Yay!! I’ve got something to share ..

Yay!! I’ve got something to share ..

I was just made a Train Dirty Fitness Ambassador .. where it’s all about promoting health and fitness for everyone – no matter what journey you are on! Train Dirty Fitness is women supporting women .. empowering and motivating each other. Can you say AWESOME?!? Head on over to Train Dirty Fitness to see what it’s all about .. #TrainDirtyFitness #TDFA Join me every week for #pinkwednesday .. Seriously how could you not love...

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Lesson Learned ..

I am training for an ultra, my first, a 50k on the beautiful trails. This past Sunday I ran 10 miles and felt great .. so I thought I’d go out the next day and run a 20 miler I had planned with a friend. The 20 didn’t go as smoothly as the ten .. I started feeling it at mile 15. Between the trails, elevation climbs, the not-so smart 10 miles the day before and fueling I began to crash. I struggled to finish and made my way to the car .. where I wanted to just get home to shower and take a long nap! The feeling is horrible and this is not the first time .. but hoping the last. Lesson learned (for me) .. Don’t run 30 trail miles in 24 hours (because I’m not yet a well trained ultra runner) .. hydrate and fuel properly before, during and after and you will feel amazing!!! Today’s 18 miles on the trails were like night and day from my twenty miles. Not one time did I want to just “be done” or want to sit and scream! Yes, my feet hurt and I was ready for a shower .. but I finished strong and it made me see that I can and will cross the finish line. So as I start 2014 and log my miles as I #RunThisYear .. I will stick to my detailed training schedule and proper fueling – all the while remembering that I don’t ever want to feel that way again! I only want to feel amazing as I cross the finish line! Go out today and run, walk, ride or swim your year – whatever you do – be...

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I Will “Run This Year 2014” … and not only in miles!

I Will “Run This Year 2014” … and not only in miles!

Happy New Year 2014! Wow, hard to believe that another year has come to an end. Why does it always seem to speed by? I am not quite sure I have ever really made a New Year’s resolution .. and if I did, I am sure it didn’t last very long (seeing as it’s not even in my memory bank). With that — I chuckle! My memory at times seems to be as fleeting as the weeks of the past year! Just ask my teens and dear hubby! It seems I always have the same “goal” — and that is to be in the best shape of my life. However, for me this year my goal will not only to be physically in shape, but spiritually and mentally as well .. and to be really present for this years journey. Oh yeah .. and to be really organized and on task – for this I ordered a “Life Planner” — because I want to finally “run my life”! My road to becoming an “athlete” may have started out slow, but it has had very steady progress and is something I think about at least 10 times a day! Getting out there and running some days seems so easy .. and believe me some days not so much! For me running is so much more mentally challenging .. this I know for sure! I have made so many friends through the running community and this year I am looking forward to expanding my “community” virtually! I have taken the plunge and joined an on-line community running challenge perfectly titled “Run This Year 2014” – Head on over to http://runninghutch.com/runthisyear/ .. and see what it’s all about! I ended 2013 on a great run note with the completion of my fourth marathon and began training for my very first Ultra marathon – a 50k in March! I look forward to many more miles in 2014 .. and I challenge you to Run This Year and as for me .. I will also run my life!...

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Me .. A Ragnar Trail Warrior ?!?

I’m beyond excited to work my first race expo! Yep — it’s true! Working an expo .. as a Ragnar Trail Warrior! Crazy right?!?! Here’s my story … You know I love Ragnar, running and the trails .. So when my blogging friend Running Rachel sent me a message announcing that they were looking for Trail Warriors .. I nervously applied – Ahhhhhh!! Within a few weeks I received notice that I was selected — OH MY!!! So many ideas and thoughts racing through my head .. and where to begin was just one of them! As a Trail Warrior, my “job” is to promote the Ragnar Trail Series .. specifically in the Northern California area for their Tahoe July 2014 race! I have been lucky enough to participate in 3 Ragnar Road Relays and I am so looking forward to their trail series — Where it’s “Run.Camp.Sleep?Repeat.”! I will be utilizing social media and running a lot of trails all while spreading the word .. Here’s to putting my best Trail Warrior running foot forward and into high gear doing my best to make Ragnar Tahoe the event to be at! I will be at the Ragnar Trail booth at the California International Marathon Expo this Friday — so if you’re heading down to the expo for #RunCIM stop by and say Hi — come find out what Ragnar Trail is all about!! Check out this video of what #RagnarTrailTahoe looked like last year … I cannot...

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Thief of Joy ..

Thief of Joy ..

I’ve run my share of races .. some for fun, some for time .. some with laughs and yes, some with pain. Each and every race .. without fail .. I COMPARE! I don’t just compare in my running, but in every aspect of my life – TRUTH! I compare myself to “myself” – heavier, lighter, younger and older. I compare myself to “HER” (whoever it is at the moment – some days it’s Cindy Crawford) – is she faster than me, slower than me .. am I taller than her (a big issue for me) or shorter than her (ha, most likely not) .. am I heavier than her or smaller? Will they like me .. or not? Are they really interested in me .. or just being polite? Does she have stretch marks — from carrying her babies like me? Am I good mom? Will my kids ship off to college in a few years and never want to come back home? Am I spoiling my dog when she paws me for attention?!? Seriously the list can go on for days and for those of you who know me .. know this list is never ending! I admit .. at my age this is still happening. I even admitted it out loud to my daughter and her Girl Scout troop while we were having a group discussion on “friendship”and feelings. I wanted them to know that all of this is normal (right?). I wanted them to not feel embarrassed or insecure about these feelings. I lifted my hand in the air at age 42 .. and confessed. I am guilty of this! I am quite sure my daughter was mortified .. but I am glad I did it. I don’t want them to feel they are not enough .. or not brave enough to admit things (no matter what people may think)! Especially when those same “Her’s” are most likely feeling the same way .. This past weekend I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon (with 30,000 other “Her’s”) and for a brief 36-hours – I felt confident in my running abilities – no comparing! However, that old friend “compare” came right back to visit me – and as I type this post I say to “Her” .. This time I will take the 36-hours and remember that feeling when I wear my Tiffany necklace proudly .. just for me NO COMPARING — and live in my joy! I will try to remember this .. join me! We all deserve JOY .. try and find it in...

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{un}Track Thursday

{un}Track Thursday

Our local high school track isn’t open at 5:15 a.m. – when all the “crazy” runners like to get ‘er done!! So a friend and I make do .. set our Garmin’s and GO (running parallel to the school)! It’s been two weeks back at the “track” and after it’s done — I kinda love it! I say AFTER .. because during — it is just plain tough! On schedule for this week was 6 x 400’s with 90-second RI (recovery intervals) and then repeat 6 x 400’s – with a goal of 1:55 each 400. After each 400 I am hunched over with mixed feelings of wanting to throw-up and screaming inside “when is this over?”. Track work and speed work in the long run are supposed to pay off with overall conditioning and endurance. For this I will continue .. in hopes of reaping the benefits of both and feel amazing in my next few...

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Ragnar Napa Valley – Races Not Always Easy – ALWAYS FUN!!

Ragnar Napa Valley – Races Not Always Easy – ALWAYS FUN!!

Two days after Ragnar .. I am still feeling my Ragover! I’ve now done three Ragnar’s and every year it gets better .. not necessarily easier (more about that later)! For team Run You Over 4 Wine it’s all about a girls weekend ..12 amazing moms who love to run – ditching the kids (all 27 between us) and our hubby’s to run 200 miles relay-style San Francisco to Calistoga and way too many great stories to re-tell for one weekend!   Our road to Ragnar began on Thursday evening with a little van decorating and the drive down to San Francisco. In our beds way too late for an alarm clock way too early Friday sounds crazy – especially since our team hit the start line at 6:30 a.m. – but it’s all for the sake of saying we did it and one of the biggest race medals I own!  Each team has twelve runners, who run 3 separate legs, with miles varying from 3 -10 each leg. I was runner 5 of twelve this year and for me that meant more miles (yay!) and a change in scenic views from SF to Calistoga! Rain was in the forecast and Mother Nature didn’t disappoint — this was definitely a game changer in what’s typically a nice fall-like weather race.  Every runner has their own experience and story .. great, bad or so-so .. sounds just like a day in the life of me. Here is my run story ..  Leg 1 – 6.6 miles (9:34 a.m.) Running the streets and trails of Mill Valley – this leg started off through the busy city streets and climbed some challenging hills (2.5 miles worth) both road and trail. The top of the hill view was beautiful and worth the climb.  Leg 2 – 9.2 miles (10:15 p.m.) Rain, rain go away .. not the way I wanted to run that leg! Already not feeling my best and the steady rain on the dark country roads made for an eventful run. Thankful for my teammates who were cheering me on and ringing that cow bell from the other side of the road — passing me tissue to wipe my eyes from the rain, a visor and a second headlamp to help with my night vision – I pushed through – not wanting to let them down! I was so glad when that leg was over .. and a few hours later my tummy was not having anymore of it – yep, about midnight I was outside of the van hunched over on the wet streets — losing it. One of the worst feelings .. ever! Some runs are just hard .....

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