5 Ways to Rethink Fuel

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I am the person who gained weight training for my first half marathon, which is ironic, considering that part of why I started to run was that I though it would be helpful with those last few pounds — only to have it pile on even more pounds — in the beginning.

Of course I had to relearn my lesson training for my first race longer than a half, too. I’m not 100% sure why I gained a few pounds — I mean, I was running the most weekly mileage of my life! Surely I could maintain my weight. Right? Right?

I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing five ways to look a little differently on how you fuel your runs.

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You don’t always need it
You’ve looked at the gels, right? Most of them say right on them “take one 15 minutes before exercise and every 45 minutes during”.

I’m one of those weirdos that actually like GUs. The taste, anyway, I don’t use GUs in my races (or on long runs) anymore. But I sure took that to heart.

Guess what? For runs under an hour you don’t need a GU. Not before, during, or after. I learned that the hard way. Some people eat nothing unless it’s double digits. I’ve done runs as long as 8 miles with no fuel during.

Like most things with running, you have to play around with it and find what works for you.

I like Honeystinger Chews partially because I can take one every mile

It doesn’t have to be gels 
I don’t use gels. Or sport beans. Or blocks.

I have played around with various real food options, but what I’ve found to work for me is Honeystinger Chews (I’m a Honeystinger Ambassador) + home made (very plain) chocolate chip cookies from the Feedzone Portables book (Amazon Affiliate link).

Other options:

  • Fig Newtons
  • Pretzels
  • According to my coach, Rachel @ Runningonhappy, Payday candy (I need to get some!)
  • Applesauce
  • Raisins

Not every run deserves a treat
I think this may have been what got me training for the 1812 Challenge. Of course I didn’t treat myself after every run, but I was running a lot more and I thought I could get away with more sugar than normal.

Some people can. Genetically gifted people. Younger people. If you find the scale going in the wrong direction or your clothes getting tighter, take a look at how often you’re treating yourself.

A fasted run can be a good run
I will admit it right here, right now: not a super fan of the fasted run (where you run early and don’t eat anything before the run). I always feel as though I run out of gas. And the supposed fat burning benefit? The juries still out on that one.

This summer forced me to get out there earlier than normal, and there were a few fasted runs here and there. I survived. Some people, especially people with stomach issues, really benefit from the fasted run.

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And who doesn’t want a cookie while running?

Think IV, not shot
Years ago I attended a talk by a sports nutritionist. She suggested that taking a gel every 45 minutes was much more likely to lead to stomach upset and also uneven energy on the run.

She said that it was better to take in a little bit more frequently, like an IV drip. I changed how I fueled on long runs and haven’t looked back. It’s part of why I ditched the gels altogether.

I take one Honeystinger Chew or a few bites of my cookie every mile.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Are you true to GU?

Do you actually like fasted runs?

Favorite real food running fuel?

Running is always better with friends

I had a hard year in 2016, but running was good.

The theme for this week’s  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy is five memorable races from 2016. And the majority of my memorable races this year were run with friends.

Because running with friends (and I use that term loosely here, since I don’t actually run with friends during races much) is always better. A big thank you to all my runner friends who have been there for me in person and in spirit; you guys are the best!

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A tough, but fun, race with friends

 

Celebrate Life Half Marathon Relay
This was my first time being part of a relay. Despite taking place in March, when the weather can be very iffy, it was almost perfect weather. And all the net proceeds go to help cancer patients/survivors!

What made this race memorable: going with friends.

Read more about this race here.

Overdressed because of a bad forecast

 

Shipyard Maine Half
My first half marathon of 2016. We departed with Lola and visions of lobster rolls in our heads.

What made this race memorable: unfortunately, this race was memorable in a bad way. The forecast was for cloudy and high 50s, only it was sunny and in the 60s at the start. And it was another in what seems to be a trend for me of races that ran out of water cups at one station — I was just never able to recover from that.

Read more about this race here.

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I “conquered” the killer hills

Craft Classic Phoenix Half
At least I knew going into this race, my second half marathon of the year,  that it was going to be hot. But being Phoenix, I could look forward to a dry heat.

What made this race memorable: that killer hill in the middle. It went on for 2 miles. No  exaggeration. I did my run/walk all the way up the hill, but it slowed me down enough to rob me of a PR — I’m still damn proud of this race!

