a social networking platform and iPhone application that rewards and encourages your  personal accomplishments. I’ve recently begun using it and I’m really enjoying the time I spend on it. One thing I am really excited about is that they recently launched an initiative called “Running Days”  being lead by actor Sean Astin. (One of my favorite actors! Rudy, Lord Of The Rings, etc.) Unbeknownst to me, Astin has been a long-distance runner for the past 25 years and is just returning to the…

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I’m so excited about this guest post from Dr. Susan Kleiner. Dr. Kleiner is a high performance nutritionist and authority on nutrition for strength and power. She writes today on nutrition tips for marathon training. —> Great information for those in training or thinking about taking on a marathon challenge!   Nothing beats the impact of hydration on performance. Before the race, let thirst be your guide to the finish line and use a sports drink to replace fluids during the race. If you are racing just to participate and finish, then drink when you are thirsty throughout the event.…

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There are truly a bevy of great races to choose from this season in my hometown of Frederick, Maryland. Below are just a small sampling of the fun Fall 5ks you can participate in: Habitat for Humanity “No Place Like Home ” 5K Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Baker Park 8:00 a.m. Registration link here.  I’ve worked on this event for the past two years and it is truly a blast! Not only is it a great theme that the whole family can get involved in (there is a companion Walk-A-Thon for the kiddos) but it is also a great…

91 DAYS UNTIL THE NEW YORK MARATHON… I regret to inform you that I am a victim of a tragic and what could have been a potentially life threatening crime. This is serious stuff. Runner friends consider yourselves forwarned. Thieves abound. The story: This week’s mileage was slated for 12 – 14 miles. We (the gals and I) awoke at 4am to prepare ourselves for the hot, humid and muggy morning predicted by meteorologists across the DC Metro region. Katie, ever the Girl Scout, made a Gatorade drop near mile 7 of our route so that we could continue on without, you know,…