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.
But! I am back running and haven’t had any problems with my hamstring since.
Or maybe it is in my head?
I am feeling a little off this week. Continue reading
They say that “Running is cheaper than therapy”…
Which is totally false.
Running is NOT a cheap sport.
GU gels, Continue reading
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…
Pull your head out of your ass, man! I mean come on! It’s called peripheral vision, use it and check out your surroundings before you come to a complete freakin’ stop. I understand that you are tired, but really? Continue reading
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.
Hope you are doing well today.
Unfortunately my Modesto Race Review & Recap is going to be published next week some time.
Sorry, but things are crazy!
I did however, add a few races to my running calendar recently.
I hope you are doing well today.
As many of you know…
I will run the Surf City Half Marathon on Sunday in Huntington Beach, CA.
By completing this race, I will have qualified for the California Dreamin’ Racing Cup.
As you can see from the graphic above…
Sounds simple right?
It’s not. Continue reading
The coveted 26.2: Many people, whether seasoned runners or racing newbies, are allured by the marathon. Some hope to cross it off their bucket list, others do it to come home with a shiny new PR (personal record), while some people simply want to claim bragging rights.
But hold up! While many people get hooked once they first experience a runner’s high – those feel-good chemicals released in the brain while pushing your body to its limits – that elation can lead to too much of a good thing.1 In fact, marathon runners are especially vulnerable to exercise addiction.2 Think of running like medication: People use it to stay healthy and prevent a handful to chronic illnesses. But like with a drug, there is a chance of overdosing. Even without the risk of addiction, marathon training puts a ton of stress on the body, especially since most running plans are in the 16– to 20–week range. Research suggests the benefit of physical exercise has its limits, and overdoing it can lead to weakened heart health and even tamper with longevity.3 If marathon training is approached the wrong way, it can lead to some serious health hazards, not to mention the risk of not making it to the starting line.
Of course, runners can still enjoy that high (and a shiny new medal). It’s all about understanding the warning signs of overuse or overtraining. In 2013, there were 541,000 marathon finishers in the U.S. – an all-time high.4 If done with the right attitude and precautions, a finish line can definitely be in your future.
So how do runners train hard but not too hard? How do you know when you’re pushing your body past its limits? We break down the dangers of overdoing it, plus offer smart training tips. Continue reading
I hope you are doing well today!
After months and months of:
crossing my fingers,
and hoping… Continue reading
Yesterday I ran the San Francisco Half Marathon (1st Half).
It was a doozey.
I am soooooo sore.
It is time again, my friends, for another half marathon.
I feel like I just ran one…
Oh wait, that is because I did.
Two weeks ago.
And two weeks before that.
I think I am a little burned out on racing.
I think a lot of the “funk” that I am in is because of my last race. Continue reading
This little dude definitely describes how I am feeling today.
I am handling Monday like a champ,
but am definitely not super stoked about it.
Did I mention I am going crazy?
I think I did… a few times.
I just arrived at the “acceptance” stage of injury grief–