Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This past weekend I spent some time up in Minnesota for the Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run.  I sat this race out and volunteered.  I really wanted to run the 17 mile this weekend so that I could get a feel for what the "loop" was like... but I didn't get in on time. ;-(  So maybe next year?  I am thinking of just saying WHATEVER, and just hitting up their 50 mile next year.  WHY NOT?! ;-)

I am so glad that I got into trail running and hitting longer distances.  It has really filled something in me that I didn't have before.  I am not sure what that is... but it put me in the place I wanted to be in. ;-)

I  was at the Zumbro 100 mile endurance run this past weekend and we were all questioned... what is our favorite running food that we cannot live without during an ultra.  Mine would definitely be a SNICKERS!!!!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring weather is here!!  Spent my first day out on the trails with my daughter.  People are quite surprised to see how beautiful northeast Iowa can be! ;-)  Today we did some hiking and running by some beautiful Indian mounds! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Funday

So my Sunday Funday was sitting around and getting registered for all of the races I plan to do this year.  I love spending my day plotting and planning.  Its sooo fun!  All of my races this year are officially trail races.  I am excited about this ;-)  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Treadmill Torture

Well as I said, we are back to cold and snow.  So much for those beautiful temps for a week.  Yesterday it was slick out and OF COURSE it was the first week of training and long runs.  Thank the Lord it was my shortest long run... but none the less... it had to be on a treadmill at the gym.  Sorry to those who I offended with my odor.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017



Its been in the high 50's and 60's here in Iowa and for February in Iowa... people are running around like we won the lottery with these kinds of temps!!  I have ran my first week of runs outside on solid ground.  I was soo surprised at how great I felt and how my speed is just the same as it was in the fall.  I lost no running ground this winter.  (Torturing myself on that darn treadmill paid off!)

But as I said, I live in Iowa... and so back to cold temps we go tomorrow.  It will do this until mid-May really... it will spoil us for a few days and then torture us.  But its okay... I would miss these darn seasons if I didn't have them. ;-)

Just ordered a new pair of shoes.  I actually made a pair of shoes get me through the winter... I probably shouldn't have... but I did.  My first race of this year is in April.  I have all trail races this year and I am extremely excited about that!  Hope everyone else has a great running season!!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nice weather? Are you kidding me? February in Iowa?

Guess what?!  Guess what?!  We are going to have a beautiful weekend here in Iowa!!!  Looks like Friday and Saturday are going to be in high 50's!!  AHHHHHH!!!  I am marching my butt...no, let me change that... I am RUNNING my butt right to the trails!  Enough of the dreadmill!!!  I want to put a disclaimer here actually: I do actually like the treadmill.  I can watch some good shows on tv that normally I would never sit down to watch.  BUT, do you know how hot, sweaty, smelly and gross I get 5+ miles in on the treadmill at the gym with the heater on?  Its bad.  I have seriously left early and not finished my run because I wondered if people were thinking I smelled super gross. Sigh... But anyway, that is behind me for this weekend!  I am going to put some fresh air into these lungs!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What? I thought I WAS a runner?

So I want to talk to you about your image.  So maybe you have been running for years like me. Maybe you are just starting out and only run for a minute and then walk five minutes.  Maybe you run 5K's with a friend or you are a competitive marathon runner, its not hard to pinpoint a runner.  THEY RUN. 

 Let me give you a little background on myself.  I have always been the "tall" girl.  I was always the "tall" girl in the class.  Sometimes I was the chubby girl, sometimes I was the skinny girl, sometimes I was the pregnant woman, sometimes I was the mom or the sister, or daughter.  I am 42 years old and so I have had a lot of different looks and LORD, a lot of stupid hairstyles.... I grew up in the era of Whitesnake, AC/DC, Kiss, Cinderella... you get the point.  Anyway, in 2006 I decided to lose weight and walked on the treadmill.  I walked slow and I read a book.  I did this daily.  I didn't lose weight.  One day I was in a hotel fitness room and the guy next to me... (who I would have thought looked like a middle aged guy who had business meetings, went home ate his supper and watched television the rest of the night) came in and got on the treadmill next to me.  I felt good doing my walk.  Before I knew it, the guy next to me, who wasn't a muscular powerhouse, just a regular guy started to pound out miles on his treadmill.  He ran with a nice pace and enjoyed it.  He got in more miles than me and left happy.  I tried not to stare out of the corner of my eye, but I did.  To be honest, I was damn jealous.  How did he do that?  He didn't look like a runner?  If he looked like a runner, my 30 lb overweight frame could be too..... That's it.  I am going to run.  After that, I spent a year doing run/walk routines and ended up losing 60 lbs!  I did some 5k's and loved every minute of it!  Then, I got bored, caught up in my kids, school work (as I was going back for my doctorate while working full-time)... I let myself go and I stopped running.  I actually thought I wouldn't get back into it, but I did.  I haven't lost 60 lbs again... BUT, I run a lot farther than I used to.  A "small" run for me is 5 miles... I generally do around 40-60 miles a week.  I am not super thin.  I am the tall girl that runs.  

