Monday, July 6, 2020
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
I guess you could say my training took an interesting twist this Spring.
With all of my races either getting canceled, or assuming virtual status, nothing was looking normal. COVID-19 may have wreaked havoc on my races, but I wasn’t going to let it dictate my (running) livelihood.
Thanks to the UN-Canceled Project, (promoted by Run The Edge), I fostered a new game plan.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Monday, June 8, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Monday, June 1, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Memorial Day is all about honoring our fallen heroes.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Shall we chat about PR's?
Not necessarily to brag or boast, but to celebrate our successes?
After all, PR's (Personal Records) don't just happen. They are the result of work, dedication, and (often times) heartache. There's also the requisite blood, sweat and tears (both literally and figuratively). And, best of all? They're personal...they belong to YOU and you alone.
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Whether it be the weather or the demands of a challenging workout, it's always best to just put on your big girl running gear and face it head-on. I'm a strong believer in tough conditions making one tougher, after all. Why not embrace the #badass training coming to you free of charge?
This week gave me lots of gritting-it-out moments, but I'm grateful for every one of them.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Only, we have to do it virtually (you know, #covid19 and all).
Not a problem, we can pretend we're all huddled around a table. If nothing else, this current stay-at-home routine has taught us to use our imaginations.
Besides, it's fun to embrace all things virtual right now. I've been running, racing, walking, and ZOOM'ing with lots of people, all by means of virtual connections. A #CovidCoffeeTalk will be just as fun.
Monday, April 27, 2020
Spring temps are (finally) here!
In Iowa, that does not mean a smooth (or quick) transition to Summer. Although the threat of snow is sequestered in the lower single-digit percentages, the temps are still gonna be roller coaster-like. There's also gonna be cold rain on occasion. And, rest assured, there will be plenty of wind.
Ugh. What's a runner to do?
Answer: Go with what Momma N serves up, but here's a few Spring transitioning tips you can consider...
Sunday, April 26, 2020
I'm choosing to embrace these "virtual" times we're living in right now. That's not to say I would have chosen things to be the way they are, but it is what it is. Better to go with the flow and celebrate the good than dwell on the coulda/woulda/shoulda beens.
Case in point, this past week. There were all kinds of virtual goings-on, and all of them left me quite happy and grateful.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
Running friends. Aren't they the greatest?
We all have running friends, and we're quite grateful for all that we share with them as we journey our way to becoming better runners.
We keep each other motivated, encouraged and inspired. Some of these friends willingly get up early on Saturday mornings (year round) to keep us company on a long run. They travel with us to places near and far, all for the sake of pinning on a race bib and crossing another finish line. They celebrate our achievements and hug us through our struggles.
And, if we are truly lucky, they become more than just running friends...they become real friends as well.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Give me some humor and no one gets hurt.
That's right. A sense of humor is a good thing. It's also a valuable weapon, in one's arsenal, when forging through the unexpected challenges that get thrown at you.
If there ever was a time for an endearing sense of humor, it would be this week. For starters, we're talking major instability in all things weather-related. There were some interesting workouts. And, the UN-Canceled Project treated me to three (count 'em, three!) virtual races, all with unique race day attributes.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Running is what we know. It makes us feel good, physically and mentally. And, especially in our current Safe-at-Home reality, it gets us out of the house.
That said, a runner cannot (usually) succeed on running alone. Eventually, the “running muscles” will burnout if not given some rest and/or enhancement from other sources.
Enter: the HIIT option
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Another week has come to a close, and we're all still soldiering on. That's something to be thankful for, right? This has been a tough time for everyone, much more difficult for some than others, but it has affected all of us.
Just as we all train differently, I can't help but notice we all are coping differently. I think that's the way it should be. We all have different life experiences, and different triggers. The best any of us can do is to keep moving forward. Whether you're anxious, calm, scared, pessimistic or hopeful...be rest assured, we are all in this together.
Anyways, it was another interesting week on the fitness front!
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Are you like me, and need a daily fitness fix?
But...do you have a tough time fitting it in? Or, are you currently working from home, and feeling a little out-of-sorts with your current situation? Need a few minutes away from your desk? Or, at the very least, want to be doing something other than sitting?
Whether you're working onsite, or from the confines of your house, it's not good to spend the day sedentary. Not only can it get boring, but it's just not good for our bodies! Besides, taking a few (or several) mini breaks can make a long day seem not so ominous.
Monday, April 6, 2020
I have a feeling this will not be my last post on virtual racing, so bear with me.
