I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas time! Running isn’t just about having clothes that don’t chafe, though that’s pretty important. Running is also about making the most of each run, whether you’re tracking your run on your iPhone, listening to music, or preventing injury once you’re done running, these thoughtful gift ideas will most definitely make your runner smile come Christmas morning. So wrap one of these up and they will thank you!
1. ArmPocket iPhone Running Armband I fell in love with this armband this year because it comes in SIZES. So many arm bands don’t fit my arm, weird problem to have, but I have to pull them so tight that they ruin the elastic or the screen gets torn out. Thankfully these come in sizes and have ample room for a key, cash or card AND have a handy dandy little earphone spot to keep the cord from hitting you in the face. Continue reading
There is so much to be thankful for this year. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to coach. I love coaching so much and it really brings me so much joy, even on the hard days. I am so thankful for a wonderful, supportive husband who loves me unconditionally, even when I’m acting crazy. I’m so thankful for our freedom we have in this country. It’s not a right and people fight for us to be able to do what we most of the time take for granted. These past two months have been difficult for me, because I was dealing with an injury but I, knock on wood, seem to be over the hump and making a slow comeback and I’ve never been more thankful to run. I’ve really realized that it allows me to clear my head, helps me be creative and an overall better and happier person to be around. I’m thankful for my health, for the ability to run and the improvements I made on the running front this year.
I’m thankful for those who believed in me. In order for me to run faster, my kids believed in me, B believed in me, the coaches I coach with believed in me and it helped me believe in myself. I was so inspired by the entire team to push myself harder than I ever have before all because I told them to do the same. I still think about the magical day when I qualified for Boston and how special it was to me. At the end of the day, I crossed the finish line alone, but it was through their encouragement, inspiration and love that I could mentally get there. I can’t wait for all of them to cheer me on virtually while I run Boston next Spring. Knowing that I have them all rooting for me means so much to me and the fact that B will be there is icing on the cake.
It’s a day to celebrate all of our many blessings. On my run this morning I just reflected on so many different amazing aspects of my life and my heart swelled with gratitude. I truly am so grateful.
I finally put a countdown on my phone to the Boston Marathon to keep myself on track and it’s only 150 days away from today! Once I received the information that I was officially in for Boston 2015, I immediately started talking to B about our trip there. I know that a lot of my upcoming posts will be about our trip there and training for the marathon as I’m pretty sure this is a ‘one-time-thing’, I do want to remember all the details. There were two things I really wanted to do while we are there. Eat Boston Creme Pie and go to a Red Sox Game. The other important thing is also running the marathon! While we were planning out our trip, I had to keep reminding myself that the race is on Monday, not Sunday. I know that on Sunday I want to keep it pretty low-key and make sure to go to bed early. When we were choosing our flights, we looked up the Red Sox schedule and decided to head to a game on the Friday when we are in town. We were planning on flying out on Friday and staying longer into the following week after the marathon, but it seemed that it wasn’t working out that way so we are going for a few days before the marathon and leaving the day after.
We looked at a few different hotels and found the best deal on Expedia and I’m excited to say that our trip is officially booked! We are staying at the Omni Parker House Hotel which is right by the Expo and finish line and I later found out they are KNOWN for their Boston Creme Pie. I’m so excited to try it! I had to think about B and what he will be doing while I’m out running the race as well. I know he will be able to snag a good spot by the finish line because our hotel is so close which will be great! We can also walk to the Expo.
It’s hard to figure out what else we want to do when we are there since I know I don’t want to be walking all over town when I have to run a marathon, but I still want to have fun and see things that we normally don’t get the chance too. Our activities are also very dependent on what the weather will be like while we are there as well. I’m already hoping it will be warm!
As for now through December, I’m planning on running 3-4 miles, M-W-F, and running 5-8 miles, depending how I feel on the weekend. I’m still wearing my boot nightly and icing and taping my foot daily.
150 days and counting!
Well, my best friend is officially married and now our CRAZY fall is finally winding down. The holidays seem like they will be a breeze this year! Something that has gone on the back burner recently is running because I didn’t have any extra time to get in any running or working out. Sometimes life happens and you just need to go with the flow. I’m thankful for the fact I was able to enjoy all the fun events with no pressure of missing a run or the pressure of sticking to a schedule. This past weekend was so beautiful and there were so many great memories.
As for what’s next… I have been thinking about it for a while, but I have to get back into shape and finally kick my Plantar Fasciitis to the curb. After coming back from Mexico at the end of July, I knew my schedule would be packed with tons of events including bridal showers, traveling, finishing up the cross country season and weddings so I wasn’t worried about eating healthy, and keeping to a strict schedule. I was just planning on training Andi and getting through the City of Oaks with running when I could fit it in. Unfortunately, I got injured and decided that taking time off would help me heal faster than trying to run through it. It worked out perfectly because my schedule was much more packed than I imagined.
Though I haven’t been running as much, I’ve still been doing what I can for injury recovery and prevention and the short runs I’ve done lately have been feeling good. For the rest of the month of November and December, I’m planning on keeping most of my runs shorter, between 3-6 miles and then doing a few longer runs on the weekend, around 6-10 miles. After December, I know I’ll have to slowly ramp up my longer runs to start training for Boston but keeping my mid-week runs shorter will hopefully keep my PF at bay and keep me sane at the same time.