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Discover the Benefits of Being a Solo Runner.

Being a solo runner.

Discover the Benefits of Being a Solo Runner

Discover the Benefits of Being a Solo Runner

I was born a people person. I get energy from interacting with people. I thrive off the energy of being with a group or a team. My personality type according to the Myers-Briggs personality test is ESFJ which in a nutshell means, “ESFJs are people persons – they love people. They are warmly interested in others. (SOURCE)” So why is then that I have ended up as a runner and often a long-distance runner where running is mostly a solo sport. Now I often find myself out on long solo runs with no one to interact with except for myself and the world that surrounds me as a log the miles on asphalt and dirt.

Over time I have learned to love being a solo runner and I even crave those long quiet solo runs that bring peace and quiet and a time for deep introspection or a time to let it all go.

What are the benefits of being a solo runner?

  • You can focus on your form without the distraction.
  • You can focus on your breathing by listening to the rhythm of your breath in time with the cadence of your foot-strike.
  • Being a solo runner requires you to learn discipline. You have only yourself to be accountable too. If you are training to be at a certain pace you won’t be tempted to run someone else’s pace.
  • You will learn to work through challenges by yourself which you will need on race day. Your training runs are your practice for race day so you need to be able to work through the physical and mental challenges that will happen when the big day comes.
  • You can pick how far, how fast, and where you want to go. The decision is all yours and not dictated by a group.
  • Sometimes you just need peace and quiet and a solo run is the perfect place to do it. Use your solo run as a time to organize your thoughts.
  • When you are a solo runner you can find the rhythm and the pace of the run and just run driven by the sound of your breathing, your feet hitting the ground, and the beating of your heart.

Don’t get me wrong I still love my group runs but running alone has made me a stronger runner and I have found a deep love for being by myself on the run. Sometimes being a solo runner is everything that your soul needs.

What do you love the most about running alone. What benefits have you found of being a solo runner?

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Heart Rate training and the Maffetone Method

The Maffetone Method and NH runner Larisa Dannis

What is the Maffetone Method for Runners

What is the Maffetone Method for Runners

If you are a running junkie like me then I am sure you heard about New Hampshire Native Larisa Dannis‘ incredible finish at the USATF 50 Mile Championship. She was the women’s winner with the fastest women’s finish time in 20 years. Her pace for 50 miles, 7:11 min/mile. What?!? Yikes! That is crazy fast! To give you an idea of how this compares to what I run, when I ran Boston in 2013 I ran 26.2 miles at and average 8:09 min/mile pace. I cannot even begin to imaging running almost 1 min/mile faster for 50 MILES! Larisa was also the fastest non elite Boston Marathon Runner at the 2014 race with a finish time of 2:44. The crazy thing about her amazing finish times is that she was able to complete her races maintaining an aerobic heartrate the entire time!

Since Larisa is from New Hampshire I have been hearing a buzz about her on the running circuit and how she has gone from recreational runner (and hiker, being a “peak bagger” going after the 4,00 footers and “the Grid”) to a USATF champion in 4 short years. I am intrigued to learn more about her approach to training which is called the Maffetone Method, a heart rate training method developed by Phil Maffetone author of “The Big Book of Endurance Racing and Training.” When I was a rower in college our coach, Mark Davis trained us using heart rate training methods. Every day for practice we would strap on our Polar Heart Rate Monitors to ensure that we stayed in the correct training zones. I wish that I had paid more attention to the philosophy and scientific reasoning behind this. Now my curiosity has been piqued and I am ready to learn more about the Maffetone Method.

What is the Maffetone Method–Larisa Dannis, “I became increasingly efficient aerobically” (UltraRunnerPodcast).

How does the Maffetone Method work?  The Maffetone Method, developed by Phil Maffetone works with his mathematical formaula, the 180 Formula. The 180 Formula is, “180 minus a person’s chronological age, which is then adjusted to reflect their physiological age as indicated by fitness and health factors” (SOURCE).  This method of training is not new by any means but according to Runner’s World is a more unconventional method of training these days.

