But does she win money?

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You gotta love the very elderly (aka my Dad). This was the question my Dad asked Mr. Judy when we were at brunch on Mother’s Day. Actually, first he asked if I ever won a race. Then he asked if I ever win any money racing.

Clearly, my Dad, who raised myself and my two siblings to be competitive — in sports, in academics — doesn’t get it.

I was not athletic, and so I won very few sports medals growing up. A few swimming medals, a few for bowling . . . that was it. My parents exposed us all to a lot of things: dance, swimming, golf for my brother, my sister was a cheerleader, art, music . . . I was the smart one (not that either of my siblings is dumb, and my brother is a lawyer so nuff said there).

I was also competitive in music — but that was mostly similar to being competitive against yourself in running: you played scales, you prepared a solo piece, and you got graded (and it might get you into the all state band, which I did a few times).

So competition was installed in us from a young age.

If you find yourself losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.
— Katherine Switzer

Running is so much more than winning
If the only reason to run was to win or win money, there would be no running boom. Let’s face it — do you personally know someone who has won a race? Won money running a race? Of course someone must, but even though I have speedy running friends, I don’t know anyone who has won money for winning a race (winning money as a age group award is a different story).

It begs the question:

Why do so many people who will never win race?

Out on the roads, there is fitness and self discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
— George Sheehan

There are as many reasons to race as there are racers:

  • To challenge yourself
  • To run with others
  • To support a good cause
  • To see a scenic area
  • To test your training
  • To get a PR
  • To motivate yourself to run
  • To motivate yourself to keep running
  • To improve your confidence

They’ll never understand
You would think my Dad, who got us into all those competitive sports, would understand. I’m quite sure he didn’t do it so that we could be bringing home awards or money. He wanted his children to be well rounded. To not be couch potatoes. To enjoy moving their bodies.

The truth is that most people in your life will probably never get it. They’ll wonder why you do things that can cause you pain. They’ll wonder, like my Dad, whether or not you ever win.

The best you can do is smile a little secretive smile when they ask you such silly questions, because the truth is, you do know a secret: the secret of why racing can change your life. Maybe you’ll change someone’s else’s life by being an example; or maybe not.

Even if you don’t change other people’s lives, you will absolutely change your own life if you race. I don’t know many runners who say that they wish they hadn’t begun racing. I do know some runners who aren’t into racing, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The simplest answer of all
So the next time someone asks you why you race, tell them the simple truth: because it makes me feel good.

They probably won’t understand, because racing is hard. How can something hard make you feel good?

You have to race to get it. So just smile your best Mona Lisa smile and leave it at that. They don’t have to understand; the important thing is that you know why you’re racing and what you’re getting out of it.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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A week of good eats: 5/15-21 Weekly Wrap

If you’re hungry, if you’re trying to drop a few pounds (like I am, actually), you might want to skip over the favorites this week. You’ve been warned: it’s drool worthy!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin; our hosts may be battling hot, humid weather in the south but they’re still moving!

Hey, any of the bloggers going to Utah Valley Marathon think a private Facebook group might be helpful? Just throwing it out there. Might be easier to coordinate meetups.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 7 x 400 downhill repeats — 6 miles total
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, Pilates Perfect Body Arms, DM Chest, Back & Legs
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Core, Swim
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, Treadmill Tempo
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates Rapid Results Arms & Legs
  • Saturday: 12 mile LSD
  • Sunday:  Dogwalk

Mileage: 28 (+7)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

I think I’ve found my spot

Monday


Mother’s Day was a long, exhausting day, but somehow I felt up to tackling my downhill repeats again. Only this time they were both downhill and uphill — this time instead of running downhill and walking up, I did my normal run/walk intervals.

Sort of. There might have been a bit more walking uphill, as it’s a very steep incline in parts.

The reward was that my hamstring was okay, although I felt just a very slight tightness in my other hamstring. But nothing to write home about. I could feel it in my quads, too, but again, nothing that worried me.

I walked an additional half mile when I discovered a trail that led to a picnic bench on my cooldown (had to go back to the car to grab my lunch, and put on a sweatsirt and jacket since it was very windy). So I ate my lunch looking at the water. Not sure how much longer I’ll be able to do that, as it gets really buggy there in the summer. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even if it meant running later than I normally would.