Read more about this race here.

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Sometimes it’s good to run by feel

Stockadeathon
Last year was my first time running this race. And it’s the only 15k I’ve ever run — so automatic PR. It’s a hilly, challenging course.

What made this race memorable: a surprising PR that I truly wasn’t trying for.

Read more about this race here.

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Bloggers have a #holottafun together

Panama City Beach Half
My last half of 2016. Obviously, I didn’t PR my first two halfs and I wasn’t expecting to PR a half in sunny, humid Florida. Only it wasn’t sunny and humid the day we ran.

What made this race memorable: running it with 7 other blogger friends (and a couple of them PR’d as well).

Read more about this race here.

A couple of “runner” ups:

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Were your memorable races memorable for good, or bad reasons?

Did you get on the jump photo bandwagon in 2016?

Are you over seeing jump photos?

Where’d my kitchen mojo go?: November 2016 Runfessions

 

I’m hooking up with the new Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy,   and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions todayI runfess that in honor of Black Friday, this post was going to be another post full of stuff to shop for, but since it’s the end of the month and runfession time, I think I’ll save that one for next Friday.

Come back next Friday and I’ll show you some of the things I always travel with. Cause yeah, I’m traveling next week!

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I runfess . . .
. . . my kitchen mojo deserted me. I found a recipe that looked pretty awesome for Thanksgiving: sweet potato dinner rolls. Back in the day I was a very talented bread baker, but it’s been a while, since I don’t eat a lot of bread.

I tried four different times, with three different types of yeast, with milk, with water — my yeast wouldn’t activate. Once I even mixed up the dough, but sure enough, it didn’t rise.

I wasted hours and created a lot of dirty pans. In the end I had to settle for soda bread. Baking soda rocks.

I runfess . . .
. . . I had made an interesting find in my refrigerator while cleaning it out. Well, several. Yes, there were a few science experiments going on in there that I’d been turning a blind eye to and finally had to take care of. So tempting to just throw it out, container and all.

I also found the mini apple crisps (several) that I’d made for last Thanksgiving. Seriously. They were way in the back. And because they’d been heated and were in mini mason jars, they weren’t moldy. Basically they were canned.

Yes, I threw them out without taking a taste.

I runfess . .  .
. . . I had major stress before leaving for NYC and the Dash to the Finish Line. It was sort of my fault. I hadn’t been home much in months, and while I’d finally had a couple of weeks at home, I had mounds and mounds of clean laundry.

That is, I’d finally been able to do a lot of much needed laundry, but I didn’t have the time to put it away. I knew I’d laid out the sweater I was going to wear that morning. And I swear it took me 20 minutes of searching to finally find it at the bottom of one of those clean laundry mounds.

So once again I was all stressed out leaving for a trip. And this time we had a train to catch and Bandit to drop off. We still got there in plenty of time. But I got all sweaty before I left!

I runfess . . . 
. . . a girls’ weekend at a half marathon sounds like such fun half a year ago. Before Bandit, before my mom’s surgery, before moving my parents.

It still sounds like all sorts of fun — right up until those weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and realizing I had all this cleaning and cooking and running to do.

Don’t get me wrong, Holly & Tricia, I am still majorly looking forward to meeting you guys in real life next week. And our lovely host Marcia, too! In fact, I kind of have to pinch myself and wonder why you included me. But it’s been a tiring journey!

I runfess . . .
. . . I have been skipping foam rolling more often than I should. I know a lot of people never foam roll at all, but it’s important for me. I’m the type of runner who really needs to cross all her “ts” and dot all her “is” to remain pain free.

But I runfess this past week I’ve been fighting off a cold (winning, so far, knock on wood), and while I runfess I probably should have taken more rest days and maybe skipped a run, what got skipped instead was the foam rolling.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Have you found yourself skipping important stuff this week?

Do you ever wonder why someone invites you to something?

Do you lose stuff as often as I seem to?

5 Gifts for the Runner in Your Life

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I may be going off theme today for the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy — actually, this was the theme for the Tuesdays on the Run Linkup — but I hope you’ll bear with me and see if any of these gifts seems right for the runner in your life.

