How to Beat the Heat

Siobhan and I live in Charleston, SC.  The summers are hot and sticky, so we run early.  IMG_7377We’ve run Boston in 90 degrees – slowing down 2 min per mile over our normal pace.  I’ve run countless Disney races in the heat, stopping to take pictures and not caring about time.  So why did I think I could hold my BQ pace in 80 degrees with 100% humidity?  No clue!

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For the love of…Yoga

yoga-poseAs a runner, of course I love running. If given a choice of activities on any given day, at almost any given time, I would choose running over other sporting activities. I do have a long list of activities that I like to do….running, biking, swimming, walking my dog, watching TV (oh wait, I shouldn’t admit that). However, I have found another activity to add to my long list of activities that I enjoy, if not love, and that is yoga. For years yoga has been the activity that I knew I SHOULD be doing, but not one that I enjoyed doing. I would go to one or two classes for a few weeks, then I would go back to my normal routine and leave yoga in the dust. I would even wear my wrist watch to class so that I could constantly keep track of the time I had left in a class. Even though I knew the yoga class was good for me, I was desperate to leave. However, especially as an ‘aging’ masters athlete, I realize that yoga can help me swim, bike and run more efficiently and stay injury free.  My goal is to incorporate yoga into my weekly and monthly workout routine.

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Mantra Magic

After completing several Marathons, I’ve learned they are as much mental, as they are physical.  This is even more so when trying to reach a time goal.  I do the normal strategies like breaking up the race into chunks, pacing, etc. But, the most powerful strategy I’ve discovered is in the magic of mantras.

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Help, my run form stinks…

963852_10203794871575012_185070943455576939_oAs my big, “A” race approaches in the next 25 days, I’ve started to think about what it next for me. What is my next goal? Because my race is a hilly ultra marathon, I know I’ll need some time off to recover both mentally and physically. Therefore, my next big race won’t be until sometime this fall, allowing me at least a month or so to recover before I start training for my next adventure. But I know myself, and I will need some type of direction for that time period or I run the risk of doing too much during that time, not allowing myself time to recover fully and thereby increasing my risk or injury or burnout.

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