This Adult Onset Athlete’s Story


Were you this girl? The one that avoided running at all costs? The one that hated running? The one picked last for any team? The one that went far out into the outfield when we had to play, praying that no one would hit anything out there, because she couldn’t hit, catch, or run?

Yup, that girl was me. I didn’t run track in school. In fact, one year I picked track during PE classes because the teachers never checked on us. You could choose between several different options. We’d walk out to the track, and sit on it and talk.

When I got married I wore my sister’s dress — she’s taller than me, but I had to diet so that I could fit into that dress. I was successful, but it wasn’t long after getting married that the pounds started to pile back on.

Was that when I started running? No. I joined Weight Watchers. I became a lifetime member and a leader. Only I still struggled with my weight.

Was that when I started running? No. As time went by, despite eating relatively healthy and being active, the pounds piled on again. I stopped going to Weight Watchers. I didn’t have a scale, but I knew roughly what I weighed. And I knew it wasn’t healthy.

Was that when I started running? No.

I didn’t feel good about myself at this weight

Then it was time to try to find an attractive dress for my niece’s Bat Mitzvah. Which was an utter fail. I ended up with a — you guessed it — black dress. Hoping no one would see how heavy I’d become. As if black was a cloak of invisibility. A cut on my face got infected and I had to go to a doctor and step on a scale. I was at my heaviest weight ever.

Was that when I started running? No. But that is when I went back to Weight Watchers. And the pounds started to come off. I knew I had to keep going to meetings the rest of my life (and I still go to weekly meetings).

Was that when I started running? No. Not until I hit the dreaded plateau. The mother of all plateaus that lasted literally years. That’s when I started to run. I figured I needed something to help me push through my plateau.

I was in my late 40s when I ran my first mile. I was never going to race — heck, for the longest time I only ran on my treadmill. And then I decided to do a 5k. It was slow, and it wasn’t the life changing event so many people said it would be, but I didn’t die. And I finished. And I kept on running.

I was never going to run longer. I did a couple more 5ks. The bug still hadn’t really hit, but I kept running. I was fast approaching my 50th birthday when I got this bee in my bonnet about running a half marathon. As it turns out, four days after my 50th birthday I ran my second half marathon.

I was so sure I’d be one and done; heck, I felt that way about that first 5k!

Now I am 16 states into running a half marathon in every state.


I will freely admit running wasn’t the weight loss magic bullet I thought it would be. I continued to yo-yo for a while, even gaining weight training for my first half marathon. But I kept running. I’ve been running about nine years now. I did eventually lose another ten pounds to get to — and maintain — my goal weight. Running actually helps me maintain my weight now, but that’s because I’ve learned more about fueling properly.

Running friends

I would never give up running now. It makes me feel good — that’s why I run. The fact that I can eat a little more is just the cherry on top. It’s brought me many friends and lead me to explore many cool places.

Seeing the States by running

Running has built my confidence more than almost anything else in life. Even as a slow runner. Even as a runner who has never won an age group award, and probably never will.

Redding Road Race 2014

I didn’t discover Skirt Sports until about 2013. I had tried other running skirts, but even though I wasn’t heavy, the shorties rode up or they gave me wedgies or even worse — no pockets! I was always of the opinion that looking good made me feel more confident, but it wasn’t always easy to find bottoms that looked cute on me. I ran my first half marathon in a Skirt Sports skirt in 2014, and have gone on to race in a skirt often. And to convert my friends to Skirt Sports, too.

The real reason I run is simple though: it makes me happy. I always feel better after a run.

Do you think you can’t run? You can, if you want to. And if you don’t want to, that’s cool too. There are many ways to be active. If you want to run, and that little voice inside your head or your friends or partner is telling you you can’t — don’t listen. If you want to, you can, I promise you.

I always say that if I can do it, anyone can. I truly believe that.

Talk to me:

Why did you start to run?

What’s your favorite thing about running?

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.