Which just might be you.

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A simple device that cures a lot of pains

ShinTekk
I have been simply amazed at the difference in my life since I’ve been using my ShinTekk (you can read my review here). And I think that every runner could benefit from one. I don’t care if you suffer with shin splints or not, the purpose behind the ShinTekk is to strengthen your lower legs to prevent injuries.

After months of ankle pain, and now no ankle pain (except a brief ache occasionally after a particularly long run or hard race), I am a believer.

Your runner won’t ask for this, but they need it and it’s worth every cent.

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My pink worm travels with me on trips and to races

The Original Worm
The worm is also not a running gadget with a whole lot of buzz surrounding it, but it should be. Since reaching out to the Austin based company and reviewing the worm (you can read my review here), my worm has traveled the country with me and accompanied me to local races.

I love its small footprint!

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A place to track runs, races, goals, and more

Believe Training Journal
2017 will be my third year using this journal. Maybe it will be the year I actually don’t have gaps! Sometime during the year I get very busy and don’t write down my workouts, and I always regret it later — I use my past journals to look up how I was running at the same time of year, how I did in races the previous year, what I wore for a race or at a certain temperature, what I ate before a race, when I left for a race . . . the list goes on & on!

Garmin Vivoactive
A GPS watcher, fitness tracker, and more

Garmin Vivoactive HR
I love my Vivoactive (you can read my review here), and I still love it after 1 1/2 years. I love its accuracy, its ease in finding a signal, not having to wear a separate fitness tracker, and the fact that I can swim in it.

The only thing I’m unhappy with is the fact that a year later they came out with a heart rate monitor version. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my Vivoactive, but I almost wish there was.

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Sitting isn’t always bad for your health

The FitDesk Exercise Bike
Another pricey gift, but if your runner needs more cross training in their lives and wants to stop sitting too much, this might just be the ticket.

We bought mine last New Year’s — it was on sale — and while there was a slight technical issue at first and it took some back and forth to get it fixed (it’s a very small company), I’ve been happily using my Fitdesk all year long (you can read my review here).

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What is the one runner gift you REALLY want this year?

What company do you wish you could be an ambassador for?

What do you give to your runner friends?

5 Things I’d do if I didn’t run

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What would you be doing if you weren’t a runner?

The new Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy ask what activities you wish you had time for instead of your current activity — while I do enjoy many forms of fitness, running doesn’t leave me as much time as I’d like for other fitness pursuits.

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Ice Skating
When I first moved here, I used to skate about once a week during the colder months. It had been many years since I’d skated, since I lived in Austin, TX, but it’s something I’ve done on and off since I was a kid.

I’m not particularly good at it, as I’m not a natural athlete, but I do enjoy it.

I stopped skating when I became more serious about running.

Zumba
Mostly I did Zumba at home, but I also took a class occasionally. Now I don’t even do it at home; partially because one of my DVDs, the one with the shorter workout, got damaged in the move.

Which is just an excuse, of course I could buy new DVDs, not to mention they’ve come out with newer workouts.

Believe me, I’m not a good dancer, either — which is part of why I really enjoyed doing Zumba in the privacy of my own home.

Yoga
I’d love to take more classes, to try hot yoga (still haven’t gotten there), to be able to do a longer practice on my own more often.

It’s easier to get in yoga during the warmer months — I don’t mind changing clothes, and I can just hang out in my fitness clothes anyway. Tougher in the colder months when I need to change out of, and than back into, jeans — it’s not so easy to do yoga in jeans, although I’ve been known to try!

Kayaking
Obviously that ship has sailed for the year, but I had every intention of trying kayaking this summer. Like I have for oh, maybe the last 5 summers? If not more? Like how I got another 5 in there?

It could be a lot like SUP — I’m a scaredy cat and things that can tip over take me outside my comfort zone. Despite the fact that I’m a good swimmer!

Maybe next summer.

All the prehab!
All runners know, in theory, that it’s better to prehab than rehab. So of course it’s incredibly ironic that all that running makes it difficult to actually find the time to prehab! I’m good about warming up (most days) and foam rolling and using my ShinTekk.

Prehab is all about exercise that helps prevent injuries. So that you don’t have to rehab. So why is it so darn hard to prehab, until you need to rehab — then, somehow, you find the time.

