What motivates you to run?


Hello and Happy day to you!

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It’s no secret…

I have been completely MIA for the last few weeks.

Technically, it has been 18 days since my last blog post.

Whoops.

Where the heck have I been?

To be honest, I have been hiding under a rock. Continue reading

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Funktown: Population Me


I am currently in a bit of a running funk.

Ever since I achieved my sub 2 half marathon goal at the OC Half Marathon

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I have NOT felt like running.

Although I have had a few races after the OC,

2 specifically…

I still haven’t gotten my MOJO back.

I am still running well, and feel good when I run…

I just don’t feel like doing it.

Whoops.

I actually emailed my coach a few weeks ago and admitted that I was in a funk.

She said that my feelings were totally normal.

Which I knew, but it was definitely nice to hear it from my coach.

And If I am being honest…

This isn’t the first time this has happened.

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I actually fell into two or three funks last year.

But I made it through. Continue reading

What am I afraid of?


Hello!

Happy day to you!

According to the race countdown thingy over there…

I have 3 days until the big day.

And by big day, I mean the OC Half Marathon.

You know, the race where I plan to blow my current (post-injury) PR out of the water?

I know I have NOT talked about this race before, so I can see where you could be lost.

(I’m using my sarcastic voice- in case you can’t hear it)

Yeah right.

I have talked about this race like 2 billion times (here, here, and here).

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Weird things runners do…


There is no doubt about it.

Runners are freaking weird.

I mean seriously.

We run long distances for fun.

Most people hate walking to the mailbox and we look forward to our long runs.

Like I said…

Weirdos.

You know how much I love “keeping it real”

So, let’s talk about just how weird we really are! Continue reading

8 Reasons Why Running Friends Rock!


Hello!

Happy day to you!

For many, many years I considered myself a solo runner.

I was very uncomfortable with the idea of running with another person.

I ran by myself, I went to races by myself, and I went to expos by myself.

I thrived on the idea that I didn’t need anyone, and that I was “strong” enough to do it all on my own. Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Scallop & Spinach Salad


Published courtesy of JulieCat in the Kitchen’s blog:

I love cooking dishes that incorporate “special” ingredients, and most of all, I love recipes that are quick and easy (who doesn’t?).   This salad was so good, and it was ready in just a matter of minutes!  You have to try this one.scallop2 Continue reading

46 days…


Hello everyone!

Happy day to you.

As most of you know, I am pacing the Modesto Half Marathon this weekend.

I am really excited.

But, now that the Modesto Half weekend is here…

I realize that this means that the OC Half Marathon is coming up next.

In 46 days to be exact.

In 45 days, I plan to run my fastest Half Marathon to date.

Yes, the countdown has officially begun.

After such a ridiculously amazing race at Surf City in February, Continue reading

Your SMART Running Goals!


So, I have majorly been slacking on my blog posts this week.

For that, I am terribly sorry.

Things have been a little nutzo at work!

Annnnnnd I’m getting ready for yet another vacation, so needless to say I am very behind.

Yes, I know, I take a LOT of vacations.

Working in the hospitality industry will do that to you.

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Seriously.

A friend and I are driving down to San Diego for the weekend!

We are going to visit a few friends while we are there.

I’m pretty stoked!

Anyway, enough about me.

Last week, I talked about the importance of making SMART running goals.

I asked you to write down your SMART goals and email them to me.

And you didddddddddddd!

I was beyond stoked to get the number of responses that I did…

THANK YOU to those of you who took the time to share their goals.

Let’s go over them! Continue reading

How to Set SMART Running Goals


Hello!

Happy day to you.

Being a runner, regardless of where you are in your “career”, is totally awesome.

DUH.

It might not feel awesome all the time,

(example: the 6 mile suck-fest that I suffered through this weekend)…

It comes with struggles, setbacks, and a whole lot of picking yourself up and trying again.

A great way to stay on track through those struggles and setbacks is to set ACHIEVABLE goals.

If you have been following me for a while, you have probably figured out that I am very goal oriented (aka: Type A personality).

(See this post, this post, this post, and this post to catch up)

In the first post, I talked about how important it is to create goals.

Some people, I realize now, have not been gifted with the innate ability and need to set goals.

This is okay! Continue reading

Don’t Play the Comparison Game


Hello! Happy day to you.

I hope things are well today.

