A “Mental” Race at the Boston Marathon

IMG_9396The 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.

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Lessons From The Big Easy

This last weekend was one of amazing memories.  Not only did I have my first visit to New Orleans (which is my favorite city now), a special tripnola with my mom, but also spent time with some wonderful people and fellow runners.

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3 Generations Running and Racing

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.

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Dear Santa…2016’s Idea List

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:

Race Entries

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Strength Training is KEY

Yes, I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and run coach.  But that doesn’t always mean I’ve been good about my IMG_1924own 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.

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When It All Goes Wrong

If you follow our blog regularly, you might remember how two weeks ago I wrote a blog about Anything Can Happen on Race Day, and to Expect the Unexpected.   Whether you read it or not, I know for sure the Running God’s did.  You name it, it went wrong in the Portland Marathon last Sunday.

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Safety First

Fall is here and as it’s staying dark later in the morning, and will soon be darker earlier in the evening, it’s time for some tips and reminders on ways you can stay safe while out on the road. – If running in low light, please wear reflective clothing and a light! I’m obsessed with mylight new Nathan Orion Strobe LED light I purchased at Fleet Feet.  Hooks right to my belt, is super bright with strobe options, plus it’s rechargeable through your USB.  No batteries! – Be aware of your surroundings. Where I run in SC an alligator was found one morning on someones front porch.  I knew to watch for cars, strange people, even coyotes, but never had thought about alligators…until now!   gator – If wearing headphones, make sure to keep the volume low so you can allow for outside noise to be heard, or in the dark maybe only wear one earpiece. – When running near parked cars, be far enough away from the side in case someone opens a door suddenly. – Hydration is not only encouraged, but is a mater of safety.  In the heat and humidity make sure you carry fluids or have a route that allows you to stop for drinks.  This applies to cooler weather as well, when you may not realize how dehydrated you are getting compared to in the heat. – And last but not least, there is safety in numbers.  Try to find a imagerunning buddy to meet you for those runs in the dark.  Even your long runs it’s important to have a friend or group, to not only keep you going, but to make sure you are safe when out for such a long time period. Just remember safety first!  No run is worth putting yourself in danger.  And keep your eyes open for roaming gators! Happy Training, Jennifer For 20% off Skirt Sports use code MWM20 For 10% off the Myrtle Beach Diva Half Marathon use code JTDIVANMB17

Race Day – Expect the Unexpected

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.

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