Maybe because you’re not running or running less.

Of course, if I weren’t running, I wouldn’t need to prehab, right? So you could probably insert swimming in there. In the colder months I’m aiming for a couple of swims a month — maybe. When it’s warmer, I try to swim once a week.

I would love to swim more often. All I need is that indoor lap pool I saw at the NY Marathon Expo. It was on special. A mere $13k.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What activities does running get in the way of?

What activities would you do more of if you didn’t run?

Would you enjoy an indoor lap pool? How about your own sauna?

5 Surprising Things about CRJ

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We’re having a little get to know your blogger better talk today.

That’s what the new Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy dreamed up for todayWho am I to argue? So here are five fun/surprising things you may not know about me.

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In High School I won an art scholarship
Surprised? Lemme tell you, it sure surprised everyone at my high school, too. I didn’t take a whole lot of art classes. I was in band, I was in honors classes, and I had a very, very small circle of friends.

This drawing helped me win a scholarship

But I loved to draw; always have (sadly don’t do it a lot anymore, although I still do go through phases). I was always drawing, and by the time I hit my senior year, I didn’t have a lot of classes I needed to take.

So I did take some art classes. And then I took some art classes at a local community college, too. I may have been the most surprised when I won that scholarship! I think there was a lot grumbling that it was because of my grades.

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I couldn’t paint . . . and then I could
I did try to paint when I was younger — without any lessons. And I sucked. So I gave it up.

Then one day I came across a decorative painting magazine and thought: “I can do that”. Well, I really couldn’t, not at first. I still sucked. But I fell in love with it. So much in love with it that I started to go to decorative painting conferences in Las Vegas. Hmm, a little like my running story, no?

I was good then; now I’m out of practice

All those trips to Vegas? Many of them were for that conference (although many of them were just because we both really like Vegas, for different reasons, and it was easy to get to from Austin).

Eventually I got pretty good.

I pretty much haven’t painted since we moved here. I want to, but you see, I started this little running hobby . . .

I swam on a swim team for quite a few years
It’s not because I’m a good swimmer, either. I’m as slow at swimming as I am at pretty much everything.

It was because it was at our local Jewish Community Center, my Dad was heavily involved, and basically if you could float, you could be on the team.

Somehow I got to state finals once for breaststroke.

I went to state finals for bowling once, too
Speaking of state finals, my junior bowling team made it once, too.

I’m a good bowler when I’m in practice (which I haven’t been for decades). I have a wicked curve though. When I’m in practice, I can control it and know where to stand. When I’m not, it might totally be a gutter bowl.

Last time I bowled was a couple of years ago at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. It had been decades since I’d last bowled.

Anyway, our team actually did come in second at state finals.

I played the flute right through college
I’m pretty musical. I have a decent voice and like all my siblings, in grade school I got to pick an instrument to play.

My sister played the violin and was apparently good, but she didn’t stick with it. I seem to recall my brother trying several instruments, but again, nothing stuck. By the time I came along my parents were kind of tired with that pattern.

They wouldn’t let me take violin or oboe (too hard). They kind of chose flute for me. I really sucked at first (do we see a pattern?), but by junior high I started to get better. Eventually good enough for private lessons. Good enough to get into the state band.

I even considered becoming a professional musician, actually; I really did. One of my classmates went to school for it (but ended up becoming an instructor).

And because I am competitive, as you may have noticed, I didn’t go to school for music. Did I have talent? Yes. Did I have enough talent? No. At least not in my mind. But I did stick with art, sort of, for a career, eventually owning a graphic design business.

Oddly enough one of my friends here also plays the flute, also has no kids (by choice) and also loves cats.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Tell me something I wouldn’t guess about you

Ever play an instrument? Which one? Do you still play?

Were you pragmatic about choosing a career, or did you go with your passion?

Speed FOMO: October 2016 Runfessions

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So yeah, we’re now married 31 years, I completed half #13, and my parents are moved into their new apartment. It was a busy month, y’all. Not too busy to scare up a few runfessions (like how I got in a little Halloween theme, there, even though it’s not really my thing).

I’m hooking up with the new Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy,   and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions today.

