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All Shapes and Sizes

Anybody who has ever been to a sanctioned race has been able to see all types of people.  The skinny dudes in short shorts, moms with baby joggers, normal 9-5ers out bettering their health, and even people like me.  Hi, my name is Kelsey and I am an overweight runner.  Most races I tend to stick towards the back so that I don’t get in anybody’s way and so that I don’t get passed as much.  I have been “running” off and on since my freshman year of college when I had to complete a health project that included completing a 5k.  I stopped running after that but still participated in several half marathons and other various races, mostly walking the entire distance. After that I was selected for a marathon weight loss team which trained for a half while losing weight.  During the program I lost almost 40 pounds and knocked 37 minutes off my half marathon time.  But yet again, I stopped running.  Last spring I tried out for my university’s division one rowing team and made it.  The two-a-day workouts combined with early morning track sessions and afternoon long runs got me back in relatively good shape to help me complete a PR half marathon that spring.  But guess what?  You guessed it…I stopped running after the season was over.  And I packed on the pounds I had formerly lost.

So here I am today starting from scratch.  I’ve started, stopped, started, stopped, started, stopped.  Learning to run again is at the top of my to-do list.  I’m slow, can hardly run a mile without stopping, and I”m fat.  Is that going to stop me?  NO.  One foot is going to go […]

By |January 24th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

The Challenge Update

Over the course of training for a marathon you get to meet and know individuals not just locally, but globally through the wonderful world of social media. The encouragement from the virtual world has helped runners of all levels stay focused and motivated through their journey towards their next 26.2-mile adventure. For me preparing for the LA/SF Challenge is more than just throwing in the miles, while mixing in tempo runs, intervals and long runs with recovery miles sprinkled in between. To me training is greater than the race itself, it is the meat of what we do, and the race is just the icing on the top of the cake, not the cake itself. If we as runners only look forward to the finish that means are spending moments of our day to day life, enduring some pretty exhausting task and going toe-to-toe with what mother nature has to offer just for a tenth of a second as we cross the finish line for a photo. If a photo at the end of a race is all we went then, why not run a 5k instead of the marathon?

I know I can only speak for myself, but I have to say that most runners opt for the marathon for several reasons, it keeps us fit, it provides us goals to work for, we get to experience the world in which we live through our day to day running, we meet some pretty awesome people, and of course we run marathons for the bling! Outside of the bling, we get to meet some interesting people along this journey, like each moment in a marathon or training, each person has a unique story to offer […]

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

A Love for the Trails!

In early 2013, I plan to run an ultramarathon. The very idea strikes some fear into my heart – not so much the five-ish extra miles past my comfortable 26.2 distance, but the endless climbing and hills. (I am much less proficient at running hills than a San Francisco local should be).

Despite the fear and quad-burning hill climbing, working towards an ultra has provided the butt kicking I need to hop in my car, head out across the Golden Gate and hit the trails. To me, trail running has hundreds of wonderful qualities, but three stick out to me:

Gorgeous views. Hooray!
You can run very, very slow.
You can walk. A LOT.

Road running, at a certain point, can become routine – Golden Gate Park is beautiful, but I see it every day. Paying close attention to speed and pushing the pace can be invigorating, but exhausting and can take some of the joy out of running just to run. Getting off the road has been the change of pace I’ve needed to rekindle my love of running.

This weekend, Alyssa and I headed to the Muir Woods area to catch up over a 10ish mile run. The terrain was varied – three hours of sun, shade, jagged coastlines, and serene woods.

Our pace never went above a 10 minute mile (and that was downhill and felt like flying). A couple miles were pretty much just hiking uphill. And that was fine. There was no worry about hitting a target or to hurry through as fast as possible. We were just enjoying the ride.

On the road, I find myself subconsciously competing with myself and with other runners much more than I’d like to. Don’t let her pass you. Don’t […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Running Injuries: Recovery via Cross Training

New blog post from Ambassador Elise! Running Injuries: Recovery via Cross Training
By |January 11th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

The Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris!
By |January 7th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Do. Not. Quit.

New blog post from Ambassador Courtney!
By |January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Open to Injury: Everyrunner’s Story

The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.  –Juma Ikangaa

If we could imagine an Everyrunner–our running community’s version of Everyman–then Everyrunner would periodically be hobbled by injury, with the actual frequency governed by wisdom or luck.  Anyone who regularly laces up running shoes knows this.  But as it turns out, injury harbors its own teaching.

My own story goes something like this.  I fell too in love with racing in my second year of running, and raced far too often for my level of training and weekly mileage.  I ignored small injuries and pains because all I could think about was running fast–and I was very good at denial.  And then I ignored a meniscus strain not long before the San Jose Half Marathon on October 7.  I ran, with pain, and still achieved a P.R. at 1:36:32–which only encouraged me to race more.  On October 14, I paced the back half of the Nike Women’s Marathon.  And then, on October 21 came the coup de grace–I attempted the Humboldt Half Marathon, even though I had been in pain that week.

The race started, and immediately I knew I didn’t have it.  My pace dipped from 7:30, to 8:00, to 8:15.  The teammates I’d anticipated running with left me in their dust.  I resigned myself to a training run.

And then, at mile 7, a searing pain shot through my right calf.  I was well and truly done, unable even to walk the rest of the way.  The dreaded season-ending injury had arrived, cutting me out of all remaining races for 2012.

It was three weeks before I ran again at all, thanks to the guidance of a wise friend and coach who convinced me not […]

By |December 31st, 2012|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Making Time For Your Run

New blog post from Ambassador Meg!
By |December 28th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

The Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris!
By |December 24th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

A New Year Ahead

New blog post from Ambassador Courtney! A New Year Ahead
By |December 20th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off