Jul 08

15 CRAZY Things Runners Say When They Talk to Themselves During Races

Runners are kinda strange people.  I can say that. . . I’m a runner.

We talk to ourselves.  I mean what else are we supposed to do during a 3, 4, or 5 hour race.

Here are the top 15 crazy things we say when we talk to ourselves during races.  Did I miss one? Share it below in the comments.

1. Seriously . . How the Hell is HE Passing Me?

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2. Smashing Water Cups Feels Pretty Bitchn’

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3. Yeah, I Should Have Worn the Band-Aids

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4. These Dumb Things Only Hold Like 1oz of Water . . . Now I Have to Carry This Belt for 24 More Miles

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5. I Paid HOW MUCH for This?

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6. Chicks Dig Marathoner

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7. Yeah . . . But I DO Get The FREE Shirt Right?

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8. The Race STARTS at Mile 20

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9. Dang . . .Everyone Else Is Wearing a Watch . . . Just Look at Wrist and Act Like I’m Pushing Buttons

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10. Maybe I Should Buy Shorter Shorts

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11. Hmm . . . Guess I Should Have Gotten Here Earlier

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12. Crap . . . I Should Have Used the Porta Potty 3 Miles Back

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13. So THIS Is “The Runners High”

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14. The Medal Better Be HUGE . . and My Friends Better be Jealous

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15. NEXT DAY: “Why Am I Signing Up For Another Race?”

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Jul 07

5 Tips for Finding the PERFECT Running Partner

For those runners who like running with a buddy  . . . you know how hard it can be to find the right running partner.

They are either too slow, too fast, not motivated enough, TOO motivated . . . or you just don’t get along.

I have always enjoyed running alone but Sandi kinda thrives on running with a partner.  When we first started dating we began to run together  . . . but this presented a big challange for us.

I was running an 18 minute 5k and Sandi was running over 30 minutes.    We had to get creative about running together and eventually more creative to help Sandi find running partners that were a perfect fit.

5 Surefire Places to Find a Running Partner

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  1. Meetup.com: Yes Yes . . . I know it sounds like a place for singles to meet and hang out, but Meetup is actually far different than that.  It is a place for people to post conferences, get together, and social gatherings for individuals with similar interests. Using this tool I was able to find over a dozen running or triathlon groups within 10 miles of my house.  There is a simple search function on the site and once you find a group you are interested in it is easy to learn more details about the group or to learn about upcoming meetings or runs.
  2. Facebook: Midst 374 invitations to play Candy Crush, and updates about all your friends babies . . . Facebook can actually be a productivity tool as well believe it or not.  With Facebook you can easily find out who of your local friends are runners . . . you can post on your page that you are looking for a running buddy and within no time you will have a partner.  You can also find virtual running groups where you can post your workouts and find motivation from your buddies.   BY using the search box and simply typing in “Running Group” you will be able to find events, groups, pages, and more that will guide you in the right direction.Screenshot-2014-07-07-16.32.26-e1404768953401
  3. Running Clubs:  RRCA or Road Runners Clubs of America is the top resource for finding a local running club near you.  Simply go to their site here click on your state and viola you will have a nice list of various running clubs in your area.  Generally these groups have free events you can attend to meet other runners and find a few that are about your pace.  Once you have a nice little buddy or group that run your pace you can plan training runs with them aside form the running group.  Its a great way to find a partner and friends that share your love for running.Screenshot-2014-07-07-16.38.31-e1404769455306
  4. Mans Best Friend: yes, a dog can be the perfect running partner . . . they won’t complain, they will always be ready on time, weather won’t stop them from going . . . and they will love you for taking them.  You don’t even need a HUGE dog to do this.  We had a little 10 pound yorkie a few years ago that was able to outrun me in a 5k.  With a bit of practice if a small lazy dog can enjoy running with you.  Researchers from University of Michigan found that on average dog owners are nearly twice as active and healthy as non dog owners: “Nearly half of dog walkers exercised an average of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. By comparison, only about a third of those without dogs got that much regular exercise”. New York Times
  5. The Track: Most towns have a High School or Middle school track with a nice field, track, and bleachers to do your workout on.  The benefit of running on a track is that running partners of different skill and speed levels can workout together.  We have a FREE GUIDE to Bleacher Workouts that you can download HERE

Finding a Track to Run On 

While it is hard to find a complete and accurate list of all school that have a track open to the public . . this tool here is great for finding local schools.  You an then either drive by or call them to determine if their track is open for use.

Likewise you can make a phone call to your local school district and ask if or when school tracks are open for use.

High School Finder

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A huge benefit to track workouts is that you will generally find several other people out there running on the track each night.  Makes a great way to build accountability, friendships as you meet local runners, and a chance to find a running partner.