So where am I going with this?  Over the past few years I have felt sooo great.  I love running so much!  I love the feeling it gives me.  I feel powerful, I feel happy, I feel refreshed, its the best antidepressant I have found.  I seriously look at myself in the mirror regularly (even though I am overweight per the BMI chart...) and think I look good and I am happy.  But recently I felt that feeling waiver.  That feeling I had almost changed because of a few simple and INNOCENT words.  

Thinking back over your life, I bet you can think of random things people have said to you that at the time... just seemed like plain words, probably not important, but how many years later, you can still remember them for some reason?  Why does that statement, or those words stick in our head?  I can remember a girl saying to me on the first day of Kindergarten, "Look, I can cross my fingers, I am going to do great!"  I can remember my dad telling me once: "Stay out of the refrigerator, you are going to get frostbit" (which mind you, led me down a spiraling path and period of unhealthy eating my 8th grade year.)  

Sometimes we remember silly things and sometimes we hear things that at the time we do not think are significant... but somehow they creep in.  Not too long ago, I had two such incidents in one month occur.  The first incident I had was someone looked me over and said to me, "you are a runner?  you sure don't look like a runner?"  I really laughed it off, because if you are thinking of the guy from Kenya who trains daily for marathons, "NOPE, I am not much like him."  A few weeks later, I had a close friend tell me in a store that "NO, I couldn't get the size large leggings, I had to get the extra large."  There was NO WAY I could fit into the large.  (Even though I had worn large for years..... once again, I thought that was silly and blew it off.  BUT a week later... I noticed my runs were tough, my legs felt tired, my mood was grouchy.  What was wrong with me?  I will tell you.... I let the words slip into my brain and eat away.  They slipped in under my radar and started to eat away.   EVEN though I had been feeling great for years, running ultra-marathon distances on a regular basis, all of a sudden a few statements that were not meant to hurt me, actually started to hurt me.  This made me really think how strong words can be.  As a runner, I LOVE fellow runners.  I am someone who never got the "don't call me a jogger" joke.  Why not?  Sometimes I am a slow jogger?  I have seen people run/walk, I have seen some people sprint like a deer.  All I know, is when I know someone runs, in any form, I want to talk to them.  I want to talk about our commonality. I want to know what drives their run, what fuels their run and how they know when its time for a break. 

 So here is what I am getting at..... I believe in my heart and soul that I am a runner.  Why?  Because I LIVE for it. I love it.  I breathe it. Not because I run a certain race or pace... because its part of who I am. I also feel healthy.  I feel healthier than I have been for years.  I think its a strong mental well-being that I have acquired.  Running has saved me from something... I am not sure what that something is yet, I will have to get back to you.. but its there somewhere.  DON'T let someone's words determine your mood or your well-being.  If you run, even just a little... you are a runner.  Be proud.  We all run our own pace and place.  We all don't look like the model showing off the new spring running capris and bras from the fabulous bra and undie store.  Nope, we don't.  We all don't look like Meb either.  Nope, not today.  Be your own runner.  Be Jill or Dan or Steph or Alayna... just be yourself and run proud.  💚💚💚💚 That's what I am going to do today, and tomorrow and the next day.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ice Ice Go Away

I assume there are some other runners out there who are struggling to get back outside with this ice.  I have been running inside everyday to avoid falling on the ice.  I don't mind it too much, but I cannot believe how darn HOT it gets inside with no fan and no moving air.  UGH.  I miss the fresh air.... even if its chilly air.  Go away ice. ;-(  

Friday, January 20, 2017

No Run January?

Okay, its not NO RUN JANUARY... but I decided to take a week off.  Just do a week of some mild cross training, maybe some treadmill walking/incline, a couple of kickboxing videos, and a few days of rest.

So here I am and its been 7 days since I ran.  WOW, I actually did it! ;-) Anyway, its been stressful... when you hear people say rest days are horrible... sometimes they are.  When you are that excited by running, you know you have found your true love.  I am that way for sure.  That is definitely not to say that that you wont have days where you would rather cut a digit off than run... because LORD, I have those too.

I am actually sore today.  My cross training gave me some feel good muscle soreness... I think that is a good thing.  I mainly rested though.  THAT is definitely important.  Sometimes you just have to take a break.  Its like your job, can you imagine never ever ever taking a day off?  It doesn't make sense, so don't do it with running either.

