It’s been a month since I moved and am settling into my new home quite nicely. Being the social runner that I am, I was worried I would not have anyone to run with. I am happy to report however, that my social running calendar is completely booked!
I love getting to know people while running and it has been a blast exploring the trails with those who actually know where they are going. Chatting the miles away certainly helps get me through the toughest of runs. Sometimes not even talking at all but knowing friends are out there running alongside is still very comforting.
Yes, I prefer running in a pack. And, pun intended, I am not alone. Fellow Ambassadors Elise and Meg like running with friends. With busy schedules, it allows them to not only get their runs in but catch up with fellow runners. Ambassador Albert likes having people to run with for accountability purposes, especially on a cold and rainy morning where it is harder to get out of that warm cozy bed of his. Ambassador Keith enjoys running with thousands of his closest friends at races.
I also enjoy running with my fiancé even if I am inhaling his dust. He is much faster than I. On occasion, he will even slow down to my pace and together we will explore the trails, snapping pictures and laughing the miles away. It doesn’t happen often as we both have our own personal goals we would like to achieve, but when we do run together, I certainly cherish those moments. As does Ambassador Josephine and Ambassador Emily with their other running halves. Ambassador Holly also enjoys running with her husband who are both very […]
A Bay Area native, after thirty something years, I am moving away from the place that I know and love. Thankfully, it is not too far away so that I will be back to visit often, but still far enough that I won’t be able to call up my running buddies for an impromptu afternoon run on the trails.
Moving is both exciting and scary. As a creature of change, I welcome the new adventures that await me. As a social runner, I fear that I will spend my days running alone. This of course is a silly notion for runners are everywhere! I just need to have some courage and do a little research.
Thanks to social media outlets and apps like Twitter, dailymile, and Banjo, I have already connected with a few local runners who would be happy to show me around their neck of the woods on a run tour. What a great way to explore the area!
While there are no running stores in the town that I am moving to (gasp), I have been successful in locating ones nearby that have run groups during the weekdays. Sure, I have to drive a bit, but totally worth it for me to connect and meet other runners.
There is a ton of run groups located in the surrounding area. While most require a membership fee, the opportunity to run and connect with like minded individuals is priceless. I have also searched on Meetup.com to happily discover that there are active running meet up groups that meet on weekends for a bit of trail running. I am currently training for my first 50k race and am absolutely excited to participate in some of these meetup groups […]
You hear about it all the time but I never thought it would happen to me. As a runner, I know I am certainly not invincible. Injuries will happen, not all runs are going to be good.
Then it happened, out of nowhere, and without any warning, the dreaded D word occurs! Yes, the good ol’ DNF – Did Not Finish. It took me by surprise really. I mean, there I was months before race day training my little heart out. Sure training was tough, and did not always go the way I had hoped for, but I was excited to take on marathon #4 for better or for worse.
Five days before the big day I got sick! I rarely get sick, but when I do, it hits me like a sack of bricks. I am laid out helpless, feeling less than adequate. I tried to fight it with the combo of vitamins, medicine, miso soup, green tea and lots of liquids. At least I was hydrated right? Nothing seemed to work, but I had already decided that I was going to run Marathon #4 anyway.
Race morning came and it was a wet one. Stormy weather was certainly an understatement. I tried to keep myself in good spirits as I met up with friends and laughed away my woes at the start line. I felt pretty strong the first few miles. Rain? What rain! It was actually fun chatting with friends and taking on mother nature in all her glory. It wasn’t until mile five that my body started shutting down. Just like the Wicked Witch of West, I felt like I was melting. I felt nauseous, experienced a headache, and nevermind breathing. I was […]