It was perfect running weather (soon to go away)

Tuesday


I headed out with Bandit and the hands free leash, with him wearing a regular harness (as opposed to his normal no-pull harness) — that worked, I didn’t have to stop to get the leash out from under his leg once. Stopping to pee, well, that’s a different story.

Dropped him off after about a mile & a quarter and finished up. No hamstring problems. No problems at all. And just the most picture perfect spring day. I needed that — the weather has been so miserable, for the most part, for weeks!

I ran in this skirt (on the treadmill, later)

Thursday


I could have run this the previous day, outside, when it wasn’t too bad. But I felt I needed that extra day of rest. And at 90+ degrees, I felt no need to torture myself: a treadmill tempo it was.

I haven’t done any speedwork since before NOLA (which would be almost 2 months ago). I upped my pace just a smidge. And it was hard. I got to mile 4.75 — just a quarter mile from being able to drop my pace for the cool down — and I hit the wall. I just had to get off and walk around a bit.

Not quite sure what that was about, but after a little walking around, I got back on the treadmill and finished up the run.

 

Hard to tell, but there’s a boat in there

Saturday


Saturday was beautiful. Well, actually, it was quite chilly and windy early in the morning. I stopped in for the first meetup of the USAFit Albany group (and won the gym bag below), then headed on over to a path by the river to run 12 miles.

Pretty, but windy & cold early in the morning!


I was so chilled at the start of my run; I kept on my heavier jacket, a decision that was fine about the first 4 miles and then I regretted the rest of the run. But long runs are practicing, and I know now (I hope) that if it’s a similar temp in UT, I should go with the wind breaker — or just short sleeves.

There was nothing remarkable about the run. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, my pace was all over the place and I had one rogue very slow mile for no reason. Which is why in a race I mind my watch more — if I just run by feel, my body wants to run slowly — and I’m capable of more.

I knew I’d run 12 miles, to be sure, but nothing really felt off. I ended up skipping my foam rolling simply because I’d left it until before bed, and by that point it was a case of get a decent night’s sleep (not so much, Bandit decided he needed to go out at 3 am) or foam roll; I chose the rest.

I am happy to say that today everything feels pretty good. A slightly achy hip but for me that’s not unusual.

 

Quinoa burger pre LSD (eaten outside)

Favorites of the week
Lunch al fresco with a friend. I haven’t been able to get together with friends much at all this past year. After a couple of days of summer-like heat, and intense thunderstorm the night before, it was just the perfect day to enjoy a nice meal outside. It didn’t hurt that I’d run a hard 6 miles the day before and had 12 miles on the schedule the next day.

Shared dessert

One of the ways I try to keep my weight in check is to leave a little bit over. My friend and I each had one of the ice cream sandwiches above — I didn’t finish mine.

Post LSD dessert

Then we went out to dinner to a new-to-us restaurant after my long run on Saturday. Another meal enjoyed outside, although actually it was chilly, especially as my hair was still wet. A salmon burger to help recovery and then this peanut butter mudslide pie was shared (which we were surprised to find out was an ice cream pie) just cause (as in cause it was delicious).

I’m red faced cause of that sauna!

I swam for the first time in many months, and was very happy to see the steam room and sauna had been fixed (which you might have seen if you follow me on Instagram).

There were quite a few good home baked eats this week, too, although I didn’t get a lot of photos yet. Sweet potato black bean burgers that were delicious from Runner’s World Meals on the Run (Amazon Affiliate link) and I made the Berry Crumble from Run Fast Eat Slow (Amazon Affiliate link) today.

I also got almost caught up with Grey’s Anatomy (still have the season finale to view); still have a few Scandal episodes to get to as well. No spoiler alerts, please!

And that’s a wrap 

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Best eats you’ve made/had lately? 

Has your weather been schizoid like ours? 

Anything to brag about this week?

