Running to the Beat of My Son's Drum

Tuesday is an easy day for me to get up early and run to work. It's an 8.1 mile run so it's also easy for me to extend that distance and really make it my long run for the week. It's definitely easier than carving out another 2 hour block for a long run. I've done two weeks at ten miles and want to build it to 12 and stay there permanently (until I get the marathon bug again) so I'm always race ready for a half. iPod was dead somehow so I grabbed my 12 year old son, Taylor's. I figure we all hav…

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Running with My Daughter: Anything Is Possible 5K

The anticipation of a race is half the fun!! The planning, prep, outfit selection, drive there, pre-race standing around is almost as exciting as the race itself.  Then there's the post-race glow.... I'm getting ready to do the Anythings Possible 5K at the University of Nevada Reno campus with one of my 19-year-old daughters. ( http://anythingispossible5k.com/)  9 cities are participating at 1:30 am while the clocks turn back thus giving runners a negative time. Can anyone say PR??? I don't usua…

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Surprises in My Running Playlist

It may sound crazy, but I put my 15 year old daughter in charge of my music. Don't get me wrong - I put in a lot of my own desires - in the form of tugging on her shirt and whining..... It's fantastic!!  She does the work and I get my groove on! I use an iPod Shuffle. I actually prefer non iPod brands because I can download more music and manipulate more easily than being locked in to iTunes. BUT, the shuffle allows me to clip on, it's super small and when I'm not "feeling" a song I can just pus…

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Finishing the Race: Push Through the Pain

Gabrielle doubled over with side stitches during a race Most of us runners have a myriad of aches and pains along our running paths. Many of us have looked or felt like this picture of Gabi.   When Gabrielle saw this picture, she said, "Oh my gosh, Mom.  Delete that one."  None of us wants to picture ourselves looking like this, even though I know I've had this expression on my face on more than one occasion.  I like to envision myself more gazelle-esque.   For the most part, I'd tell friends (…

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Choosing the Right Running Attire for the Weather

So clothing and running and temperatures.... I have a guideline which I think is what all of us pretty much do. I look at the weather online pre-run and then determine what I'm putting on. I always keep in mind that I should start feeling chilly if possible so I'm not stripping after ten minutes. I make sure I'm considering everything when I'm choosing the right running attire for the weather. Most running apparel is designed to be comfortable but there are a couple of things to consider. Person…

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Running Quirks: Name that Run!

I "talk" to myself during a run. In my head. And I name things. My long run is every Tuesday morning. I run to work which is 8.1 miles. Now that I"m building back up to a half marathon, I'm using that run and adding loops to it to increase my mileage to 12. I did 9 this morning and next week will be 10, etc...  So the bulk of it is the same and I've named it all. Usually I like to run different routes to mix things up, but there's also comfort in knowing what to expect. I dislike the first coup…

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Running Gear Reviews: A Few of My Favorite Things

One of the fantastic things about running - and there are a lot - is that it's a relatively inexpensive sport. Running can be done in nearly any weather and travels easily. A good pair of running shoes and supportive sports bra are probably the two biggest must-haves. That being said (and maybe especially because we're women) there are so many options to play with! Here are some of my favorites - through a lot of trial and error I might add - that have become personal fav's in my little running …

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Plastic Surgery Story: Fantastic Boobs!

I had my boobs "fixed". That's another way of saying augmentation, boob job, lift and tuck, put back, re inflated... Yup. I'm not even a little ashamed. I have to admit, I'm not big on plastic surgery. I have always felt that if you spent life eating healthy, staying active, using sunscreen, getting in the required fruits and veggies, attempted to get enough sleep, played often and laughed a lot you could age gracefully and beautifully. When I was in my late 30's struggling with the impending 4…

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My Reason for Running

 I’m a badass bitch that owns the road. I feel the wind on my face, the sunshine on my back, and watch it dance in the trees. I feel my calves ache, my heart pound. I taste the thick, slimy, salty, metallic saliva in my mouth.

I feel euphoric, invincible, exhausted, alive. My feet pound the earth and I feel as one with the world around me. There are moments when I feel I can’t go on but I push those thoughts away. I know there lies a place just beyond where peace reigns supreme. My happy place.…

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Runners Log: First Half Marathon

I’m 37 years old and I ran my first half marathon today in Chico, CA. It was a beautiful drive there and Chico was amazing. Groves of trees, cows, horses. The 13.1-mile path was 2 laps thru Bidwell Park. The trees were huge, gnarled beasts. It looked as if they just dug in and held on. It occurred to me as I ran that that was what I needed to do. Dig in and run. I’m never trying to beat anyone, but I want to win. Win a feeling of accomplishment, self-respect, pride, more confidence, and higher s…

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