Happy Halloween!

Boo!  Ok so I know that’s not scary but you know what is?  Sitting on your tushie and letting the world go by!

We only have one go around on this big round ball so make every second count!  Need inspiration?  Need a kick in the tushie?  Need a hand to hold as you start taking these first steps?  Drop me  a note and let me know how I can help you reach your goals.  I know you can do it and I’m here to help.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

P.S.  BOO!  Gotcha this time, right?

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Finding the strength within

Summoning your inner strength is necessary when training for and participating in an endurance event.  It may come at mile 20 where you have to dig deep, focus on the end goal and shut out the screaming signals that your body and brain are sending you.  It may come during a triathlon when you have swam, biked and have to finish one final leg before you can call it a day.    You can decide not to summon that inner strength and just quit but the mental toll (coulda, shoulda, woulda) that quitting takes is a beast to live with.

For those of you who accidentally stumbled across this page after googling “breakfast or Marin”  and have no desire or burning need to participate in an endurance event, you too can benefit from summoning that inner warrior.   We are all faced with challenges, big or small, whether a difficult marriage or an extra 30 pounds.  What you need to know is that we ALL have more power, strength and chutzpah than we give ourselves credit for or even thought possible.  I believe in you.

So dig deep today, my friends, dig deep.  You can do it.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Seeing Pink

I don’t think of myself as a “girly girl” but I love pink and I gravitate to things that sparkle and shine.  I wonder if I am a misplaced Real Housewife of New Jersey by mistake.  Well, without the back biting, general nastiness and 20-room house.   So maybe not a RH of NJ but maybe a toddler.   However, I digress.

Back in the day my running attire consisted of black shorts a black sports bra (never white for obvious reasons) and a white running shirt.  Sometimes I’d branch out with a light blue running shirt.  I know, color me crazy.

I (happily) have evolved from the “gray days’ into a kaleidoscope.   I enjoy mixing my bright blue shorts with a hot pink top.  Top that with my bright purple visor and I am ready to rock it.  Again, like a toddler dressing herself I prefer to NOT match. It’s more interesting and fun to wear my running clothes any which way.   I just recently purchase a three pack of neon running socks from Road Runner Sports (click here) to complete the ensemble.   I thought that would be my wildest, craziest purchase.  But I was wrong.

Exhibit A.  My brand new bright pink running shoes.  I have truly ventured into running geek-dome with the purchase and overwhelming LOVE I have for these shoes.  They are the Nike ZOOM (and for those who think they can’t wear Nike, you have to give these a try) and are to die for.

I pronate (which means my ankle rolls outward) and have a problem with metatarsal pain (when the foot strikes on the pad of the foot it irritates a nerve that runs to my second and third toe) so finding the right shoe is really important.  Now even though I love a nice looking shoe, it has be right for my foot and thankfully the ZOOM does the trick.  As I looked online for a new pair and I saw these pink beauties at Zappos.com I bought them in a flash and got them 2 days later.

They make my feet happy and I am happy when I look down at my feet.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

P.S.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so get your “girls” checked out.   Maybe even make that appointment today!

“B” is for Balance

Balance-based exercises are primarily used to help strengthen the stabilizer muscles that support a main muscle group.  Single leg stationary lunges forces you to hold your body in the proper alignment so the exercise is done correctly.  When you wobble, the outer thigh, inner thigh, calf and foot engages so you stay standing.  That’s why fighting to maintain your balance is so important.  Each second you fight to hold your balance makes your muscles stronger.  Hence, improving your balance and overall fitness.

So fight the wobble!!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

A Unique Finisher’s Medal!

In case you missed this interesting tidbit…courtesy of ACE Fitness (www.acefitness.com)

Think You Can’t Run a Marathon? Woman Finishes Marathon and Then Gives Birth

marathon runnersMost marathon finishers get a shiny medal and soreness for finishing the grueling 26.2-mile race. Amber Miller ended her marathon day with a medal, soreness and a baby — certainly a productive day.

Miller was almost 39 weeks pregnant with her second child when she started the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, she said she alternated between running and walking two miles each and felt great. Even with her contractions beginning towards the end of the race, she kept up with her run/walk pace!

Miller’s doctor did give her permission to run the marathon because she regularly ran and walked throughout her pregnancy. Her husband ran the race with her. After they both finished, Miller’s contractions were coming every five minutes. She grabbed a sandwich and then headed to the hospital to give birth to her new baby girl.

Baby June was born at 10:29pm at seven pounds, 13 ounces.

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Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Quote of the Week

Running has helped me process it all. The old photos, letters, and papers, the potholes and speedbumps along memory lane, the realization that my children are indeed growing up way too fast, it’s sometimes too much and I need to get out of my head and house and into the fresh air. My run recalibrates me, resets me, and refreshes me to return to base and keep working.

Kristin Armstrong, Author and runner

This quote resonates with me!  Going for a run also gives me uninterrupted time to plot my day, get my to do list in order and figure out how to manage it all!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