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



Our Icicles are Growing: 3/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

Yup, that was 3 nor’easters in 3 weeks. At the moment it looks like the fourth one will miss us next week, but we’re still at the third snowiest March since 1888 — and temps below normal for much of the month, which I can personally attest to this morning.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to show how I continue to come back from illness and runner’s knee. And congrats to both our hosts for tackling half marathons this weekend!


Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, YFPR Knees
  • Tuesday: YFPR Align & Alieviate, SB 15 minutes, shoveling
  • Wednesday: 3 easy treadmill miles, SB, DM Arms & Legs
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk,  SB, YFPR Knees Restore & Rebuild
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga Class, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 12 (+1)

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

Leftover nest or new one?

Back to back runs — they may be short, but it’s been a while since I’ve run two days in a row. I probably wouldn’t have, only yes, we’re expecting snow tomorrow and I didn’t want to run on the treadmill again. Thanks to taping my knees, it felt pretty good. Left knee felt fine afterwards, just a few twinges in the right one.

Didn’t want to be on the mill this time, but we do what we have to do

I knew that later on in the day, despite last night’s snow, I’d be able to run outside. Unfortunately I just had a bunch of stuff going on and I had to knock out this run “early” in the morning (which for me meant 8 am) — and also meant it was done on the treadmill, as the roads were still somewhat messy then (although fine later on).

Still taping both knees, although the left one seems fine now. But the right one is still a bit achy. I had a massage right after the run, and that felt great. I also have a chiropractor appointment for next week — I was due for one anyway. I also slowed the pace some more and shortened my run interval.

Those leaves are coming . . .

Finally: a sunny day. You know what that means here in the winter? Damn cold day. But I got out early, as the wind was only supposed to pick up later in the day. I only taped the right knee.

I shortened my run interval and had to keep an eye on my pace so I didn’t run too fast. The knee seemed better about halfway through the run, but there is still a definite ache. The other knee felt okay during and after — maybe just a slight tightening above the kneecap in the last half mile, but it felt fine when I was done.

One down!


I took photos of this house on 3 different walks — the icicles kept getting longer each time — which gives you an idea of how cold it is here

It was tempting to try to run longer, actually, but I want to run stronger ultimately, and luckily there’s still not really a lot on my schedule.

What our backyard still looks like

Although just a tad on the cold side — teens are cold, with the snow pumping out some more, right? But it was sunny and relatively calm. So glad I didn’t join the group that tackled an equally cold morning that was also insanely windy yesterday.

The best thing about this run is that it felt pretty good. I’m sure the blue skies and abundant sunshine had something to do with it — but so did the pain-free left knee and the right knee feeling a lot better. Unlike Friday’s run, I just ran. The pace was a bit faster, no doubt due to the cold, but this run felt good.

He trained in India — impressive!

Favorites of the week
One of my goals for February was to actually get outside of the house and try some classes. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. So it became a March goal instead. I went for my first yoga class in a studio in quite a few years. I was disappointed that the owner is no longer teaching because of her pregnancy; I hear she’s really good. The studio was Wellnest Studios for anyone local. I have a 10 day pass, so I plan to be checking out a few more classes there. And probably explore a few other places close to home.

It’s the first time I’ve had a male yoga teacher. I wasn’t wowed by the class, but it wasn’t bad, either. There were two other new people in addition to me, and it’s a small room, so it was really crowded. I’m sure all the yoga lately has helped the knee along.

We rented “The Shape of Water” last night. It was definitely an odd movie, but I really liked it. Back in December, when my brother was in for my parents’ 70th anniversary, he liked it so much he saw it twice — but the rest of his family hated it.

Tonight we’re hoping to rent “3 Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri”.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:


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:

Have you ever had a male yoga teacher?

What about a male masseuse?

Do you think it makes a difference?

5 Things My Running Sabbatical Taught Me


It’s not the first time I’ve missed runs due to sickness, although it’s been years since I had to miss this much activity. I am lucky, though, I know — I didn’t have to spend months without running. Even a short time without running can teach you important lessons, though.

