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TIPS FOR SURVIVING YOUR FIRST CYCLING CLASS

I was at cycling class this past week and there were a couple people in there that I didn’t recognize. I’ve only been going there for a few months and I took a little break when I was really trying to get back into running so it’s no shock to me that there are people I’ve never seen before. I’m sure they’re thinking the same about me. haha! Anyway, it got me to thinking about my very first cycling class and how scared I was walking in the…

WHY RUNNERS SHOULD STRENGTH TRAIN

Once upon a time, I used to just run. A lot. I thought I was in great shape! I mean, I ran a couple marathons, I burned all the calories, and I felt pretty darned good! That’s “in shape,” right? Except, I couldn’t push a 25# weight above my head.  I mean, I could certainly force it up there if I needed to and I sometimes I did but I know it wasn’t pretty and I’m surprised I didn’t injure myself. I started adding strength training into my…

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP #1

Once upon a time, I used to write a weekly workout recap – how they went, what I did, and how I felt, etc – and I really enjoyed it. It was fun to write about it!  Plus, I’m able to write more here than I can fit in my training log. Haha! Then, I kinda got away from it because 1. I wasn’t really working out as much – I mean, really, how interesting is “I walked 5 miles” or  “I’m not allowed to squat because my knee is busted…

RUNNING GOALS FOR 2018

The theme for this week’s edition of Tuesdays on the Run is Goals for 2018. I’m linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. Well, 2018 is here! Buh-bye 2017, don’t let the door smack you in the booty on your way out! source 2017 was definitely something else, as years go, and I’m trying to take what I’ve learned during that whole roller coaster ride and use it to my advantage in 2018. Back in August, I set some pretty lofty goals for myself in 2018 and I haven…

BENEFITS OF HIRING A RUNNING COACH

So, I’ve decided that I need a running coach. I’ve already expressed that I’m not thrilled with the training program that I purchased back in July. I just don’t feel like it’s going to take me where I want to go and help me accomplish my running goals. It’s a total bummer because I spent money on it (I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can get some of that money back!) but in reality, it’s generic and, while it’s described as…

WHY YOU SHOULD GO FOR A RUN IN THE RAIN

Alright, how many of you peek out your window before you start getting ready to go for a run and immediately stomp on the brakes if there’s a raindrop or two or 258 falling from the sky?  Now, if you happen to have a treadmill in your home and were planning on using it for said run or you plan on driving to the gym to run on the treadmill there anyway, this isn’t really going to apply to you. And I would wonder why, if you were going to run on a treadmill at home…

A REST DAY IS NOT A COP OUT

The other day, after working out 3 days in a row (2 running, 1 CrossFit), I woke up tired. And I did not want to get out of bed. (some of that may or may not have had to do with the 2 sweet snuggly kitties purring around my chest and head.) But, I had a workout planned! I even wrote it down on my white board in my garage. I had to get up and get out there. But my body was so tired, my knee ached a little, and my eyelids were soooo heavy and I went back…

DEAR GOALS: PREPARE TO BE CRUSHED

So, I’ve struggled before with a bit of an “identity crisis.” If I hadn’t blown up my previous blog (you know, maybe I need to stop rehashing that and move on from it? hmmm…that’s probably a whole different post that needs to be written), you would know that.  But seriously, after I found CrossFit 5 years ago, I began to question who I am. Am I a runner? Am I a CrossFitter? Is it possible for me to be both? AND find balance between the two? Most CrossFitters will tell…

MENISCUS SURGERY – 9 WEEKS DOWN

I know, I know, I’m a day late with this post. Technically, I’m at 9 weeks and 1 day post surgery. It’s all good – gives me another day of PT to tell you about! So, last Tuesday (the 11th), I got to warm up on the bike again! It takes me a minute or two for my knee to loosen up and I have to go really slowly but then, it starts to feel pretty good and I can really get to moving! Then, I got to do a little bit with my…

MENISCUS SURGERY – 8 WEEKS LATER

You guys, I’m so sorry I didn’t update you last week and show you me NOT using crutches! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was so sick. 🙁  And then, once the fever went away, I had a sinus headache for 3 days. THREE DAYS. Now, I’m in the stuffy sinus-y phase, no headache or fever, but sometimes I can breathe and sometimes I can’t. Gah. The pollen is SO bad this year! But anyway!! I had my follow-up with the doc on March 29 and you will…