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I runfess . . .
. . . I rook two swimsuits with me to AZ. I never swam.

I don’t travel lightly, but generally I do wear everything I bring with me. For this vacation, I had two carryon suitcases, an insulated food bag, and a relatively large pocketbook.

You have to understand, though, that we were staying in three different cities with three very different climates:

  1. Outside Seattle: high in the 50s
  2. Sedona: high in the 80s
  3. Phoenix: high in the 90s

And we were gone 10 days! I needed to run and I needed my race gear with me. It definitely made things interesting.

So why didn’t I swim? I was scared of getting sunburnt on my back and being in pain for my half. #runnerproblems

I runfess . . .
. . . I had a meditation streak going for more than a month! 41 days, to be exact. Moving my parents broke my streak, but I’m still meditating.

I use the app Calm, which is guided meditations starting at 3 minutes and going up. I almost never do a meditation over 10 minutes, but there were days I was meditating twice a day!

It really helped, too.

I runfess . .  .
. . . if it’s not on the list, it often doesn’t come with me.

Case in point: dropping Bandit off. It’s a half hour drive. I had all sorts of stuff on my to do list. And I got halfway there and realized I’d left his supplement baggies in the refrigerator. So yeah, I had to go back for them.

This was the day before we left.

Added stress, anyone?

I runfess . . . 
. . . I came home from moving my parents and almost immediately went out for a 6 mile run after not having run at all since my half.

Did I warm up? Did I stretch afterwards? No and no.

But I did foam roll and use my ShinTekk.

I runfess . . .
. . . I have speed FOMO. And I’m not even talking about wishing I could run the speeds my running friends run at (even though yes, I have FOMO over that, too).

No, I’m talking about FOMO over all my running friends working with coaches who are getting faster. I am considering it, but in the meantime, I’ll just be reading my social media feeds and feeling my speed FOMO.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Do you remember items you need if they’re not on a list?

Do you have speed FOMO?

What’s your packing style?

5 hacks to replace eggs when baking

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I am not vegan; no, I’m not even vegetarian. Yet I often do eat vegan and vegetarian — I also eat meat, cheese, and fish; but I try to limit the meat and cheese, as I don’t consider them the healthiest options.

I do eat a lot of eggs, but as I said, I like to mix it up, so I do love vegan baking. Maybe someone in your family is vegan. Maybe someone in your family is allergic to eggs.

Never fear, you can still bake!

It is the end of an era: I feel as though my blog has grown up the Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run, and today, while helping you bake without eggs, I’m also saying thanks to these three bloggers for helping me grow my blog. The Friday Five will be missed.

Each of these hacks is the equivalent of one whole egg.

Flax Eggs
Mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp water and let it sit approximately 10 minutes until it gels.

Flaxseed does have a nutty flavor, so take that into consideration when choosing where to use flax eggs.

Chia Eggs
Mix 1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp water and let sit approximately 10 minutes until it gels.

I know, I know — this is the same thing as flax eggs, only using chia seeds. While flaxseeds will give a slightly nutty flavor to baked goods, chia seeds don’t — but they do have a tendency to stick in your teeth. On the positive side, chia seeds have a lot of healthy benefits, like lots of fiber and calcium, for instance.

Chickpea Four
Mix 3 tbsp flour with 3 tbsp water.

I have not actually tried this method, although I do have quite a few chickpea flour recipes I want to try!

Banana
One ripe banana (mashed).

This works well in anything sweet: pancakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, etc. The riper the banana, the more sweetness it will add. You may need to cut back on the sweetener — it all depends on your sweet tooth.

Pumpkin
Use 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix).

It is time for all things pumpkin, after all.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Do you ever worry about how many eggs you eat?

Have you tried any of these egg hacks?

Are you allergic to any foods?

5 Ways To Know You’re Ready for a Half

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Well, you know I’m ready for a half when suddenly I start writing a lot of posts about half this and half that.

For this Fitness Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run,  I’m going to give you five ways to know that you’re ready to start training for your first half marathon.

You really, really  want to run one
This seems to go without saying, but 13.1 miles is a lot of miles. Go out there and drive it — you’d be surprised! Don’t listen to those twisted marathoners who consider 13.1 miles to be a simple training run; you already knew those people are a little off.

