Jan 272017
 
 January 27, 2017

(above: when I opened my deck door..)

Man, we are just getting SLAMMED with snow here in the Northeast. I love my outdoor runs, but there’s just no way iz gon’ happen. There isn’t enough “road” for cars, muchless a crazy runner.

Okay so it’s the dreaded mill tonight. Gonna try and put in some intervals and watch something interesting on TV. Any suggestions? Whats good on TV nowadays.. Im on the lookout for some good programming 😉

Oh and after reading a few articles, I discovered the 5 best intervals to burn FAT if you’re looking to lose weight:

  • Sprinting outdoors (aka- hills)
  • Kettlebell training (seen here) —> very intimidating to me, what do u think?
  • Bodyweight Interval Circuit
  • Treadmill Running
  • Stationary bike

~Michèle

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Jan 232017
 
 January 23, 2017

Yes folks, arm swing is not just for baseball, it’s important for runners too.

Why?

Supposedly, proper arm swing can make you run faster, longer and easier than running with bad form.

So here are the *basics* :

Keep your elbows close to your body (but not too close that it’s uncomfortable).

That said, push your elbows back not forward

Resist the urge to lift (or move) your shoulders

Run with loose hands, like you’re carrying a fragile egg

The information comes from an article on the Runner’s Addict website.

Now time for me to go out and put these tips to the test!

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Jan 202017
 
 January 20, 2017

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

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Jan 172017
 
 January 17, 2017

Sorry for no video post this weekend. My “camera man” came down with the flu and I didn’t get a chance to post one. But soon!!

My brain has been all over the place lately. Im still trying to really get focused on my goals for 2017. I have so many different ones.

But my “running” goal remains the same.

2017 Goal: New PR for 5K (trying to go for 22:00 minutes. Previous record was 23:50)

2018 Goal: Enter NYC 1/2 Marathon

2019 Goal: *Possibly* train and run in Nashville Marathon.

 

*How are you keeping with your Fitness goals so far?

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Jan 132017
 
 January 13, 2017

I’ve been pretty fortunate not to have many (if any) injuries from running. That being said, lately my body has been giving me a “persistent” reminder that I need to take more time *before* I run to loosen it up. Okay, okay, I get it. I’m on it.

So what is this reminder? It’s my hips of all places! Some people get soreness in their knees, muscles, back, neck – mine just happens to be on the side of my hips, esp after a long run.

By the way: Did you know your hips change after giving birth?

Anyway, after asking fellow runners what I should do, here is what I came away with:

  1. Invest in a foam roller.
  2. Do Yoga twice a week.
  3. Pre-Run hip exercises.
  4. Post-Run stretches
  5. Ice & Massage (i like the latter =))
  6. Finally, my friend Mark H. swears by Chi Running

What’s your favorite way to loosen your body up for a Run?

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Jan 072017
 
 January 7, 2017

I have always been hip to sports and I have always tried to live healthy, but anyway, this pain in my left leg coming from the lower back down occurred and it was driving me crazy. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t stand still, because the sharp pain would be shooting through my butt and down like hell. Walking would ease it a little, but it was still so annoying. Physician told me it was sciatica and it needs a rest and a little exercise and the pain would subside. Well, so I rested and then I started to do exercises he told me, but these were some basic exercises that didn’t help that much and I was still going crazy. I couldn’t stand the constant pain and numb feeling in leg.

official website of the e-book that showed me how to deal with sciatica Continue reading »

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Jan 022017
 
 January 2, 2017

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi

never give up.

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Jan 022017
 
 January 2, 2017

“To call running ‘fun’ would be a misuse of the word.  Running can be ‘enjoyable.’ Running can be ‘rejuvenating.’  But in a pure sense of the word, running is not fun.” -Dean Karnazes

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“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – 
Benjamin Mays

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“There is nothing noble in being superior to another man. The true nobility is being superior to your previous self.” – Tim Twietmeyer

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“What was hard to endure is sweet to recall” -French Proverb

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“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”   – Nike

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Dec 312016
 
 December 31, 2016

We all have lots of goals that we want to achieve, at least I do. And I’m not going to bore you the details with all of them.

But I will say this – my big goal for 2011 – is to make the following changes in speed:

5K – Go from 7:40 mile to a 7:20 mile

10K- Go from a 7:50 mile to a 7:30 mile

I’d like my comfort zone to be more of a 7:30 mile. And to push beyond that would be for Racing.

My next big 5K is in February. It’s a challenging course, with some hilly parts, but we’ll see if I can make a new PR that will bring me closer to my goal. Whatever the case for this next race, I want to get out of the 7:40! Lets at least move to the 7:30s!!

Stay tuned.

*What is your one, big goal in 2017?

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Dec 292016
 
 December 29, 2016

Bay to Breakers – The Race

Where is your position at the starting line?

Does anyone else find it confusing as to your position at the starting line? Im still trying to figure it out. Although Ive been running for awhile now, racing is new to me (like, within the past year or two..)

However, I have experimented a couple different times with various positioning. This is what I’ve found for myself:

In the first row, dead center

I did not like this position! It’s not much of an ego boost when you feel like the entire pack is passing you up (even when they aren’t, still feels that way).

In the back

Nope. Now I felt like everyone in front of me (and I mean that was everyone) had a head start. That just made me panic.

In the middle of the pack

Unless it’s really cold and I need the body heat off fellow runners, I wont be trying this again. I got this overwhelming feeling of squished and… claustrophobic.

In the front/middle to the side

YES! I liked this one the best because I was able to stay on my own little track on the border. It just worked best for me.

* Where do you like to position yourself in the pack?

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