The Maffetone Method 180 Forumla (Source  httpphilmaffetone.com180-formula)

The Maffetone Method 180 Formula (Source httpphilmaffetone.com180-formula)

According to the Maffetone 180 Formula using my age and the fact that I struggle with ongoing allergies (seasonal, environmental) I would calculate 180-38-5=137 beats per minute. 137 beats per minute should be my maximum heart rate for training at an optimum aerobic level to increase my aerobic base within 10 bpm so my range would be from 127 bm-137 bpm.

According to Larisa Dannis’ interview on the Ultra Runner Podcast as she continued to train at her optimum heart rate zone she found that she while her heart rate remained consistent her paces began to quicken the longer she trained following this method.  Because Dannis relies on her heart rate to tell her how she is doing she does not focus as much on split times therefore not becoming a slave to the watch! I like the idea of this. Sometimes when you become too focused on pace per mile it can create a lot of stress during a race.  Dannis also shares that after two years of strictly training using the Maffetone Method she has added in more speedwork-hill repeats, fartleks, to address the body’s need of being able to work in an anaerobic zone as well.I am still learning about the Maffetone Method and am excited to follow Larisa Dannis’ running journey as she continues to race and tries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.

I am curious to talk to my coach Denise Goode of The Sustainable Athlete to see how this might fit into my own training plan. In 2012 when I first qualified for the Boston Marathon I was definitely in an upswing with my racing seeing many PR’s including my Boston qualifier. 2013 after Boston I had to work to regain my running shape after my bout of tendonitis and this year I finally feel like I have regained some speed.  Now that the majority of my racing is done for the year I am excited to refocus and set new goals for next year.  I am hoping to pick up some speed again come next spring and summer and know that I have some work ahead during the winter months.

Have you ever heard of the Maffetone Method? Do you use a specific training method? I’d love to hear all about it!

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5 tips for marathon recovery to get you back up to racing speed.

Why is marathon recovery so important?

Yes, I will need to recover from those crazy mountain like hills I just ran up at the Kingdom Marathon.

Yes, I will need to recover from those crazy mountain like hills I just ran up at the Kingdom Marathon.

A week and a half ago I was the women’s winner at the Kingdom Marathon. Since then I have been taking it “easy” and letting my body recover because I’ll be running the CHaD Hero Half Marathon on October 26th. In the past I have often jumped back into training too quickly after a marathon and my body has rapidly reminded me to slow down by throwing me into sickness. Another reason to take marathon recovery seriously is to avoid injury. No one wants to be sidelined with an injury (believe me I know firsthand!). I have been racing a lot this fall and after the Kingdom Marathon I knew I needed to take it easy.  My legs actually recovered fairly quickly from the marathon but my body was noticeably fatigued. I have been feeling extra exhausted and have been needing more rest than usual. Also, I have been feeling a bit blue with my big goal races being done for the fall. I want to be feeling like a superhero at the half marathon, ready to fly down the course for 13.1 miles (which should hopefully feel like a breeze after conquering the crazy hills at the Kingdom Marathon).

Tips for Marathon Recovery

Here is what I have been doing to effectively recover from the marathon so that I can feel energized and ready to go on at the half marathon.

  1. Extra zzzzz’s. Kick your feet up. It’s time to relax. Squeeze in a power nap if you can or try to get to bed an extra half hour earlier than usual.
  2. Mixing it up. I have done a little bit of running but have been focusing mostly on cross-training to give my muscles extra time to recover.  My favorite ways to cross-train–cycling, swimming, yoga, and hiking.
  3. Fueling.  I always find that I am extra hungry the week after a marathon so I focus on eating lots of carbohydrates and lean protein.  I also up my salt intake to replenish what I lose during the race (I am a heavy sweater when I run!)
  4. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.  I often fail to do enough of this anyway and we all know how great fluid loss can be during a marathon so rehydration is extra important the day of and the days after the marathon. Also, staying well hydrated can help prevent fatigue! The best way to stay hydrated is to always keep a filled water bottle at your side.
  5. Focus on things that are positive! I am prone to depression anyways (and with daylight hours waning in New Hampshire, seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D. is setting in) so after a marathon I always tend to feel a bit blue. Accomplishing a great goal is such a high but when the event is over their can be sadness associated with final goal being over. In order to stay positive I spend recovery time focusing on fun with my kids and my family.  We have been going for great walks, playing tons of silly games and during a day when my daughter was sick my silly son even joined me for some treadmill time. This is also a great time to start dreaming up those next big race dreams in order to refocus and to start building a new training plan either on your own or with a coach.
How could this cutie pie not put a smile on your face?

