TotR: Warm Weather Running Gear

In Florida, summer has settled in full blast with the blazing sun, heat and humidity.  Every year I forget how tough it is to acclimate to running in the heat.  Here are a few items that make running in the Florida heat more bearable: Cocogo – I’ve tried several of the electrolyte tablets and solutions and Cocogo is the one that seems to work best for me.  It’s made from coconut water and freeze-dried fruit … Continue reading

TotR: 5 Ways Distance Running Derails Weight Loss

Welcome back to another scintillating edition of Tuesdays on the Run with Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs and me.  We’re discussing tips, tricks and the challenges of weight loss (or maintenance) while training for distance races. Flash back to January 1, 2012.  Eli had just turned two and I was ready to lose weight, get fit and get healthy.  I’d set my sights on the Princess Half Marathon that … Continue reading

Getting Faster Isn’t So Easy

Now that I’m done celebrating finishing four half marathons in four months, it’s time to refocus on getting faster.  I can squeak out a 5k in less than 30 minutes and I’ve done a 10k in under an hour in training but never in a race.  When I get any longer than that, I can’t seem to maintain my speed. I was hoping to be able to finish the Gate River Run 15k in under … Continue reading

Jeff Galloway, I Never Should Have Left You

I used the Jeff Galloway run/walk interval method for the whole first year of my training and did the Princess Half last year using five minute run, one minute walk intervals.  And then, after I recovered, I spent the spring and summer building up my endurance so I could run without any walk intervals.  It helped me get my 5k time under 30 minutes and I really enjoyed the zoning out I could find when … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Races: Tinkerbell Half Marathon 2014

I’m sure you’ve already enjoyed my fun race recap from the Tink 10k (if not check it out here).  It was a ton of fun and I felt great the whole race.  It helps to have the context of that recap which detailed what I spent my weekend doing to really understand what went wrong (spoiler alert) with the half marathon the next day. The Cliff Notes version:Sunday-Thursday – Conference in Long Beach for work; … Continue reading

Friday Update and a New Weight Loss Challenge

Current Weight: 177.2  Change: – From Last Week – 0.6 pound gain – From Start of Challenge – 0.6 pound loss  – From Highest Weight –  56.6 pound loss I’m always glad to come back from a long trip without a big gain, but I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t lose while away.  The first four days of my trip were for a work training and I was really moderate in my eating with a bigger … Continue reading

Aprirational vs. Relatable Running Role Models

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of companies using aspirational role models vs. relatable role models.  I think that the accepted philosophy for the 20th century was that if you wanted to sell a product or service (to women at least), you selected your target audience and then chose models, salepeople and spokespeople (spokespersons?) who represented who the advertisers assumed their target audience aspired to become. This is really obvious in teen … Continue reading