It’s running time!!!
Every other night I pull my running gear together and say a little prayer that Jackson will sleep relatively well, because last week I started my training for the NYC marathon!
Please note that I am not a licensed trainer. I am simply sharing this post based on my own experiences. Please consult with your doctor about any medical issues or concerns before starting a new exercising program.
I’ve wanted to write this post for quite some time, but waited because I wanted to really demonstrate how I’ve benefited from CrossFit. I joined a CrossFit gym in May 2013, and, while there are tons of articles now describing impressive improvements from CrossFitters as well as several negative articles trashing the sport from naysayers, I wanted to share my personal experience on how CrossFit has helped me.
Please note that I am not a licensed trainer. I am simply sharing workouts based on my own experiences and that I enjoy. Please consult with your doctor about any medical issues or concerns before starting a new exercising program.
Growing up my father, who works for a branch of the US Department of State (although he’s retiring in a couple months – congrats Dad!), traveled a lot. I mean a lot! And crazier than that my parents, a lovely young couple with two little ones (I wasn’t born yet), moved from California where they both grew up to Washington D.C. Gasp! Crazy, right?!
In May I ran the Long Island Half Marathon, and even though I was two minutes slower than my goal time, I felt fantastic and incredibly proud.
After, I decided to take a break because I was afraid I was going to get burnt out from running, particularly since I’d run another half six months prior. I’m only a three year old runner (or official runner I suppose), so I wanted to be sure I didn’t get bored or overwhelmed by the sport. It doesn’t come as naturally to me as someone whose been running for many years. Read More…
When we first discussed our goals for our blog we mentioned over and over again how we wanted to be advocates for women playing golf, become part of health and fitness communities that promoted active lifestyles, and share our experiences in trying to balance healthy living with the fun things in life. In striving toward these goals we were thrilled to discover many bloggers and online groups working toward similar things. Girls Gone Sporty (GGS), for example, is an online editorial magazine and social community for women dedicated to living and leading sporty lives. And because of their commitment to creating a support system for women striving to be their best selves, we knew immediately we wanted to get involved. Read More…
Are you a modern day runner? I stumbled upon this cartoon below and it immediately made me laugh out loud. I loved it so much because it kind of reminded me of myself. I am a gadget queen and love all little things that are intended to make life either easier or prettier. With running I’ve researched the latest and greatest training programs, read the most popular books, worn the most up-to-date watches and shoes, and tried pretty much anything to make my running a bit easier. I know, I know it seems a bit out there, ‘make running easier?’ Is that not an oxymoron? I have learned that, although running may not technically become easier, with time we do in fact become stronger. Stronger physically, yes, but also stronger mentally. Have you ever heard the old adage that running is 90% mental? After running with a friend who did very little to train for a marathon (NOT recommended), I’d say that’s pretty darn accurate. Therefore, I think if little gadgets, pretty running attire, or what have you help make you a stronger runner mentally then absolutely go for it! The more confidence we have, the happier we become, the better we run.
At the tail end of my two week holiday in New York (you can read about that here and here), I ran the Long Island Half Marathon. It was a wonderful experience, but to my future self, it’s probably not the best idea to tag on a 13 mile run at the end of a vacation.
Oddly, I did the same thing back in October where I vacationed for a week before a half (even went to a rowdy tailgate and game in Pittsburg just before), but that race was different. It was with two of my closest friends, we were having fun (chatting and taking pictures throughout the race), and as a result we ran a lot slower. This race though I wanted to run for time, no stopping for pictures this time! Even though I knew it wouldn’t be my absolute best, although technically to date is it my personal best, I wanted to challenge myself a bit, maintain a good pace, and walk away with a pretty good time. I was able to continue my training during my vacation, but as I said I probably would have felt a little better during the race, perhaps run just a wee bit faster, and finished with a time of just under two hours. Oh well, so goes life! I’m happy I had as much fun leading up to the race with family and friends as I did, so for that I wouldn’t change a thing.
Just look at her smile, so worth it…