How could this cutie pie not put a smile on your face?

What are your best tips for marathon recovery?

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I was the women’s winner at the Kingdom Marathon!

Doin’ the dirt from Pie to Pie. The Kingdom Marathon.

The Kingdom Marathon. Running into the finish!

The Kingdom Marathon. Running into the finish!

On Saturday I turned 38 and on Sunday I was the women’s winner at the first annual Kingdom Marathon! What?!?! First place in a marathon. 26.2 (actually 26.5 miles in this race!) crazy hilly miles with a total ascent of 2,894 feet. Yikes! The true gift was the gorgeous scenery as we ran “From Pie to Pie” from Parker Wings in Newport, Vermont to Parker Pie in Glover, Vermont. My friend Joanna convinced  me to sign up for this 26.2 mile dirt road running “adventure” pretty much at the last minute.That’s right, no specific marathon training plans were followed but I definitely had the miles under my belt to complete the distance.

At Parker Wings ready to race!

At Parker Wings ready to race!

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At the last minute my friend Joanna to switch to biking the out and back option and wrangled Organic Runner Dad into biking it with her.  The out and back option gave them a solid ride of about 43 miles and yes they too had to tackle the endless hills!

Here we are! 2 riders and 1 runner ready to take on the Kingdom Marathon!

Here we are! 2 riders and 1 runner ready to take on the Kingdom Marathon!

Go Organic Runner Dad and Joanna!!!!

Go Organic Runner Dad and Joanna!!!!

After they left on their bikes I still had a half an hour to get mentally prepared for the run and to figure out what I was going to wear.  The day started out as a chilly blustery 45 degrees so I was hesitant to ditch my warm jacket but in the end decided to go with my original race day outfit because I knew I’d end up being too hot! This ended up being a great decision because they sun came out an with al of the hills I had to climb I was hot and sweaty!

I wore some race day favorites from Skirt Sports, Nike, Gone For a Run, Crazy Compression and of course my Brooks Adrenaline. I ditched the visor as the rains had passed and wore my one of my usual crazy headbands.

I wore some race day favorites from Skirt Sports, Nike, Gone For a Run, Crazy Compression and of course my Brooks Adrenaline. I ditched the visor as the rains had passed and wore my one of my usual crazy headbands.

This was the first year of the Kingdom Marathon and besides running the marathon you could also run a half marathon or a 17 miler or you could bike the marathon or ride 13 miles and I think there were relay options too (something for everyone!). I even heard some rumors that there might be horses on the course too?!?! I loved seeing all of the eager runners ready to tackle this new race. Some faces were familiar too which helped make for a fun race day atmosphere. I had convinced my friend Bob to run too and was hoping he wouldn’t hate me after running all of the hills on the course (apparently runners are like lemmings, any talk of a new cool race and we all just blindly follow each other into signing up for something totally new and crazy!)

