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You Don't Have To Race To Be A Runner

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Ok.... just gonna toss this out there... if you aren't currently running races / participating in organized events, it does NOT make you any less of a runner or athlete. This past year has definitely been a whirlwind of a year with injuries and health related issues for me. But because of my experiences, it's also changed my perspective on a lot of things.

I used to think that

What Happened When I Returned To The Trail

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Ok, I've been keeping a secret. Ever since I got injured this past summer (When Life Throws You A Curve Ball)and I got my diagnosis of arthritis, I've been afraid to get back on the trail to run. I've hiked, but I've been afraid to run.

Hills plus rocks plus harsh terrain doesn't play nice with my arthritic feet. So I've put if off because I really didn't know what to expect.

But I've missed the trail. I've missed the feeling of running through the woods, the sound of leaves and frozen ground crunching under my feet, the roots, the rocks, the obstacles...  I've missed it all.

I decided it was time.

How Scheduling Your Workouts Can Help Prevent Injury

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I sit down every week and plan my workouts for the week. Do I always manage to get them all in? Ummmm no :) Sometimes I’m too sore, too tired or schedules just get rearranged. But that doesn’t stop me from planning my workouts. It helps me to see the week at a glance. Sometimes I realize that I’m trying to do too much and I need to add in rest days. Sometimes I realize that I need to bump it up a notch.

Scheduling also helps me to see if I’m becoming stagnant or if I’m pushing myself toward injury. Am I doing the same thing over and over again? If so that’s a big red flag for me. Since I am injury prone I know that

How Gixo Is Changing How I Workout

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Truth time - I've struggled a little with the transition back into the work force. I LOVE my job. But I went through a period of feeling very disconnected. And the last thing that I wanted to do was workout alone. So of course I turned to social media and asked if anyone in my area wanted to run/workout with me. Crickets. Yep, that's basically all that I got - crickets.

And then I got an email to try an app called Gixo. It's live guided fitness classes. I thought why not, and I signed up for a free trial.

Best.App.Ever

I didn't know what to expect,

Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Know Your Body And Take Action

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I woke to pain, and I knew that something felt off. I told my husband that something was wrong. But I kept hoping that it was just nothing. I went to Lil Man's soccer game, then to Target. Cause I mean, come on it was TARGET. After that I spent the afternoon on the couch. I got a heating pad and convinced myself that it was some sort of pre-menstrual cramp or something. But as the contraction like pain intensified, and the heating pad wasn't helping with anything, I decided to check my temperature.

I had a low grade fever.

So I did what many people would do and I consulted Dr. Google. Yep, just what I thought, it was my prostate. (just kidding) ;) I had narrowed it down to

My New Found Passion For Walking

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Walking - who knew that it would be so simple yet so satisfying.  (And for anyone who may have missed it, you can catch up here on (How I'm Adjusting To My New Normal) But since distance running isn't a part of my life (see above mentioned post) I'm actually embracing walking. And I'm not currently talking about power walking, but just walking.

Now keep in mind,  I am running twice a week and doing spin class weekly. So I have several days out of the week where I am pushing myself to improve my cardiovascular fitness. I realize that leisure walking isn't necessarily going to increase my cardiovascular fitness. But I will say that although my legs have been muscular for years, I think they are the