5 Reasons I’m Stylish

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I consider myself a fashionista. In real life and in my running life. I may be a Skirtsports Ambassador, but I wore them before I became an ambassador and even if they didn’t continue to choose me as an ambassador, no doubt I’d continue to work as an unofficial ambassador.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing five reasons I think stylish running clothes are important — way beyond just looking good. Some of my points are obvious; and some might just get you thinking — in which case, I’ve done my job.

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Looking cute on the run: why not?

Why Not?
There are cute workout clothes at pretty much every price point. So why shouldn’t you look good when you work out? If money is an issue, hit up Kohls (even if I really don’t like that store for reasons I’m not going to go into right now) or Target.

Generally people with poor self esteem are the ones in the men’s shorts and baggy tops — which doesn’t make them invisible like they hope it will. Of course it’s true there’s some people who simply don’t care, but keep reading my next point.

If you look good, you feel good
It’s true. I truly did not feel like a runner when I first started running. Which is not unusual. Dressing in cute clothes helped me with the old “fake it til you make it” mentality.

But it runs deeper than that. Cute clothes can boost your confidence — they truly can. They can make you feel powerful. Fast. Gazelle-like. Even if you really aren’t!

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If you saw me running in that outfit, would you remember me? Or notice me? It could save your life!

I worked hard for this body
And I still work hard for it. Not that working hard will ever make me a Cameron Diaz, but still, I lost a lot of weight and I’ve kept it off (so far, knock on wood). So why would I cover up with baggy, black, unflattering workout clothes?

You don’t have to follow me long to realize that I don’t. And there’s another benefit of stylish running clothes, a serious one: I get ribbed a lot — by friends, by my husband, by people in my running group — that they can see me coming from a mile away.

Good, I say! That’s important. Maybe that driver will see you, too. Or maybe those people will remember your colorful outfit if, God forbid, anything ever happens to you on the run.

Stylish clothes are usually well made
I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for. It doesn’t always follow that more expensive clothes are better made, but most of the time, that’s the truth. Not only are they better made, but they’ll last for years, too.

I have very few running clothes that have worn out. Which is why my drawers are bursting with running clothes!

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Pockets on the shorties, pockets on my top, thumbholes

Function first
My holy grail — in workout clothes and shoes — is functional. If it’s not comfortable, if it doesn’t offer the pockets I need (no matter how many I have, it seems like I’m always running out of space to stash stuff!), then I don’t care how cute it is (maybe).

The good news is that when a company takes the time to make workout clothes cute, they often put a lot of thought into making them functional, too. Pockets in all the right places. Ports for headphones. Shorts that don’t ride up. Just enough compression to support your muscles.

I hope I’ve convinced you that looking good on the run is about so much more than just looking cute. That it can help your self esteem and confidence, make runs easier, and might even just save your life.

So let me know in the comments:

All black or all the colors?

Did you ever think your running clothes could save you?

Do you have to match (ever worn mismatched socks — I haven’t!)?

Disclaimer: All the pictured outfits are from Skirtsports; I am an ambassador, but I don’t make money if you buy from them. And you can save 20% on most things with the code SPRINGCPT20

Hit Reset: Book Review

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Hit Reset Book Review

I am not usually a fan of yoga books, at least not yoga books that actually are about yoga routines — it’s too hard to do yoga while reading out of a book. Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes (Amazon Affiliate link) may just have changed my mind on that score.

A Quick Peek
Here’s a list of the chapters in the book:

  • Intro
  • Rediscover Balance
  • Breathe & Focus
  • Strengthen Your Core
  • Balance Your Foundation
  • Save Your Knees
  • Unstiffen Your Hamstrings
  • Wake Up Your Butt
  • Mobilize & Stabilize Your Hips
  • Sort Out Your Shoulders
  • Unstick Your Side Body
  • Epilogue
  • Routines
  • Glossary

If you have not found at least one chapter that speaks to your weakness, I’d be shocked. I’m willing to bet you’ve found multiple areas you need to work on.

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Problems, solutions, and self tests

A Little more detail
Each chapter begins with several common problems and their solutions. There’s also a very short self test to determine whether or not this is really one of your problem areas. Then it’s on to one or more routines that help you with that particular weakness, with plenty of instruction and photos (and at the back of the book, just the entire routine in photos).