Getting ready for the Start of the Kingdom Marathon

Getting ready for the Start of the Kingdom Marathon

Finally it was time to start. Everything was so relaxed some of us were almost ready to run the wrong way out of the driveway. This started the race of with some good laughs.  I decided to treat this run with the mindset of a training run and to go out and have a great time. My friend Bob and I decided to run together and settled into a comfortable pace. I wasn’t to concerned about having a crazy pace because I knew the hills would get me and I might not come out standing on the other end if I attacked the course with a fast pace from the get go (remember how I talked about running 8:05-:8:25 pace . . . that plan flew out the window when I checked out the elevation profile of the race–2894 feet of elevation gain is no joke!).  We ran and talked about running and racing and marveled at the spectacular Vermont countryside. The fall foliage was absolutely amazing especially when the sun came out from behind the clouds and set the leaves “on fire.” You couldn’t possibly pick a more perfect setting for a fall race! As we ran their were scenic sweeping landscapes dotted with farms and cows and views of the backside of lake Willoughby.  I loved having a friend to run with because the miles passed much faster and we had the added benefit of his family cheering us on on the course!

Rave Run

Rave Run. We were at about 8 miles here and there was one woman ahead of my who I ultimately passed. Bob is in the green shirt up ahead.

The aid stations did not have volunteers at each one however they were well stocked with water and gatorade and many stations had bananas, Cliff bars and Louis Garneau Energy Gels.  The bananas were definitely a perfect edition to my race day on course nutrition. I did run with my UltrAspire hydration pack to ensure that I would have enough nutrition and hydration on the course. At the Half Marathon mark of the race Bob and I hit 2 hours on the course which was great considering the monumental hills that we had already tackled! From about mile 2 to mile 5.68 the elevation climbed from 694 ft-1,291.  We were definitely giving our legs some killer hill workouts on both the uphill and downhill (what goes up must come down!)

Take a look at the elevation profile of the Kingdom Marathon.

Take a look at the elevation profile of the Kingdom Marathon.

We continued on through Barton, Vermont and then headed back under the highway and up a monstrous hill. At this point Bob picked up his pace a bit and I continued to grind up the hills. It was awesome to have run together for around 16 miles because that left us with only ten miles to go. Ten miles is still along way but I was still feeling strong and ready to run.  My strategy at this point was to stay steady, to keep even pacing on the uphills and to use the flats and downhills to lengthen out and relax.  I tried not to focus on my watch and my splits and just ran.

The Kingdom Marathon is the most beautiful marathon I have ever run!

The Kingdom Marathon is the most beautiful marathon I have ever run!

The hills were rolling at this point and my legs were definitely starting to feel tighter as the miles continued on. After a long run on a scenic ridge the hill finally took me down and out to a turn around point with a fully stocked aid station and some great volunteers. At this point I think there were 6 miles left (about a 10K). Bob and I crossed paths as he left the turnaround. He looked strong and determined to achieve a sub-four hour finish time. Between 20 and 25 miles the hills kept coming, they were not quite as long but my body was starting to feel heavier so I was glad to see Joanna and Organic Runner Dad as they passed me in the car headed back to the finish line to wait for me (they had completed their bike ride in about 3:45).  The cheering was just what I needed. I saw them one more time with two miles to go at an aid station where I guzzled down some water and ate a piece of banana. Then it was on to the finish!!!! Finally the uphills turned into a final descent and I stretched my legs out to take on the final miles. Organic Runner Dad ran back to cheer me on as I came to the finish.

26.5 Miles. Kingdom Marathon. Doin' the dirt from Pie to Pie!

26.5 Miles. Kingdom Marathon. Doin’ the dirt from Pie to Pie!

My final result (unofficial) was 4:10 for 26.5 (and yes that extra .3 miles felt long!) with any average pace of 9:26 min/mile! Amazingly I surprised myself by being the first place female which had me feeling super proud! The prizes for the Kingdom Marathon were perfect–A Woodal (hand-carved wooden medal), a nice jug of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup (good thing too, as we just ran out at home!) and some homemade beef jerky (or possibly bear or moose).  Since the race ended at Parker Pie we were treated to delicious wood-fired pizza and beer (although I can never stomach a beer after a marathon so I stuck to water) and we all celebrated our day together!

1st place female and 3rd place male!

1st place female and 3rd place male!

