Category Archives: exercise

Past, Present, Future

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a post but something happened. Something BIG. After 10+ years of being a stay-at-home-mom, I got a job. A full time job. That’s a lot of hours away from home, away from my kids, away from the free will that allowed me to run whenever I wanted and to write blog posts whenever I wanted. It was a big transition at first- for me and my entire family- but now, after 5 months, I’m finally getting into a good grove.

Kinda.

The Laura of 5 months ago was so dedicated to running and working out and setting goals and running race after race after race with abandon (when I wasn’t injured, that is) and the Laura of right now is finding some challenge in staying as dedicated. Depending on my life/work balance at the moment, my motivation tends to wane and sleeping to all of 6:30am is often so much more appealing than getting up at 4:45am to get my miles in. Continue reading

Today’s Reason: Endurance

As a runner, whenever I hear the word “endurance” I think in terms of miles (don’t we all?). Having successfully recovered from this year’s injury and now training for my one and only road half marathon of the year, I know that it will take time for me to re-build that mileage endurance. While I really want to hit the road (and the trails) and run all the miles every day of the week, I know I can’t as too much running too soon will result in injury- endurance, in this way, truly goes hand-in-hand with patience and good judgement.

Strangely enough, that’s the easy part of running. With 10 years of running experience and 3 running related-injuries under my water belt, I know to simply follow my training plan and plan those rest days accordingly in order to get to race day healthy and ready for that 13.1 mile endurance test. I’ve done it before, I can do it again, and I can certainly endure the time and work it takes to get back to a comfortable and happy 13.1.

By definition, endurance means two different things, first, “the fact or power of bearing pain or hardships” and second, “the ability or strength to continue or last despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions”. Fits the application of running perfectly, yet those definitions imply a negativity therein- “pain”, “hardships”, “adversity” are all true to certain extent; however, I am happy to embrace all that, no matter how difficult, in order to find achievement and success beyond- not just with running, but with all that surrounds it too… Continue reading

Giving In to Injury

Booooo!!!

Booooo!!!

Yes, I realize it’s been over 3 months since I have posted- I think the above photo gives a hint as to the reason why… after my last race in November, the ball of my foot started to hurt and I ignored it.  By January, my foot was in such severe pain it couldn’t bear weight, turned purple and grew incredibly swollen so I finally stopped exercising and went to a sports podiatrist. X-rays completed, I sought 3 different opinions (because I didn’t like what ANY of them said, “What do you MEAN stop running for months???”) and even though each doctor gave me a different diagnosis, they all agreed that I had fractured the sesamoid bones that live in the ball of the foot.

Fabulous.

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Today’s Reason: Time

I know, I know, I’ve been negligent with blogging as of late as I’ve been so incredibly busy with life, kids, training, volunteering, and starting a new job- even with 24 hours at my disposal every day, I find it hard to accomplish all that I want to!  However, “I’m too busy!” is an excuse we all give, maybe more akin to a constant lie we tell ourselves when deciding what, to whom and how we should dedicate our precious time.

Even though I haven’t been writing about running, I have been running. With 3 weeks to go until the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF, I’m determined to accomplish my training- fitting it in to the rest of my life right now is certainly a challenge but I am trying and I am doing… and I have been constantly thinking about how my choices truly impact my time- my Lifetime, my Me Time, and my Running Time. Continue reading

The Journey to 40

40

I guess the sum of the last 39 years are technically my journey to 40 but it’s really just hit me in the last few months that this is really happening so as far as I’m concerned I’ve got about 3 months left to go before I plummet into The Land of 40 as the best me I can be.

40. Wow. That’s like a big number. Where did that come from? Why didn’t anyone warn me this was going to happen someday? Isn’t 40 considered half way to death? Aren’t I supposed to have all these things accomplished and figured out and DONE by 40?  Well I haven’t and I don’t and that’s that so I am pretty much freaking out over this next stage of life. New challenges, new age group… isn’t it time to stop thinking and start doing more??? Continue reading

Runs Worth the Drive

Redwood Regional Park

Buick and MapMyFitness are launching a nationwide “Runs Worth the Drive Challenge” beginning June 26 to help fellow runners find, record and share favorite routes.  Challenge participants must log 5 miles of running per week, for six weeks- no problem, right?! Weekly prizes will be awarded and participants who accomplish the goal will be entered into a grand prize drawing for an all-expense paid trip to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half-Marathon in Phoenix, Arizona!!! SIGN ME UP!!!

A few weeks ago, Buick offered to lend me a 2014 Buick Verano to drive for a week to my favorite running spots while mapping my routes on MapMyFitness.com and I happily said, “YES PLEASE!” As my injury is on the mend and I’ve just been approved to run again, the timing is perfection, and I was very thrilled to have a brand spanking beautiful new car to do just that!  Continue reading

13 Reasons Why I Love Racing

My injury is on it’s way to recovery and I am feeling very excited to start racing again! In fact, I miss racing so much that I have completely re-adjusted our summer vacation plans in order to give 100% focus to my training, getting my body/endurance/stamina back to where it was pre-injury.

Last week, my doctor gave me the okay to run/walk the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon at the end of July, I am beyond elated. As an ambassador for the race, my initial plan was to run the full but my injury totally shattered that dream, I was even dubious about the half given those SF hills but after hearing of my accomplishment at SLO, the doctor said “You’re definitely getting better, so go for that SF half!” so of course I will and I CAN’T WAIT!

I started racing in April 2009- that First Race Ever was a hilly trail 5K but as soon as I crossed that finish line, I was hooked. At that race, I saw other runners wearing matching shirts and decided to get a bunch of like-minded friends together to run and make our own matching shirts, then challenged my “team” to at least one race a month. Sometimes two. And, yeah, okay, sometimes three in one month- just because there are so many great races out there and just because I love racing that much! And here are 13 reasons why… Continue reading