The Boston Marathon has come and gone and I was fortunate enough to run it this year for my 5th time. It is truly a magical race. Well, I can say that now. Last week I was slogging through a very difficult 26.2 miles. I was wondering if I could even make it the whole distance! But more of that in a bit, for now let me say that although my race last week was definitely a physical struggle, it was almost more mental race for me.
It’s no secret I love running. Where I got that gene from is a mystery. My dad is very athletic, actually a retired professional athlete, but never a distance runner. My mom grew up just as girls sports were being introduced. She was recruited to play on the high school golf team because they needed members, and even won a set of golf clubs at a tournament – for having the worst score.
It’s that time of year again! Dads and Santa pay attention. Here are my favorite things (most with a good discount) of 2016 and some great gift ideas for the active woman in your life:
Yes, I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and run coach. But that doesn’t always mean I’ve been good about my own strength training. I talked myself into taking it easy, or did more talking than working out while at the gym – we would say we were working our jaw line. The point being, I wasn’t getting stronger or leaner from these workouts.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but you NEVER know what will happen on race day. Over the years, I’ve experienced my own mishaps, and have listened to countless stories from friends and other runners. I hope, through some of these situations, you will learn to be prepared and expect the unexpected.