Even though it was a small race it's pretty cool to be able to say that I won a marathon and I hold the women's course record since it was the first year. I might just have to go back next year to defend my title!

Even though it was a small race it’s pretty cool to be able to say that I won a marathon and I hold the women’s course record since it was the first year. I might just have to go back next year to defend my title!

This was a crazy experience but you know what, I will probably do it again next year . . . thank you Joanna for convincing me to run! The views were amazing the atmosphere was low-key, the course was well marked and stocked with nutrition and hydration and the food at the end was perfect!

Now, I think I’ll be taking a few days off. Up next, The CHaD Hero Half Marathon in 3 weeks. Please take the time to check out my donation page. I’d love to have your support!

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I’m running the Kingdom Marathon!

Kingdom Marathon

Kingdom Marathon

So I’m not sure if you’ve heard my big racing news yet. My friend Joanna somehow convinced me to sign up for a marathon this coming weekend. On sunday, October 5th (the day after my birthday) I’ll be running 26.2 hard glorious miles of scenic dirt roads in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont at the inaugural Kingdom Marathon.  In no way has my training been anywhere normal for running this type of race. Sometimes I feel like I have ADHD when it comes to selecting races. There are just so many fun races to do and not enough days for racing so my race schedule usually ends up being totally crazy. Oh well, I guess its just my sense of adventure taking over.

I have actually not even been doing that much running other than at races because after all of my races I have needed to give my body time to rest, recover, refuel, and rehydrates which means taking it easy during the week.  In the past 4 weeks I have raced the Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon, The Reach the Beach Relay (19.9 Miles), The Lost a Lot Trail Race (7 miles) and finally an easy Scarecrow 2 mile fun run/walk with my family last weekend. So I guess that means I’m ready to run 26.2 miles right?????

Scarecrow Family Fun Run

Scarecrow Family Fun Run

I am going in to this race with no expectations other than to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage as we run and that I will run my own race.  I plan to run EVEN splits, hoping for pacing somewhere between 8:05-8:25 WITHOUT going out too fast like I did at Boston last spring. I hope to run a smart race and if I feel good at 20 miles I will reassess and work on dropping my pace for the last 10K. I have no idea how the dirt roads will affect my pace so we’ll see. It will definitely be a race to write about.

The race website entices you to sign up by saying we will run,

“Through “The Gut” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Coventry, Brownington, Barton, Irasburg, Glover, VT
Dirt Roads – The Kingdom – Fall Foliage”

Who wouldn’t want to run on that course. The race director also says,

“It’s a Marathon Race You Will Talk About the Rest of Your Life
One of the most challenging and beautiful marathons in the East”

Have you ever signed up for a race on a whim? Did your race go well. Did you exceed your expectations for finish time or was it harder than you thought it would be. 

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The Active Times in NYC

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Organic Runner Mom visits The Active Times and The Daily Meal

Organic Runner Mom visits The Active Times and The Daily Meal

During our recent trip to New York City where Organic Runner Dad spoke at the United Nations about family farming we had the chance to squeeze in a brief visit to take a peek at what goes on inside The Active Times (and also the Daily Meal).  Earlier in the spring I was asked to join the Active Times Blogger Network which is a new and exciting opportunity for me and my little blog.  If you haven’t yet heard about The Active Times and you are and endurance athlete, outdoor enthusiast and in search of adventure The Active Times is an awesome resource for you.  Here is a little bit more about The Active Times and the mission,

“The Active Times aims to be the world’s best source of authoritative, inspiring, enlightening content for living the active, adventurous life. Whatever your passions in outdoor and endurance sports, travel and adventure, The Active Times provides the tools and information you need to do your best—and enjoy the ride.”

Hungry Runner (AKA Katie), Organic Runner Mom, and Ethan at The Active Times

Hungry Runner (AKA Katie), Organic Runner Mom, and Ethan at The Active Times

At the Active Times I was greeted by Katie of Hungry Runner who I originally met a the firs Fitness and Social Media Bloggers Conference in Colorado.  Katie is an editor at The Active Times and a passionate runner and blogger herself.  She introduced me to Ethan, another editor and gave me a quick peek into The Daily Meal Kitchen which was so cool!

