Archive | May, 2012

Fuel

30 May

The two most important things besides training is what you put into your body. Although I am the first to admit that I enjoy my weekends & am not strict on dieting Friday through Sunday, I know that I need to keep my body as fueled up as possible around race time.

Here are my top 5 rules for fueling your body

First rule – Don’t starve yourself, it will only hurt you in the long run (pun intended)

Second rule – The entire day before, drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water

Third rule – Carbs really are your friend. The night before, I like to eat a light pasta dish with fresh veggies and some sea food.

Fourth rule – On the morning of the race, eat Oatmeal. This has been the best meal before any race I have done. It is mild enough and doesn’t slosh around in your stomach.

Fifth rule -You don’t only fuel your body with food, but your brain needs inspirational fuel. During the race, smile. It helps, I swear.

Idling for 10 years…

29 May

I have never understood why someone would write a blog. Why not just have a personal journal, or a diary like I always have had since I can remember. I remember when I was 8, having a teddy bear diary with a lock and I thought I was writing the most personal things in it. Today, at age 24, I still keep a journal, but I like to think of it as being more of a life-experience tracker. I write things down that I may want to know in the future. Things along the lines of current gas prices, how much I make an hour at work, who just had a birthday and how old they turned, and lately I have had a lot of entries talking about my running, and the how long it takes me to train, or finish a race. I am a big fan of an old co-worker of mine’s blog called “Lillys Running Mama” and this, along with my Dad’s running past has inspired me to start a running blog of my own.

In 1997, when I was 9years old I ran my first race. Or lets say I walked most of it. It was the Bolder Boulder and I finished in 1:35:08 at a 15.18 per mile pace. I ran/walked the race three more years after that with times all over 1 hour with an average finish time of 1:32:00. In 2001 I stopped my Bolder Boulder fun, and started high school where I thought running was not my thing and never wanted to do it again.

Fast forward a few years. I decided to go to Boulder for college, where you see people running and working out all of the time, every day of the year- rain or shine, or snow for that matter. Living in Boulder gave me the inspiration to start running again. I had no desire to run in any races because I was too intimated, but I did do a lot of trail running, and on the days it was too cold I walked over to the gym and tried to at least run for 30 minutes three times a week.

After I graduated college in 2009, I was ready to go into the “real world” and started working for the City & County of Broomfield where a lot of the employees were very healthy and a lot of activates were offered through work to stay fit and healthy. In 2010 I entered my first race in 10 years and it wasn’t just your average 5k. oh, no. I thought I would enter the racing world with a mini triathlon. It is the Mini Haha in Broomfield, CO where each person has to swim 300 yards, the bike 11 miles, and then run 2 miles. After placing 2nd in my age group with a total time of 1:14:21 I was ready to strive for bigger and better things, and push my body to do more things than I ever thought imaginable.

I am going to start a blog discussing my training, my workouts, and my race experiences so that I hope to inspire new runners and racers. Everyone has different practices, and different goals, but as Jim Ryun says, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”