Vision Board

Here is my first Vision Board.  It was created as a source of inspiration and motivation!  Make your own and see where it leads YOU!

Now go run!  Keli 🙂

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Long Runs – A Love Story

I love long runs.

A long run is a chance to think, reflect, get lost in the pure beauty of running.  It is also a chance to rock out to some wicked cool music (circa late 80’s or mid 90’s) and see the sights.

A long run provides excitement (can I beat the guy pushing the baby jogger?), envy (I too, someday will wear such short running shorts), and longing (I want whatever they are cooking that smells so good in that house over there)!

A long run with a friend can provide a very long therapy session, problem solving and general goofiness that only a long run can produce.  While solo you are able to let your mind flow as only it can do when you let down your guard.  Sometimes if on a particularly long solo run, it’s kind of fun to stop yourself in mid thought and try and trace back to how you started thinking about honeybees.  Try it sometime, it’s a fun exercise.

A long run proves that you are not just a slogger or a jogger.  Even if you have no one to prove it to but yourself.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Smoothie-licious

Here’s a recipe for my super sneaky top secret delicious healthy smoothie.  Even my daughter loves them and she can detect hidden, healthy ingredients in anything.

  • 1/2 c nonfat plain or Activa light vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup OJ
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • *optional — 1 scoop ground flax seed
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach

Add yogurt and oj, flax seed and protein powder in blender, blend
Add blueberries, keep blending
Add spinach – blend until spinach is completely blended in (hand to God you won’t even know it’s in there)

Serves 1 to 2 people

If you are looking for a refreshing desert or just a frozen snack, you can omit the protein powder.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Marathon Training Tools

I became a runner about 11 years ago, when my daughter was a year old.  Most of what I learned from running at the beginning I did so through Team in Training.  It was a great way to learn and it sparked my interest and passion for running. Over the years I have continued to pick up things here and there about the sport.  Books, magazines, online resources and picking fellow runner’s brains are great resources for the recreational runner.

Some things I read about but don’t incorporate, (like barefoot running or track workouts) but every now and then I’ll add something to my training that helps tremendously.   The most important tool I’ve added to my training toolbox is a recovery run the day after a long run.    It gives me a chance to shake out the stiffness or aches that settled in after my long run and I find that my training improves when I add those recovery runs.

The main purpose of a recovery run is restoration, you should not be running to improve anything.  You should not run fast, you should not do hill repeats, a track workout or intervals.  You may be frustrated by your speed (or lack thereof) and if that’s the case, you are doing it properly.  Smooth, easy, slow, and steady should be your goal.  My recovery runs are only 3 miles but they are a very important 3 miles of my week!

Add a recovery day to your weekly training and see if it makes a difference in your training.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Dear The Biggest Loser

I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser.   I love to see people transforming their lives, the impact they have on their loved ones and the positive message that it’s never too late to get healthy.  This season, however, I’ve been surprised by some of the contestants and the dynamic “on the ranch”.  What gives?

Here are a few of my pet peeves this season:

Bob v. Dolvett 

Work your crap out somewhere else.  Dolvett, you’re the newbie so show some respect to the master and Bob, I think your job is secure.  Shake hands and get back to business.

Quitters

Ok, so one guy asks to be sent home after the first weigh in.  Another packs his boo hoo bags and hits the road in the middle of the night.  What is going on??   Did they forget to do the psych eval this time around?  Listen up, future contestants, put your big girl or boy panties on and (wo)man up.

Mean Girls

There is maybe one female constestant on the show that I like.  The rest are bitchy and very immature.  Where’s our Helen, Tara, Ada, Hannah or Deni?  I’m uninspired and am rooting for the boys this season.

Let’s bring the focus back to the positive messaging that The Biggest Loser is known for!  Inspire me!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Why running rocks!

I started my 5 miler this morning in a stinkin’ foul mood.  My 6am running buddy bailed on me so I had to re-jigger my schedule so I could run when it was kind of dark instead of pitch black, my kids were the Bickerson’s and I had a few frantic minutes where I thought I lost my iPod.   Many times I run without music but today I really needed the distraction that only Eminem can provide.  Besides, I hadn’t heard enough “eff” words this week.  🙂

My pace started out more of a slog and my run just sucked.  I thought of how long I had run, how slow I was, how to shorten my 5 miler to a 3 miler.  I stopped at a mile in to tie my shoes, which is what I do when I need to take a break and regroup.  I walked a minute or so and started up again.

Then the magic happened.   Slowly, but it happened nonetheless.  The more I ran, the harder I pushed up the hill the better I began to feel.  My cranky, growly, pre-run self was fading and I started to work out some things that had been on my mind.   My running became smoother, my pace quickened and I started to enjoy my run.

I added an extra loop to make the full 5 miles and I finished feeling strong and more importantly, in great spirits.

And that, boys and girls, is why running rocks!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