Monday, October 31, 2011

I Want Candy!!

So did you? Did you survive Halloween? Were you able to resist the urge and actually step away from the candy bowl and simply enjoy the festivities without indulging in a candy bar? Today I went on the inaugural Step Away From the Candy Bowl Day 5K. I don't know about you, but I definitely am thinking twice tonight about eating a candy bar after I burned all of those calories. I am skipping the sugar high as I am still coming down from my runners high!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Step Away from the Candy Bowl...

As the last Sunday of October winds down and Halloween is quickly approaching all I have to say is put the candy down! After knowing how many calories I burn during a run I don't even want to think about unwrapping a Kit Kat Bar or a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in the shape of a pumpkin. Even if I have justified that I have earned that piece of candy. According to the US Census Bureau Current Industrial Reports, states that the average American ate 24.7 pounds of candy in 2010. I find that statistic to be shocking, besides it being a temporary feel good moment, why else would anyone willingly do that to themselves?

Tomorrow I intend on running earlier in the day rather than later as the streets will be bustiling with trick or treaters. What was your best costume for Halloween? According to my Mom, mine is a toss up between Rainbow Bright and Teddy Ruxpin, even though I can't remember either, sorry Mom. I recognize that her intentions and heart were in the right place. She even a took a sewing class to make me Rainbow Bright even though it feel apart as I went door to door trick or treating.

Regardless of the Halloween festivities I intend on going for a long run and I am proposing that as runners we unite and make October 31 national Put the Candy Down and Go For a Run Day!

Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

See a Penny, Pick it Up...

Walking under a ladder, avoiding sidewalk cracks, or always putting on our left sock first. Knock on wood, step on a crack... brake your mother's back, black cats. As I begin to taper my miles and prepare for next Sundays race, race number 3 of lucky 13 for those of you who are counting, I began to question the power of rituals and the superstitions. The fact is as runners we all have quirks, little superstitious things that we all do to prepare ourselves for race day. Superstition lies in the space between what we can control and what we can't. Buying a new pair of Lululemon socks or laying out your clothes the night before. Not eating dairy or eating a small banana with Pepto Bismol on race day are these superstitions or a mere mental check list? I for one do not possess the answer to this question. In a world where there are so many things that we can't control and so many what if's the last thing that I want to do is offend the running Gods!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

If the Shoe Fits

Run, don't walk to FrontRunners in Los Angeles, AKA Brentwood, for a proper shoe fitting. The time has come that runners step up to the plate or in our case the starting line and get properly fitted. If you live in LA it is common knowledge that if you need new running shoes that FrontRunners LA is the place to go. What I did not know is that they now have the iStep from Aetrex which is the most amazing, revolutionary digital foot scanner. Your world will be rocked in less than 30 seconds this scanner will accurately measure foot size, arch type, and pressure points. According to my scans, I can now confirm that yes I have a size 9 foot, a severe pronation, and place an immense amount of pressure on the front pad of my feet. Needless to say I am highly impressed by not only this scanner, but the knowledgeable staff at FrontRunners, they will make sure that you are properly fitted. If you could talk the talk, then you can run the run. If you do not live in LA I highly recommend that you take a step in the right direction and find your nearest iStep and get yourself properly fitted. Your feet will thank you.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Change of Pace

Ever tired of running the same route? Do you ever feel like a rat in a maze even though you are outside running? Tired of the passing the same rusty old mailbox? Gmaps Pedomet, is a great easy to site for runners. It charts out your course before you hit the pavement. This site uses Google Maps to calculate distance and even caloeries burned. I am in love with this site, it eliminate the guess work and the famous questions of where am going to run to today. Check it out I think you will be equally smitten.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Favorite Running Tee

Everyone has one. You know what I talking about runners, the running tee that you simply cannot live without. I thought that I knew my favorite tee until the really cool girls at Oiselle sent me their half marathon running tee. I opened the packaged and to my surprise not only was it beyond super soft, it was my favorite color, lavender. Before even wearing it I knew that I would love it. It reminded me of my favorite worn-in tees from college, only better. This tee I could actually go for a run wearing and know that it will wick away my sweat. I took Oiselle’s half marathon out for a test run today and it will definitely be replacing my old favorite running tees. It was super soft and the most comfortable running tee I have worn in a really long time.

