Happy first day of October! So remember how I said I had a surprise for my October writing goals? I am so stoked about this month because I'm trying something totally different: Blogtober! I am participating in the 31 Days challenge where I post one blog post every day for 31 days.
Yeah, I know it's ambitious, especially considering the most I've ever posted in a week is 3 days. 😱
As part of Blogtober I'm going to do a 31 day running streak - both for the blog posts and for my workouts.
Yes, I have actually lost my mind.
But it will be great! I've got some runs lined up with friends already and a gazillion topics lined up for the month and can't wait to share my experience with all things running-related.
Cross your fingers I stay hydrated and injury-free and check back here for more posts every day this month! Happy Blogtober!
The #Write31Day challenge went well! My goal was to write 31 days and I wrote 29 days. Not bad! Check out the list of posts below!
Happy Halloween! I love fall running. I think these are some of the most beautiful runs, and some of the more memorable ones, not least because of zombies. That's right: ZOMBIES. There's nothing like a rush of outrunning an imaginary zombie horde. And thanks to an app, you don't even have to have a vivid imagination for all this!
Yates Mill. Everybody in the Raleigh area goes to Yates Mill in the fall. Except me apparently, so of course I had go check it out. I called my dad and he eagerly met up with McCrae and me for another Sunday stroll.
I have a confession. Twice now I've broken my running streak this month. Okay, actually it was three times. Three times! While I've always felt great when I finally get outside for a run, it's also important to listen to my body and know when to take it easy. And this week? My body has been SCREAMING at me to take it easy. Here are 5 signs of overtraining that my body is using to tell me to TAKE IT EASY!
An old church. Bentonville Battlefield. Torrential rain. The Orionids meteor shower. All of this and more happened before and on my second leg of the Tuna Run 200.
t's not a race for me unless something goes wrong. We had a double team of twelve runners so that we would always have someone to run with. For my first time running a relay - especially one that included overnight runs on small country roads - this was a comfort. Unfortunately though, because of Hurricane Matthew several legs were cancelled, including one of mine. I made up for it by running as a companion runner for leg 1.
Y'all. Day 23. Can you believe it's Day 23?! I'll be honest though: I've only run 21 days. I'm going to count 22 though, because I ran 3 times in 2 days this past weekend as part of the Tuna Run 200, a relay race from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach. And today I'm just being lazy and recovering from that race. We'll be back on track tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning bright and early is the start of the Tuna Run 200! Of course I'm packing right now. So here's my final packing list!
I'll be honest: I struggled my first time in a running group. I found it mentally exhausting to both push through my longest runs of my life and feign interest in others' personal lives for hours. But I pushed through, took some time to develop as a runner independently, and now have some thoughts on being a running group mentor.
Raleigh to Atlantic Beach. 200 miles. By car it's just about 3 hours, but by foot? Oh man, by foot! It's the Tuna Run 200 and I'm going to run it this weekend!
After I ran my very first half marathon in November 2014 I went back to the AirBnB rental, hopped in the shower, and screamed. I hadn't realized during the run that my sports bra had been chafing me for several miles, and when I finally took a shower the water rinsed all my sweat and salt into the bloody wound. Yeah, they don't have that saying "to rub salt in a wound" for nothing. The best way to handle chafed bits is to prevent chafing in the first place. Here are some tips!
Who wants to write a user guide on Sunday mornings when you can go hiking?! My dad came over for a "Sunday Stroll" a few weeks ago and we explored Harris Lake County Park in Wake County over by the Shearon Harris nuclear plant. I'm used to visiting the park for disc golf and McCrae sometimes mountain bikes at the park, but this was the first time we were going to explore the walking trails.
Ah, the long run: Hours outside on tired legs while you try to convince yourself that you're not crazy (well, you are, but not in a bad way, right??). Sometimes you end up with long runs where the weather is perfect, the birds are chirping, the light is golden, the company is great, and you feel like you could go for miles and miles more after you've finished your run. These sort of blissed-out runs are a reminder of why we run in the first place: in pursuit of that quietly joyous mental state. But recently I've been stressed out in the morning grabbing all the items I need for my long run, so here's my list of 5 essential items!
Can you believe it's been two whole weeks with this whole running and writing streak?! Nope, I can't believe it. Nope nope nope. But sure enough - it's Day 14! Here are my stats for the week and a "Friday Favorites" recommendation!
There have been plenty of times when I've been on a long run and the mental endurance has just been a total drag. If you're not running with a buddy or you don't have some catchy tunes in your 'buds then it can be really hard to stay focused and push through the run. A great option is to listen to podcasts - here are my top 10 podcast picks!
What's in a mile? 5280 feet. 1609 meters. 1760 yards. 946 footsteps (give or take).
But what really goes into a mile? The sense of accomplishment after that first milestone or the joy of the new personal record, a mile is many things to many people
This weekend was a big deal in distance running events. And no, I'm not talking about the Olympics - the Rio Olympics and Paralympics are long over and done. Right now I'm talking about Kona and Chicago - read more about these big races on today's post!
The sky was deceptively blue, as though the storm the day before had never happened. The sun cheerily glowed gold through the tulip poplars during my morning run and afterwards, despite the surely muddy conditions, I grabbed my camera and headed to Lake Crabtree to explore the trails.
Gale force winds, rain, giant puddles, rain, water-soaked clothes, rain: there's nothing quite like running in a hurricane.
It's officially the end of week one of my 31 day running and writing challenge, and I'm feeling good! Here's a quick round-up of my week!
Ughhhh I had to run. It was only day five and I had to get out there and run, even though I was still sore from what was basically two days of intervals in a row (soccer game on Monday and then fartleks with the running group on Tuesday). But it was only day five and I had to run. Besides, Ryder had been acting crazy and I knew he wanted to get out of the house. I'd come home from work to find my travel-sized stick of Body Glide shredded by the front door. Whoever says dogs are dumb is a liar: Ryder knows I haven't been home as much because I've been running...
So if you don't actually need anything for running, what should you have? Today I've outlined 9 essentials for running, plus 5 items that are a good idea to bring along!
It's day 4 of my running and writing streak and both are going strong, so I figure I'll keep covering the basics of running. Maybe you're now sold on the "why" of running and you understand what running is, so you might ask, "But what do I need in order to run?"
It's been three days and I am on track with my streak: 10 miles on Saturday, 2.75 miles on Sunday, and soccer on Monday. And so far I'm feeling great!
"But Liz, does soccer count as running?"
"Well, you run when you play soccer, right?"
"So yeah! Soccer counts as running!"
Okay, but what exactly is running?
In case you missed it, this month I am on a running and writing streak! I'm participating in the Write 31 Days challenge where I'll put up one blog post every day in October. I'm focusing this month on running and will run at least once every day this month as part of my running and writing streak. So why running?