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2nd Auction for a Cure

It’s Officially Auction Time!!!

5 years ago I decided to do something that I didn’t know would change my life- I joined Team in Training and ran my first marathon in San Francisco in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and quickly learned that through TNT, we can make a difference.

Everyone knows I run a lot of races but none mean as much to me as the races I run with TNT.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing more than any other nonprofit to advance cutting edge research and cures, is funding more than 300 different cancer research projects, and gave $237 million last year to help patients afford their treatments. And NONE of that would be possible without the efforts of Team in Training participants all across the country.

I’m back with Team in Training for my 8th season and 35th half marathon, Rock n’ Roll Nashville. This season, I have pledged to raise $2000 for the cause and train six days a week from now until the race in order to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Continue reading

Wine-ing Allowed

Told ya.

The above photo is of me and my two besties (Amy on the left, Andrea on the right) after crossing the finish line of my very first half marathon through Livermore, California on October 10, 2010. And on March 26, 2017 I will complete it again.

I recall thinking, “10/10/10 has just got to be good luck for my first half!” And it was! I loved running through the lush rolling hills of wine country, passing by the vineyards of all the wineries I have yet to visit, and enjoying all the post-race grapey libations the race had to offer. In just 18 days, I will complete the Livermore Half Marathon, my first half marathon since October 2015. That’s crazy!

And I am again, just like that very first 13.1 ever, nervous! I haven’t run a half in over year and am just getting back to running after a 6 month hiatus… but then there’s the wine. I love running, yes, and I love wine, oh yes. That’s actually the reason why I chose the Livermore Half as my first- The Wine! Livermore is, by far, one of my favorite places to go wine tasting here in the Bay Area. Everyone has heard of Napa, everyone has heard of Sonoma (and they are awesome too!) but I sure love the sleepy, peaceful, temperate, laid back demeanor of Livermore.

I was lucky enough to get a bib for this race via BibRave so am also lucky enough to also share a coupon code with you if you want to join me on March 26th in beautiful Livermore Valley. Read on for more perks to look forward to…

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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

The Happiest Feet

Disclaimer: I received this product to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.
Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador),
and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

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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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

Running with Ultima Replenisher

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Disclaimer: I received this product to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.
Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador),
and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

When I started running in 2006, I wasn’t at all familiar with hydration-on-the-run nor did I know what an electrolyte even was! After a year of 5Ks and another year of 10Ks, I started ramping up to the half distance and the training programs I followed all stressed the importance of both hydration + electrolyte intake so I started experimenting; yet, in my newbie-ness still only carried water and avoided on-course electrolytes… until I started training for my first marathon.

I completed my first marathon through Team in Training and was lucky enough to learn from some of the best running coaches here in the San Francisco Bay Area- and they taught me about hydration, informed me about different products and how much water/electrolytes to take in during which hour of my run, and insisted that we carry electrolytes for any run over an hour.

As any veteran runner or coach will tell you, electrolytes (electrically-charged minerals such as sodium, calcium and potassium) are important to replace while running in order to keep the systems of the body functioning properly. As a Super Duper Sweater, I quickly learned that all the cramping I suffered plus all the salt I was covered in following a run meant that I was losing too much of those all-important minerals through sweat during my long runs and if I truly wanted to improve my running performance, I would certainly need to replace them along the way.

Recently, I became a BibRavePro Ambassador and the first product I was sent to try out and review was- you guessed it- Ultima Replenisher electrolyte powder.
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Race Recap: Across the Bay 12K

My foot finally mended, I was more than excited to run the Across the Bay 12K on July 10th, my third race of 2016 (normally, without injury, this should have been my 8th or 9th race of the year!). Met with friends Susan and Jennette bright and early that morning to drive out to the city and board the shuttle to Sausalito where the race began and we were greeted with blue skies and a very bright, shining sun that, in the “cold” (yes, 60 degrees is “cold” for us here in the Bay Area) of the early morning we were grateful for but by mile 6 of the race, not so much.

I signed up for the race while still rehabbing my foot so chose the very last start wave, wave 4. Jennette and Tim (another Team in Training friend we met along the way) were also in wave 4 so we started together; but, being a I-race-alone type, I gave them a smile, said I’m going into “stealth mode” and popped in my earbuds. As soon as we crossed the start line, the Golden Gate Bridge view appeared, I couldn’t help myself and started snapping photos right away- and we hadn’t even reached mile 1!

I see you, Bridge!!!

I see you, Bridge!!!

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