Brain Power

I think better during my runs.  Often I’ll save difficult decisions or problem solving specifically for my morning runs. Once I get about 10 minutes in I will work back around to the problem or situation and let the ideas flow.

Sometimes it’s figuring out how to approach a sticky situation such as dealing with a difficult person at work or working out some teenage daughter stuff.  The key for this kind of troubleshooting is to have a one-sided, imaginary conversation where I’m saying very witty and maybe not so nice things to this or these persons. (if you see me running and I’m making strange faces and muttering to myself, I’m probably “arguing” with someone in my head).   Then I grow up and figure out a way to work with the situation in a calm and rational manner.  By the end of the run I’m not as angry or frustrated or annoyed and I can move on.

The work stuff has been on my mind a bit so again, I hit the road and let my mind wander.  Then I can more easily figure out a better way to build our widget or to market said widget.  Often I’ll get back from my run and jot my notes down in an email to my “work” self titled “while I was running”.   That smarty-pants thinking will hold on for a while so if I’m in a meeting, and have run earlier that day, I’m much more likely to comment or provide some ideas.

Then sometimes I just need to get my day in order.  Like you, I have a lot of balls in the air at the same time and need to figure out how fit it all in.  Those early morning runs helps me prioritize from A-Z.  The things that don’t make it on the list (like laundry or cleaning) can be done another day.

Of course, not everything can be solved or figured out during a run. Some really tough things require wine, chocolate and a night out with good friends.  But for the most part, it’s the running.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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How To Get An Extra 15 Minutes Each Day

I am an early bird.  I like to get up early (some say obscenely early) so I can have an hour of quiet time.  I drink coffee, watch trashy reality tv, check emails and get some paperwork out of the way before I teach class at 5:30am or go for my run.  While getting up at 4:18 am may seem a bit extreme, there is something to be said for getting up and getting things done.
Time is a precious commodity.  There are only so many minutes of every day to get that endless to-do list done.  For those of you who battle the clock every day and end up skipping important things like exercise or doing much needed housework, organizing or you are trying to build or manage your business here’s something to try.
Get up 15 minutes earlier every day this week.
Use that time to go through the files on your desk, pay bills, schedule summer camps for the kids, do a pushup-squat-lunge circuit or just catch up on you reading.
You won’t miss that 15 minutes of sleep (promise) but you’ll be more efficient, effective and you’ll be able to get things done.
Try it and let me know how it works.
Now go run!
Keli 🙂

 

A very heavy heart

My morning run did not make a dent in the sadness I feel in my heart.  I’m sad for those who were killed in the explosion and the loved ones they leave behind.  I’m sad for those who were injured.  I’m sad for those who tended the injured.  I’m sad for the runners.

Now go run.  Because if we don’t – ‘they’ won.

Keli

Why Recovery Runs are Important

When training for a race, each of your training runs serves a purpose.  My training plan has an easy run, run at race pace, long run (at a slower pace) and then the beloved recovery run.

The recovery run is the one component I used to consider optional.  For the past few years I’ve learned to make it an important part of my training and no matter how I feel after the long run the day before, I make sure that I get that 3 mile run done.

The lovely thing about this run is that there is no expectation of speed or even that you put forth a modicum of effort.  It’s all about slow, easy and loose.  Stiff, sore or kinked muscles are warming up and you are getting that lactic acid moving and out of your system.

Note: If you are really sore the day after a tough long run, try walking for 10 minutes to warm up and then do a run/walk cycle for 10 minutes and cool down with a 10 minute walk.

I promise you this, your training will be better and you will not deal with the crippling soreness that may afflict you post-race if you include these recovery runs.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Ouch!

I played my first soccer game of the season on Wednesday.  Yesterday I felt pretty good, but today, after teaching class and focusing on legs (what was I thinking??) not so good.  I figured going for a quick 2 mile run after class would help loosen me up but I was soooo wrong.

Normally when I go for a run I’m able to work out an soreness or kinks.  Sure the first 5-10 minutes can be hard if I’ve done something extra the day before but rarely do I finish a short run feeling worse than when I started.

Inner thighs, hamstrings, quads, feet.  All very present and painfully, painfully accounted for.

It was the longest, little run I’ve had in a long time.  And now my thoughts turn to how I can tweak my training during the week so I don’t hurt as badly next time.

My class should be very nervous for next week!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