The Kitchen at The Daily Meal

The Kitchen at The Daily Meal

In addition to being a part of the blogger network I have contributed quotes to several articles about running on The Active Times and hope to be able to do more!

The quick impromptu visit to The Active Times was fun and I hope to be able to stop in again the next time I am in NYC!

Have you ever checked out The Active Times?

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Happy National Running Day!

It’s National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day!

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It’s National Running Day today (and my Dad’s birthday!!!). National Running Day is a day to celebrate your passion for running or perhaps even to make a change in your life and to join the current running craze. Last year my goal was to challenge myself and to find inner-strength. This year I run for happiness and positive energy.  Since running the Boston Marathon this year I have been feeling a renewed energy on every run.  I am focusing on the positive energy that running brings into my life to make me healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit.

It's National Running Day!

It’s National Running Day!

I am not currently training for a marathon but have other goal races planned including some mountain races (Mount Washington, Loon . . .) and also my first Olympic Distance Triathlon (and probably more triathlons!).  Since many of these races will be totally new experiences the pressure of the clock is off.  Being a “newbie” going into a race the first goal is always to finish and feel like I did my best, to finish with a smile.  I have no personal best times to compare to in most of these races which has taken off the pressure and added back in the fun of running again. Training and trying to qualify for Boston is amazing but can also make you feel like you are in a giant pressure cooker, making it impossible during most of your training to not be keenly aware of the time on your Garmin (GPS watch).

Today on National Running Day (June 4) I will complete my planned training run (50 minute base run) but will be focused solely on the running and feeling good and enjoying the happiness that fills me up as I run.

When you run today I want you to find what makes you happy on your run.  Here are some things that make me happy when I run:

  • I love the amazing scenery on my runs.
  • I am happy when I encounter wildlife on the trails (well, maybe only the smaller creatures . . . birds, salamanders, chipmunks.
  • I am happy when I run in the warm rain.
  • I feel energized from a good sweat.
  • I love a great endorphin rush.
  • I am happy for downhills and hard uphills conquered.
  • I love the sweet smells of spring and on the trails.

What makes you happy when you run? Have a great National Running Day!

 Link Love for National Running Day

Happy National Running Day: Mom’s Little Running Buddy

5 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day: Running with Ollie

Fill in the Blank: “I love to run . . .” : Olive to Run

10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day: The Active Times

Why I run and Running Day Giveaway: The Fit Fork

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Monday Motivation: Finding healing.

The Finish Line. Boston Marathon 2014.

The Finish Line. Boston Marathon 2014.

The Finish Line. Boston Marathon 2014.

And together we ran again.

Last week was an emotional ride with the Boston Marathon on Monday and the inevitable post-marathon let-down as the week wore on. I am so grateful for the experience of being able to run from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston on Monday. Prior to the race I was extremely fearful about what race day would bring still haunted by the memories of last year.  It has definitely been an up and down year for me since Boston and running has been my one saving grace. Running the marathon again gave me something to focus on and something to fight for!

After the marathon last year I struggled to find any sort of inner-peace often replaying the events of April 15, 2013. I struggled with feeling alone a lot throughout the year, feeling constantly on high alert after having sat by myself, alone in the family meeting area after last year’s marathon for what seemed like an eternity with sirens wailing around me, people in an eerie calm, panic. I was so close to the bomb blasts last year but far enough away that no one knew what was going on and everyone was afraid. The day felt hauntingly like 9/11. A horrific nightmare.

Running the Boston Marathon this year was important to me for so many reasons one being that I needed to run the race again, to make it through the finish line, to complete the race and to feel the celebration, to feel the support of the crowds and the people all around cheering and screaming each runners name. I needed to push through the feelings of insecurity and anxiety and to let the passionate, exuberant crowds lift me and the other runners on our journey of healing.  Marathon Monday was overwhelming and amazing. I have never felt so inspired by the amount of incredible spirt and human strength of body, and heart and the stunning courage of so many people who raced the marathon on Patriots Day 2014.

