Monday, June 17, 2019

The Allure of a Local Race

Big cities and big races are a big draw for a lot of runners, but there's a certain allure of a local race.

Case in point, my hometown event...the Grinnell Games.

Have you ever run such a race? An event that you could walk (or run or bike) to the start line? Most of the law enforcement personnel call you by name (and not because you've been a bad girl)? And, as a bonus, you recognize all of the race volunteers on the street corners and can personally thank them, by using their name?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Easy Does It

 Sometimes, taking things easy just happens, all on its own. More often than not, that's a good thing.

My body wasn't feeling especially tired, and my motivation was fine (even with the questionable weather), but the (running) miles stayed somewhat low...and I'm alright with that. Besides, I had  plenty of other things to keep me active.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Where to run...And how far?

Some runners can be SO predictable.

Are you one of them? Do you find yourself running the same routes all the time? Or do you try to mix it up once in awhile?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Early Morning Running is Where It's At!

I'm all about the early morning hours.

Lacing up and heading out in the pre-dawn hours can be an opportune time to knock out some miles, especially in the summer months. Even if the humidity is already heavy, with the sun low in the morning sky, the summer heat will usually be at its lowest for the day.

What's to love about the early morning runs?  Let me elaborate...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Feelin' the Heat on the Street

The heat is on...and I couldn't be happier!

We had a l.o.n.g and frigid winter, and a cold and rainy spring (that wasn't a whole lot warmer than winter). At long last, it feels like summer is here. Can I get an alleluia?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

DAM to DSM 20K - 2019 Race Recap

As one era ended, another began. And, I'm quite happy how everything played out.

Saturday, June 1, was a day I'd been anticipating. About 18 months or so prior, my beloved Dam to Dam race had announced it would be ending, and the June 2, 2018 race (RECAP) would be its final hurrah. A very short while later, a new race management team (Rip Roar) stepped in, and took the reigns. They committed to keeping the Dam race alive, using the same course (and keeping it the same 20K distance), and they changed the name to DAM to DSM.

The inaugural DAM to DSM 20K happened this past weekend, and here's the story...

Sunday, June 2, 2019

In a DAZE of the DOMS

The DOMS? I get them from time-to-time, but this past week the DOMS were front and center.

Good old reliable Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. We've all had them. Although they can be rather burdensome, they are not necessarily a bad thing. Life goes on, and so does fitness...

Thursday, May 30, 2019

So...Let's Runfess Already

Shall we Runfess to one another?

It's been an entire month since we all gathered, virtually, over coffee (or any other beverage of choice), and chatted. Actually, these are some of the most fun posts to write (and read).

Here's the latest from my little corner of the universe....

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

My First Murph

I'm always up for a challenge.

I'm also a proud American with an overwhelming amount of patriotism, and have a strong tie to all things military.

I'd first heard of the Murph a year ago, and had kind of forgotten about it. Then, with it being Memorial Day Weekend, I started seeing all sorts of pics and posts about it. Not one (usually) to sit quietly on the sidelines, I wanted in.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Here Comes the Rain...Again

 Yes, there was a lot of rain happening this past week.

Fortunately, we didn't get as much rain as forecast, but we did get plenty. And that rain was happening in rather chilly temps, so it didn't even feel refreshing. How's that for a buzzkill?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Five ways to honor Memorial Day in your running shoes

All gave some; some gave all.

Memorial Day is all about honoring our fallen heroes. Most little towns, big cities, and mid-size communities have some kind of tribute to memorialize those who served in the armed forces (but are no longer with us). There are graveside ceremonies, town hall concerts, and parades.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ending on a Bright Note

Warm, cold, rainy, hot, more rain, followed by more heat. I'm just glad all is well that ended well.

Such is this past week's story... not only for the weather, but also the running. There was all kinds of variety, and that's never a bad thing.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Running Against the Wind - Market-to-Market Relay 2019

We were running against the wind. All five of us. All day.

But, hey, at least we outran the rain!

Such was the day for our team at the 2019 Market to Market Relay on Saturday, May 11th. The temps were chilly (it never got warmer than 55F), the air was damp, and the wind was brutal. That said, it still was a fun adventure in our five sets of running shoes.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Walk Much?

To walk or to run...which would YOU choose?

Until a couple years ago, my answer would have (obviously) been to run. No second thoughts, no debate. 

