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Recovery: Time Well Spent

New Blog Post from Ambassador Paulette!
By |March 20th, 2013|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized||Comments Off

LA/SF CHALLENGE : Medal Earned

New Blog Post from Ambassador Christopher!
By |March 18th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Keeping Fit on the Fly

New Blog Post from Ambassador Courtney!
By |March 13th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Spring in Your Step!

New Blog Post from Ambassador Janey!
By |March 12th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Running Under the Radar

New Blog Post from Ambassador Albert!
By |March 11th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

No Excuses Run Like a Champion

New Blog Post from Ambassador Heather!
By |March 7th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

LA/SF Challenge Training Update!

13 days until the Asics LA Marathon. For many this March 17 marathon is the first step of the LA/SF Challenge. The final weeks going into a marathon can be filled with both excitement and anxiety. For me as I approach my 12th marathon, the feeling of excitement is the same or in fact for this time around I am more excited to toe the line than ever. Going into the final week of training before a taper week our minds can start to play interesting games with us. We begin to wonder things like: Is my goal achievable? Did I do everything I had to? I hope that I am able to run as well as I have been training.

One thing that I have learned through the course of training and running especially since my last marathon experience in December, 2012 at the California International Marathon is that we can only worry or put our energy into things that we can control. Back in December, I worried so much about the weather conditions in Sacramento that I lost complete focus of the weeks of training I had put into preparing for the 26.2-mile event. The torrential downpour and strong winds that tested the runners the morning of the race, was in fact something I couldn’t control, yet gave me a lot to worry about taking away from the energy I could have put into something else that I could have benefited me in the race.

Over the last 12 weeks I have logged the miles, I have started looking at the course map. I have prepared myself as much as I could from a training standpoint. Now with 13 days remaining, there are a […]

By |March 4th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Chatting the Miles Away

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 […]

By |February 26th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Overcoming a Bad Run

“Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped” ~African Proverb

Raise your hand if you have had a bad run or bad race.

If you are a runner, bad runs happen and they take us by surprise, don’t they?  You can feel great at the start & ready to go and something is just off the minute you start your run.

I have always said I have bad training runs but better races, go figure.  I have had so many bad training runs, I have lost count.   Yet, when the time comes on race day – I can crank it out.

I remember my first bad race.  It was not even a year ago.  It was a local 5k, shortly after the LA Marathon.  5k’s is one of my specialty distances, I always do well. I might not PR, but I am always in my zone that day.

I wasn’t that morning.  Within the first mile, I couldn’t get into my pace nor groove.  By 1.5 I opted to even walk part of the course.  My head and body was not in the game that morning.

When I crossed the Finish Line – I felt defeated.  Although I had just run a Full Marathon, I felt so out of sync that morning.  A very unusual feeling for me on race AM.  It depressed me for a week.  How did I get out of my funky depression?  I processed my emotions, I cried, I had a short pity-party and then decided that I was not doing myself any good by feeling that way.  One race would not define me.  I got out the door and started running again.  As an athlete, we know most of our accomplishments are mental.  It […]

By |February 22nd, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

CrossFit as a Runner

There are mixed views on CrossFit from runners (and endurance athletes as a whole), with some saying it’s the worst thing you could do for you and others swearing its improved their endurance and speed.  And then there are others who just have no idea what it is.  As a CrossFitting runner and triathlete, I’m somewhere in the middle.  I love a good CrossFit workout, but also know it can trash your muscles if you go too hard one day, ruining the chances of a good run.

What is CrossFit?

According to the CrossFit main page:

“CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at a relatively high intensity).  CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together.  In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.”

In a nutshell, CrossFit is a type of workout that incorporates a wide variety of movements – from Olympic Lifting and Powerlifting to Gymnastics, Mobility and Endurance  (including running!) – into a single workout.  The hour-long workouts emphasize different skills, movements and muscle groups depending on the strength component and WoD or “metcon” (Workout of the Day or metabolic conditioning).  Each class is different, and it can be months before you see a WoD/metcon repeated.

So this all sounds good, but won’t it hurt me and leave me injured with all those heavy weights?

While it would be easy to jump after it and say “yes” because Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting can be very dangerous if done incorrectly, and it appears from the surface CrossFit is geared 100% towards heavy, heavy lifting, in my experience, and from what I’ve […]

By |February 21st, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off