Don’t do it because your friends or your boyfriend or husband is doing it.

Do it because you really, really want to do it. For whatever reason. If you do it for someone else, you’ll be cursing them out at zero dark thirty or maybe just turning over in bed and hitting the snooze button . . . numerous times.

You’ve been running for a year
I know I wrote about this one somewhere, but it bears repeating: it takes time for your ligaments and tendons to get used to running. Not to mention if you ramp up too quickly, you may be sitting on the sidelines with a stress fracture.

Sure, there are lots of runners with stories of running their first 5k and then immediately signing up for their first half.

There are even more stories of runners sidelined by injuries before their first half.

You consistently run at least three times per week
You can train for a half marathon with just three runs a week. I’ve done it. I prefer four runs per week, as that allows you to distribute your runs into smaller chunks, but I think three times per week can get you there safely.

You run outside
Can you train for a half marathon using just a treadmill? Probably. But let’s face it, except for the space station, halfs are run on the roads (or trails).

Conventional running wisdom tells you to mimic your race conditions as much as possible in training. If you’re entered in road race, run on roads. If you’re entered in a trail race, run on trails.

If you’re too shy to run on the road in front of God and everyone — I get it. I was like that once, too. It might just mean that you’re not quite ready for that half yet.

You’re healthy and have the time
I often say if I can run a half marathon, anyone can. I believe that. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

If you’ve been recently injured, or are anemic, or know work is going to be insanely busy while you’re training for your first half . . . don’t. Just don’t.

It may not be a marathon, but it’s not a sprint, either. Your immunity takes a hit. You have to commit to some long runs and a certain amount of hours devoted to running during the week.

The last thing you want is to feel like you have to run, instead of you get to run. If that’s how you’re feeling, put aside your half dreams for now. Wait for a less busy, less stressful time in your life.

You only get to run your first half marathon once. Make it a great experience, not a chore!

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What was your first half marathon?

Was it a good experience?

What would be your advice to a runner wondering if they’re ready for a half?

5 September 2016 Runfessions

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September flew by at lightning speed, especially considering how little of it I was actually at home. How is tomorrow October???? My God, before you know it, we’ll be married 31 years.

I’m hooking up with the Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run,  and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions today.

One stone, two birds.

I runfess . . .
. . . I was scared to call my sister after I got back from Cape Cod.

My sister likes to vent, so it can easily eat up an hour of my day. But that wasn’t really the problem. The problem was that I will be away for most of the prep work for my parents’ move, and I was afraid that she would ask me to come down this weekend.

It’s totally unfair that most of the prep work is falling to her because she lives there, but I really need this weekend to get some stuff done! I haven’t heard anything from her yet (maybe she’s just mentally cursing me).

I runfess . . .
. . . that I really enjoy writing my blog — after running and baking, it’s my other therapy. I enjoy reading your blogs, too.

It’s bothered me that I’ve had so little time to write and read blogs lately.

I runfess . .  .
. . . that moving into my taper, which I will be after my long run this weekend, always makes me happy.

Despite the fact that exercise is just a part of me, and has been for decades, I’m still a sloth at heart. I get tired by the end of a training cycle and I’m ready to back off.

And hoping that fresh legs mean a good race.

At least not a painful race!

I runfess . . . 
. . . I did my longest long run a week too soon. I forgot that the race the schedule is optimized for is actually a week earlier than my own.

Oh well, 11 miles, 10 miles, it’s just a mile, right? I often tell myself you can do anything for a mile. Or half a mile. Or quarter of a mile . . .

I runfess . . .
. . . I was seriously losing my marbles for a while — assuming I had any to begin with. I misplaced my car keys at one point, and thought I’d locked them into my car (thankfully I hadn’t).

Then I headed home one time and couldn’t find my house keys. I never took them, as it turned out.

Then I misplaced one of our phones. Yes, we have an internet phone — or 4 actual phones. I was pretty sure it was downstairs somewhere. Usually I can at least recall, step by step, what I was doing . . . and I had no freakin’ clue.

Mr. Judy did eventually find it in the laundry room.

It’s not just me — my brother managed to fly, twice!, without a license. He’s a lawyer.

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Taper –yea or nay?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever forgotten?

What is your therapy?