After watching the Olympic Trials on Saturday, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about something that I personally struggle with…

Comparing yourself to others.

There’s nothing wrong with looking at someone and thinking, I want to be like that!

But it can become dangerous when it turns into a comparison game.

It is important to create healthy, achievable goals, and learn to shut down the comparison game before it begins to rear its ugly head.

Here are 6 things to consider when you feel yourself starting to compare yourself to others.

  1. Genetics, man! To some extent, the deck is stacked. Equal effort doesn’t always mean equal results, and that can be frustrating. You might have more years on the road than your friend, but he/she might be able to run longer and faster than you. That is okay! Accept where you are and enjoy the ride. Continue reading

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.


Hello!

How are you doing today?

I am getting pretty amped about Surf City this weekend!

This will be my first half marathon since my horrific bonk in Fresno at the Two Cities Half Marathon last November.

Ugh.

It was terrible.

After reviewing my training log from 2015, I realized how consistently inconsistent I was.

My motivation fluttered in and out quite frequently.

Some weeks would be great!

I would do speedwork,

I would run hills,

and I would rock my long runs.

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But then I would take two days off and that would turn into

three days,

four days,

and sometimes even five days off.

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California Dreamin’


Hello friends!

I hope you are doing well today.

As many of you know…

I will run the Surf City Half Marathon on Sunday in Huntington Beach, CA.

By completing this race, I will have qualified for the California Dreamin’ Racing Cup.

Yesssssssss!

As you can see from the graphic above…

Alllllllllll you have to do is run both the Surf City Marathon/Half Marathon and the SF Marathon/Half Marathon and you get a fancy medal!

Sounds simple right?

It’s not. Continue reading

Night Running Safety 101


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Everyone!

Hello!

I hope you are doing well today.

As I mentioned a while ago, I started running at night when the time changed.

Prior to that decision, I reaaaallllllly hated running at night.

I am already pretty blind, so pair that with the fact my visibility is even worse at night… and you have yourself an accident waiting to happen.

But, I reaaaallllllly hate running in the morning (even though I tried it for a short period of time).

So, until the time changes again I have to accept the fact that I am a night runner.

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A Look at my 2016 Running Calendar


On Tuesday, I did a review of my 2015 Running Season.

I thought it only fair to give some shout outs to the races I will be running in 2016.

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YEAH! Let’s do this!!

My first race of the season is on January 10th. It’s the Hot Chocolate 15K in San Francisco, CA.

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I was chosen to be a BibRave Ambassador… and because of that, I was given the opportunity to run this race.

This is the first 15K and Hot Chocolate race that I have done, and I actually convinced my sister to run the 5K. It’s a family affair! The Hot Chocolate races are said to have the best race SWAG and post run snacks on the planet. As you can see from the picture above… I am not joking.

Want to run the Hot Chocolate 15K with me? Use the code BIBRAVESF to register. Continue reading

The End of Running Season 2015


Where in the heck did 2015 go?

Seriously.

How it is already the middle of December?

As the new year approaches, I get super excited about planning for all of the awesome things that I want to do in 2016.

But, before I do that…

They say, “Look back to where you have been, for a clue to where you are going”

Not sure who “they” are, but this quote is legit, people.

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12 Tips to get out of a running rut


Hello again!

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As I mentioned yesterday, I am in a bit of a rut at the moment.

Merp.

Remember how I said that it was officially time to get my sh*t together?

Well, I was not kidding.

I ran 5 miles last night,

IN THE RAIN,

IN THE DARK,

AFTER WORK,

AND IT WAS WINDY.

It was a combination of all things I hate.

But, I did it anyway!

It wasn’t a good run in any sense, but I put in the miles… and for now that is all that matters. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners


 Most non-runners have a difficult time shopping for runners during the holidays.

Truth.

What in the heck could these crazy people (their words not mine) who spend hours upon hours running FOR FUN actually want?

Well, allow me to help you!

Save your friends and family the headache and send them a link to this blog post.

I know what runners want for Christmas, and it definitely isn’t a fruitcake.

Gross.

No one wants fruitcake by the way.

No one.

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Running and anxiety.


anx·i·e·ty  

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Noun
  1. A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  2. Desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease.
Synonyms
worry – concern – care – uneasiness – trouble – disquiet

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Uncertainty.

Uncertainty is a fact of life. Continue reading