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Bump in the Road

Do you ever have those times when things seem to be going along smoothly.  You have been on track with your training and you are excited for your next long run? Then something inevitably happens and you are instantly derailed?

I have been training for my half marathon in June and things were going well.  I felt good about my training and was super excited for the 9 mile group run that was happening last Sunday.  This is how Sunday was supposed to go:

8:00 am 9 mile group run with my NODM teammates. 

Shower and relax

4:00  Big Climb VIP party for those who raised over $2500

What really happened:

6:00 am get up and email my teammates that I am sick and can’t meet for the run

Stay in bed all day

Don’t you hate it when that happens?!  Argh!  I rarely get sick and to get sick when fun plans are on the menu really sucks!  So, I have been in bed the past few days and am just now starting to feel much better.  I really want to get that 9 miler in, but I know I should wait at least 1 more day just to give my body a little extra healing time.  The last thing I want to do is run and then end up in bed again:/

When I miss a long run like that I kind of start to freak out.  I feel like I am way behind and it totally stresses me out.  But, I have to try to calm myself down and realize it’s not the end of the world.  Yes, I would like to run the NODM faster than last year, and I want to feel better than I did last year.  In actuality, missing one run won’t ruin everything that I have built up until now.  It won’t make or break me.  I will catch back up to what the plan says.  I will still have an amazing race if only because I am racing with amazing women.  So, chilling out is the only way to go.

Tomorrow I will plan to lace up my running shoes and head out for my 9 miler.  I may feel sluggish, who knows.  But I will get it done, and I can check that off my to-do list and feel back on track:)

How do you feel when you miss a training run?  Stressed or chill?

Have a great day and happy running!

Three Things Thursday

I feel so behind and have so many posts to write but I am sticking with an easy one today and will post everything else next week;)

1.  I woke up to one of those “teenager” days today:/  Oh how I love thee!  Lots of complaining (not by me), yelling (mostly by me) and 1 phone taken away.  Argh!  At this point I just have to laugh because it is quite comical.  I do understand not wanting to get up early in the morning, been there (actually still there), and what it’s like to be a teenager so I try to be patient.  Sometimes it works;)  Who else is with me?

2.  I think I mentioned on Monday that I ran 6 glorious miles on Monday and finally had one of those amazing runs where I felt like I could run forever.  I was starting to think that I wouldn’t get another one.  That run made me feel so good and so excited to start training for my half in June!  Although I actually should start training, I have such a hard time sticking to a plan:/

3.  Colton’s Army is doing a fundraiser on March 2nd here in Mill Creek.  I am teaching bootcamp at the local baseball field and all of the proceeds go to our Big Climb team raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  If you are interested in participating you can email me at rachelleq1 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.  Or if you just want to donate to a great cause you can go here to donate🙂  Did I mention you get 2 drink tickets (for beer/wine/soda) at a local pizzeria along with your bootcamp class?  Win-Win!


We have over 200 team members this year, double this picture!

That’s all for now.  Tell me one of your lovely teenager stories so we can share in the pain;)  What locals are in for bootcamp?  It will be fun I promise!

Have a great day and happy running!

Cold Run Done!

I feel so tough right now!  After 6 miles in the books yesterday I had 5 more on tap for today.  Oh yeah, did I mention it was supposed to be 29 degrees this morning?  Oh yeah, did I mention I hate the cold?  Oh yeah, did I mention I am a wimp?

Well, guess what?  I got in my car to drive to my running destination, looked at the car thermometer, and this is what it said.

cold runMy world was covered in frost this morning.  22 degrees!  I don’t think I have ever run when it’s that cold.  The good news is that it was sunny and beautiful.  My route was the perfect mix of hills and frosty scenery.

To those who are wondering what is necessary for a cold run like this, here is a small list of must-haves.

1.  Gloves

2.  Ear-warmers

3.  Remote car starter (gets the car warm while you stretch after your run)

4.  Seat warmers:) (can’t live without them)

I am still not as brave as those who run in the teens or single digits, but I am getting there;)

Have a great day and happy running!

Tuesday Tidbits

My boys were hoping to wake up to snow this morning but were thoroughly disappointed.  Roads were completely dry, not a cloud in the sky.  Which means a beautiful sunny day but quite chilly.  Brrrrr!

For all of you who brave running in the teens, I bow down to your strength!  I wore a long sleeve half zip and a jacket to run on the treadmill in the garage;)  After 10 minutes I did take off the jacket:)   4 miles on the treadmill then out for 2 more outside.  So, 6 miles total, oh yeah baby!

This is what I have discovered about myself.  Running is the only form of exercise that really satisfies me.  I want to run more, but I am scared that if I do, I will get injured and then I won’t be able to run:(  I have dealt with a couple minor injuries in the past that have kept me away from running for a bit, but nothing major.  However, I am getting older and I just want to be careful.

When I run, I feel the best mentally and physically.  I feel good about my body.  Right now, I am feeling squishy and pudgy even though my clothes still fit relatively normal.  I hate that feeling and it definitely affects my mood.