I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share five things I learned by not running.


Those first few runs might feel good
I started out slow (I thought, anyway) and the first couple of runs back felt good. Sure, they were slower than the paces I was running before I got sick, but it wasn’t too bad. I was happy with that.

Of course, there’s also the possibility they might not feel so good. That’s because either:

  1. You started back before you were really healthy
  2. You went to far/fast in your first runs back
  3. You had a prolonged sabbatical and you’ve lost fitness

Your body might surprise you
Not necessarily in a good way. Yeah, I was happy about running and feeling as though I hadn’t lost too much fitness — right up until both knees started to ache.

Knees have always been my achilles’ heel, so to speak. Due to IT issues — the outside of my left knee and sometimes the IT Band itself and sometimes the hip can get tight/painful. It doesn’t happen much anymore, but it can still happen, and I know some of the triggers and work on prehab exercises a lot.

This was different. Runner’s Knee — pain on the inside of the knees and the kneecap itself. Both knees. It resolved relatively quickly on my left knee — yeah, the one I always have problems with — but was more persistent on the right knee.

It was a mere 2 weeks that I didn’t run at all, but in general, I wasn’t very active for almost an entire month. So yeah, my body surprised me. Definitely not in a good way.

Aim to start back easy . . . 
. . . and whatever that means for you, once you’ve decided on time/length — probably shorten it. Maybe even halve it

I really thought I started back conservatively. I’ve never really had problems coming back to running after an illness — other than in pace or energy. Pace wasn’t so bad; energy wasn’t so bad.

I’d been working on lengthening my run intervals to increase my endurance at the beginning of the year. It never even occurred to me that I should shorten those puppies when I started running again. I don’t know if it would have made any difference, but I’m here to tell you — if you miss a week or two or more of running, take it far easier than you think you need to when you start up again.

What you eat is more important than activity . . .
. . .  when it comes to your weight. I knew this one already. If you’re careful, even if you can’t be active at all, you can maintain your weight. I did. I’m not saying it was easy, and it certainly would be much harder if I couldn’t be active for a really long time — I hope I never have to find out about that! But there’s truth to the saying:

Abs are made in the kitchen.

If you’re not careful and you give in to the “woe is me, I might as well eat to comfort myself” mentality — yeah, you are probably going to deal with some weight gain. And that will make getting back into activity even harder.

The smile says it all

You’re lucky to run
There are plenty of people on any given day that would give their eyeteeth to be able to run. Heck, to walk. Or walk unassisted. To not be in pain. To feel better about themselves. To be able to do the simple things in life.

It’s always a good day when you can do something you love, something that makes you feel better, no matter how how long or short a time you can do it.

In other words, count your blessings!

What surprised you after you started to run after some time not running?

What advice would you give to a runner who can’t run?

What is the very best thing about running to you?

Who said you need 10,000 steps?


More is better. That should be the American slogan — or at least, so it seems. So you walk or run 10,000 steps? Of course you have to keep upping the ante. Beat your old record. Right? Or do you?

Why 10,000 Steps?
Mr. Judy shared this post with me quite some time ago about the origins of shooting for 10,000 steps (read it here).

Fitbit, apparently, starts everyone out at 10, 000 steps a day. Which is a recipe for disaster if you’re only getting about 2,000 steps a day on average. But I like what they say in this blog post (read it here):

Thing is, 10,000 steps per day might not make sense for you. You may need to nab more if you want to lose a certain amount of weight, or take fewer steps if you’re new to fitness or recovering from an injury. Your step goal can vary depending on your needs, and it can also shift over time. Here’s how to set it right for you.

Sometimes rest is more important than meeting some arbitrary goal
Why letting go of a step goal can make sense
I find that I have plenty of days where I’ve been active and I don’t reach 10,000 steps. There are no steps in swimming. There are no steps in cycling (stationary, in my case). There are times when pushing yourself to get to the holy grail of 10k steps (15, or whatever) just don’t make sense, but it’s become so ingrained in us that we must reach a certain step goal that a lot of us don’t stop to think if we’ve been active enough . . . even if we’re not getting in the “holy grail” of steps.

