5 Lessons For Running From “The Real Housewives”

 Reality TV is often far from the reality the rest of us live.  Maybe that is why I watch it; I start to feel better about my own life when I see the “reality” of those people. This post is an attempt to turn some of the worst of all reality shows into a lesson for running, and even life.  I’ve spent way too much time watching this schlock to more » Read more

Trying to get my groove back.

Dear Santa: I confess.  I’ve been naughty.  My slippers have seen more action than my running shoes.  Instead of my former schedule of five days running and two days off, I’ve done the opposite. I wish I could blame it on pain and discomfort; on the physical difficulties of my recent surgery being much worse than I had anticipated.  This is most certainly not the case though.   Read more

Running Hopes for the Holidays

A new month is here and it’s time to get back to a workout routine!  After my surgery, the superglue has peeled off and stitches have dissolved.  My bellybutton still feels weird, but I plan to start out slow.  Black Friday deals allowed us to get a treadmill, so if the winter ever kicks in to the worst CO has to offer, I’m prepared!  And my work schedule is crazy more » Read more

Another Safety Reminder

On October 5th, 10 year old Jessica Ridgeway went missing in the Denver suburb where we live.  I’m not sure I will ever forget the picture to the left.  It was the image used on most of the “Missing” signs that were distributed all over the area.  Some were posters-sized. There was even a huge banner with this picture displayed at the camp set-up to organize search parties.  One day, more » Read more

My First Race! Going Ape in Record Time

I’m not going to lie.  When I woke-up race morning, I was ready to chicken out.  I cried…and cried…and told my husband I didn’t want to do it; I didn’t want to go.  He wasn’t going to have any of that!  He told me I’d be more upset with myself if I didn’t do it.  The anxiety was high but it had more to do with being in a crowd more » Read more

On Your Mark. Get Set. GO-Rilla

HOLEY MOLEY!!!  Where does the time go?  The Denver Gorilla Run seemed so far off back when I registered.  And, here it is, less than a week away. When I decided to run this 5K, I hoped I’d be able to actually run the full race.  I didn’t even think about how it would be to run in a gorilla suit, really.  Now, it is all I think about!  You more » Read more

Rookie Mistake: Keep on Running When Life Spins out of Control

As the resident beginner, I’m here to bring other beginners this cautionary tale. Over the last few months running has really become an important part of my life. I’m not sure I really appreciated how much running has improved my life and provided an escape from the every day hustle and grind. I learned how much I truly under-appreciated running last week when life exploded. At a time when I more » Read more

With the Beginner Program Complete, What Comes Next?

A few weeks ago I thought I would never get beyond the 20 minute mark. It seemed like it was a race between me and the clock…and the clock was certainly winning. With the advice and comments on my frustrated blog post, I decided to put the racing blinders on…and started leaving the watch at home. I also set my Nike+ to a basic, open-ended workout so the Nike+ Lady more » Read more

Shopping for the Right Running Store

Here in Colorado, we’re lucky to have a lot of choices when it comes to shopping for athletic or outdoor gear, and where I live is no exception. Even though I was a little uneasy about my experience visiting a running store the first time, I knew it was important to shop around and find the product and the sales environment that was right for me… After all, if I’m more » Read more

Surviving the First Time at a Running Store! High Five!!!

When you combine genetics, working retail, and running the feet can be quite tortured. My poor feet are pretty beat up, and recently even just standing has been a pain in the foot-literally! I’ve been having some serious heel pain. My mentor Salty said it was probably time for something I’ve feared for a while: my first visit to a running store. As a retail manager you might think this more » Read more

My Goal: Make It to the Lake

Honestly, I was doubting the day would come when I would run for 20 minutes straight.  Going for 10 minutes straight seemed like it wasn’t going any easier on day 5 as it was on day 1.  I really had to step-up the mental game with positive self-talk: “YOU CAN DO THIS!”.  I finished up my week or so of 10 minute running increments and began to brace myself for more » Read more

Retching or Kvetching – Can My Cycle Affect My Running?

Oi Vey!  What a week I had. I was working on running 10 minutes straight.  So, according to the plan, I started out with a 5 minute brisk walk, 10 minutes of running, 1 minute of walking, 10 minutes of running, and then finishing up with a 4 minute walk.  The “think I can” mindset was leading me into the week.  This is where I was headed weeks back when more » Read more

Beginner Body Image: My Body, My Body, My Body and Me

I know some of the Salties have taken the challenge and run this summer sansashirt.  I’m not at that place.  Partly for the safety of other runners who could have their retinas burned from the bright whiteness of my skin; I’d be afraid that all of the many seniors I pass along the way would mistake my belly for the light they’ve been trying to hold off from seeing as more » Read more

Diary of a Beginner Runner: Finding Freedom in Watchless Running

As I was thinking about what to write this week, ideas took some twists and turns.  Then, while out on a run, I was thinking about balance and alignment.  My thoughts were not about my car; I was thinking about core training.  Physical core training is certainly something I should consider adding to my routine, but I was actually thinking about core training as an analogy for life. Right now, more » Read more

Running Etiquette: Rules of the Road…er…Multipurpose Path.

Here’s the thing, I’m not trying to be hoity-toity.  Etiquette isn’t always my highest priority.  I know something about napkins on laps and salad forks versus dinner forks.  Emily Post and Miss Manners wouldn’t be completely horrified by my manners.  If Richard Gere had to take me to a fancy dinner, I may not know how to use the escargot tongs, but he wouldn’t be completely horrified, either. When it more » Read more