My plan is to amp up my mileage slowly and carefully and make sure to stretch and foam roll regularly.  I will take cues from my body and even the littlest thing I will be very conscious of.

What form of exercise is the most satisfying for you?  Do you have a hard time increasing your mileage slowly or do you want to go all out like me?  What is your favorite piece of running gear that keeps you warm while running in the cold?

Have a great day and happy running!



2 Birthday Virtuals! Are You Running!

I am so excited to join in on the birthday virtual runs this month!  Sometimes I just need a reason (kick in the pants) to get out the door for a good run:)  So if you need a reason (or 2) to get a run in, check out these fun virtual races!

Jill and Jen’s race will go from August 2nd to August 25th and you can choose any distance you want! 

Clarinda’s race is from August 10th to the 25th and you can run any distance that is a factor of 36.  Fun right?!   You can run as many times as you want for extra entries but no more than once per day:)

What better excuse to pound the pavement than celebrating someone’s birthday for a chance to win some awesome prizes?!

Have you signed up for these races yet?  What’s happening in your world this weekend, anything fun?  We are going to the hydroplane races on Sunday which should be fun!

Have a great day and happy running!

Treadmill 101


I have been wanting to write this post for a while now and am just now getting around to it.  I have run on treadmills for over 10 years now and notice all sorts of things that make me cringe.  So I have compiled a list of some Do’s and Don’ts of treadmill running.  Here they are in no particular order:)

1.  DO wear deodorant when running on a treadmill at the gym or around other people.

2.  DON’T  wear perfumes or other smelly things.  Noses are sensitive especially when working out.  Plus fragrances get amplified when heat and sweat are added (see #1).

3.  DO leave at least 1 treadmill space between you and another runner if there are plenty of treadmills open.  I have been at the gym before with 20 open treadmills and people will choose the one next to me!  Annoying!

4.  DO NOT use the handrails while running   It throws off your gait and doesn’t give you all the benefits of running.  Especially those people who put the treadmill at a 10 incline and hold on to the rails for dear life.  You aren’t really getting the workout you want when you hold on.  It’s better to decrease the incline/speed and run without the aid of the rails.  If you have balance issues, by all means hold on, but you should probably stick to walking on the treadmill since the base is so narrow.

5.  DO use your normal stride on the treadmill.  I have seen people running while taking tiny steps for fear they will fall off.  Don’t worry the belt is long enough for you to take a normal running stride.

6.  DO mix it up.  Treadmill running can be boring so try doing speedwork or hill repeats to mix up your workout.

7.  DON’T only use the treadmill if you are training for a road race.  Although treadmill running can be less impact and easier on the body, you need to train on the surface you will be running on as well, so your body gets used to it before race day.

8.  DO have a warm-up and cool-down session just like you normally would.  Give your muscles a chance to get used to what you are about to do:)

9.  DO bring everything you need for your workout.  Make sure you have a water bottle/music/towel etc. before you begin your workout.  If you get off to get something or go to the bathroom, you are much more likely to end your run early than if you are 3 miles away from home.

10.  DON’T quit.  If you feel like you went out too fast, try slowing down to catch your breath, but don’t quit.  Running on the treadmill gives you an easy out.  All you have to do is get off and be done.  Push yourself to keep going.  You can do it!

So there are my 10 tips for optimal treadmill running.  Do you love or hate the treadmill?  What is your #1 tip for running on the treadmill?  Have any funny treadmill stories?

Have a great day and happy running!

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If You Don’t Push Yourself, Who Will?

I missed a couple of workouts the past few days since cleaning the house seemed to get put at the top of the “to-do” list.  And, by the time I was finished with that, exercise just didn’t seem to be such a priority.  I try to just let it go and move on, but yesterday I was set on getting to the gym no matter what.

I decided I was just going to do a slow and easy run on the treadmill and enjoy my time.  When I stepped on, I started out easy at a 5.5 mph pace.  But then I began thinking “why are you taking it easy?”  I skipped workouts, and now it’s time to push it.  Which brings me to the title of this post, “If you don’t push yourself, who will?”  This is what I was thinking as I bumped up the incline from .5 all the way up to 5 by the end of my 60 minute run.  I knew I could do it and there was no way I was going to quit!

By the end of my run, I was dripping in sweat and felt great that I had worked hard and pushed myself.  I find that often people just go through the motions in life.  But since this is a fitness blog we will talk about fitness.  People continue with their relaxed exercise routine and wonder why it just isn’t working anymore.  As we age things need to change, our bodies get used to our routines.  We need to change too and push ourselves harder to reach our goals.

If we don’t care about our health, who will?  If we don’t decide to make changes, who will?  Not many people can afford to hire a personal trainer to come over every day and kick their butt into shape.  Even those people need to make the decision that they are willing to work hard to be healthy and fit.

So, today when you lace up your shoes, commit to an extra set of squats, 5 more minutes on the treadmill, or add an extra hill to your run.  Do it for you, you will thank yourself when you are done:)

Have a great day and happy running!