3 Benefits to Running with a Partner

Motivation:

In a recent study at the University of Santa Clara, researchers found that:

Exercising with someone more fit than oneself could promote a higher intensity workout,  participants gravitate towards the exercise behaviors of those around them. Even when all participants, regardless of experimental conditions, were instructed to exercise at a moderate level and keep their pulse rates within a particular range, they mimic the exercise behavior of their exercise partner.  -Journal of Social Sciences

 

 

So if you are wanting to AMP up your workouts . . find someone who is at an intensity and commitment level above yours.  This individual will lift your behavior and aid in elevating your workouts as you mimic their intensity.

Entertainment:

I don’t generally like working out with others . . . but when I do it is primarily for entertainment purposes.  Having a partner is a great way to break up the mundane miles and hours of running.   Even just jogging with your kids can help with this.

Every now and then it is good to get out of your own head and just talk with a friend.

Accountability:

Being open with another individual (friend, family, child) can help to create accountability.  Letting someone else know about your goals and asking for them to follow up will get you out the door on slow days.

Conclusion

By following these simple tips you will find yourself a workout partner in no time.  Do you have a partner that keeps you going? How did you find your workout buddy?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jun 09

6 Tips For Training For A Marathon AFTER Having a Baby

I ran my first marathon at 26 years old.  The feeling I felt after I crossed the finish line instantly alleviated my pain and fatigue.  I loved the feeling so much that the next day I signed up for two more marathons.  When I decided I wanted to have children I made a deal with myself. After each baby I would run another marathon.  With each marathon I have learned new things.  I wanted to share some experiences and some suggestions for post baby training.

1. Be careful not to rush back into training after the baby is born. Listen to your body and your doctor to know when you are ready.  The generic timeframe is 6 weeks, but this is just a guide.  After my first baby I started jogging at exactly 6 weeks after the baby was born.  Unfortunately I wasn’t completely healed, and a few weeks later I went back to the doctor because of persistent pain where my stitches had been.  I hadn’t completely healed, and had started back a little too soon. On the other hand after my second child I started running about 4 weeks after baby was born. I felt great and could tell that I had healed.  I have never had a c-section, but make sure you doctor is on board with your plans to workout.

2.  Running while nursing.  Initially the biggest challenge will be the amount of time between feedings.  Infants usually nurse every 3 hours.  If your baby nurses slowly you may only have a couple hours between feedings to get in a jog.  The good thing is as your baby gets older the time between feedings increases.  This will allow a little more time for long runs as your baby gets older.

3.  Warm Up and Cool Down.  Your body has been through a lot and you probably weigh a little more than you did before your baby was born.  It is more important now than ever to warm up and cool down properly.  The point of a warm up and cool down is twofold: first you don’t want to pull a cold muscle by going too hard too fast, second you want to ease your heart into your workout.  A nice stretch at the end of your workout will help you stay nice and flexible and may increase your stride.  It is best to do this at the end while your muscles are warm.

4. Running with your baby.  One of the most rewarding aspects of training for a marathon after you have a baby is including your baby in your workouts.  I bought a jogging stroller before my son was born and as soon as I was ready I started bringing him with me.  Occasionally I snuck in a few runs without the stroller, but most my long runs were with my little guy.  The longest run I did with my son was an 18 mile run.  I brought a bottle with breast milk in a little cooler with an ice pack.  My young son liked the motion of the stroller and slept very well.  When he woke up I let him drink the milk from the bottle and I pumped as soon as my run was done.  All the other runs went very well, but the last couple miles my son was upset and couldn’t be consoled.  After a diaper change and cuddling he still wouldn’t calm down.  The last couple miles I ended up holding him in one arm and pushing the stroller in the other.  Looking back this run probably took more out of me than the marathon, which is what made it a perfect training run.

5. Be prepared for bad weather.  One day I went on a run with my jeep jogging stroller.  I strapped my son into his car seat and set the car seat into the stroller.  I took off on a 4 mile run.  About a mile and a half away from home it started to pour.  Huge drops of rain gushing down.  I put the car seat cover and stroller cover up and hoped my little son wouldn’t get too wet.  I raced home as fast as I possibly could but I was drenched from head to foot within in couple minutes.  I felt like I was having buckets of water poured onto my head.  I got home and rushed my son inside the house.  I finally opened the car seat cover and my son was completely dry.  There were a couple drops on his blanket, but they hadn’t gotten through to his skin.  He was cozy in his little seat and happy as could be.  It was one of my fastest runs and once I knew my son was safe and dry the rainy run was pretty awesome!

6.  Stretch time with baby.  My favorite time was the end of my runs talking to my little guy and tickling him while I stretched on the floor next to him.  It helped me make sure to take the time I needed to get a nice deep stretch while my muscles were still warm. This is sort of my reward in my habit loop of running.

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My 6 month old son cheered me on at the Chicago marathon in 2011 and was waiting for me at the end of the race.  He had a teddy bear and flowers for me when I saw him.  It felt so good to hold him in my arms at the end of such a big event.  I hope that my marathon promise will help me to always stay healthy for my little ones.  And some day I hope I will run along with them when they run their first big race.

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