Beginners Guide to Choosing a Goal Race

Whether it’s your very first race or simply a distance you’ve never raced before, the primary goal of any beginner runner should be crossing the finish line intact.  As a beginner myself, I know just finishing that first distance race is a hard concept to swallow; all I was thinking during my first 5k was, “Am I there yet? What’s my time?”  What I wasn’t thinking about was that, in more » Read more

Overcoming Beginner’s Barriers and Resolving to Commit

It’s January, which means millions of people recently made resolutions.  Some jumped on a new fad diet band wagon. Not me. Some joined a gym and started exercising. Already doing that. Some quit smoking. Good for them! Some are making better financial decisions. Good for them too! Me? I stopped making resolutions. I figured why set myself up for disappointment when February arrived? Instead, I made a commitment to myself to show more » Read more

To Marathon, Or Not to Marathon? How Do You Know You’re Ready to Run 26.2?

That is the question. I recently had an epic run, during which I broke through my mileage plateau without suffering any immediate ill effects, I can’t help but wonder if I should just go ahead and do it. I know darn well I can run a half-marathon, albeit maybe slower than I would like, but could I run a marathon this coming February? I have plenty of time between now more » Read more

Racing Your First Half Marathon

Finishing is nice, but you love racing. You’ve got some 5k and 10k races under your belt and you think you might be ready to take the next step and try a half marathon. 13.1 miles can seem daunting if you’ve never raced that far before, and with good reason–pushing yourself for that many miles is tough to get used to! Lucky for you, the half is a very accessible more » Read more

LSD Explained: Long Runs for Beginners

As many of us (me included) start a new training cycle for Spring races, it means that it’s time for some LSD! No no, not that kind…duh.  I’m talking about those “long runs” you hear all the hardcore running nerds talk about, which is also referred to as “Long Slow Distance,” abbreviated as LSD. Personally, long runs are my favorite parts of the training cycle.  In my jam-packed life, my more » Read more

5 Things You Should Never Tell Beginner Running Friends

It’s January, which means it’s the time of year when of our non-running friends are making grand plans to get fit. For many of us Salties, it’s the time of year when our non-running friends start asking us for help and advice as they decide that This Year is when they’re finally going to Get Into Running and actually finish that beginners program they’ve started a dozen times. At times 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

Fartleks for Beginners

Beginning runners – have you stagnated at a specific mile pace? Are you bored with your easy runs, the routes or the routine? Perhaps you are just looking for something new to spice up your running? Well, look no further than the fartlek. Maybe you’ve heard this word bandied about and wondered why any runner might to do anything that’s pronounced fart lick. Despite what the syllables mean in English, 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