7 Tips for Running Safety


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Sadly, there has been a significant uptick in running related disappearances, injuries and murders lately.

This, unfortunately, is the world we live in, folks.

It is imperative that we are always prepared for any situation that my arise during a run.

I have a few helpful tips and tricks that you can use to protect yourself.

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…And Take Names.


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Every few months I feel like I write one of these posts…

The post where I realize I am slacking (no offense Fallon!), decide to pick myself up by the bootstraps and get my sh*t together.

Also known as this post, this post, this post and this post.

The post where I decide to start kicking a$$ and taking names.

This post is a little different though.

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Foodie Friday: The Lazy Runner Edition


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Today’s edition of “Foodie Friday” is going to be a little bit different.

Don’t freak out.

Instead of sharing a recipe that I like, I have a few quick and easy meal suggestions for you.

This post was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my best friends a few weeks ago.

She was complaining commenting on how she never has time to cook dinner because she is so busy working,

taking care of her family,

cleaning the house,

and of course,

working out.

And I, being the absolute laziest meal-prepper on the planet…

gave her a few suggestions that I use to make my meal prep Monday as short and sweet as possible.

I thought it would be a great idea to share those tips with you…

So here we goooooo!

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Why Do YOU Run?


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Last week I challenged you to share with me the reasons why you do this crazy thing called running.

The response that I received was overwhelmingly awesome!

It was so cool to read everyone’s reasons, because they are all so different.

Looking for some motivation?

Read the stories below and I bet one of them will light a fire under your caboose.

I know it has for me!

So let’s get to it…

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I think I can, I think I can…


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As many of you know, I just (praise the Lord!) recovered from a minor hamstring injury that forced me to pull out of Rock n’ Roll San Diego.

Boo!

But! I am back running and haven’t had any problems with my hamstring since.

WOO WHOO!

I do, however, feel as though I have lost some fitness.

Or maybe it is in my head?

Who knows.

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My Crazy Running Rituals


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As I prepare for the Rock n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon and 5k this weekend…

I have realized HOW MANY running rituals I have.

I have talked about how weird runners are in the past, and I am no different.

I am a total weirdo.

I definitely have my own set of running rituals and I do them religiously.

Who knows, you might as well!

 Let’s dive in to this topic, shall we?

Let’s!

First up issssss……..

#FlatRunner to the Max.

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The SPI H2O Venture Series Hydration Belt by SPIbelt Review


***Disclaimer: I received the The SPI H2O Venture Hydration Belt by SPIbelt to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (Ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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I have another totally awesome product to review today and share with you.

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

If you have been in the business long enough,

(And by “business”- I mean the running business- because let’s be real here… running is totally like a second job)

You have probably heard of SPIbelt.

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Things That (As A Runner) I Can’t Stand!


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As a runner, there are certain things that really piss me off!

I am sure most people don’t understand, but maybe you (being a fellow runner) will agree with me…

1. When some moron sprints ahead and then stops in front of me in the middle of a race.

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon Race Review & Recap (The 2016 Edition)


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On Saturday, May 7, 2016 I was the 2:30 pacer for the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon.

This was my first assignment for Beast Pacing and what a day it was.

But, I am skipping ahead a little.

Let’s start at the beginning.

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DOMS… it’s not a street drug, dude.


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Get your head out of the gutter dudes…

DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

Have you ever noticed that you are WAY more sore 2 days after a killer workout than you were the day after?

That’s DOMS!

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) describes a phenomenon of muscle pain, muscle soreness or muscle stiffness that occurs in the day or two after exercise. This muscle soreness is most frequently felt when you begin a new exercise program, change your exercise routine, or dramatically increase the duration or intensity of your exercise routine. Continue reading

Tips for Staying Cool on Hot Summer Runs!


As many of you know I hate the heat. Lately in SLO, it has been unnecessarily hot (think 104 degrees with no air conditioning hot). Most of you probably live in places where the heat is a normal way of life, but for me… it isn’t. This is one of the many reasons that I moved 20 minutes away from the beach. The fact is though, that the heat is here to stay for a bit so I figure it is time to get acclimated… as much as I don’t want to. So, here are a few tips for staying cool during those hot summer runs.

1. Run early in the morning.

It is definitely the coolest part of the day, so I recommend heading out as early as possible to avoid the heat.

2. Hydrate like a mother!

Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink at least 8 oz. of fluid each hour, and more if you’re outside or tend to perspire a lot. You’ll run better with adequate fluid intake, and you’ll feel better, too. By keeping your water storage high, you’ll also improve your body’s cooling mechanisms. Continue reading

The Stages of Injury Grief


Running is my best friend.

Running is who I am… it is a part of me.

I rely on it to calm me after a stressful day at work,
to aid in my weight loss,
and to feel better about myself.

Running is and always will be- the thing I run to (pun intended) when I need a break from life.

So what happened when this injury forced me to abandon my best friend?

I got super pissed, I cried (many times), and felt sorry for myself.

#truth

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I’m Preventing Future Running Injuries!


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Happy Tuesday!

Hope things are well with you on this lovely day.

My shin is feeling better- which means that I am mentally feeling better.

Obviously…

My emotions are tied directly to whether or not I can run in the near future.

Obviously.

As I mentioned yesterday, not running is making me a little loco.

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