I am forever grateful that I was able to run and be a part of this experience and to further my own healing.

“The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.”
― Robert James WallerThe Bridges of Madison County

Love Wins. Boston Marathon 2014

Love Wins. Boston Marathon 2014

May you continue to find peace and love in your journey on the run!

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Boston Marathon Race Day Outfit Preview

Boston Marathon Race Outfit 2014

Boston Marathon Race Outfit 2014

What will I be wearing at the Boston Marathon? It’s time to get ready to run, girl run!

If you have run in any type of long race you know how important your race day outfit can be. First and foremost your race day outfit needs to be functional and comfortable.  The last thing that any runner wants to experience when running a marathon is painful chafing (you know the kind that will cause you to shriek in pain in the shower after the race, no thanks!).  Also, you want to choose running clothes that will stay put (no one likes to have their shorts or running skirt riding up as the miles add up.  When choosing my running clothes for a marathon I always test them out during my long training runs to make sure that I won’t encounter any of these issues on race day.

Once I have determined if the clothes are worthy of 26.2 miles the next thing that I always like to consider is the style factor. Hey, at least if my clothes are cute I have a slight possibility of avoiding an embarrassing race day photo, right? When thinking about race day style I look for running clothes that have bright and fun colors, wild patterns, and I definitely want to be running in a skirt.  For some reason I have always loved wearing tall socks (this goes back to my days of Colby Crew way way back in 1999) so the Compression Sock craze (functional yet fashionable!) suits me just perfectly.

I am truly appreciative of Skirt Sports, Bani Bands, and Crazy Compression for providing me with the awesome gear that I will be wearing on Boston Marathon Monday as I run 26.2 Miles from Hopkinton to Boston.

Here is what I will be wearing on Marathon Monday as I speed by on the race course towards Boylston Street. If you want to track me I will be wearing BIB #18384:

  1. Skirt Sports Eclipse Tank in Azul, Skirt Sports Cougar Skirt in Azul, Skirt Sports Sabrina B Sports Bra in Black
  2. Bani Bands Head Band Sequin Purple
  3. Crazy Compression Purple Over the Calf Diamonds
  4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS

It’s time to run down the course and finish that race!

#BostonStrong

#BostonStrong

What is your favorite Marathon Day outfit?

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5 reasons to LOVE spring running!

Dare I say it? “It’s SPRING!”

Hopefully by saying this I won’t have jinxed it and caused the most epic April blizzard . . . But since spring appears here to stay let’s talk about 5 reasons to LOVE spring running!

Mud. Mud. And More Mud!

Mud. Mud. And More Mud!

1. MUD! Don’t you just love getting a little “pig pen” dirty on a run? I love the smell of the fresh spring mud when the earth is starting to come alive again. And there is nothing better than splashing through a giant mud puddle just like a kid!

2. BIRDS. They are finally coming back to greet me on my runs again. My favorite is the red-winged blackbird cheerfully singing their song from the tree branches as I speed along. Which bird is your favorite?

Hello there running friend!

Hello there running friend!

3. Running with bare legs! Yes, my legs are out of hibernation after the long cold winter and unless it gets wicked cold again it is time for skirts!

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

4. Daylight. Plenty of daylight. It’s time to put aside the flashing vests and headlamps (unless you are running a night relay) and to run in the late afternoon daylight. Let the sun warm your spirit!

Soaking up the sun!

Soaking up the sun!

5. Racing! Yes! First the Boston Marathon and then hopefully a lot more racing fun. Keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t end up in a boot like last year.

Not exactly the footwear I hoped to be wearing last spring after the Boston Marathon.

Not exactly the footwear I hoped to be wearing last spring after the Boston Marathon.

Happy spring and good luck this spring! I can’t wait to hear about all of your races!

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