Tuesday, April 25, 2017

OOPS, I did it again

Oops, I did it again.

Races, and more races. They just keep popping up from nowhere in particular and demand my attention (and, frequently, my registration).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nonstop Running...Literally and Figuratively

Can we talk about non-stop running? 

This past week had me running, not just in the literal sense, but in the figurative sense as well. Fortunately, my training was not affected...but a lot of other things had to take a brief sabbatical (like blogging) as I fulfilled my annual Prom volunteer duties (more of that later).

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's not a Race, it's a Training Run

Have you ever over-scheduled your race calendar?

I have (and not by accident).

Though I'm not a competitive, type-A, "in-it-to-win-it" type of a runner, I do enjoy racing. I'm also not a certified coach, but I bet any (or all?) of them would advise against too many races within a training cycle, especially if you're training for a major landmark race. My caveat to doing numerous races (while training for something bigger) is that I do them as training runs.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Back on Track (literally)

Back on track, literally. That's what went down this past week. 

As I gradually increase my mileage (you know, for that little marathon happening in June), it was time to better utilize my training days. I do most of my long runs on Saturdays, with a short shakeout run (usually only 1-2 miles) on Sundays. I always do a #nevermissaMonday run, so I decided to up the distance on those (which, consequently, are also short runs, 1-3 miles, at an easy pace). My Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been pretty mild (other than a miscellaneous stair workout and/or some strength-training). It didn't make sense to essentially have 3-4 "mild" days all in a row with the impending mileage increase....so I decided to enhance the #nevermissaMonday with a #5at5  nuance. These runs are also at an easy pace, and coming off of the weekend, are a great segway to the new week. Stay tuned...this is still a work in progress.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Am I blue?

Question: Am I blue?

Answer: No, but a lot of my recent race swag is. And that's what I'll be wearing this spring.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fight for Air Climb 2017

One of my most-utilized hashtags is #notjustarunner.

Running is, and probably always will be, my first and foremost preferred form of fitness (go ahead, try to say that three times fast!). But, running is not my one and only....I'm an avid advocate for cross-training, and stair-climbing is at the top of the list.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Grey Skies, Blue Skies, and Lots of Bling

Grey skies are gonna clear up....

...and I'm so happy they did! We had a rather damp and chilly week. Fortunately, that all turned around on Friday, making way for warm temps and lots of sunshine, and a busy, bling-filled weekend!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Half Full or Half Empty?

Shall we explore the half-full vs. half-empty in regards to my current situation?

I'll share a few random things that have left me in a juxtaposition of thoughts and feelings about these very random things. I consider myself a glass half full kind of person, but I'll let you decide. Here's the latest and greatest:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Take on Victory

How would you define Victory?

I have been running (consistently) for almost 12 years, and I have never actually broken the tape at a finish line (and the odds are ever-in-my-favor that I never will). But I have had some substantial victories.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Whirlwind Week

Ever have one of those weeks that felt like a whirlwind of activity? We endured 15+ hours of travel time (each way) as we journeyed across the eastern half of the United States (and back). Care to hear more? Read on....

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Five Things to Runfess over Coffee

Can we talk?

It's been a crazy few weeks, with lots of "a-ha" moments to contemplate, epiphanies to share, and runfessions to come clean on. Shall we chat about this over a beverage (of your choice)?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pass or fail?


We're our own worst enemy.

Have you ever been guilty of that scenario? Do me a favor...look away (as I meekly raise my hand). Thanks, I owe you one.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taking Things Easy....

With last Saturday's 10-miler behind me, and an "easy" 5K shakeout run the following day.....my body was craving some down time. So, I did my best to listen to its plea(s) and take things easy. Sort of....

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wintrust Lakefront 10 Mile Recap

Sometimes all the stars, moons, and planets align and races just happen to occur at opportune times in your training. Right?

Such was the case this past weekend. I have been building my base back up (in prepping for my next marathon), and the Wintrust Lakefront 10-Mile was the perfect distance at the perfect time. When Wendy (from Taking the Long Way Home) extended an invite to visit the Windy City and run this race with her...well, it was a no-brainer.

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Favorite DAM race

If there's one race that keeps me coming back, year after year, it is Dam to Dam.

Hands-down, this is my absolute favorite event. In fact, I just registered for my 10th consecutive Dam to Dam last week.  And, Runner's World magazine gives this event a nice mention in their April 2017 issue (page 91).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monumental Moments (no thanks to Momma N)

What a monumental week!

Someone (ahem....ME!) had a milestone birthday, and Momma N did her damnedest to put a kink in the celebration. Care to hear what some of her antics were? Read on.....

Friday, March 17, 2017

High Steppin' in the SpRiNg

Have you ever taken it to the stairs?

As a Fight for Air Climb veteran, I have been taking it to the stairs every spring since my first Climb (in 2013). Did you know the simple act of climbing stairs mimics running hills (on steroids)?

Of course, the incline of a (man made) stairway is usually a bit more steep than a simple (naturally occurring) hill you 'd find on the countryside or in your own town. In my humblest of opinions, that's what makes the challenge of running stairs even greater!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Leprechaun Chase - 2017 Edition

How do I celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Well, myself, being of Norwegian and German descent, I choose to pose as an Irish Lass for the day. And, in recent years, being a running Lass, I have run in the Leprechaun Chase.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Back in the fleece.....

Well, sort of by default, this week morphed into another scaled-back week in terms of fitness-related activity. But, in terms of fun? It was legit.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Current fitness trends that have me smiling

What do you think of trends? Do you follow them, or stay strong in doing your own thing?

When it comes to fitness, a lot of things are ever-constant: endorphins feel good, injuries happen, cotton is a no-go if there's gonna be any kind of perspiring happening. Yadda yadda yadda. We all know, though, that things need to evolve with the times, and it's (often) best that we change as well.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

When in Florida....Sombrero Beach Run 10K

Any ideas on what happens when there is a BIG birthday looming? 

Well, in my little corner of the universe, the husband plans a surprise trip to a warmer climate. Oh, and he may also find a race for the both of us to do in the area. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Shall we tame the Lion?

March. It came in like a lion, but it has been (momentarily) tamed. Well, at least in my world.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kim be nimble, Kim be quick...

Kim be nimble, Kim be quick...
Remember that nursery rhyme about a little guy named jack? Well, I don't have any lighted candles to clear, but plenty of "fires" to tackle this spring.....

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Back on the (weather) roller coaster

Well, this is Iowa.

Have you heard the saying that if you don't like the weather, give it a few hours? Yep. Iowa. I don't know where that quote originated, but it probably was an Iowan (or at the very least, a Midwesterner) who penned it.

This past week was a roller coaster ride in terms of weather.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Warm Weather...So, what's there to Runfess?

We've had some amazing weather in Iowa recently. February certainly was the polar opposite to January in terms of outdoor temps and sunshine. I have been outside everyday in some capacity, and it's been wonderful!

So, what's there to runfess? Well, although the recent weather has been fantastic, there are a few things I do not like about it...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Three Running Wishes

Have you ever fantasized that a Running Genie existed?

You know....they'd appear in a fluid puff of smoke from a magical foam roller, and graciously grant you three running-related wishes? (No? Am I the only one who's had such fleeting thoughts?)

Anyways, my running wish list is pretty lengthy. If I were to narrow it down to the top three, though, here's what I beg of my genie...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Yay for the sunshine!

Can I just say, "Yay for more sunshine!!!!"

February, at least in Iowa, has been well worth all the crap we endured in January. Of course, I make that grandiose proclamation knowing full well that these spring-like weather conditions most likely will not usher us into an early summer. I'm in Iowa, after all, and Momma N probably has at least one more "real" winter hurrah that she will dump on us if we pack away our parkas too soon.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Red Flannel Run - a Race I LOVE

Ever have a race that keeps you coming back, despite the (usual) adverse weather conditions? Well, I'm guilty (many times over).

Let me elaborate...

The Red Flannel Run, now in its 28th year, happens annually around Valentine's Day, in Des Moines, Iowa. For those who may be unaware, it gets pretty cold in Iowa in mid-February. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Back outside...it never felt so good!

Here we go again! I can't help but wonder if Momma N is finally showing me some love (though I am probably jinxing my fate by saying that out loud). Are you ready for it?

I did every run this past week OUTSIDE!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cross-Training...what's not to LOVE?

Do you cross-train? (I hope so!)

There was a time, way back in my early days of lacing up, when running was my only sport (other than occasional walking). I was so excited to have finally found a niche for me in the fitness world, that I devoted all of my "sweat time" to running and running only.

Monday, February 6, 2017

On the run...with AC/DC

Who doesn't love a good run?

Give me some comfy shoes, a bright ensemble of clothing, and favorable weather conditions and I'm a very happy gal. If I'm running with friends, even better. But if I'm running solo, I usually prefer to have music with me.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wind is a 4-letter word....

Well, I declare WIND to be the theme for the past week. 