I think I am going to hit the gym later today and get some miles in.  7 days is enough...  I hate long distance relationships. ;-)

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Full Day of Freezing Rain Means 2 days of No School for the Kids

Boy, the roads, the sidewalks..... hell, the GRASS is slippery!  No running outside for this gal!  Actually, it seems like a slight blessing for me.  I think I am going to take the entire week off from running.  I think I plan to spend the entire week doing some walking or other cross training activities such as weights, etc.  It makes me almost shake with anxiousness... because I am already wanting a run, but sometimes the body and mind just needs a rest.

By the end of the week I will feel super refreshed and be over excited to get out there to run on next Monday morning ;-)

CHECK OUT those streets!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy Happy New Year everyone!!!  I hope everyone is out and hitting the pavement, trails, treadmill or whatever!! Let me tell you..... it unfortunately is the treadmill here.  Its way below zero windchill with some blowing wind and icy patches.  I fell and hit my head twice last year running on ice so I am hesitant this year.  I just walked my dog around the block and was running to get back inside.  It is horrible out ;-)  I do have to say... I would miss it though if we didn't have a little variety of temps.  

ANYWAY, a new year of goals.  I am not sure if I have any specific goals with running.  I want to stay flexible and relaxed.  I have a variety of runs scheduled for this upcoming year.  They are all trail runs so this will be new.  I usually have street runs in there... but none this year.  So that is exciting.  My smallest run will be a half marathon trail run in May.  Otherwise they all go uphill after that in mileage.  I think that if I have to name some goals... I will say this: 

1.  Lose some weight to make my runs smoother
2.  Spend more time in nature for running/hiking
3.  Get my kids out more in it....
4.  Try to be less scared of bears.  Dude, seriously... I am soooo scared of running into one.  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Had an 8.25 mile run on the treadmill this am at the fitness center.  Its getting cold here in Iowa, so the heat is now on at the fitness center.  I was dripping sweat all over the place.  I literally smelled so gross at that point, I just went home... people kept getting on the treadmill next to me,  and I felt horrible about my grossness... ha ha ha!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I am not sure why.... but I have been getting some decent runs in on the treadmill at the Fitness Center.  I used to fight joining the fitness center all the time... but now that I am a member... I am so thankful.  Sometimes it really is nice to mix things up... I don't mind running on the treadmill watching the morning news sometimes....
Strangely enough... running on the treadmill makes me run a little faster outside.  I am not sure why that is, but it does.  The treadmill also gives me opportunity to do incline off and on and speed differences off and on and easily monitor it on the screen.  Its good training.
BESIDES the running aspect though.... (I mean what else is there besides that right?)  The gym is definitely a great place to get some cross training in!  So many options!!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope everyone got a run in over this holiday season. ;-)  I sure did, it was a must with all the eating!  Today is a rest day so that is a little unnerving, but tomorrow I I am celebrating at the in-laws for my second Thanksgiving get together so I think I will throw a half marathon in for the morning run.  I have a feeling I may eat a piece of pie :-/

Monday, November 21, 2016

 Guess what?!!!  Its finally cold out there!!!!  It was a balmy 19 degrees here on the banks of the Mississippi! ;-)  The first 10 to 15 minutes make a person want to cry and wish they were still in bed... but then all of a sudden, it feels great!  Yay for cool temps!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rest Day.... some days I hate it.... but mostly I actually like it.  It is my morning to sit and drink good coffee for long hours before church ;-)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I think winter is around the corner!!

Here comes winter everyone!!!  When you live in the midwest... you expect and you kinda love it... whether you admit or not. ;-)  Cant wait to get my run on in the snow!!!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

50K was a success!  It took me around 6 hours!  It was a struggle at times, but not as bad as I thought.  My recovery was pretty minimal the days following!! WOO HOO!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This week is my peak week for mileage.  I will be running a 50K this weekend on Saturday.... only one more month until my 50 miler!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Do you know how many darn times I have fallen on the ice this winter?!!!  YIKES!  Yesterday I was lucky I didn't crack my head open... luckily my ponytail saved me.  I am going to rethink this training for an ultra during the winter months thing.....

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sweet heaven it has been cold around here.  I love winter running... but my legs just couldn't take this fiery chill.  The temps have been hovering around 2 degrees to way below zero.... which would almost be doable if the wind wouldn't pick up those days... ;-(  Anyway, I have been getting in some runs at the gym.  I don't mind.  Do I prefer to be outside?  Uh, HELL YES... but you do what you have to do.  ;-)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

3 Degrees, very windy = Windchill of -21 degrees.  THAT IS COLD!  I could only pull off 3 miles this am in the dark and the cold before my legs stung so bad I wanted to yell obscenities for part of my run. ;-)  Looks like I will do some more tonight at the gym. ;-)  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Feeling a tiny bit better today!  After taking pretty much a full week off of running, I am back at it!  My legs felt so wonderfully rested this am.  Lifted some weights this am too.  ;-)