If you haven’t heard… It’s NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

So just in case you missed all the social media buzz about it or are living under a large rock, it is National Running Day! I run so therefore I’m celebrating! Here are a few ways to take part, give back and plain old just have fun on the run.

Out for a Run

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26 Strong with Saucony!

26 Strong Program with SauconyI’m super excited to announce that I will be a part of the 26 Strong Program with Saucony! When KSwiss discontinued my shoes that I was running in last fall, I struggled to find a pair of shoes for my apparently super sensitive feet. I ran in a few different brands and within 2-4 miles of running in shoes, if they weren’t going to work, my toes started bleeding. It’s so strange and discouraging because I wanted to find a shoe that worked for me. I finally tried out the Saucony Guide 7′s and after a few runs with them I realized that I had found a winner! My feet were happy and I’ve put over 815 miles on 3 different pairs of Guides since I started running in them.

When Saucony reached out to me regarding the 26 Strong program, I was both honored and flattered! I love their shoes and this is an awesome opportunity to train a ‘cadet’ to their first marathon. I immediately thought of one of my best friends, Nina, and her little sisters Andi and Natalie. They all love to run and we had talked about running a half or full together at some point, but it was a lot of talk and no action. I thought working with any of them would be great and we could all run a race together. Andi was excited about the possibility of running a marathon and before I knew it we were talking about training plans and picking a race!

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Healthy Dogs = Healthy Owners!

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As many of you know, I run with my dog George frequently. I love having him as a running partner and was quite a proud mama at our last vet check up, when she said he is in incredible shape and it was great I was running so far with him. She even said I ‘go above and beyond keeping both our dogs healthy.’ It may also have to do something with the fact that I brush their teeth and bathe them once a week too. That’s why when Purina® Dog Chow® Light & Healthy contacted me to share some tips about keeping your dog fit I wanted to share them with my fellow dog loving and running readers. If you want to check out Purina® Dog Chow® Light & Healthy, you can with this coupon.

Did you know that people who exercise with their dogs reported to have a healthier weight? A few fun tips and trips to start working out with your four leg friend

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Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race Report

What a crazy day! I still can’t believe that the Mountains to Beach Marathon went so perfectly and am in shock! Let’s begin with pre-race activities. I spent the day before the race at CIF Finals for our Track team where we had a few athletes running. I tried to stay sitting for the most part except when cheering :) Unfortunately, our season ended there. I drove up to Ventura to meet up with Mary Kate. I was spending the night with her before the race and she was nice enough to pick up my bib for me while I was coaching.

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race RecapOnce I doubled checked that I brought everything I needed, we walked around Target for a bit and then went to Yard House for dinner where I had a beer sampler, as I did before the Santa Clarita Marathon (the last faster race I’ve run in a LONG time) and had sliders for dinner. I laid out all my clothes and was as prepared as I was going to be!

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Mentally Tough for Mountains 2 Beach

Mountains to Beach Marathon Goals and being mentally toughPreparing for this race has been interesting for me. It’s the first race that I’ve run in quite some time where I’m actually trying to run faster for the entire race and I don’t have the mentality “just finishing.” All week I’ve been a bundle of nervous energy and my mind is constantly wandering to the race, which is very unlike me. Normally, I just think about finishing and that it doesn’t really matter. Now I’m keep thinking, oh man, I want to have a good race and make this actually count.

The main questions I keep asking myself are how long I truly can hold a faster pace and if I can get through the “wall” and push to the end. When I signed up for the race, I knew I have been running faster and I wanted to use this race as a good way to test myself. I have had great training runs and not so great ones and I feel like I’ve gone through the whole range of emotion during this month. I can’t believe it’s only been a month!

For my goals… I honestly want to push myself harder then I have before in any marathon. When things get tough, when I hurt, when I want to stop and catch my breath, I want to remind myself I can do this, it’s just one foot in front of the other. This whole training round I had really worked hard on pushing through when things are hard and making each run have purpose. When a training run was heading in the wrong direction, I didn’t just keep running. I stopped and started over the next day. I want to really see what I’m capable of for this distance. My Marathon PR is 3:55 and my A goal is go out, leave everything on the course and cross the finish line exhausted, sore, drained and with a new PR.

I am constantly telling the kids I coach that when they run, whether it’s a hard tempo training run or during a race, that it will hurt, but being uncomfortable is what makes you faster and stronger runner. You have to push yourself out of your comfort zone if you want to reach new goals. I realized not long ago that I wasn’t listening to my own advice. I wanted to run faster, but wasn’t working hard or pushing myself. Now that I’m actually working harder on my training runs and pushing myself, my speed is starting to come back and it’s motivating to see the changes.

Usually for me it seems like a marathon is great or a complete bust. I’m hopeful that this weekend will be one of those magical days where things click and I chase down my PR and cross the line with a sweaty, tired, smile on my face.

No matter what, I am excited to get out there again and see where I’m at with the distance and pushing myself. I haven’t had these kind of butterflies about a race in a long time and I can’t wait to start on Sunday. I’ve got some big plans for Long Beach Marathon this year so this is the perfect place to see how my training pays off.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Eliot

xoxo

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