February was a difficult month for me. All of the struggles of 2020 seemed to come to a head and it effected every aspect of my life... including running. Towards the end of the month, however, I got back on track and I started March strong. I owe some of this to the wonderfully motivating… Continue reading March 2021 Training Recap
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I was supposed to be running my 6th marathon today. As I start writing this, it is 7am - I’m sure I would be at the race, anticipating the 8am start. The current weather in Little Rock, Arkansas is 36°F, partly cloudy, with barely any wind. By start time it is supposed to already be… Continue reading February 2020 Training Recap
A few weeks ago I read a post from a runner that I follow on Instagram that talked about social media being a highlight reel. It is something that I have seen posted by people over and over again - "social media is a highlight reel". My social media is absolutely a highlight reel. While… Continue reading Real vs. Reel
January was filled with ups and downs, successes and opportunities for improvement. My plans and goals changed throughout the month and I adapted to them. Honestly, the month started strong and fizzled out towards the end, and I’m okay with that. (That’s some self-care for my February challenge right there!) I ended the month with… Continue reading January 2020 Training Recap
My challenge to myself for February is to take care of my mind. A lot of the challenges I make for myself involve caring for my body through exercise or eating. This month I want to dedicate a little time each day to taking care of my mind and my spirit. I am challenging myself… Continue reading February’s Challenge: Mindfulness
One of the lessons I learned from 2020 is being okay when something doesn’t work out as planned. The races I was looking forward to were canceled. The concerts I had tickets for were postponed or canceled. Some of the money we had saved for a new bathroom remodel went to pay for tree removal… Continue reading Now what?
January is half over already, can you believe it?! I've been tracking my fluid intakes this month and experimenting with hydration during my training. One of the things I have experimented with is using a sports drink on my longer workouts. Over the years I have varied back and forth with whether or not I… Continue reading Hydration Challenge Update #2: Should I Drink Sports Drinks?
It has been well over a year since I did one of these. I guess you could call 2020 sort of a "rebuilding" year for me. With so many races canceled and plans changing constantly, I felt uninspired. I honestly thought, "Why bother with boring my followers with numbers and stats with no fun race… Continue reading November and December 2020 Training Recap
I chose to focus on hydration as my first challenge in 2021. My goal is to drink 85oz fluids daily and try to get at least 20oz water as part of my fluids each day. I have been tracking what I drink in my planner and at the end of the day I add up… Continue reading Hydration Challenge Update #1: What’s My Sweat Rate?
This year in review may not look like many others that I have written, and that is okay. I don't have any awesome running adventures with friends to reminisce about. There aren't many races or personal bests to share. Even though it is different, 2020 was not a waste of a year for running. I… Continue reading 2020 Running Year in Review
As a bariatric dietitian, one of the topics that I cover constantly is adequate hydration. I emphasize to my patients how important staying hydrated is for their recovery after surgery and beyond, for overall health and well being. I teach them how hydration affects so many functions in the body. I also am completely transparent… Continue reading January’s Challenge: Hydration
In 2020 "challenges" were what kept me going. I was part of a challenge group on Facebook that focused on running, but also offered other monthly challenges to support running. For example, there were challenges to complete other forms of movement, to eat fruits and vegetables, to hydrate adequately, to sleep better, etc. Mixed in… Continue reading Bring on the challenges!
Does anyone else feel like this year simultaneously was the longest year ever and also flew by in the blink of an eye? I think I have asked this question at least 10 times in 2020. Right now it feels like a year that went by fast... a month that went by even faster... a… Continue reading The Longest Year Ends in a Blink of an Eye.
On January 1, 2021 at midnight instead of popping a bottle of champagne, I will be logging onto my computer to register for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. Over the last weeks, Detroit Free Press Marathon has been releasing information about their 2021 plan. Up until these announcements, I had sworn off signing up for… Continue reading Reviving a tradition.
I think we can all agree that 2020 was not our year. And I am not hearing anyone saying, "2021 is going to be the best year ever!" I think we are all afraid to jinx ourselves. I know that I am. And part of me is a little superstitious about setting goals because of… Continue reading My Running Goals for 2021