Thursday, March 26, 2020

Runfessions...because some things never change

A lot of things have changed recently.

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

My 2020 Spring (empty) Bucket List

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

Spring Break: Broken

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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 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

5 Coping Strategies for a COVID-19 Cancellation

COVID-19. How's that for a buzz word!

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

A Week of Pi Challenge recap

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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 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

March Madness and Mayhem

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

No. Gym. Required.

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.

Monday, March 9, 2020

2020 Leprechaun Chase 

For starters, there was plenty of green.

After all, the Leprechaun Chase 10K is all about some St. Patrick's Day fun, by way of a race course. But that's not all that awaits the Lads and Lasses at the Omaha venue.

There are nonstop hills. Many twists and turns along the race course keep you guessing. The terrain is constantly changing. And, this past Saturday, March 7th, there was a 22-mph steady blast of wind!

Alas, all of these variables not only made for a tough race, but a fun challenge.

Sunday, March 8, 2020


Wind, wind, and even  more wind!

Yep. It was a windy week, pretty much on a daily basis.

Thankfully, the temps were mild, and the precip was a no-show (in the daylight hours), so it wasn't all miserable. Just windy.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Coffee, Anyone? Lets Chat...

Anyone else (still) craving a hot beverage, though the temps are (slowly) rising?

Even though Spring is in the air, that air is still feeling a bit cold. Thankfully, the snow is mostly gone and the bulk of the residual mud has dried up. We've even had quite a bit of sunshine! But, those 30mph wind gusts Thursday afternoon? A big "No Thank You" to those.

What say we gather, warm beverages in hand, and chat for a bit?

Monday, March 2, 2020

Marching and Racing into Spring

March 2020 is gonna be a busy and fun month for this runner!

There's some traveling on tap. A new state to check off. And my favorite non-running event will be  the culminating crescendo.

Care to hear what's on the roster?

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

First, Let Me Runfess

Well, it's that time of the of the month again.

The Runfessions are flowing...and, it's my turn to join the conversation.

For the most part, things haven't been too unstable or stress-inducing. That's all good, right? Even so, there still are a few things I'll runfess with y'all...

Monday, February 24, 2020

Winter...a tricky test of a runner's tolerance

Ugh. I'm just not a fan of Winter.

Granted, I can tolerate it, and I do try to get most of my runs done outside.

I also try to make it  outside everyday for a walk if the conditions aren't too frigid. But Winter definitely is my least-favorite season because it's so tricky and temperamental, especially in terms of running.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

A Winter "Wonder" Land

Ever wonder, really wonder, exactly what season is happening outside?

Well, this was such a week. It was cold. It was windy. There was fog. And rain. And more snow. But, there was sunshine. And it got warm.

Talk about your "wonder"land.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

10 Special Keepsakes from 10 Significant Races

Ahhhh, so many races, so many memories, so much swag.

Sure, the finisher medals are nice. An occasional age group award is pretty sweet as well. Often times, though, there’s other swag that’s just as special.

Care to take a peak at my current Top 10?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

FreezeFest 5K 2020 race recap

That which doesn't kill us...

We're much stronger for the fight, right?

So what if there's a 20mph wind (the air temps were almost 60F warmer than the windchill two days prior). A runny nose (meh, it IS possible to breathe through one's mouth). And, a weird "out-of-joint" thing going on with the hip (well, that's just one body part...all others were fully functioning). Glass half full, after all.

Care to hear more about the 2020 FreezeFest 5K?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Can You Say Daylight?

Can you say Daylight?

Somehow, over the course of the past couple weeks, it seems like the daylight has tripled in extended hours. And I'm not complaining.

Now, if only the temps would have a similar exponential increase...

All is well, though. Winter 2020 has been on the tame side, for the most part. It did get a little tricky this past week, though, even with the extra daylight.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Running & Racing; Then & Now

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Well, not least in terms of my experience as a runner.

A lot has happened since my first-ever race. Physically, I have definitely gotten faster, stronger and more consistent. Emotionally, it's been a bit of a roller coaster (but in a fun, adventurous way).

Shall we take a jog down Memory Lane?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Outside Is Alright

Winter outside? It's alright with least it was this week.

It was a cold week, no doubt. At times, the wind was crazy. We also got snow (again) on Friday (it was our fifth consecutive Friday with the white stuff coming down in some capacity).

More importantly, it was my third consecutive week of winter running exclusively outside (Sorry, not sorry, Milly). In my book, that's a victory.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

5 Fitness Hacks, Courtesy of the Stairs

The stairs have it and they’re waiting for you.

What’s that, you say? The stairs?

I’m always looking for new or creative ways to work-out at home. I’ve come to realize a stairway is a pretty decent “fitness hack,” all on its own.

Care to hear why?

Monday, February 3, 2020

Not a setback, but a lesson in Gratitude

Have you ever been sidelined?

As runners, and athletes in general, I'd wager most of us have claimed "sidelined status" at least once.

