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.
Monday, March 9, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Well, not exactly...at 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
Winter outside? It's alright with me...at 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?