Maui Wowie

I ran the Maui Marathon (www.mauimarathonhawaii.com) with TNT back in 2002.  It’s hard to believe that it was a decade ago!  It remains one of my favorite races.  The views; spectacular, the Hawaiian people; so nice, the course; some hills but pretty mild.  I would definitely recommend this as a destination race!

I’ve been back to Maui 3 times since then and I’ve made it a habit to run most days that I’m here.  It is such a lovely place to run!  Not that I’m all crazy about it – I only do very short maintenance runs when on vacation – just 2 to 3 miles.  I know it might not seem like that much but those piddly little miles add up to 18 to 27 for the 9 days I’m here.   And that’s not too shabby for a vacation.

So when you are planning your next getaway, pack your running or walking shoes and get some mileage under your belt. Then when you indulge in an umbrella drink (or two) you can  do so guilt-free.  More or less!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

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The Yoga Challenge Continues

So we are on day 18 of my 30 Day Yoga Challenge and all is ok.  While I have not noticed much improvement in the bendy department I am enjoying the poses and am finding what kind of yoga works for me.

I like when the instructors give exact detailed instructions on where to move what.    I am starting to figure out how to move my body where it should be – not that I can get it there – but at least I’m moving my body parts in the proper direction!

One instructor wants me to find joy in certain positions but at this point I’m still only able to find discomfort.  So I breathe, follow along and am optimistic that joy is coming!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

I (Puffy Heart) Running!

I like to run.  Some days I run slow.  Some days I run fast.  Some days I run hills and some days I run around the block and call it a day.  But there is one thing that’s a given, if I start my run in a foul mood I will bet my Garmin 405 that within 18 minutes I’ll be flying high and will be one happy camper.  Simply put, running makes me happy.

I mean really happy.  Kind of in a manic, hyper, almost medicated way.  At the 2 mile mark, as the stress and whatever melts away, I’m left in a happy place.  I want to send nice emails to people, I want to call my mother and more importantly, I want to keep running.

I’ve said this before that not every run is a great run.  But even as I’m struggling with the “running” part of the run,  those little endorphins are swimming in my system and even after the worst run ever, I don’t feel bad.  I may be sore and frustrated or hot and tired but I’m still happy that I ran.  And happy that I’m done.

So get your Nike’s out there and get some happy!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Quote of the Week

While I’ve not had the pleasure of qualifying for the Boston marathon, the joy of achieving a goal for any race rocks!

I love setting goals and doing my best to achieve them. Training for and qualifying for Boston was one of the things I’m most proud of. It was very emotional for me coming into the finish line and looking at the clock and realizing I’d made it.

Mike Kaiser, RW Challenger of the Week (courtesy of Runners World)

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

The CIF Plan of Attack

As much as I’d like to tell you otherwise, you have to work to achieve your fitness goals.  Running hard for one week does not a marathoner make, nor can you eat clean for three days and expect the weight to melt off.   I know – thank you for the super news Ms. Killjoy.

So what does it really take to achieve the results you are looking for?  Let’s call it the CIF Plan of Attack and it’s 3 simple steps.

  • Consistency – in order to see results you have to be willing and dedicated to work at it every day (or most days).
  • Intensity – you need to push hard and continually challenge yourself (this is where a group training program or sessions with a certified personal trainer can be a huge benefit).
  • Focus – narrow in on your goal and be clear with your intention so you will achieve your results.

And we shouldn’t forget “R”  as in Repeat as often as needed to reach your goal.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Solo Running

There are many great reasons to run with others; safety in the dark or in the hills, camaraderie, and most importantly, when you commit to meet someone, you will be less likely to skip your workout.  Running with a group or a friend will help you push to run a bit faster and it makes the time and miles go by quickly.  Running with others is great!

I, however, run alone.  Funnily enough, I’ve come full circle on this.  When I first started running I ran alone on my treadmill watching Oprah in the guest room (which then turned into the baby’s room).  When I started with Team In Training I did some track workouts and ran with the group on Saturdays.  I ran with TNT for a few more seasons and found some great gals to run with.  After our marathons were over we kept running together 2-3 times a week without fail.  That lasted quite a few years until the group splintered as people moved, had babies and our lives went in different directions.  I’m still friends with most of the gals and we run every now and then but not on a regular basis.  The only exception is my friend Lisa who still trains for and runs marathons with me.

I’ve tried other running groups but to be honest they have not been a good fit.  I don’t like running at night and a 9:00am run on a weekend does not work with my or my kids’ sports schedule.  Thankfully I am extremely disciplined (OK – anal-retentive) when it comes to exercise.  I’m self-motivated and can propel myself out the door 99% of the time.

While I run alone, it’s not lonely.  I see a lot of solo runners out there and we give a familiar nod to each other.  A few friends from the other side of the hill run a few mornings a week and we say Hi and wave as we pass by each other going in the opposite direction.  I run past a group of ladies who walk their dogs over the hill for coffee every morning and I see a couple in their 60’s who also walk over the hill every day of the week.  I’ve gotten used to seeing some of the same cars driving past me as they are on their way to work and will get a honk of recognition from folks I know from the neighborhood.

I toy with the  idea of finding some running buddies but I like to run early (5:30 or 6:00am), I love to run hills (I will even go out of my way to hit a good one), I like to chat when I run (this can be a definite turn off to some people) and frankly, I enjoy being on my own schedule.  If I decide to run at 6:30am instead of 6:00am then I don’t want to feel guilty about messing up someone else’s day.

I would, however,  love to find a trail buddy for weekend runs because I don’t do trails alone.  So if you are an early bird who loves to run hills but isn’t concerned about getting up them super fast, I’m your gal.  Also, I like to chat so be warned!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Yoga Nation

So I just completed my 5th day of Yoga and I have a few comments.  (First, let me preface this by saying that my yoga ‘class’ consist of me following along Yoga classes provided by OnDemand via my iPad and I’m sticking with programs that are under 30 minutes because of time constraints.)

With that said, here are my observations thus far.

1.  Ouch.  I was correct in assuming at the outset that my body had lost any bend that it once had and any bend that it will have in the future will come about only through a long and painful practice.

2.  Who knew that practicing Yoga in my living room would provide a solid 20-30 minute of amusement for my children.   Alexa laughs at me when my body doesn’t fold naturally like the gal on TV and Jack likes to shout out instructions to me “Mom, their legs are close together.  Mom, move your legs close together.  Mom, your legs!”

3.  Nothing in Yoga is simple.  Simply sitting on your bottom with your legs straight out is not just that.  Your butt and pelvis is grounded, while extending your legs away from your body as you lengthen your thighs, turning your leg bones up and out slightly.  Hands flat on the ground on either side of your hips with your belly and spine lifted, shoulders down with neck and face soft.  See what I mean.  Now, do this really quickly but mindfully because this pose is just a second before you move to something else.

4.  No judgement zone.  In this one hip opening sequence that I’ve done the past few days the instructor has mentioned that we pass “no judgement” on our bodies inability to bend or open as indicated.  So instead of cursing my bodies cement-like bendability I’m to embrace the fact that I’m there, breathing and trying my best.

Now we can’t ask for anything more than that, can we?

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Namaste