Although walking and running share a lot of the same traits and features (more walking benefits HERE), I have noticed a few differences that are often over-looked. It wasn't until I was forced to substitute walking for running (after that emergency surgery in 2017) that I finally got it. I not only recognized these differences, but also learned to respect them.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Brrrrr...brrrr...brrring on Spring, please...

Well, it's been a cold one....

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I thought it was May (?). Shouldn't we be well-past the temps of winter? Thankfully, we're past the fear of snow...but just barely.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday Favorites - What I've been loving lately

There's been a lot to love recently, even with the hum drum weather.

As week #2 of my Destination: Downtime draws to a close, I've been reflecting on said downtime. It's been an interesting ride. I'm not especially gifted with full-on rest/recovery. I do honor rest and recovery days, but I'm not typically sitting idle in a comfy chair as I do so.

None the less, there's a few things that I have been loving lately. Care to hear of a few of my Friday Favorites?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Armed & Ready

Arm warmers....I certainly wish I was the one holding the patent (assuming there is such a thing).

Here we are, in the midst of Spring. Some days it still feels like Winter, while others feel like Summer has arrived in full force.

What's a runner to do when the air is chilly, but the temps are going to be rising while you're running? Not a fan of freezing it out in the first mile, I opt for some handy dandy arm warmers.

Care to hear a few reasons why?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Spring Is In The Air (sort of)

Not everything is as it first appears....

Hence, Spring 2019.  We have the blossoms, the budding trees, and the flowering bulbs. The grass is a cosmic shade of green. The birds are happily chirping round-the clock. But the temps are hit and miss (mostly a miss) as of late.

At least it isn't snowing.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Chatting & Chai & a few Runfessions

It's that time of the month...again.

Are you ready for some chatting? Over coffee (or, in my case, chai)? What say we throw in a few know, just to keep it real?

I'm always game for a (virtual) meet-up with like-minded people. Here's what I'd share if we were having a (virtual) coffee gathering...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

SMILE because it happened

It's been a rather interesting, racing-packed spring for me.

All told, there have been seven races run over the time-span of  9.5 weeks, 67 days to be exact.

I'm pretty happy with how each and every one of them played out...but now what???

Should I be sorrowful that a great season has come to an end? Anxious that the momentum may cease during this brief time of rebooting? Or, shall I simply smile, and be quite content that all went well?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Destination: Downtime

I have been racing, racing, and what???

After a busy late winter/early spring of (almost) nonstop racing, I'm in the midst of a fog. Kind of a racing hangover, if you will. It's like that period right after a marathon (or a major race/event), when you feel a sense of numbness because there's nothing immediate on the calendar, but you're quite content with how things played out in getting there.

None the less, my mind, body and spirit are ready for a brief session of n.o.t.h.i.n.g. In other words,
Destination: Downtime.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Grand Blue Mile 2019

Ever heard the phrase "Double or Nothing?"

Although I'm not the one who authored it, I'm definitely a believer in the concept.

Such was the case with the Bulldog Double. Having just run the half marathon (recap) three days prior, The Grand Blue Mile was the finale of not only the 2019 Bulldog Double, but also my Spring 2019 racing roster.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Drake Road Races Half Marathon 2019

I can do hard things, and I'm quite grateful for the ability to do so.

Case in point - a tough, hilly 13.1-mile jaunt, that had most of my muscles aching (at least from the waist-down). Not only did my body ache, but my mouth was dry. And I was mucho tired at the end.

And I'd do it all over again.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Waiting has its Rewards

Sometimes, the simple act of waiting has its advantages.

Case in point : this past week (at least in terms of weather, DOMS and running).

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spring Races...A Few Of My Iowa Favorites

Spring is in the air, and it's time to go racing!

Although I do not consider myself a competitive racer, it's no secret that I love pinning on a race bib.

After all, why not? Spring is a great time to test out the legs and the lungs, as well as one's endurance. After several months of cold weather running (or, in my case this year, indoor training), it's fun to see what my body can do in an outdoor setting among masses of other runners.

Even though I'm always on the search for new events to explore, there are a few nearby races that I usually do every year. Each of these has its own individual nuances, making each experience on the race course feel like a new adventure every year.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Recovery: Take 2!

Let's try this recovery thing again...

I have had three great weekends, with three awesome races, in three fun and fabulous locations. But my body and my brain are tired. Oh, and there was that cough that came from out of nowhere, and it morphed into a nasty head cold.

First world probs aside, it made for a much needed week on the down-low...

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Rainy Race Day Running Tips

Rain. It happens, even on race day.