Don’t forget, either, that it’s about balance over time. Maybe on a rest day you only get in 6000 steps, but on a more active day you get in well over 10k — it’s very easy for me to get in well over 10k steps on days that I run, but on busy days I may be active, but still not able to get to 10k steps. And I’m okay with that. And you should be, too.

Maybe a better goal is to shoot for an average daily number of steps based on a week’s worth of data.

One reason people often quit running — and exercise in general — is because it’s “too hard”. Well, of course it feels too hard if you go from 2,000 to 10,000 steps immediately. It takes time for your body to adapt to exercise (or re-adapt to exercise after a break).

I had a lot of 2000 step days & I’m okay with that
It’s much more important to listen to your body than to blindly follow a goal that “someone” says you should be following.

When I was sick, I didn’t do much of anything for a couple of weeks. My body needed that rest. And when I started to add activity back in, I also found that I needed more rest than normal — so I still rarely got anywhere near to 10k steps.

Slowly, but surely, though, I felt better. For a while I need way more rest than normal, but as I continued to add in activity and balance it with rest, I found I didn’t need as much recovery time. This week, for the first time in weeks, I ran back to back days. Easy, short runs, of course.

Last week there were days I had well over 10k steps — I ran. I ran and walked the dogs. They were balanced by days that I was active — doing bodyweight exercises and stationary biking — but fell short of 10k steps. Because I’m more in step with what my body needs right now.

It’s okay to challenge yourself
Don’t get me wrong: you have to change things up. You have to increase your walks, your runs, your weights. Your body quickly adapts to a certain amount of exercise, and you need to change it up to get stronger. I’m not saying you shouldn’t challenge yourself.

That doesn’t mean you have to constantly increase the same thing because someone said that 10k steps is what you need — or more. Balance over time, folks, balance over time. Figure out what’s right for your body, and take what “they” say with a grain of salt.

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.


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


Do you have a step goal?

Do you make sure that you reach it every day?

How do you feel if you don’t reach your goal?

My Mom’s Big 9-0: 3/5- 11 Weekly Wrap

We survived our second Nor’easter in 2 weeks — with another one possibly coming our way this coming week. Enough with the snow!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I’m getting back to activity after being sick.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, some more shoveling
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles, YFPR Knees
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalks, Happy 90th Mom!
  • Sunday: 3 miles easy

Mileage: 11 (+4)

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

Ya think? The sign 🙂 The rest was clear, though

We enjoyed a beautiful, sunny, blue skies day right before the next snowstorm was supposed to hit. And this time I was able to get out and run in it!

Doesn’t that door look like a coffin?

My knees were sore after Sunday’s run, which was a total surprise. Not the tightness of IT Band issues I’m used to, but more runners’ knee like achiness. So no strides today, although the overall pace was pretty much the same as Sunday. I really desperately needed that sunshine.

Jette in Holdiay; Wonder Girl in Shimmer/Black; use Code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items at


I definitely could have run outside on Thursday, despite more snow. But then how could I test out the new grippers on the Skirt Sports Jette skirt? They seem more comfortable than the old grippers — I find I need to go up a size in Jette to feel comfortable, but I do not have skinny legs.

Oh, the run was okay too.


As seen on the run

I won’t lie: the knees are still aching. I am doing clamshells, leg raises, squats, single leg bridges, etc. etc. I’m trying to slow down. They’re not painful, and they don’t seem to change my gait, but they are definitely making it known that they forgot how to run longer/faster.

I taped them up today, and while they talked to me during the run, they didn’t seem as bad post run. I’d like to be running longer, but I have to respect the knees. I was also super tired after a long day in the car on Saturday.

Many happy returns, Mom! She used to be taller than me; I was bending down, too!

