Category Archives: reasons to run

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

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

Today’s Reason: Grief

I’m such a fricking downer lately. Well, okay, sometimes there’s a glimmer of happiness and relief, yet most of the time I’m in a I-hate-the-world-and-the-world-hates-me state of mind and, obviously, I’m not too proud to admit it. We lost Allan, my dear father-in-law, in January and Grief just went ahead and moved in, took a very strong hold, hasn’t let go, and has affected pretty much every aspect of my life ever since: my relationships, my writing, my social life, and- of course- my running. Therefore, I can say (and have been saying and will continue to keep saying until it is no longer true) that 2015 has been The WORST Year Ever and I really, truly mean it.

I’m not writing this post for sympathy or for advice or as a passive aggressive attempt to reveal my true feelings (as I share my true feelings all the time, much to the delight/dismay of my friends and family)  but as an attempt to understand this whole grieving process and how it has directly affected my motivation and how, exactly, I’m going to work to steer myself back towards a “normal” path.

I want to laugh out loud at that word “normal”. I’m not sure I believe in “normal” anymore, there’s just stasis- brief moments of contentment wherein you’re on the right path, with the right people, doing the right thing- while everything else is just noise. Grief- just noise. Learning (or re-learning, in my case) to amplify the moments of stasis while turning the volume down on the rest of life’s noise is incredibly difficult but, thanks to running, I’m able to dedicate my miles to Allan, to this process, and to my “normal” self- I know she’s still in there somewhere!  Continue reading

Today’s Reason: Allan Moir

Allan Moir, March 1939 – January 2015

My dear father-in-law, Allan, passed away last month and ever since then, things just really haven’t been the same. As my husband said ever so eloquently in his eulogy at Allan’s memorial, “Death is a bitch.” So true. It’s a tough topic for everyone and a fate we all must face eventually but to lose a beloved parent is especially difficult. This post, however, is not about me and my feelings toward this loss but about Allan- the man he was, the life he lived, and the legacy he left behind.

Allan was the kind of man who simply loved to love and loved to live. He had this way about him that made anyone he came in contact with feel comfortable and welcomed. Spending time with Allan was always easy and enjoyable- despite the illnesses and pain he had to endure over the years, he never complained, never got angry, just took things as they came and embraced life nevertheless with a smile on his face. Continue reading

Resolve to Run More

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With the new year nearly here, I’ve only got one resolution for 2015: run more. This past year has been one of injury and injury recovery for me, taking me away from my normal training, normal exercising, normal eating , normal writing and I am oh so eager to get back to normal! My injuries nearly healed, I’m starting out slowly, trying to be patient and easy on myself while pushing myself to tackle new races and my third 26.2 next Spring.

I started 2014 with a fractured rib then when that was healed, injured the meniscus and MCL in my right knee, then after months of PT for the knee, was in a car accident and suffered (and am STILL suffering) a concussion.  None of the above allowed me to keep running the road and the negative emotions I had to deal with as a result were normal, I guess… it’s all tied together… hence the solitary resolution this coming new year.

Running more means I will eat right which means I’ll start losing this injury weight which means I will run better which means I will start to believe in myself again which means I’ll write more. Just one simple resolution gets me back to where I was, to the “me” I know I can be.

Running more also means setting more goals- even when I was injured I still kept completing races (totally untrained) but in 2015 I plan to actually finish them well. I’m lucky that despite my injuries, I was still selected to be race ambassador for the Surf City Marathon (and half), the San Luis Obispo Marathon (& half), and the Zooma Napa Valley Half Marathon (and 10K) so I’ve got a pretty good race calendar already set for 2015.  I plan to run the Surf City half 2/1/15, the SLO full 4/26/15, the Zooma half on 6/20/15, and you KNOW I’ll try everything in my power to run Nike SF again in October 2015!  I’m looking very forward to yet another year full of happy, yet challenging, running goals.

Bring. It. ON!

So if you’re willing to take that leap with me and resolve to run more, register for a race today, set that training plan in stone and get to work! If I can do it, we can all do it- a new year means a fresh start with 365 days full of potential and since I turned 40 this year (ick), I plan to take nothing for granted and will embrace every moment of running, resting, laughing and crying with deep appreciation.  Happiness, to me, is found in those moments- running miles while maintaining smiles resulted from doing that which I love to do. Running is hard but my life is certainly easier because of it.

And with that, dear readers, I thank you for a year of sticking with me despite the rampant injury and lack of running, for reading, commenting and “liking” all along the way… I promise next year will be back to “normal” and as awesome as ever!

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR AND ALL THINGS FABULOUS IN 2015!!!

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2014 is history, 2015 is history-in-the-making- how will you write your story in the new year? What running goals have you set? How do you plan to stay motivated and on track on the way to that finish line?

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

Today’s Reason: Team in Training

This video was produced by Erica, one of my Team in Training mentees from last season, and sums up what it means to be a part of such a dynamic group that’s dedicated to running and fighting to cure cancer. Yours truly is at 3:48 and I meant every word I said.

Last week I celebrated two important milestones: 3 years with Team in Training and 3 years of writing running4thereason.com– happy runniversary/blogiversary to me! In fact, this blog was born because of TNT as I wanted to document the process of fundraising for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while training for my first marathon. When my first season with the team ended, I stayed on, became a mentor, continued to fund-raise, and ran another marathon… then seven more half marathons with the team after that.

The cliche “absence makes the hear grow fonder” is so very true! My 6th season with TNT just concluded and I really miss seeing my team, manager, and coaches on a regular basis! I am not on the team right now because of my injury but still wanted to relay the “why” behind my dedication to TNT & LLS in order to encourage and motivate others to join up and run for this stellar organization.

Be it sunny, windy, snowing, or raining, I won’t mind as these miles are all for Team in Training!

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