Monday, June 18th, 2012 at
Last Saturday we participated in a real fun race called "Jog for a Jug" in the gorgeous little seaside village of Point Roberts, Washington. This year marked the 31st annual Jog for a Jug – that’s alot of years to keep a local race a popular event, so one would conclude that it’s gotta be a good one – and it is.
I ran this race probably about 20 years ago and was coerced by my best running friends to enter again. And there we were on race day with a forecast of a torrential downpour all day. This has been typical weather of how our summer has been shaping up, but I was just hoping that the weatherman was wrong today. Please don’t rain on our parade, and, guess what, it didn’t. It rained before the race and it rained after the race, but I never felt had a drop of rain through the entire 11.2 km.
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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at
It’s been quite a few years since running tights came into fashion amongst the running population. And today they have evolved in such a way that it is acceptable to wear them not only for your run, but out and about doing your chores or going for a coffee. I don’t know what I’d do without them as I chafe so badly on my inner thighs.
Running tights are designed to be form fitting or relaxed and there are literally hundreds of variations in cut and material. They are anatomically designed to fit the runner so perfectly that they move with your body and are perfectly comfortable. I have a pair of winter tights that are so soft and cuddly that I have a hard time not wearing them all day long.
Running tights basically come in three lengths – full pant, capris or shorts. With a couple exceptions, these features cover all three lengths.
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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at
Moisture wicking, comfort and support is key in choosing the sports bra. These days technology in fabrics have advanced so far that you don’t have to feel wet and uncomfortable during your run.
Finding Comfort in a Sports Bra
Having a good sports bra with proper support is of great importance to us gals so that we feel that much more comfortable in our runs. Any female runner that has sweat in 100% cotton, knows how much it means to have an exercise bra that will wick moisture from your skin. These features are not only important when choosing your running bra but also when choosing running shorts, tights, socks or any other running or triathlon gear. Read the rest of this post
Monday, May 28th, 2012 at
Finished it! Yesterday I completed the Half Marathon “Run for Water 2012” that I’ve been training for. Couldn’t have been a better morning for a race – temperature was cool and clear and we were ready.
Anyone participating in The Run for Water has the option of 5 distances, which was really nice for my husband who had injured himself during training and was able to change from the Half Marathon down to the 10K. At first I wondered how they could organize a Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon 10K and 5K Fun Run. That’s alot of participants and alot of starts and finishes to coordinate. Read the rest of this post
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at
Depending on the kind of runner you are will determine what sports watch you will need. No matter whether you race, do speed workouts or run just to burn calories, we all are interested and also benefit from checking our progress once in a while.
There are many brands of Sport Watches for runners to choose from when looking for the appropriate watch for you. From your basic sports watches and up, both Nike and Timex Ironman offer great choices in running watches.
My personal choice is the Timex Ironman Triathlon Sleek 50 Lap. It comes in a variety of colors. It a very fashionable running watch with all the features needed for your run or triathlon. I mostly use the chrono and lap features for my run, but when I take it travelling, I also use the alarm feature. And if you are a traveller, the timex sleek also has 2 different time zones that you can set.
Buyer’s Choice – If you are looking to buy a sports watch online, then I would definitely check out Holabird Sports. They have the best prices that I have found. They also have a great online store for running gear and running shoes – all at really good prices. Read the rest of this post
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at
This Sunday I’ll be running a half marathon and my buddy is running the full marathon. It got me to thinking about what we needed to do to get ready for this event – more especially for the full marathon. Running a marathon requires a significant amount of preparation and planning, both in the training and the race itself. The last thing you want to happen is to find yourself short of some essential equipment on marathon day. The actual morning of the race your mind is likely to be focused on the race itself and it’s very easy to forget some essential items. I’ve even know runners who’ve gotten to the start of a marathon only to realize they’ve forgotten their shoes!
For this reason, it’s a good idea to have a pre-marathon checklist prepared the night before your race to make sure you’ll have everything you’ll need when the race morning dawns. In helping myself and my friend prepare, I’ve drawn up a quick list of what is needed for race day. I hope that it can also help you in any race day preparations that are coming your way. Read the rest of this post
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at
When Is The Boston Marathon?
Hosted by the City of Boston, the Annual Boston Marathon runs each year in Boston, Massachusetts on Patriot’s Day. The Boston Marathon dates back to 1897 and was inspired by the success of the 1896 Summer Olympics where the first marathon competition was hosted.
Throughout the years, and probably because of the need to qualify to run the Boston Marathon, it has become one of the oldest, most prestigious and popular marathons in the world. Professional runners from all over of the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly New England terrain and unpredictable weather to take part in the race. It is a much sought after event for most marathon runners who can make the cutoff time. Read the rest of this post
Monday, May 14th, 2012 at
My husband and I just returned from a fabulous (but short) trip to the east coast of Canada. It’s definitely on my bucket list to return to see more. We travelled to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI. These provinces are a seafood lover’s paradise, so, yes, I was in paradise.
It was lobster season and we took full advantage of it. We actually returned with a few lobsters in tow and invited good friends over for dinner to enjoy them. However, they politely declined because she was running in the Vancouver Marathon the following morning and thought that she’d better have a relaxing night and eat her typical pasta dinner, that she knows works well for her. And not try anything strange – like lobster – that she hasn’t eaten before. Smart move!
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Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at
I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like a true story movie to inspire. This is especially true if the movie is about a passion of yours.
So for all you runners approaching this upcoming race season, I urge you to pop some popcorn and sit down to watch one of these great running flicks. I promise that you walk away feeling inspired in your training, attitude or even to sign up for a race. Following are three great running movie picks with a brief description to help you choose with one might suit your needs this weekend. Although you will probably want to see all three! Read the rest of this post
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at
As soon as I started seriously getting into my training for an upcoming half marathon, sure enough, I managed to injure my calf muscle. I’m bound and determined to run this half marathon, so I need to figure out how to heal my calf muscle. This prompted me into a research frenzy on what was wrong and what exactly I need to do in order to heal quickly.
My calf muscle has been sensitive for some time. At times I was experiencing leg cramps at night where I would have to quickly jump out of bed because of a seized up calf. I should have seen the warning signs. Possibly hydration was the issue or perhaps not enough salt or potassium in my diet. Who knows what exactly caused my legs cramps at night? Read the rest of this post