• Running,  Thoughts

    Stop and Smell The Roses

    Ever have one of those days?  I mean one of those days, when you wake up late, an hour of your day that you thought was still available already gone, and you just can’t really motivate yourself to put on your running shoes? For me, today was one of those days.  The sun was shining brilliantly into my apartment, and all I really wanted was to sit and relax, read a book, and bask like a cat in the sun rays beaming through my windows. But… I needed to run.  My legs were twitchy.  It had been more than two days, and I could feel my body craving the exercise…

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    Motivation

    For the past few months, I have been getting out on the road, doing the two to five-mile shuffle at least three times each week.  This for me is a great improvement in consistency over my last two years as a runner.  It’s not that I have put myself on a schedule, so much as I like to run.  So I get out and do it when my legs are itching.  (Tomorrow morning, it’s on!) But I have no goal set.  No pace to hit, no mileage to train up to, no real structure to my workout regimen.  So, when I wake up, I base my distance on time available before life…

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    Morning Run – New Shoes!

    Previously, almost jokingly, I mentioned the possibility that I would end up getting one of the “Sportiest” looking pairs of Vibram shoes to continue on my journey of running.  To speak honestly on the appearance of shoes, when it comes to running, I don’t usually go for the wild, loud, bright sneakers; I prefer a more subdued, quiet, classic looking shoe. … these shoes have Coral pops on them.  And a bright white stripe over the forefoot. And I love them!  May I introduce you, dear readers, to the Vibram KomodoSport LS: I pulled my brand-new shoes out of their box this morning, and took them for a short test…

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    Slipper Located and Acquired

    Last Thursday, post 20 minute nap after a long work-day , I made my way down the stairs and out into the advancing twilight of evening for a quick run.  I strapped down the velcro tab on my Vibram KSO, picked up my toes and took off!  Half a mile later, I stopped at my local REI.  I decided to make my shoe purchase errand a short run.  (Really short).  But after half an hour of conversation with a very helpful sales associate, I didn’t even know which shoe I wanted to try on my foot.  I decided to run home, the long way (a two-mile run still didn’t seem…

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    Cinderella & Shoe Choices

    Nearly two months into my journey of becoming a runner, I find myself in need of new shoes.  Not unlike Cinderella, I have an old pair of shoes I always wear: 2-year-old Vibram KSO‘s that I love and are perform reliably well every time I get outside.  In fact, tonight I was able to go out for a brisk run, concentrating on my form and turnover, and managed to run 1.75 miles with nearly an 8 minute/mile pace.  This is the fastest I have run… possibly ever.  These shoes have helped guide me to keep my bodyweight centered over my feet, avoid heel strike, and shorten my stride.  Needless to say, I am…

  • Running,  Thoughts

    Becoming Me

    As I rose early this morning to meet my Aunt in another part of town to run, I found myself in doubt.  I had agreed to help her, as she is new to running, and coach her on the all-important form and stride; I really wanted to help my wonderful Aunt get out on the right foot and have those notes of wisdom from an experienced runner to help her prevent any possible injury she may incur solely from something simple like form. But as I made my way out the door into the misty morning, I found myself asking critical questions of my ability: – Do I really know what…

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    I am a Runner

    After two days of rest to prevent injury after possibly over-doing it, I decided I was ready to run again.  Last Saturday, I enthusiastically and joyfully went running in my barefoot shoe of choice, the Vibram KSO, and may have stressed my calves out a wee bit.  But this morning, it was a delightfully cool near 60 degrees and I decided I would go out for a run, and really go for speed.  For this, I wore a shoe with some sole.  🙂 For me, going for a morning run has always meant waking up 15 minutes before heading out the door.  I’ll drink some water, get dressed, grab my…

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    The morning run

    This morning I made a decision. I will not buy coffee unless I have done my morning workout. I know some of you are shaking your heads, rolling your eyes, or even laughing at me. Coffee may be a small thing to some, but for me, the ritual of saying hello to the barista and doing our polite, and fun, “how is your life today” dance has become a well integrated part of my adult existence. This interaction is perhaps even more important to me than the caffeinated beverage. I enjoy connecting with people. I also enjoy a warm coffee in hand as I ride public transit to work. And…

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    Phase 2 – starting a little late

    Earlier this month, I was kind of on a roll with the blog and run and blog about it habit, and it seems that I have dropped away from the “face” of the Internet. And that is absolutely true. Looking at my personal email, I had nearly 200 messages to weed through this morning dating back to July 14th, when I am usually quite prompt at reading my emails, checking them 2 or even three times a day. The only time I spent in the digital world since about early-mid July has been while at work, or short moments spent on my iPhone here and there. The past three weeks…

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    Rest – Three days

    My initial intent for the weekend was to take a day off from my constant track of running, and get back to it the following day with a new goal and program.  Saturday blended into Sunday, and Monday snuck up on me, so busy this first day of the week, that three days fled by without any time spent in running shoes. Hm.  Ok.  Step back.  Maybe this is ok. While I am mildly upset with myself for taking three days off in a row, I do realize that the human body does need some time to rest and repair.  After months of neglecting my physical fitness, I chose to run everyday.  For…