Myself? I'm no exception. In fact, I was sidelined for three months, a few summers ago. THREE MONTHS! During the SUMMER, my favorite season for all things running and fitness. Not only did I live to tell about it, I am grateful for all that I learned about myself (and others) while on my running sabbatical.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Winter: We got this!

And, so it begins.

Another month, that is. It's hard to believe we're already a full month (and two days) into 2020.

Although February is pretty much a repeat of January, in terms of cold weather, it doesn't usually seem as painful. Granted, it's a shorter month, but it's also that much closer to Spring and warmer days ahead...eventually.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Runfessions and Coffee Talk

So, what exactly happened to January???

For one of the longer months (31 days, after all) and a cold time of year, January actually went rather quickly. No complaints on my part. The temps were actually more mild than extreme (unlike a year ago). Although I can tolerate the cold, I'm eager to move closer to Summer (well, and Spring, too).

Anyways, shall we gather for a warm beverage and chat a bit? Better yet, shall we share a few runfessions? Surely I'm not the only one with a few of those...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Winter Iowa Games 5K

There's a first time for everything, right?

Since 1987, Iowa has hosted the Iowa Games. Similarly to the Olympic Games (but obviously on a much smaller scale), there are summer events and winter events that take part over the course of a couple weekends (in each season) encompassing various sporting events.

I have participated in the Summer Iowa Games, doing the 5K and 10K road races in 2016, 2018 and 2019. It's never fit my schedule to take part in the Winter Iowa Games, but that all changed this past weekend.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Back Outside Never Felt So Fine

Back outside never felt so fine!

You gotta believe me on this. After three of my last four runs had happened indoors (from the previous week), I desperately needed a sabbatical from Dear Old Milly (my not-so-beloved treadmill). Thankfully, this week's weather was much more bearable and allowed me to take most of my workouts back outside.

This week threw me a lot of challenges. We're talking time management, social obligations, appointments, you name it. I'm thankful I didn't have to deal with more Milly time as well...

Monday, January 20, 2020

Tackling the Treadmill Turmoil

The treadmill has been my nemesis for quite some time.

I'm not afraid of it. I'm not intimidated by it. I'm certainly not in a battle with it. But I avoid running on it at (almost) all cost.

A bigger-than-BIG goal of mine, this winter, is to have a much more open mind and a welcoming heart when it comes to indoor running. Heck, if I can make it through a Polar Vortex (and endure upwards of 20 Milly runs, all in one season), I can probably survive most any (near) catastrophic experience.

That's not an exaggeration.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Okay Momma N...GAME ON!!!

Momma N seems to love playing games.

I try to keep an open mind to her antics, but I'm not always amused. I have learned, often times, it's best to call her bluff and beat her at her own game. Such was the case this week.

Yes, it's Winter in Iowa. It happens every year, right? It snows, the wind blows, the temps dive well under the sub-freezing range. And we all survive. If we're lucky, we all can find some humor in the discomfort...

Monday, January 13, 2020

My 2o2o Focus

Do you have a vision for 2020?

Any goals, or ideals? New habits to implement?  Bad habits to kick to the curb?

Recently, I came up with a personal mantra of sorts. Kind of a slogan, kind of a theme. More of a focus, though, than anything else...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Yes, It Just Might Be Winter!

 Lest there be any doubt, I do believe Winter is officially here for awhile.

As much as I'd like to avoid it completely, it's my Iowa reality. At least now, after this week's crazy weather antics, I can just settle in for the season.

So far, it hasn't been too treacherous....

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Five 4 Friday - Current Hashtags

How do YOU feel about hashtags?

Do you use them? Abuse them? Roll your eyes at them? Or, do you get a good laugh at a few random clever ones sprinkled into an Instagram post?

It's no secret that I use them frequently, and not just on Insta. They have a way of revealing a bit more insight into a story or situation, without any unnecessary words or sentences. Although not always grammatically correct, they are a unique nuance to modern day vocabulary.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Five Fun Features from my recent Run Streak

Have you heard? The Streak has ended.

The 2019 Winter Run Streak, that is. This was my seventh year taking part in the annual Runner's World-promoted event, this one encompassing 35 days of continuous daily runs.

There were morning runs, after-work runs, runches and even a couple races. There was no time for boredom to set in or burnout to take over.

Care to hear a few highlights?

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Back to my Regularly Scheduled Winter

We all knew it was bound to happen, right?

Momma N had given us nearly two weeks of unseasonably warm "winter" temps. As much as I enjoyed those temps, it was a gamble just how long they'd stick around. This is the Midwest, after all.  It's not supposed to be shorts-wearing weather this time of year, even for runners.

Oh well, it was ever-so-nice while it happened!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

If we were Conversing over Coffee

In all honesty, if we were indeed conversing over coffee...I'd be drinking a hot chai latte.'

I actually don't like coffee ...and, yet, I call myself a runner LOL. Don't worry, I don't like beer or bananas, either, so I have all kinds of non-typical running quirks going on.

Although I do not care for the taste of coffee, I'd gladly meet up at a coffee shop because I adore the aroma. And the conversation, if a group of runners would be gathered around a crowded table, would be amazing.

What ya say? Shall we? What's there to discuss?