Favorites of the week
The long day on the road was so that we can spend my mom’s 90th birthday with her. My sister was working, my brother lives on the West Coast — we’re planning a whole family shingding at the end of the month, which will also celebrate my Dad’s 92nd birthday (his is in a couple of weeks).

We brought cake, chocolate covered strawberries, flowers, a birthday balloon (and where they live brought by more balloons), and took them out to lunch. Mr. Judy was actually a trooper and picked up a lot of that for me (I picked out the cake and the card). Mr. Judy also had some of their old movies transferred to a couple of DVDs.

My mom said it all made her feel very special, and I know how hard it is for her, so we were both happy.

Best Buds

Interestingly Bandit seems to have taken a real shine to my Dad — pretty funny for the dog who was leery of men when we got him (and he was!). Lola is a bit afraid of my Dad. He’s often a little too rough with her, although this time he didn’t really do anything. He had some surgery on his arm, though, and I wonder if she smelled something she didn’t like when he tried to pet her.

We saw our first Robin today. In fact, an entire flock of Robins! I guess Spring really is around the corner . . . despite all the snow.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:


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:

Do your furkids show a gender preference?

Ever have trouble returning to running after time off (for whatever reason)?

Are you racing soon?

5 Ways Running is Like Crocheting


Crocheting? Running? Has CRJ gone off the deep bend? Well, that may be debatable, but sometimes it’s good to have a little fun with your running — and your blog. My mind is a strange place that likes to come up with analogies.

Think crocheting and knitting have nothing to do with running? Despite the runners who knit while running (and just how do they do that?), there is a connection.

I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to show you just how crocheting is like running.


You need equipment for any hobby

You need the equipment
People love to say that running is cheaper than therapy, and it’s true you don’t really need a lot — but if you want to remain pain and injury free, you do need to invest in a few critical things for running:

  • Good running shoes
  • Technical running clothes (cotton is not your friend for running)
  • Good socks

There’s lots more you can invest in when it comes to running — it isn’t really cheaper than therapy — but you absolutely need these basics. In fact, I’d also suggest:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sport Sunscreen
  • Hat/visor

You need the basics for crocheting, too, although I know there are people who knit and crochet using their fingers, but even they need some sort of fiber to knit or crochet. At the bare minimum you’ll need:

  • A basic set of crochet hooks
  • Yarn
  • Small scissors
  • Tape measure

Just like running, there is a lot more you can invest in, but those basics will get you up and crocheting your first scarf. You don’t even need a hot-to book — just google what you want to know! Wish I’d had Youtube decades ago when I taught myself to knit and crochet.

You need to build a good foundation
You start off your crochet project with a foundation chain. It’s the basis of your whole project and it can really make a difference: too tight and your project will pucker at the base; too loose and your project will end up much wider than you anticipated (and you just might run out of yarn).

Running requires a good foundation, too, only in runner-speak, it’s call base building. You need to get your body used to running when you start or when you’re coming back from injury/illness or an off season.

Hop in at the same pace/mileage you were used to when you were at the peak of your training and you are likely to find yourself with aches and pains — if not worse. Skip that base building altogether and you almost certainly invite injury — you may feel good while your running, but your joints won’t be ready for those harder workouts and you will suffer the consequences.

It takes time to learn
Both running and crocheting are simple hobbies. Or so it would appear on the surface. But there’s always something to learn.

Sometimes you need to start over
When it comes to crocheting, you will make mistakes. Of course you won’t notice them right away nine times out of ten. You’ll notice them 10 rows later — and then you have a choice: rip out those 10 rows and redo them or leave your mistake alone.

Life happens. You get too busy to run. You’re injured. Or you’re sick. Or a family member is sick. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few weeks, sometimes it’s months at a time.

Starting over is frustrating but you can’t jump in at the same place you left off with. I repeat: you can’t jump in at the same place you left off with. Play it smart, take it slow, and your body will adapt to running much quicker than it did when you first started to run.

Starting in at the same mileage and pace as where you left off, if it’s been more than a week, is a recipe for disaster.