For most of us, this is probably not our favorite scenario. Especially if it's a goal race or one we've trained especially hard for, rain on race day can be a real buzz kill. Now that Spring is officially here, the likelihood of rain in the forecast is a possibility.

What's a runner to do? Stay home and declare a DNS? Or, lace up (anyways), dress up (in appropriate rainy weather gear) and show up at that start line? 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile recap

Do you believe in Fate? Good fortune? Karma?

I'm not really sure where I stand on any of those, but I do know a lot of things worked in my favor to make my dream of running the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run a reality.

It all started, several years ago, when I first heard of the event. The 10-mile distance is not a very common race distance, but it's one I like. I am also enthralled with the city of Washington, DC (and all the historic sights and memorials that live there). Marry these two and you have a race that speaks to my heart.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Recovery. Adventure. Fun. Mix and Repeat!

Well, it's been quite the week.

Recovery. Adventure. Fun. Mix and repeat.

There was a lot of stuff going down this week, and my body may be tired, but my spirits are oh-so-happy!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Can we talk? Over coffee?

Shall we gather for chatter? You and I? Over coffee (or any beverage of your choosing)?

March kind of left me in a bit of a tailspin. There was a lot of racing, plenty of fun times with family, and some cathartic moments as well.

Care to hear more? There's plenty I'd share with you....

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hello Spring!

 Bring it, Spring! I've waited (what seems like) a long time for your arrival.

The snow is history, and the streets are dry. The temps have still been a little on the cool side, but the buds on the trees are starting to show and I have spotted some bulb stems poking through the ground. Things are looking more like Spring and less like Winter.

And I could not be happier!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Back at it...Runfessions for March

Well, here we go again.

Time to bare our (running) souls and share a few things that have been weighing heavily on the mind. Although, technically, Spring arrived right on time, it certainly seemed like it took forever to get here.

None the less, Spring is in the air, and I have some runfessions to disperse...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Heroes Memorial 10K Run

 Be careful what you wish for.

Recently, I made the comment that with my three March 10K's, it would be kind of cool if I could run each of them faster than the previous ones. Hmmmm...

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Breaking Into Spring

Talk about a serious break, and just when I really needed one.

The cold weather broke, our Spring Break commenced, and I was (finally) able to break away from the treadmill!

Anyways, first things first

Welcome to the Weekly Run Down! I am so excited to host this link-up with Deborah (from Confessions of a Mother Runner).
If you write a fitness-based blog, you're invited to join the party.
The link-up opens at 1:00 (EST) on Sundays and remains open through
Monday (noon). Please share your weekly fitness endeavors, training
highlights (or low lights) and race recaps. We ask that you link back to
both hosts, and we encourage you to read/comment on the other linked
blogs as well.

So, here's what went down this past week...

Never Miss A Monday

The forecast promised warmer temps in the
afternoon, so I just did a quick 1-mile morning walk with Max (our dog). After
work, I headed outdoors (ahhhhh!) and decided to do a 3-mile Fartlek
run. I don't think I've done one of those since last fall, when I was
training for my marathon (Cannonball Marathon, October 2018). I
alternated between 3-4 city blocks at a moderate pace (effort level
around 5-6) and 2-3 blocks at a tempo-like pace (effort level 8-9). Wow.
Did those three miles feel great!

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Trick-play Tuesday

With our upcoming trip, I wanted to get in a strength session, and Tuesday was really the only day it would work. In anticipation of a potential DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) episode, I purposely did my workout in the evening...ideally allowing for a Wednesday morning run without incident. I did an all-body strength workout, involving numerous squats, lunges, push-ups, 1-minute wall sits, various arm/shoulder moves and some stair work. And I slept quite soundly that night.

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A Wonderful Wednesday #5at5

After a several month sabbatical, I resurrected the #5at5 (five miles at 05:00), albeit it solo (my friend, Barb, is still recovering from knee surgery). Granted, there have been a few indoor early morning 5-mile runs in recent months, but they have been inside, on the treadmill (ugh!). Getting back outside felt amazing! The spring-like temps were near perfect. The streets were all mine. My legs felt invincible. It's pretty incredible how those five miles, outside, felt so much easier than the four miles I've done with Milly in the past couple weeks. Side-note, as predicted, the DOMS were a no-show until later Wednesday morning. Score!

Low-key Thursday

The hubby and I boarded a jet plane and arrived in Tampa Wednesday evening. As mentioned, the DOMS showed up around noon on Wednesday, and they were still taunting me most of Thursday. My hammies and quads were on fire like never before. All I had on tap was some walking in the Florida sunshine, so all was well.

