All tagged running

Summer Streak Part 2!

Congratulations to everyone who finished the Memorial Day to 4th of July running streak! A lot of you are continuing your streak right on to Labor Day, and many of you have messaged me to ask for a new tracking sheet, so here you go!

Another Tracking Sheet: Bib Style!

I was sorting through all my running bibs this morning and thought, “Hey! a bib design would make a fun tracking sheet!” So here you go, another version of a tracking sheet for the 2019 Run Streak that starts on Memorial Day and goes through July 4th.

Run Your Own Race

“Run Your Own Race.” Four little words. Four syllables shared with me by other runners. "Run your own race." Truly generous encouragement and advice. "Run your own race," begins the mantra I focus on whether running a race or performing daily activities:

Earn a Daily Digital Medal!

The 2018 Winter Run Streak starts on November 22, 2018 and goes through New Year’s Day 2018. Running a mile every single day is a joy in itself, but to make the winter streak even more fun I’m making digital badges to celebrate each of the 41 days.

I’ll post a badge on this page every day. Feel free to download the images and use them on your own pages!

Time for the Winter Streak!

On November 22, 2018, thousands of runners will commit to running one mile a day from Thanksgiving through News Year’s Day: 41 days of running bliss! Through warm, cold, wind and rain, snow and mud,

Time for Another Streak!

Time for another streak! The Runner's World Summer 2018 run streak starts on May 28, 2018 and goes through the 4th of July. 38 days to get your run geek on by running one mile, every day. I am beyond excited, since the first runner's streak I did (Thanksgiving 2017 - January 1, 2018) kindled a love of running that I never expected. 

Shin Splints: The Speed Bumps of Running

Shin Splints. Technically, medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). Shin splints are a pretty common ailment among runners; one PLoS ONE study identified MTSS as the most common injury (15%) among 254 novice runners (that would be me!). Causing pain below the knee on either side of the shin bone, shin splints brought my mile-a-day running streak to an abrupt end on day 51. I was in the middle of a 5k run when I felt the pain in the outside (anterior) part of my shin, along the thickest part of the muscle. I limped home and got out the ice pack.

Love Your Heart in February!

February is traditionally the month to think about love and hearts... or about loving our hearts! This month I'm challenging myself to do 5 miles of cardio exercise each day, using a combination of walking, running, and cycling. My one caveat is that the 5 miles needs to be intentional; any miles logged working and doing daily activities are extra. 

I'm a Streaker!

I'm officially a Streaker! A running streaker, that is. On January 1, 2018 I met the challenge to run at least 1 mile every day for 40 days. You can read more about it in my earlier article, "Runner's World 40 Days of Awesome!" Over the 40 days between Thanksgiving Day 2017 and New Year's Day 2018 I ran a total of 59 miles, including three 5k runs on my own. I ran indoors on the treadmill and outside in sunshine, rain, dark, and cold.

Yeah, I'm a Runner

The last thing thing I felt like doing today was running. But I had to. I’d signed up for the Runner’s World 40 Days of Awesome Challenge, which committed me to running every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Why the hell do I set these goals? Are they just a good reason for me to have something to feel guilty about when I don’t meet them? I don’t even want to go there. Am I just trying to pretend like I’m something I’m not? What the heck am I playing at? Hell, I’m not a runner.