Oiselle’s running tee is simple with the number 13.1 displayed across the chest. If you are not a runner there are those looks of confusion as to why you would wear the unlucky number 13 across your chest, but if you are a runner or half marathon junkie like me you get it. You understand the number; all those miles logged that prepared you for race day, the sense of accomplishment when you cross the finish line. Wear it, be proud of your accomplishments, and celebrate the journey that has helped you cross the finish line. Thank you Oiselle for helping me share my journey with the world!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Learning about your Running Style

What is Fartlek? No it is not just a funny word. Fartlek is a Swedish term that means speed play, which is a form of interval training that is found to be effective in improving speed and edurance. Fartlex or interval training allows me to run longer, further, and I find my runs more enjoyable. To be a successful runner I find that it is really important to learn what works best for you while you are out on a run. Do you run best on a track? Do you run best with consistancy and running the same route over and over again? For me personally I run best and am the most disiplined if I run a loop never passing the same mailbox twice during the course of a run. The other asspect which allows me to run to my fullest potential is this funny word called Fartlek. I find that interval running can be as easy or grueling as you wish to make it. Today I ran 5 miles and I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself and if I did not just take a shower I would consider going out for another run.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Latest Obsession…

These undies cracked me up! I am simply in love with Oiselle’s Rundies. Goodbye tighty whities, helloo Rundies! They are both cheeky and darling at the same time. Who knew that grown-up underwear could be so much fun? Even though you can’t wear them while you are running, they make a great statement after you logged those miles. I like to think of it as my badge of honor on my toned booty. Can you guess what is going on my birthday wish list?

Behold the beauty and check out the full 7 days of the week. Oiselle Rundies kick the days of the week underpants of my childhood to the curb...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon

The second stop on the train to crazy town was the Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon. Since I did not stay at a hotel, I woke up at 4:40 am and left my home at 5:00 am, yes I was a fireman in my past life I am the master of getting ready in a hurry. Luckily the ride to Long Beach went smoothly and I did not hit any traffic until I switched freeways and transferred onto the 710. Regardless of the 710 traffic, I arrived with plenty of time for the 7 am start time. I had enough time to purchase a banana and go to a real bathroom which to me is really important as I was raised in the school of no soft tissue no tushie.

Living in Los Angeles I oddly enough do not explore Long Beach enough so I did not know really what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is really a picturesque community! This is an ideal place to run, weather and scenery were equally gorgeous.

The first couple of miles were less scenic than the rest of the course, typical running through the streets of Long Beach. Running over a variety of bridges and turns through downtown Long Beach, but as runners turned around the bend at mile 5 the most spectacular view of The Queen Mary. I now finally understand the allure and beauty of travelling on ships of such as The Queen Mary and the Titanic, yes I know that it sank, but I would have booked passage on either liner.

After passing The Queen Mary and the Long Beach fireboat we continued on to the boardwalk before heading to bike path on the beach. To me running on such paths as the on the beach are an ideal setting for running. Beach running is a total mind clearer, easily and without much thought all troubles and problems seem to dissipate with each crashing wave. Everything in my mind always becomes clear and suddenly manageable.

Running Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon was a great experience and I would like to thank my friends, family, supports, those reading this post, and D.K., I am unsure if she would like to have her name posted, for supporting me and assisting me with race registration. Crossing the finish line is and always will fill me with a sense of accomplishment and pride. A sense of feeling strong and that I can handle the challenges and obstacles life throws my way.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Getting Ready for the Challenge

Gearing up for the Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon. Picked-up my bib and to my surprise not only was the official tee a tee that is something that I will actually wear again, but instead of the typical plastic race goodie bag, it is a blue reusable drawstring bag. Very cute and very green. I am so excited for tomorrow's race it is going to be a beautiful day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hugging My iPhone a Little Closer Tonight...

I have boarded the Magical Mystery Tour of The Beatles, took a trip with Dylan upon his magic swirlin’ ship, floated through space with Bowies Space Oddity, wrapped my legs ‘round those velvet rims of Springsteen, searched for America with Simon and Garfunkel, was a street fighting man alongside Mick, and got the party started with Will I Am. Thank you Steve Jobs for making my runs musical magical odysseys.

‘Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.’ Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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When you know you know

When you are a runner you get the insanity. If you are not a runner you simply find runners insane. The girl reminds me of my brother who though as supportive as he is he simply does not get it. He went with me to the Disneyland last half marathon and at 5 in the morning he was asking the same questions and comments. What is the purpose of this race if you are not going to win? Why would they give you a medal if you did not win, I thought winners get medals. This is what you do for fun? Needless to say I am trying hard to rewire his brain and convert him and drag him away from the dark side. One day he too will be a great runner and have someone yammering in his ear those silly questions at 5 in the morning.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Where have all the Texaco Roadmaps Gone?

As I hemmed my pants with packing tape I began to wonder how did we get so far from where we started. When I was a child my mother would never allow me to leave the house with duct tape in lieu of having a visit to a professional seamstress. For some people life is all mapped out, easy, consistent, settle for what is right in front of them, never searching, never varying too far off course. The renegades, those whose heads are not as tightly screwed on, however have a different view towards life, head on, guns blazing, hair on fire, running with scissors. The path may not always be so clear, but we will keep on searching even when we have no idea where we're going. Searching for what I do not know, but we will keep on searching till we get it right. Besides Springsteen; the one thing that gets me through the not knowing, the feeling of being out of control, is running. Running is my one constant. Good days, bad days running is always there for me. Easy on me, on days when I need a soft embrace from the world and hard on those days when I need a challenge. Maybe Springsteen had the right idea all those years ago, perhaps he was holding the key, the holy grail, 'We can make it if we run.'