I promise to vary the content and the details. After all, there will not be any race recaps in the foreseeable future. I guess highlighting some of the experiences from this temporary "normal" will have to do.
Anyways, we are barely one month into the COVID Cancellation Crisis, and I have already run five virtual races (and done one virtual stair climb event). YIKES. I think I have matched my previous "record" of virtual events, all in the matter of a few ((short?)) weeks. And, this has barely scratched the surface of what is yet to (virtually) come.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Suffice it to say I was hmmm'ing all week long. Not necessarily in a bad way, but definitely in a state of "what's next?"
Questionable weather. Additional race statuses changing. And, some more virtual goings-on.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
If there ever was a time for a big batch of lemonade, it would be now.
Currently, this virus is front and center. It's on the news everyday and plastered all over social media. The world is in a state of panic. Many stores' inventories are running on empty. Schools are closed. Pretty much anything that had been scheduled for Spring 2020 (and some of Summer 2020 as well) has either been outright cancelled or postponed. And social distancing has become the latest buzzword.
No doubt, it's a crazy and scary time. None of us are exempt from it, but we ultimately have 100% control of how we react to the situation.
Shall we gather, and chat for a bit? You can have your coffee...but I'm going with lemonade. After all, there's been a surplus of lemons dumped on us lately. I've simply chosen to rally with #TeamLemonade and make the best of it..
Monday, March 30, 2020
Got 19 minutes for (daily) fitness?
I'd bet the farm (if I had one) that you do.
It's not a big time commitment and it doesn't have to be intense. In fact, you'd be surprised at just how fast 19 minutes go by...the key is getting started and just doing it.
Need some ideas? I got that covered...
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Gloom is a state of mind, and quite a subjective one at that.
No doubt, things continued to stay nutzo with the #covidcrazy pandemic. The weather, though not uncomfortable, certainly wasn't all sunshine and warmth either. And, although I felt humbled at times, my fitness endeavors kept the sweat flowing and my heart pumping. After all, I get to do fitness endeavors, no matter how tough or challenging. That's always a good thing!
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Oddly, though, a lot of things have remained (relatively) the same. At least for the time being.
One thing's for certain...there's always a few runfessions to disclose.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
There were all kinds of grandiose things on tap for my 2020 spring racing season.
Sorry, but I'm not sorry for being an early bird (both in my daily routine AND in registering for races). There is a gamble, though, in that the race(s) may not come to fruition and that start line (and subsequent finish line) will not happen. It could be all on the runner (ahem, injury or arisen schedule conflicts) or it could be on the race day circumstances (the weather).
Or, in my case, it was due to COVID-19 messing with things.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Or, in my case, break it anyways by canceling all your Spring Break plans. I wish I could say "crisis averted," but plenty of COVID-19 drama still went down. At least I had the "luxury" of not worrying about air travel and dirty airports. That said, as of Saturday morning, there has now been one confirmed case in my area.
But, like most others, I chose to forge on. My current count of affected races is at six. Not a big deal...it is what it is, and I'm all about doing what's best for the general population. Most of my races are postponed (one did have a virtual option), and only one was outright cancelled.
Alas, it was another interesting week...
Thursday, March 19, 2020
That's the current reality.
It's affected all of us in one capacity or another. Unfortunately, no one is exempt.
As runners, many of us have had road races cancelled or postponed, leaving us in limbo for the next couple months. A lot of time and energy have been spent, all in preparation for these events that now may (or may not) happen in the foreseeable future.
What's a runner to do?
Well, it's not the end of the world, and all is not lost. Actually, there are many options to consider in the wake of this turn of events...
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Now, that's a mantra I have embraced a time or two in my running shoes.
We all know our own body best, but there's always a few unknowns...how many miles are too many? Total on-the-couch rest, or active recovery? Back-to-back race weekends? Easy pace or all-out speed?
It's easy to pass judgement on that which we have not tried (I'm guilty myself), so I decided to test the waters with a little challenge leading up to the Day of Pi, March 14th.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Wow. Has it been a week!
A lot of events have gone down (quite literally), a lot of stress has been elevated (unfortunately) and there's been all kinds of panic and fear laid out before us. Myself, I don't think I've let things (known and unkown) get to me (yet), but it's been a week like none other.
Let's just say I'm ever so grateful to have the likes of fitness, sweat and endorphins as my one constant.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Stuck at home? Quarantined? No gym?
In light of the recent COVID-19 precautions, many are opting to stay home. Working-out at home, whether by force or by choice, has its benefits. And, it is possible to get a great sweat going without leaving your house.