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My thoughts on being a mom, runner, wannabe health nut, and everything else.

3 Reasons Not to Compare Yourself to Other Runners

Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can be a crucial aspect of starting and sticking to a fitness routine.  When you are starting a running program, having fellow runners to complete the challenge and train with can provide incredibly valuable motivation and inspiration.  I know I have met some amazing people through my running journey.

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There can be some negative aspects.  It can be difficult not to compare yourself negatively to others.  There will be people faster than you.  There will be people that can increase their distances in a shorter time frame.  There will be people that will seem to be doing a better job.

Usually, I use others’ successes as positive motivation to improve myself.  There are times, however, that looking at another person’s accomplishments brings me down.

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5 Reasons Why I Like To Run

 

One of the questions I am asked the most is, “Why do you like to run?”

Despite the fact that I do LOVE to run, it can sometimes be difficult to provide an answer that is convincing to the questioner.

I usually respond, “Because it’s fun!”

Which is always followed up with, “WHY?” or “HOW?”

Uhh…because it is.  Duh.

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How to Run in the Snow

Running in the snow is one of my favorite things.  I hate to walk from my house to my minivan when it’s cold, but somehow, I love to run in harsh wind and snow.  (What can I say?  I’m complex.)  Finally, winter 2016 delivered some actual winter weather, and I was able to get out and slip and slide in the wonderful white mess of snow and ice.

As far as actual running techniques to run in the snow, I have little to offer.  My regular running style could be considered “unique” at best.  (My mom once recognized me on the trail from a distance by, what she called, my duck feet stride.)  What I can offer is how I run in the snow…what you gain from it may be questionable.

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Fresh snowy goodness!

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Running a Marathon: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

I have ran a marathon in the past.  I have planned to run others.  It didn’t work out.  Now I am debating my running plans for the upcoming year.  I want to run another marathon, I think, but I also don’t want to set myself up for more disappointment.

There are very few things that are guaranteed in life, so not planning on doing something because it may not work out is dumb.  I realize this.

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New medal and yummy beer? Yes please!

*After my first marathon in 2014.  (That beer was excellent.)

There are, however, both real pros and cons to training for and completing a marathon….

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Running & Breathing: Mouth or Nose?

While standing on the side of a main road, waiting on the heavy traffic to have enough of a break so I could access my running trail on the other side, I noticed how loudly I was breathing.  Out of my mouth.  It was the first time I had ever really noticed that I didn’t breathe out of my nose while running, or apparently, when I was forced to take a brief break.

So, there I was, standing with my mouth hanging open, breathing heavily, staring at the line of cars with an annoyed expression on my face….realizing that I was a mouth breather.  (Have you seen the Breathe Right commercial that basically states that mouth breathing is the worst thing ever?  I realize they are talking about sleeping, and not running, but it’s the image that immediately popped into my head!)

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Winter Running 2016: Where is the snow?

The last two winters in my area have been hard-hitting.  Polar vortexes and snow storms filled the forecasts and lawns were not seen until spring.  I have to admit, I LOVED it!

I love running in the snow.  Despite my lack of ability to walk straight without tripping, I enjoy the extra obstacles of ice and snow mounds while running.  Cold winter air gives me energy.

This year?

Not so much.  November brought one snowfall, and since then?  Flurries.  We had a trace of snow one day (the picture below), but it only lasted an hour or so before melting.  The temperature has climbed over 50 degrees multiple days.  Everyone else seems to love it.  I’m bummed!

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Happy New Year: No Resolutions for 2016

It’s the 4th day of January, and I have officially decided, after quite a bit of contemplation, to not have any resolutions for 2016.  By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do anything.  The problem for me, this year, is that I am completely undecided on what I plan on doing.  Am I going to run?  Of course, I don’t need to have a resolution to do something that I love, enjoy, and already do!  Am I going to spend quality time with my husband and children?  Yup!  Are there some other aspects of my life that need some fine-tuning?  Definitely.  I just don’t know what that fine-tuning means quite yet! Read the rest of this entry »

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