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Moves in a flow & detailed instructions for each pose

One of the things I really love about the book is all the information you get on the nuances of the poses It’s almost like you’re in a private class with Erin instructing you.

Is it more difficult to do a flow of yoga poses while reading a book? Well, yes, yes it is, there’s no getting around that. One of the things Erin emphasizes, though, is there’s no need to stick to the routines exactly as written. If you have the time, it’s great, but if not, just pick a few poses here, a few poses there.

Yoga is meant to be a practice, not something you do for an hour once a week. Imagine getting good at playing an instrument when you only practice one hour a week? Your body is an instrument, too. Your most important instrument.

Eventually you’ll come to know the poses well and you’ll be able to do them without the book, at least your favorites — probably not an entire routine, unless you have a much better memory than I do.

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Photos of each pose in a routine (and when to use it)

Which is exactly what I do: a few poses before heading out on a run, or when something felt off, and often right before I went to sleep (bed yoga, anyone?).

I only have one teeny, tiny complaint about this book: because the spine is glued, not sewn, it’s not strong and it didn’t take much use before the cover separated from the spine. As a person who used to work in printing many years ago, I know that this is cheaper than a sewn spine — although it does’t mean the book has fallen apart; I’d just rather a sewn spine so that the book laid flat easier.

I highly recommend Hit Reset for any active person, and use it frequently myself.

It’s even better with the videos
Hit Reset does not come with videos, but the author, Erin Taylor, is the instructor behind Jasyoga. I knew several runners who were posting about Jasyoga, and several months ago I subscribed — and I’ve never looked back.

Many of the routines in Hit Reset are available via Jasyoga. But there’s much more: meditations, recovery, yoga for triathletes — just to name a few categories. There are routines from 5 minutes up to about 40 minutes. I use many of them on a regular basis and I really enjoy my practice.

I was lucky that I subscribed when Jasyoga was still $4.99/month and got grandfathered in at that rate; now the monthly subscription is $9.99 — which I think is still a bargain. You can try it yourself for a month free with the code FREERESET — not an affiliate link — I am just a happy customer.

I did, however, reach out to Velopress and request this book to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated for this review.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Can’t do simple arithmetic: 5/8-14 Weekly Wrap

Seriously, apparently I can’t count. I wanted to move my long runs from Sunday to Saturday — my next half is a Saturday — and it never occurred to me that I’d have two long runs in one week — according to the calendar Rachel @ Runningonhappy uses, which runs Sunday through Saturday. Although since I report Monday through Sunday here, it’s all good. Sort of. This week had its ups and downs.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin; if our hosts don’t inspire you to get more active, I don’t know what will!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: JY High Mileage Reset
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 8 x 400 downhill repeats — 6 miles total
  • Wednesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Couple of dogwalks
  • Friday: PIlates Perfect Body Arms, Legs, Couple of dogwalks
  • Saturday: 11 mile LSD
  • Sunday:  Dogwalk

Mileage: 21 (+5)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

It’s really a long hill

Tuesday


This was my first time running downhill hill repeats. I definitely like it better than uphill ones, but that doesn’t mean it was easy! I ran downhill then walked back up. And I felt just fine . . . until the last downhill, where I felt a slight twinge in my left hamstring.

It didn’t bother me on my cooldown, and my last mile was the fastest.

Running hands free with Bandit

Wednesday


I tried to tape the bothersome hamstring — it wasn’t bothering me much, but it was there, ya know? Headed out and warmed up with Bandit for a couple of miles using the new hands free leash.

About the last half mile I started to feel something in the hamstring again, but did I stop? D’oh, of course not. Stupid.

We had some sun this week — but not much


Saturday


I was supposed to do a tempo run on Thursday, but my hamstring was really aggravated so I chose to take a couple of rest days instead. I had also meant to get back into Iron Strength, in preparation for the net downhill in UT, but obviously that was out too.

So I headed out Saturday, not quite sure how far I’d go. I also headed out earlier than usual to try and beat the rain and was mostly successful. My hamstring didn’t bother me (and still seems fine), so I got the 11 on the schedule done.

It’s always such a balancing act when there’s just a slight niggle like that — every time it felt tired, I’d be asking myself whether that was a twinge? Did it feel a little tight? Should I turn around? In the end I think I was successful listening to my body, but it’s not always easy.

