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Recovery: Time Well Spent

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

Running Safe

Running is something I love to do. I love running with friends but I also love those solo runs where I can escape into my thoughts, get lost in music, or catch up on a podcast or two. However, sometimes all these distractions while running can be a bad thing and not just because it draws your attention from running. No, sometimes it’s bad because it draws focus from our surroundings.

In the last two weeks, my town has become a hotbed of crime. And not just petty crime, but a murder, a shooting/robbery, and a rape. And two of these happened in areas I commonly run. This is not good times! My husband always reminds me to not get caught up with all the news coverage/hype and instead to be smart out there. He’s right, so what does being a smart and safe runner mean? After some serious thinking and some helpful ideas from other SFM ambassadors, here are some suggestions for becoming a safer runner:

The Buddy System: when running in the dark (early morning or night), run with a buddy or two. We all have those runs we like to run solo, but save those for daytime runs when you are in areas with lots of people around. When you get those early/late runs in, find a friend.

Bring ID: If you’re by yourself (or even with friends) have some form of ID with you. I wear a RoadID bracelet which includes my info, medicines I’m allergic to, and emergency contact. It doesn’t matter what your form of ID is just have something with you.

Bring Your Cell Phone: I know, I know our phones don’t fit in any of our running gear (I hate […]

By |February 27th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||5 Comments

Send Your Favorite Runner an e-Valentine!

Send your favorite runner an SFM e-valentine!
By |February 8th, 2013|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized||Comments Off

My Heart is in San Francisco

In less than five months, I will be running across the glorious Golden Gate Bridge not once, but twice – with thousands of my closest friends. Even though I’ve already booked my hotel room, made a list of San Francisco must-see’s and have connected online with fellow ambassadors, it still feels like a dream. Perhaps it has something to do with the allure of the fog, or the fact that it will be my lucky 7(th) marathon, but as I laid awake recently, the crazy idea popped into my mind: on June 16, 2013, I will be making my third official attempt at Boston-qualifying time.

Yes, I know this sounds crazy. Yes, I have read countless race reports about the killer hills – I mean, it was even ranked 15th in the Weather Channel’s 15 Toughest Marathons in the World! Yet still, the course beckons me to run – and run fast!

My current marathon PR was obtained at the Baltimore Marathon – another hilly course. This is not to say that I think hills are easy (they’re not) or that Baltimore is like San Francisco in anyway (other than they’re playing each other in the Super Bowl – coincidence? Haha!) but I think it does signify this: I love a challenge.

That said, on Monday, February 25th, I will be embarking upon the training cycle to rival all (of my previous) training cycles – more endurance, more speedwork and of course, hills than I’ve ever incorporated! I will train strong and I will train smart – and most of all, I will train with heart – all the way to San Francisco!

I am so excited to post all of my training updates via my blog and […]

By |January 29th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||7 Comments

A Holiday From Racing

For me, January is always a strange month. It’s usually the one month in the year that I have no races planned. I always have a race the first weekend of February (Superbowl 10k in Santa Cruz!), but January is a big empty space. What is a girl addicted to running to do?

January means a month of training and recovery. Leading up to Christmas, I unintentionally ran 5 races in 5 weeks (half marathon, 5k, marathon, 5k, 5k), and typically I run anywhere from 12-20 races in a year. After all that racing, my body needs a break. And that’s why January is an important month for me.

I don’t give up my running schedule. In fact I’m training for three marathons this year (and will be completing the LA-SF marathon – see fellow SFM ambassador Chris’s posts about this) and have been averaging mileage in the high 40s each week. But I am also taking the time to remind myself why I love running other than the high of racing. Lately, I have been doing a lot of runs by myself. This usually means listening to a lot of music and podcasts, but this month I’ve left the ipod at home. I’ve enjoyed many of my runs without anything to listen to and it’s been great. I have focused on my form and my pace and enjoying my surroundings. I have run in new locations, including in the freezing snow during an impromptu trip to Lake Tahoe. I have also been trying some new workouts out, including Body Pump (have you tried it? It’s HARDCORE!) and a return to spin class after years of not going. Finally, the last weekend of the month my […]

By |January 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Beginning Anew, Again

As we draw closer to the end of January, many of those who stepped away from their New Year’s Resolutions.