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Fabulous Floridian Friday

I was up and out the door for another early morning walk among the palm trees in the warm air. I didn't have any fitness plans on the agenda until the the Heroes Memorial Twilight Run 10K, which wasn't until 6:30 p.m. When race time rolled around, things were feeling great...the DOMS were gone, the weather was perfect and the course was pretty flat. I just tried to run strong, with minimal glances at my watch. Thankfully, all went well. Low and behold, my finish time was (almost) my fastest 10K ever, and I was able to snag a top-25 (female) finisher award. More details to come in the race recap...stay tuned.

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Simple Saturday

I debated, briefly, about going for a short recovery run, but opted for a walk with the hubby instead. Seriously, shouldn't all days begin like that...outdoors, sunshine, pleasant temps, and a nice walk with Starbucks at the finish?

Sunny Sunday

Up and out the door! How about a rise and run adventure in the sunrise? Even with a relatively low-key Saturday, my body felt a bit stiff and cranky. The hubby and I drove over to Bayshore Drive. He walked and I ran the scenic route, along the bay. I ran three miles, and each mile took longer. That said, I will never regret a run, especially in a beautiful setting. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a sunrise.

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Overall, it was a pretty sweet week. To say that I was over-the-moon excited to be back outside for all of my running would be a massive understatement. Monday's Fartlek run was a nice change of pace (quite literally) from my usual Monday runs. The one strength workout I did was very thorough. The timing of the DOMS that followed couldn't have happened more perfectly with the Wednesday early morning run and the downtime before Friday night's race. Total running mileage came in at 18, and total miles walked topped out at almost 10. I have another 10K happening this next weekend, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with that. Knock wood, the momentum will continue.

In case you missed them, here's the posts from last week (there only were two):

Seeing Green!

A Few Basic Necessities

In other news:

Friday Fashion Flair. As luck would have it, I had a small wardrobe malfunction and one of my sparkly sandals bit the dust. I didn't have to walk around barefoot in Florida, but I did have to make do with "only" one pair for the final couple of days in the sunshine state. First world probs, right? Anyways, the temps were a bit cool in the morning, but I was still quite comfy in shorts and cheetah print. Life was still good. If you want to play along, it's really simple...(1)post a pic of a favorite outfit, (2) grab the hashtag (#fridayfashionflair), and (3) be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).

Spring Break in sunny Florida was awesome! The hubby and I had a great time in the Florida sunshine, hanging out in Tampa for several days with some friends. The weather was perfect and was the perfect break from the cold winter we'd endured.

So, that's the run down on this past week's fitness. A break from the cold, and a breakaway from the treadmill. Both did my body, mind and spirit a ton of good.

How about you? Does it feel like Spring has officially arrived? Any Spring Break plans? Racecations? Do you stay active while on vacay or just chill, and take things easy?

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Monday, March 18, 2019

A Few Basic Necessities

Let's hit the road!

Believe me, there's no place I'd rather be. After a rather extreme winter (well, at least the past two months), I'm glad to kiss Miss Milly good-bye and head back outside.

Anyways, do you have some favorite must-have's for running?

Here's a handfull of mine....

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Seeing Green!

 Ahhhh, it was bound to finally happen...


Not only have I been guilty of wearing it (umm, hello, St. Patrick's Day!), but the dirty snow has been melting and there's ever the hint of green grass emerging! Call me crazy, but it's looking a little more like Spring!!!

Friday, March 15, 2019

A (very rainy) Leprechaun Chase 2019

I'm always up for a good time, especially on race day.

But first, let me set the scene...

The temps were cold (upper 30F's). There was wind. And, did I mention rain was in the forecast for the entire day?

Such was the setting for the 2019 Leprechaun Chase (Des Moines, IA). 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Favorite (new and not-so-new) Fitness Trends

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.

Here are a few trends, some new and some not so new, that I'm really liking at the moment...

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Spring Ain't Here...Yet

Nope, it ain't Spring yet.

As much as I'd like to curse the groundhog, it's really not his fault. He did see his shadow, right? Doesn't that (supposedly) predict another six weeks of winter? If that's the (folkloric) case, then (technically) we still have another week to I'll cut him some grace (for seven more days).

Friday, March 8, 2019

Strong Women...let us CELEBRATE them

There are so many strong women in my life.

Being it's International Women's Day, it's the perfect time to honor them.