I’ve been blogging with Navel Gazing on Tumblr for nearly two years now, but so many “fitness blogs” are written by people significantly younger than me. Many are still in college or even in high school.
I love seeing other perspectives and speaking candidly to young women about health — but I’m eager to discover blogs from those in their mid-twenties or later, and hear from people who can relate to my life more easily. Even better if you have a full-time job and juggle that with your fitness, running or training routines, and the rest of, you know, life stuff.
So…reblog, heart or leave a comment if that’s you? Thanks.
Getting a ton of reblogs on last year’s Holiday Run Streak post! It’s that time of year again, and the renewed interest has inspired me to tackle the streak once more.
Join me in a streak, starting next Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 — make Thanksgiving a day to thank yourself, and your body, for all it does. Take on the challenge to run one mile per day from then until the end of the year.
It’s tough but I firmly believe that anyone can do it. And as I’ve said before, I believe that anyone can be a runner. It takes tenacity and perseverance, plus a certain amount of stubbornness. And a willingness to learn, to fail, and to try again.
Last year I ended my streak after two weeks when I accidentally locked myself out of my apartment at night — womp womp. This year I am a much more dedicated and “creative” runner, fitting in miles wherever I can — like today, I’m planning a 6-8 mile run home from work!
This streak fits in perfectly with my year-long goals, and will give me the push that I need to hit 500 miles by New Year’s Eve.
So, are you going to make the run streak commitment? (P.S. I keep writing running steak, which sounds delicious)
Let me know in the comments how you plan to tackle the streak, or make a similar commitment of your own to ring in 2014. I’d love to see who will do this with me. Don’t forget to tag your tumblr posts with "Holiday Run Streak" so we can support each other.
Today is National Hug a Runner Day! Have you done your part yet?
(A picture from the Philadelphia Half Marathon this week last year)
Since it’s nearing the end of my race season, and the end of the year, I thought now would be a perfect time to check in on some goals.
This is the list I set for myself in January:
- Run one marathon or two halfs. Done! See the Steamtown recap here.
- Clock 500 miles of running. That’s roughly 9.6 miles per week. Last year I managed 324 running miles and 60 of cycling. Almost done. I have logged 398 miles of running so far! (Also, 200 miles of cycling)
- Beat 27 minutes in my 5k. So close! My best official 5k this year was 27:06.
- Have success at my new job. Ongoing! Loving my job, and growing professionally.
- Live healthfully in all aspects — physical, mental and emotional. Don’t let negativity or self doubt drag me down. A constant struggle, but I do make an effort.
- Watch 100 movies I’ve never seen. Up to 51 movies, ranging from The Matrix to Blue Jasmine. Probably won’t make the number goal, but I’m happy to have made the effort.
- Read more. Miserable failure. Since our book club dissolved, I’ve read even less than I did last year — only about 10 books in all.
- Personally save $10,000 this year, for our wedding or a house. HAHAHAHAHA ok
- Go to BlizzCon if we can get tickets. Check!
- Be more “present” in the moment. That means putting the iPhone away. Evolving, but I do make a conscious effort to keep my phone in my purse most times.
- Love. Be happy. Enjoy. Good goals for all the time.
There are six weeks until January. Six weeks to complete my goals.
Most importantly to me right now is hitting 500 miles. I have 100 miles to cover in 43 days, which means I need to hit about 16.5 miles per week, every single week from now until then.
Back on My Feet is an organization combining two things I hold very dear: running and social impact.
It also follows one of my core beliefs: that running can be — and truly is — for everyone. Regardless of health, race, gender, ability, age or socioeconomic status, running isn’t an exclusive club. All you have to do is do it.
The BoMF story began in Philadelphia (!!) and was started by a marathoner with a mission to empower people who are homeless — and get them back on their feet. I found this inspiring video because it popped up on my Twitter feed — usually I browse right over sponsored links, but I’m glad I didn’t this time.
I’m used to seeing these runners going up and down Kelly Drive, but never thought to pitch in. Now I’m considering FundRacing for them next year for my next marathon. Hmm…
What’s it like to be America’s fastest marathoner? A tiny bit like this.
Says Runners World: “The treadmill, which includes a safety harness, is set at 12.6 MPH, or 4:46 per mile, the average pace Hall ran at the 2011 Boston Marathon. His finishing time of 2:04:58 that year is the fastest marathon by an American runner.”
LOVE! Who among us hasn’t put the treadmill all the way to the highest speed, just for a second, just to see what it feels like?
What a great race! The Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k is one of my favorites this year. Mikey and our friend Pete ran as well.
I was surprised by how strong I felt, despite knee/ankle pain flare-up. Could have pushed way harder but I tried to play it safe to avoid injury again. My splits are mostly even and stay within the 9-minute range.
The race began on the New Jersey side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, went up and over toward Philadelphia and then turned around. That covered the first half of the race. The rest was spend within the university/waterfront section of Camden. A mostly flat course, with one small hill at mile 5. It was a cold day, but as usual I run very very hot so wearing a track jacket was overkill. When will I learn the right balance of race clothing?
Overall, very happy!