UGH. Momma N is really having some attitude (and she's giving me some as well).

Friday, February 3, 2017

Short-term challenges vs. long-term goals

Care to grab a drink (coffee, water, Gatorade...#your choice), and have a quick discussion?

Let's chat about short-term challenges vs. long-term goals, shall we? What's your preference?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Making the Grade and Back on Track

January was a strange month.

If I were to compare it to a train ride, it would be a near-derailed experience in regards to running mojo and attitude. The temps were sub-artic, the wind was spiteful, and I spent a lot of time with dear Old 'Milly. Thankfully, the final few days allowed for a total 180-turn-around. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Perseverance...while inside

Weekly theme? Perseverance.

It was another week (mostly) inside. 

How does that grab you? The good old Iowa weather has kept me inside far more than I'd like this winter. Seriously, Momma N...what's up?  I ranted and runfessed about it recently (post is HERE), and it's really been a buzz kill to my mental well-being.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Time to Runfess...

Let me start by saying January 2017 (in terms of what I consider "running") has sorta sucked.

There. That makes me feel better already.

Have I been able to run? (absolutely!) Has it been pain-free? (for the most part, yes) Then why am I being such a wet blanket about it? Read on, I'll share some Runfessions with you....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stella vs. 'Milly Interval Extravaganza Workout

Ok, I think I have been cooped up inside for far too long.

I came back from Chicago with a nasty head cold and throat-scalding cough (You can read about Chicago HERE). I remember reading or hearing that if you stay inside too much, it can actually weaken your immune defenses because all the "gunk" is also trapped inside with you (no fresh air filter). Typically, I'm an outdoors kind of gal, but it's been so cold, damp, and dangerous outside that I have stayed in the house.


I think my current state of illness has pretty much run its course, but I didn't want to risk a relapse by going outside (it was in the low-30's, windy, and damp)....so I decided to get creative. The constant power walking (and moderate running) on the 'mill is SO boring for me, it was time to mix it up a bit.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Blown away....in the Windy City

Any guesses where I went last week?

To say I was blown away in the Windy City would be an understatement, at least in terms of weather (though it was a bit chilly and breezy Friday afternoon). But considering the people, friends, sites, and adventures..."blown away" is spot-on.

Monday, January 16, 2017

An ode to the Puffer Vest

Anyone who has ever seen a semblance of me in colder-than-summer weather has probably seen me in a puffer vest.

Hands-down, a cozy puffer vest is my first choice in winter running wardrobe must-haves.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Because Runners Walk, Too

This week's theme? More walking (and that's alright).

Although I did more running (in terms of mileage) than walking, I did spend more time with 'Milly than I did outdoors. By the way, do you know who 'Milly is? She's my nemesis and she's a treadmill (more info on last week's blog post, I Named her 'Milly).

The polar vortex temps continued, and so did the icy road conditions. As I have said, the freezing cold temps are downright evil, but not having any snow to show for it makes it feel THAT much colder.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Five Recent #HASHTAGS

#confession : it took me awhile to catch on to the whole #hashtag thing.

I think hashtags originated on Twitter (?), but I could be wrong. I was very late to the Twitter thing and still do not do much on that platform. Other than sharing (most of) my Instagram posts, there may be a random "thinking out loud" observation, but that's where it ends. I barely have time to keep the blog posts coming, say nothing about scrolling through yet another social media maze of stuff.

But the hashtags? I have grown to love those babies. They're like mini explanations to my various posts...without any excess words (or punctuation). Kind of a time savor at the expense of complete sentences. I can honestly admit that I may be #overindulging in my free use of them, though.

Last year, I wrote a well-received post (appropriately titled, Me and My #hashtags) and used said hashtags to introduce myself to an audience of new fellow bloggers/followers. Well, there have been several hashtags that have gotten a lot of exposure this past week....

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Working out...at Work?


It's something most of us do.

Most of us, however, do not have the luxury  to run everyday or whenever the urge presents itself. 

That's right. Most of us have a life outside of our running shoes. We have families that need our attention and household dwellings that do not clean themselves.  I'm going out on a limb here, but  I am guessing the majority of the people reading this also have jobs outside the home (in some capacity). 

To be a good runner, we need to run. To be a great runner, though, we should also be doing other things. 

So, without further ado, here are some "mini workouts" you can do, while at work or even at home.  These are not meant (in any way) to replace a real, more thorough workout, but  you can use them to ease away a little stress or tension throughout the day. Your mental well-being may get a little recharge, and your muscles will not be sitting idle.