Sometimes you need a coach
Back in the day, for me, my coach for learning to knit and crochet were how-to books and co-workers. Today we have Youtube — which is a wonderful thing, because when I don’t crochet or knit for years and forget simple things like casting on, casting off, or even tying a slipknot, I don’t even need a book — I just google it.

You can google an awful lot about running. You can learn a lot from blogs. If you’re new to running — or even if you’ve been doing it a while — a coach can help you get to the next level, simply motivate you to do it, help you run injury free, and so much more. No doubt you’ve heard me sing the praises of Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy — I totally recommend her, and have recommended her to friends (if only they’d listen!).

Can’t afford a coach? Look around your town for running and/or training groups. Our local running group has a coach that helps people with speedwork. There are quite a few local training groups — some to get you started running, some to get you to run longer, and some keyed to a specific race. They all have coaches and/or mentors. In fact, I’ll be one of the many mentors for the Freihofers Training Challenge  if you’re a local.

Most training groups are larger, and you won’t get that one-on-one attention of a personal coach, but you’ll still learn new things and most likely you’ll enjoy meeting new runners.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What analogies for running can you think of?

Anything you’d add to my list?

Have you ever tried to knit or crochet — or something equally as challenging — on the run?

Brash: Ok or not OK?


Brash: heedless of the consequences

Brash. Running. How do these two things come together? I think all too often they do — and sometimes it works, sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you need to heed a few consequences.

You’re obviously conscious of being brash or big-headed but I always knew I was going to be a footballer when I was seven or eight. I didn’t just think I was going to be one, I knew I was going to be one. Nothing ever surprised me really.— Michael J. Owen

When brash is okay
If I’m being truthful, I believe that it’s never a good idea to ignore the consequences. It gets you into a lot of trouble. Other definitions for brash include hasty, rash, but also energetic or highly spirited.

I think we can all agree that being hasty and rash isn’t a good thing, and I’ll cover that more next. But energetic? High spirited? That can absolutely be a good thing.

Running can be hard and sometimes it sucks the soul out of you. But it can also be great — and one way to make it great is to be high spirited — to find the fun in running.

Sometimes being brash means:

  • Taking that jump shot.
  • Trying something new, despite your fears.
  • Meeting up with a group of runners where you know no one.
  • Confidently stating a race goal — something that may be a big stretch for you.
  • Wearing what makes you feel good, no matter what anyone else may think.
  • Ignoring the nay sayers and doing it anyway.
  • Making silly faces for the photographers.
  • Just smiling when you don’t feel like it.

Some might argue that these aren’t really brash things, but sometimes, they can be. Sometimes the simplest things can energize you and get you out of a funk — they can feel high spirited to you.

Sometimes you have to brash in your choices. Like above — ignore the nay sayers (even if it’s yourself) and do the thing that scares you anyway. Sometimes you’ll fail, but as the poem says, what if you fly? (learn more about that quote — which I’ve slightly altered — and its author in this post here).

The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy, and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.— Imogene Coca

When brash is not okay
I think there is a growing trend, no doubt fueled by social media and FOMO — and race directors too — to race too much and too often. People are lured in by bling and bragging rights. Some runners can handle multiday races; some think they can handle it, can seem to handle it . . . until their body rebels.

I know personally there are times I can race a lot and times when I need more rest and recovery. As we age as runners, it’s tempting to ignore the little aches and pains and fatigue because we don’t want to admit our bodies can’t do what they once did. In this case ignorance is not bliss —  push too hard and you may push yourself right out of the race.

It’s not just us adult onset runners, either. Being brash can help you push through your fears and it can also get you in a whole heap of trouble.

Don’t be afraid to be brash, but don’t be brash because your friends are. Do it because it motivates you. And never ignore that little voice inside of you that is telling you that being brash in this instance would be a bad idea.

Deb Runs

I am linking up with Debruns and her Wednesday Word

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.


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


Tell me in the comments:

When do you think brash is okay?

When do you believe brash is too rash?

Has being brash ever gotten you into trouble?