Favorites of the week
Well, I did it again. Another hydration pack. Seriously. I really wanted one with pockets and when I saw a good deal on one I snatched it up — it finally arrived Friday, just in time for the long run.

Made by Ultrainspire (and in UT, no less!), there’s an incredible attention to detail. The bladder actually opens at the top, making it easy to fill, and the hose disconnects completely.

There are multiple pockets on the vest in front — my hard sided case I put my cookies in fit perfectly in one. There’s too decent sized pockets up front, one zippered, one open, and then a couple of smaller ones.

The pocket in the back is the largest one of all of the hydration packs I own. The hose has a bite valve you pull open to drink from, and then just push shut to close it.

My only problem? One side was good, the other was falling off my shoulder. I assume it still just needs to be adjusted and will have Mr. Judy help me with it. I tried to adjust it at one point on the run (obviously, not on the run), but it didn’t help.

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I liked them, but even three bites took a bit too long to eat!

I also tried using some pie bites during my long run. They were a bit time consuming to make — you can only put a tiny bit of pie filling in each — and I ended up just kind of rolling the pie crust around that bit of filling like a biscuit.

I just used a few, but they take longer to eat, even though they’re quite small. Still, they were tasty and different and I found myself looking forward to them. I only chopped up one apple, but I had a huge amount of filling left over, so I baked it for a while and enjoyed that topped with some greek yogurt and granolahalotop as a dessert after my long run.

Happy Mother’s Day to all celebrating! Ours was a very long day, leaving home at 9 am, coming back at 6 pm, a long drawn out lunch, dropping the dogs off, picking them up, taking back that cabinet from my parents . . . maybe I’ll have some photos for Thursday’s post. Right now I need a snack & to relax just a tiny bit!

And that’s a wrap 

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Fun stuff for Mother’s Day? 

Ever forget to count a run? 

Would you eat a pie bit on the run?

5 Things that got me through . . .

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. . .  My first trail race

I love you free spirits who just go out and run. I’m a girl scout; I believe in preparation! Maybe that’s why I’m not usually super nervous before a race. I was a little nervous before this past half (read the recap here), but chatting with Skirtsisters before the start took my mind off of it.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing five things that helped me run a successful first trail half.

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Still gushing over the hydration pack

Hydration Pack
This is obviously beating a dead horse, since I devoted last week’s Friday Five (read it here) to the subject. Most runners didn’t seem to be carrying water at all. And yes, it was a very chilly day. I need my hydration and I just love my hydration pack and am glad I finally tried one! And then another . . .

A similar one from Amazon (affiliate link) here.

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They were so cute before they got all muddy!

Dirty Girl Gaiters
Do you need gaiters to run a trail race? Of course not. Will they help? Obviously, I think they do.

Where I ran in training had several very sandy patches — like running in the unpacked sand on a beach. I would get home and empty what felt like the entire trail from my shoes. My feet would be dirty despite my socks.

The first time I ran with gaiters only a tiny trickle of sand needed to be drained from my shoes. I was immediately sold.

Gaiters cover the bottom of your legs and part of your shoes, and their purpose is to keep all that trail debris out of your shoes. Unfortunately, since I had to return my trail shoes, I now have to dig out the velcro (wherever that might be) to attach gaiters to my new trail shoes (when I buy them).

The good news is that they since they send along more than enough, I don’t have to buy new velcro — assuming I can find the leftovers.

You can buy your Dirty Girl Gaiters (not an affiliate link, although they are available on Amazon) here.

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Love these compression socks!

Mudgear Compression Socks
I think I may have found the perfect cold weather compression socks. One of the reasons I run in compression sleeves instead of compression socks is I hate that tightness around my toes — it feels like they’re being squished together — and the fact that there’s so little padding.

Mudgear targets the OCR and Tough Mudder crowds. It’s mildly compressive around your lower legs, but the feet are regular socks and nicely padded. I bought a medium, but I will say that they actually felt a bit too loose around my toes. I wonder if the small might be a better fit for me?

They got wet . . . again, and again, and again . . . yet they would dry out between dunkings and I didn’t get blisters.

