Good Morning Fellow New Runners!!

**Yes, I am aware I “borrowed” my headline from the amazing ladies at Another Mother Runner.  Click on the link to see what you are missing…it is a website chock full of great stories, tips and links to their hilarious and amazing books. 

Well, I did it.  My first ever 13.1 mile training run.  It took longer than I wanted and I certainly ached more than I expected during it, but I can no longer ask myself “if” I can complete a half marathon.  Now I know I can.  

4:30am wake up call on Saturday?  Must be a runner!

4:30am wake up call on Saturday? Must be a runner!

VERY early (5:15am) last Saturday morning,  I met up with my running partner and we headed off on long run.  Neither of us had a good running week the prior week.  We were both battling sickness, me a nasty head cold/chest congestion/sore throat thing and she a stomach virus.  So neither of us completed our weekday training runs like we should have.  But, like the troupers all us runners are, we set off on Saturday morning determined to at least get some miles in.

The first couple of miles weren’t hard, but it was darn hot out so we stopped for water breaks almost every mile.  My running partner had more stomach issues during the run so we kept walking for longer than either of us wanted.  With the walk breaks, our legs and feet started aching.  However, that eternal struggle that all distance runners know made us keep going.  We had to get back to where we parked our cars.  So, the last 3 miles we put our headphones in and trudged through.  I kept going until my Garmin read 13.10.  Man oh man was I excited to see that!  Even though my running partner has completed quite a few half marathons and is currently training for a marathon, this was her first 13.1 training run as well.  

We had to get to our cars to take us the food!!

We had to get to our cars to take us home…to the food!!

Source: Runners World

Once we got back to our cars, the aches and pains subsided into joyous elation that we had done it!  We downed a bottle of water each (we had both gone through the 4 8oz water bottles on our hydration belts during our run, summer running in Florida is fun!) and headed home, she munching on a banana, me on my protein shake.  What a way to start the day.

Enjoy the Run!



Forget singing in the rain, I love running in the rain!

Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!

I am prepping for a race (actually TWO races) on Saturday so instead of my usual Tuesday/Thursday runs I did Monday and Wednesday, to give my legs two days to rest.  On Wednesday I left the house to just a pitter patter of little droplets.  I thought about running back to get my hat, because I know Florida weather patterns all too well.  I thought “nah, I’ll be fine”.

A mile later the skies opened up and it was absolutely pouring.  I mean raining hard, with wind blowing to boot.  It was at this point in my running route that I could have turned a corner and been home in under 5 minutes or kept going straight and continued running.  You would think I would take this opportunity to say “I’ll just head home now, there is hot coffee there”.

I do love to multi-task!

I do love to multi-task!

Instead, I kept going, sloshing through the puddles and dodging the rain drops.  The truth is, I love running in the rain.  For some reason running in inclement weather really gets my inner warrior woman going.  Pushing through the rain, I felt like I was starring in a Nike commercial, inspiring myself and others to “Just Do It”  (I swear I am not sponsored by Nike, I don’t even wear their gear).  I had a great pace those few miles and really enjoyed myself!

The rain stopped a short time later (hey, it is Florida after all, we have lots of rain, but it rarely lasts for a long time) and my running went from inspirational to boring. It was almost as though the rain makes me a better runner, gives me that one additional barrier to break through on my way from good to great.  Looking back at my past runs, my best runs are almost always in bad weather.  Cooler weather, windy, rainy, apparently the worse the weather the better I run.

My next blog entry will be after my 10k and 5K on Saturday at the Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor, FL.  Can’t wait to tell you all about it, I have heard nothing but positive reviews about last year!  Sadly, it looks like it will be a beautiful, sunny day.

Enjoy the Run!


Question: Do you like to run in inclement weather?