Archive | November 2012

My favs (equipment) of 2012

2012 Favorites

Here are some of my favorite running items in no particular order.  These can make great gifts for the runner in your life. I’d love to hear what you like.

I love my Asics running shoes.  I like both the kayano and the GT-2170 styles.


Running belts

  • On short distances or when I don’t need to carry water, I prefer the SPIbelt.  My phone fits into the pouch and doesn’t bounce.

  • On longer runs when I need to carry water, I prefer the Nathan Running Belt.


How did I ever survive without my Garmin watch?  I love knowing my distance and my current and average paces.  And, there are times when I will wear the heart rate monitor, too.  However, I need to make sure that I am not too dependent on this watch.  I don’t want to lose the ability to run by feeling.

I enjoy listening to music when I run.  My Apple Ipod Shuffle is very light and easy to use.

When I have to fuel, Hammer gels are my choice.

Oh, Body Glide!  No long distance runner can live without this.  Chafing is no fun……I think we’ve all learned our lesson at least once.

After a long run or workout, The Stick helps me with recovery.  Sometimes I walk around the house with The Stick and massage whenever I have a few extra minutes.

The foam roller is another great tool to help with stretching and recovery .

The core strengthening program that I use requires an exercise ball.  I have learned to enjoy this part of my workout.

Never say Never!

In 2009, a friend asked me if I was going to run CIM.  My response was, “I like running, but I’m not that crazy.”

Ha!  One year later, I ran CIM.

In my race report from CIM 2010, I clearly state that running a marathon was not for me.

I’d like to announce to the world that marathoning isn’t for me! At least that is how I’m feeling right now.”

Yet, a little over a year later I registered for CIM 2012 as my second marathon.

Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment.  Perhaps I feel like there is unfinished business (see my lengthy race report from CIM 2010).   Or perhaps I simply like challenges.  This time around, training went well for the most part and I’m looking forward to Sunday’s marathon.

What I have learned about myself over the past 3 years is that I enjoy challenges.  I enjoy pushing my body and finding the limit.  As T.S. Eliot says, “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

I also learned that I can do anything I want to.  I just have to put my mind to it and I will accomplish it.  Along with this, I now accept the fact that I am persistent.  And, with my running, I won’t give up!  However, I had to learn to listen to my body and to adjust my training when “issues” come up.  I didn’t do so well with this lesson in 2010.  This year, I did listen.  It was a huge step for me and it paid off. Since I stopped running, rested, adjusted training, and sought PT help when my IT Band started giving me trouble, I was able to recover quickly.

I’ve definitely learned to never say never!  I will continue to dream big and challenge myself.

I’m planning my goals for 2013.  Do you have your race/events calendar ready?  Just remember……….”Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” (Another one of my favorite quotes.)

This entry was posted on November 26, 2012. 3 Comments

What it takes to run a marathon……….

What it takes to run a marathon……….

I’ve been thinking about my upcoming marathon (a lot!).  I find it amazing that I can do this and I don’t take my training for granted.  I thought I would share what I’ve been doing for the past 4 months.  This has been my experience…………

  • A good solid base to start your training
    1. I was already running 13 – 14 miles comfortably before starting this training plan.
    2. 16 weeks of training.  Here’s a look at my running miles over the 16 weeks.  You can see where I ran into a little glitch (an unhappy IT Band is to blame).  During weeks 9/10 and 9/17, I hit a new weekly mileage high of 45 and 46 miles!

  • Dedication and consistency
  • Lots and lots of running and cross training
    1. Here is a split of my running and cycling as of today, 11/23/12.  I normally cycle once a week for cross training.   But since I had an “issue” with my IT band, I had to substitute running with cycling for a few weeks.  This affected my overall number of miles I ran.

  • 16 weekly long runs:  14 miles – 20 miles long.
  1. This is the workout that is crucial to training.
  2. Again, I missed a few long runs since I had an “issue.”  However, I substituted the long                                      run with a long ride.
  • A good source of fuel.  When I’m running over 90 minutes, I use a gel about every 30 minutes.  I was shocked to know that by marathon day I will have depleted my stock……. 6 boxes = 72 packs.

  • A good Physical Therapist (in case any “issues” arise) and a good massage therapist.
  • Core exercises and nightly stretching.
  1. My PT put together a great core strengthening program for me.
  2. I also have a nightly stretching routine.  My hamstrings continue to be tight even with lots of stretching!
  • Some sort of massage tool.  I love both my foam roller and my massage stick.


This is what it has taken me to get ready for my marathon!

Turkey Trot – 2012

This was my 3rd time running the Folsom Turkey Trot.  However, this year would be a little different.  We were going to the Turkey Trot as a family.  Since I am tapering for a marathon, I would not be racing the Turkey Trot.  Instead, my daughter and I would run together.  I was excited to share the morning with Natalia.

Unfortunately, my husband Mark hurt his foot and was unable to run with our son.  So, Jordan was planning to run on his own.

Here is a picture of Jordan and Natalia before the race.  It was a beautiful morning!  It was a bit chilly early on, but by the time we started we could feel the warmth of the sun.

We found our friends before the start of the 5k.  Natalia and I stayed with Liz and Grayson.  Liz’s husband, Jeremy was nice enough and agreed to run with Jordan.  Even though Jordan is old enough to run by himself, it makes me feel better knowing that he is with an adult.  Thank you, Jeremy!

Here’s a picture of Jordan finishing.  He ended up walking the last mile due to cramping.  We agreed that he probably started too fast.  He was a bit hard on himself.  Hmmm, I wonder where he gets that!  However, there’s always another race. I’m proud of him for getting out there and trying.

Natalia had a great race.  She was able to jog – walk the first 2 miles and she jogged the last mile.  She finished strong!  I’m proud of her for trying hard and for having a good time.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

The other day my kids asked me why I had so many pairs of running shoes. Oh, the answer wasn’t so simple. You see, 2 years ago when I ran my first marathon, I found myself running in shoes that had about 500 miles on them which meant they needed to be replaced and could have contributed to my current injury. But the marathon was in 2 weeks and I was injured, unable to run during those 2 weeks! I wasn’t in a good position and had to carefully find a solution. Reluctantly, I opted to buy another pair of the same shoes and wear them around as much as possible before I ran the 26.2 miles in them. It worked, but wasn’t ideal.

With this experience in the back of my mind, I approached this year’s marathon training much differently. I logged my miles and kept a close eye on the mileage as I trained for the upcoming marathon. Good thing, because before I knew it, I was quickly approaching the 200 mile mark on my current shoes and still had several weeks of training left. With a quick calculation, I knew that I wouldn’t make it to marathon day with the same shoes if I didn’t begin running in multiple pairs of shoes. I tried to get another pair of my favorite shoes, but they were last year’s model and unfortunately, I could not find my size anywhere.  I dusted off a pair that I had recently retired and could get away with running a few more miles in as long as the runs were short runs. This was great! I could now use my main shoes for my long runs and the marathon.  I would only use my second pair for short runs. Now, the third pair of shoes is a new pair that I will start to break in tomorrow. I have a few short runs that I will use these for. They are the same brand shoe and they should be ok for a short distance for now. Since the 2 main pairs of shoes will need to be retired after the marathon, I’ll need to have at least 1 pair ready to run in after the marathon.  And, the fourth and last pair of shoes is the pair I walk around in. I pretty much wear running shoes all the time. But, I don’t want to add extra miles to my current running shoes, so I wear a pair of retired shoes. The retired shoes are still in good shape, they just don’t provide the stability or the cushioning I need for long runs. Therefore, they are demoted to walking shoes. Anyways, this is the reason I need 4 pairs of shoes. I’m not sure my kids really cared.

An important piece to my puzzle is paying attention to how many miles I have run in a pair of shoes.  It definitely can save me  from an unnecessary injury.

This entry was posted on November 16, 2012. 3 Comments