Time to hop back onto the horse!

If you missed a couple days or couple weeks, it is never too late to start a fitness and wellness program.  The choice is yours, do you feel you are worth it?  Do you feel your family is work having you healthy and strong?

On March 22,2010 that is the decision I made for myself.  At 48 years old and once being very ill, I had enough. I wanted to be healthy again.  I wasn’t over weight, but I wasn’t healthy.  How did I begin?  I dusted up one of my old Zumba DVD’s and started moving.  Sure, I lost a little weight – but soon, I was also eating cleaner and leaner.

Notice the date I started – March. It wasn’t in January.  I didn’t even set a New Year’s Resolution, I woke up one day and decided I was tired of being sick & tired.  I worked out at home, never once going outside for a walk or a run. I didn’t start running until 2 months later.  That same year, I ran my first Half Marathon and at the age of 51 – fitness is my lifestyle.   It didn’t start that way…it evolved.

While it is important to set goals and have dreams, we have to be too careful to forget the road we are on right now by focusing too much on the horizon ahead of us.  When I started working out, if someone would of told me I would be running in a Half Marathon 9 months later, I would of gotten scared and quit.  Set small […]

By |January 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Are you a Social Runner?

Until a little over a year ago, running was a rather solitary sport for me. Aside from long runs with my husband, I ran alone. It was my time to feel free, sort out thoughts, and generally de-stress. Although these things are still an important part of running for me, I’ve found renewed excitement in running by joining friends and groups on social runs and also by being active in the Twitter and blogging community.

Why did I shy away from social running for so long? Easy. I was super intimidated, afraid of being too slow, and thought anyone I ran with would be completely annoyed at me for those things. I avoided running with friends and groups at all costs. I was even skeptical about sharing times with friends or via social media.
Moving from Michigan to California was the big change that led me to find running friends and to engage with the running community in general. It’s hard to explore a new city and running trails alone, especially in a metro area so much more expansive than I was used to in Ann Arbor. I began running with a group in Campbell, met quite a few runners at work, and even found new run friends on Twitter and at race expos. Through these same methods, I discovered Oiselle Team and the SF Marathon Ambassador group.

Each new person or group made me nervous, but overcoming the fear and realizing how awesome the running community can be was amazing. No one was upset if I needed to slow down or take a break, and no one judged my race finish times. Instead, they were incredibly supportive of my personal goals and cheered for my successes. […]

By |January 14th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Running On a Plant Based Diet

A little more than 2 years ago, I switched over to a plant based (vegan) diet. When people first hear this, one of the biggest questions I get is, “Where do you get your protein?”

My typical response is that I get protein from soy products like tofu, beans, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. Upon further investigation, I have learned that the vegan diet can supply all essential and nonessential amino acids from plant foods alone and that protein from these sources is lower in saturated fat and has higher levels of fiber and antioxidants.

One of the things I was concerned about initially was how this new diet would affect my running. Would a completely plant based diet provide all the necessary vitamins and nutrients I need? Would it provide me with enough fuel and energy to keep me sustained during workouts and training? I love good food – would I still enjoy eating? I found the answer to these questions to be an overwhelming yes!

Though I was a little hesitant at first, it wasn’t until I read about Scott Jurek, a top ultra marathoner, who has adopted a plant based diet and how it helped him in his athletic pursuits, that I realized that there could also be some significant athletic gains made from this type of diet.

Not that there was anything wrong with me before, but a while after adopting the plant based diet, I just seemed to feel better, have more energy, and recover quicker from workouts.

A guideline I follow is to maintain a diet that is balanced, varied, and adequate. Since I am burning a lot of calories when training, I make sure I am eating enough calories throughout the day […]

By |January 4th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

The Dreaded D Word

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 […]

By |December 26th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Age is just a number – A story about finding love for running later in life

New blog post from Ambassador Bruce: Age is just a number - A story about finding love for running later in life
By |December 17th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment