• Running,  Thoughts

    Determined

    In order to lead the life we want to live, it takes a certain amount of self-worth and determination to make that life possible.  We need to set our own desires at a higher level of importance over our outside influences (job, the weather, family, daylight savings time, friends … even sleep, unless that is one of the things you desire and value) in order to keep moving forward. It’s interesting and amusing to observe, that despite all of the extraordinary life events that have happened throughout this past year of life – people very important passing from this life, others walking out and ending friendships, my first exploration outside…

  • Running,  Thoughts

    Candy Corn and Redefined (and Unrefined) Writings

    Tonight, on my way home from a quiet, comfortable dinner with a good friend at a sidewalk bistro table, we walked by the grocery store to get a few necessities for the work-week, and were caught off guard by the barrage of orange  and purple candy bags stacked throughout the entryway and along the aisles.  Could it be that Halloween has already arrived?  In mid-September? Very quickly it was obvious Halloween is taking over the grocery store.  My inner five-year old’s eyes went wide, and a grin spread across her face…  She (and I) had to find candy corn! I have had a personal allowance of one bag of candy…

  • Running

    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…

  • Running

    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…

  • Running

    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…

  • Running

    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…

  • Running

    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…

  • Running

    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…

  • Running,  Thoughts

    Fitness Quest Part 1 (2 for 20 for 22) Complete!

    I did it.  I’m done… For the first time in my life, I can proudly state that I have started a fitness program, of my own design, for myself, and met my goal.  For no other reason than wanting to do something good for myself, which, I have to admit is a pretty darned good reason.  In my recent past, I have signed up with trainers, signed myself up for races and relays, yet never have I been so committed to training or working out as I have been these past 22 days.  Something within me has switched. Of course, my goal was certainly designed with S.M.A.R.T. criteria, not intentionally,…