Journey to 26.2, Part 1: Beginning Again

I attempted yet another half marathon this past weekend despite the fact that I’ve been injured for over a year, and it really didn’t go well.  Duh. I plan to write the race recap, of course, but wanted to write this first in an attempt to ease my mind… to be completely and totally honest, I haven’t been running much at all lately. I ran a bit prior to the Nike half and that race went really well (not speedy well, just hey-I-don’t-feel-like-imminent-death-this-time-woo-hoo kinda well) so why I seem to think I can race and expect a positive outcome while NOT training at all and eating ALL my kids’ Halloween candy is a certifiable mystery to me. I’m crazy like that.

I pushed and pushed to cross the finish of the half last Saturday, and as soon as I was done, puked about 5 times, much to my husband’s dismay. After I recovered, we headed out for my traditional post-race-burger-and-beer and chatted about the race, the course, and I complained about my sundry issues- that list seemingly 13 miles long itself… Hubby asked, “Why do you do this to yourself? I know you love running but why do you suffer so much? I just want to protect you and make sure you aren’t in pain but you just keep punishing yourself! Why???”

That’s a stupid question, I thought. Running is hard and I don’t expect every race to go perfectly, especially when I’m not prepared. I’ve always believed that the ultimate goal of training IS discomfort, you’ve got to push yourself past what you are able to do in order to get better, no one improves in the comfort zone… but then I remember that time- oh so long ago- when running was easy for me, training was a joy, PRs were a plenty, long runs were something I looked forward to and upon completion, would give myself a big pat on the back, proud of my accomplishments. Now, it’s more like, “Well, let’s get this fricking thing over with!”

That tells me it’s time to press the re-set button. I’m going back to square one. I need to re-teach myself all the basic mechanics of running in order to start doing it the RIGHT way again. Get back to the roots of why I started running in the first place and get my body and mind ready to accomplish the goal I wasn’t able to complete through this past year-of-injuries: crossing the finish line of my third 26.2.  Continue reading

Happy Movember: Mustache Dache 5K Discount!

The Movember Foundation is an organization committed to changing the face of men’s health and has raised $559 million to date toward saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. During the month of Movember- aka November- the foundation challenges men to grow their mustaches out all month long to spark conversation, raise vital funds, and increase awareness for its men’s health programs.

Not only do I love a good cause, I’m also a sucker for a fun run so when the Mustache Dache 5K contacted me and asked if I would be interested in running their San Francisco race on November 16th, I- of course- said yes! The Mustache Dache directly supports The Movember Foundation  by raising men’s health awareness and donating a portion of its registration funds to help end prostate cancer- all great reasons to go for a run!

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Tune Belt Review and Giveaway

Tune Belt provides neoprene armbands and belts that carry and protect phones and devices of all sizes. As a runner, I always take a couple devices with me when I hit the road and as a blogger, I take even more- typically my phone, camera, and music player. I’ve had some challenges carrying all these items when running so when the good folks at Tune Belt contacted me and asked if I would try one of their armbands, review it, and give away one to a lucky reader, I happily complied!

Read on to find out how to enter for a chance to win one of these custom, super comfortable sport armbands from Tune Belt!

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Race Recap: Nike Women’s Half Marathon (SF)

(photo credit: Run Nike Women Series)

(photo credit: Run Nike Women Series)

Round 5 of the Nike Women’s Marathon, my fourth in SF, accomplished this past Sunday and I am happy to report that it went SO MUCH better than I expected given my litany of injuries this past year.  I had such a great time and was reminded of how much I really and truly love running.

If you are familiar with the Nike race series, you know that this year they changed everything for their San Francisco race for the first time in 10 years. They removed the full marathon and completely changed the course.  I ran my first full at Nike SF in 2011 and once was just fine (as it was SO AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT!), ran their SF half in 2012 and again in 2013 so I was eager to see just how different it would be this year.

Going into this race, I was more than nervous and worried.  My last two halfs (The Town’s Half Marathon and the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon) went horribly. I hit the wall at mile 4 and every part of my body hurt and screamed, “QUIT! QUIT! QUIT!”  This Sunday however, with the race I have been obsessed with even before I ever started running, I felt absolutely great and loved every single minute of it!  Continue reading

Recap: Peak Hike for Prevention

In 2001, I decided to use my energy to start fundraising for cancer research and to that end, found The Breast Cancer Fund which aims to prevent breast cancer altogether by raising awareness and eradicating exposure to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments that link to the disease. The first event I ever participated in was The Breast Cancer Fund’s Bike Against the Odds, raising $1500 in 2001, then I came back to accomplish their Peak Hike for Prevention three times: in 2002 ($1300 raised), 2009 ($1100 raised), and then again this year, 2014.  Continue reading

Review and Giveaway: OrthoLite Fusion Insoles

Ortholite

A few weeks prior to the SF Marathon, the good people of OrthoLite contacted me and offered to give me a pair of their Fusion Insoles to try out, review, and giveaway on my blog- I happily complied as I have never tried insoles before but have always wondered…

Since the race was right around the corner, I didn’t want to introduce anything new into training nor did I want to break the cardinal rule, “Nothing new on race day!”  so when the race was over, I popped the insoles out of the box and into my running shoes the very next day and gave them a spin.

I completely wish I had broken that cardinal rule! Since getting back on the asphalt post-injury, the bottoms of my feet have been in excruciating pain, especially during any run longer than 6 miles so you can imagine how my feet felt on additional 7 miles to go! Since using the OrthoLite Fusion insoles, that problem is solved and has been replaced with ultimate comfort. Ahhhhh…  (read on to find out how you can enter win your very own pair! 3 lucky winners will be chosen!!!)

Happy Feet!

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Today’s Reason: Setbacks

It’s okay, I intentionally laid here and did actually get back up again and finally cross that finish line. How symbolic.

Well, it happened again. Yet another injury. Yet another round of doctor-ordered rest in order to recover. And, needless to say, yet ANOTHER removal of running from my life.

I took a break from blogging because I literally had to, the concussion I suffered from a minor car accident a few weeks ago gave me only one option to heal: “brain rest”. That is, no reading, no writing, no chores, no planning, no texting, no emailing, no social media, no video games, and most of all, no serious thinking. At first, I found that prescription hilarious and now, after 4 weeks of this, I find it torturous. Hence this post. In rebellion.

So, if you’re counting, this means that I’ve been constantly injured since last November- fractured rib to knee injury and now this ridiculous concussion. That’s 11 months, nearly a year to date. I’m 100% over it and even though I don’t totally feel like my normal self just yet, 3 weeks from today is the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco and as of tomorrow, training begins. I’m pissed off at all these injuries, done with resting, and determined to start DOING all the things I love again. Continue reading