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The Happiest Feet

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I am- and have been for a very, very long time- a flip flop gal. Other than running shoes, I really can’t stand wearing socks and/or closed toed shoes! I counted all my flip flops for the sake of this post and have 13 pairs- 14 now with my Oofos recovery sandals. When the opportunity with BibRave came along to check out these sweet new flips, I jumped at the chance and must say my feet are so much happier for it!  Oofos are powered by a proprietary foam, called OOfoam, that delivers recovery and cushioning benefits that rejuvenate your feet so they feel happy and free.

Having recovered from that stress fracture in the ball of my foot earlier this year and starting my running routine up again, the first thing I noticed when I tried on my Oofos was how much pressure they alleviated from that part of my foot. As you can see in the photo above, the sandals curve up at the forefoot and, as I learned during my injury, that type of structure is exactly what I need to give the ball of my foot a break. There are sneakers out there that accomplish this too, called “rockers”, but given my issue with closed toed shoes, Oofos sandals are truly the perfect cure for our hard working, tired feet- no socks required.

Run done, Oofos on!

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My Mid-Life Vegan Crisis

As soon as I started getting serious about running, I came across many different books, movies, and blogs that promoted better running via a plant-based diet. I read, watched, considered, even added one meatless day to my meal plan every week as I was convinced that giving up meat and dairy would be completely impossible! Plus, “I don’t want to.” was reason enough for me to keep up my guilt-free bacon-cheeseburger eating tendencies… until 2 weeks ago.

I watched the documentary Vegucated in absolute interest, shock and horror.  Then I watched Forks over Knives and was more than compelled to start living a vegan way of life. I’ve always known that veganism is healthier, better for the planet, and more humane yet these 2 films put my blissful ignorance to shame- if I truly consider myself a foodie and an athlete, how can I possibly continue to damage my body as well as the environment by taking my meat and dairy intake for granted? The more I read on the topic, the more I was convinced to finally change my eating habits.

And so far so good- just over 2 weeks into this new lifestyle and while it’s been a lot easier than I thought, it’s also been harder in ways I didn’t anticipate.  Continue reading

2014 Resolutions

I don’t usually make New Year resolutions. As I’ve said before, if I’ve been doing everything the right way all year, there is no need to force myself to change things going into the new year- calendars can’t boss ME around. 2014 however, is a little different…

Don’t get me wrong, 2013 was an absolutely fantastic year! I started it off by successfully fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a 3rd time and traveling to Washington DC to run the Nike Women’s Half with Team in Training. Great team, great race, great city, lots of running fun!

2013 Collage

In June/July, we had 3 blissful weeks of relaxing at our Pinecrest cabin, then in August took a family vacation to O’ahu, Hawaii and it was such a great time- who doesn’t LOVE Hawaii?! Kids had a blast! In September we traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to attend a family wedding where my daughter was the flower girl and my son a ring bearer- so fricking cute and so very memorable! Continue reading

Road Versus Trail

I have a handful of friends who, once dedicated road runners, now give 100% of themselves to trail running (these are my crazy ultra friends like Kate and Anya). When I spend time with trail runners they often say, “Laura, I really don’t know why you are still running the road! I hate road running!”  That’s fine and all but I honestly love road running. I also love trail running. Both are incredibly different experiences and suit my needs in a variety of ways.

I’ve been spending a lot more time running trails lately mainly because of the post-run effect on my injury- I was diagnosed with a bone spur on top of my right foot back in June after the SF half and since then, when I complete any road mileage, my foot is left black and blue, swollen, and SO PAINFUL for the next couple days.  After I complete a trail run, the spur is still black and blue but the pain just isn’t there- such a relief!

So, after 4 years of road running, I have to admit that the pavement has finally become- for me- more risk than reward…  Continue reading

Positive Sports Coaching

As soon as I returned from my fabulous vacation in Hawaii, school started for the kids and I have been oh so busy with all that that I haven’t found much time to sit still and just write. I have SO MANY OTHER things to blog about right now (race recap, more giveaways, gear reviews, Nike training update, et cetra) but last night, while I was attending a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop for my kids’ first season in soccer, I was inspired to share some of the things I learned…

After a long day of work and school followed by a hour and a half kiddo soccer practice, I was not too thrilled to attend a workshop from 7pm-9pm last night. Not. At. All. Further, as I didn’t participate in organized sports growing up I couldn’t really relate to or answer any questions that applied to the game of soccer or competition among youth. My mind kept wandering out of boredom but then I found myself taking notes and started applying the principles I was learning towards running.  (I’ll work on applying it all to the kids’ soccer too, I swear!)

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My Nike Training Plan

Photo credit: Nike

Photo credit: Nike

If you follow this blog and/or my Facebook page, you know that I created a group ID in order to enter the lottery to get into the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco this October. Thanks to the power of social media, approximately 300 happy readers/runners utilized the code and our entire group was selected!!!  WOO HOO!!!

This year is the 10th anniversary of the race and will be my 4th Nike run- I did the SF full in 2011, the SF half in 2012, ran Nike DC half earlier this year, and now am getting ramped and amped up for #4!  I’m wrapping my head around training for all those hills and getting my plan together for a successful 13.1 come October 20th.  Continue reading

Today’s Reason: The Movies

Run, Forrest, Run!

Run, Forrest, Run!

There’s something kinda strange about me and if you know me in real life, I think you would agree- when I find something I really like, I don’t easily let go and even start to identify with whatever that thing may be. Some call it obsession, I call it passion.

One of my first loves was radio, and I listened constantly as a kid, enjoying every genre of music, knowing all call letters and the on-air schedules of all my favorite DJs. I grew to also love singing, dancing, anything purple, red wine, fine dining, and then eventually- you guessed it- running.

I originally went to college to study acting and at USC I had to start working full time in order to afford such an expensive school yet found no money leftover for head-shots nor any time leftover to audition. I then decided go the academic route instead and when I got into film school, my absolute obsession with all things cinematic began…

… but if you think this post is about running movies in general, you’re wrong. Continue reading