Get your Mudgear Compression socks from Amazon (affiliate link) here

Rocktape
No, of course, this is not something you need for a trail race. If I hadn’t taped both knees, though, there might have been a lot more pain, a lot more walking, and it might even have derailed my UT half. Rocktape rocks; no joke!

You can buy Rocktape (Amazon Affiliate link) here.

Honeystinger Waffles
My race started at 9 am. We left at 7:30 because it’s a half hour drive and we knew parking would be limited (we could have left a little later). I ate my normal prerace breakfast of overnight oats at my usual time, around 6 am.

I know lots of runners run half marathons on very little fuel. What can I say, I like to eat, and I know that with 3 hours between breakfast and the start of the race, I needed a little somthin’ somethin’ — Honeystinger Waffle to the rescue!

You can buy them here (I’m a Honeystinger Ambassador, but I don’t make any money off of your purchase — just sharing the love here).

So let me know in the comments:

Do you need a prerace snack if breakfast was several hours prior?

Have you ever attempted a race that pushed you outside your comfort zone — if yes, which one and why?

Would you try a tough mudder or OCR race (me: no thank you! The trail race was enough tough mud for me!)?

Disclaimer: I am an Ambassador for both Skirtsports and Honeystinger. I make no money from the links in this post, and I was not provided any items for free. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

To everything there is a season: TOLT

I’m  Thinking Out Loud , randomly, in no particular order: things ending, another movie, sleeping patterns, and running with dogs. Because that’s my life! Well, running with a dog, anyway.

Expect troubles as an inevitable part of life, and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.
— Anne Landers

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Have I got a house for you . . .

This too shall pass
One of my mom’s favorite sayings. Of course, while something hard is happening, it seems like it will never pass. Every time this past year I thought my life was getting back to normal, something else happened.

Everything has a beginning and an end, and I am happy to report that my parents’ home, my childhood home, is now listed. Just in case you’d like to move into a relatively large home right behind Vassar College, you can look at it here. Feel free to pass along the link to anyone that might be interested. It cleaned up pretty well.

I still remember our very first meal in that house — pizza, I think, sitting on the kitchen floor of the empty house my parents had just bought, partially so that my sister and I no longer had to share a bedroom — I was 9, she was 16.

Go see Boston: The Documentary
If you have the chance to rent it, or it’s re-released again at some point, it’s well worth it. I never go to evening movies. Heck, I can fall asleep watching tv at night at home. Despite it being way past my bedtime, I didn’t nod off at all.

I also don’t remember ever hearing Matt Damon (who is supposed to narrate it) at all.

But did I sleep in the next day?
Nope. And that’s my problem — I don’t usually sleep any later even if I go to bed later. I do occasionally sleep later when we’re on vacation (no animals to take care of, no pressing matters on my mind) — but even that is rare.

People (and by people I mainly mean my family, who all seem to be night owls) give me a hard time about going to bed early all the time. Mr. Judy and I can go to sleep at the same time (like Tuesday night), but I’ll be out of bed at least an hour before he is.

My FIL used to go to bed even earlier. No one gave him a hard time. I think there’s a double standard there.

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Come run Utah with me
We’re a month away from the Utah Valley Marathon (or half, or 10k) and code crj15 still gets you 15% off of your registration.

I’m running the half, and quite a few other bloggers will be racing, too.

Disclaimer: I make a small amount of money if you register using my code.
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They look a bit worried

Bandit update
I find the dogs together more and more these days. Not all the time, but definitely more frequently.

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Time sharing the bed
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Just chilling

We also took our first run with the Tuff Mutt Hands Free Leash (Amazon affiliate link) yesterday. It’s still easier to run solo, I have to admit, but I do think this will be a game changer. Holding the leash while running with Bandit might be the culprit in some hip pain — we’ll see.

In fact, I often wondered how people who have lost a limb run without pain — or do they just accept it will always be painful?  I’m guessing they do. And it’s pretty amazing to me that they still do just do it.

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Do you feel any attachment to your childhood home?

Successful running with a dog (and what tools do you need)?

Have you thought about how it must feel to run with a disability?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud