Planning For Fall

Lately I have been thinking about my Fall race schedule. It will be time to start training in a few months, so I am deciding on my training plan, hiring a running coach, and really, really focusing on staying healthy. I have recenlty been diagnosed as having Achilles tendonitis, so I am doing everything my doctor has recommended. I’ve cut back on my running – no speed work, no hills and no long runs. I am taking it easy as far as running goes and focusing on my strength training until I start training for races in a few months. Send me your good, healing thoughts please!! I am also doing yoga, even in my garage gym. So if I can’t make it to a class I have no excuses. I am always going back and forth when it comes to being consistent with my yoga practice. That needs to stop and and I need to make it a priority.

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Here are the races I have coming up:

July 17th San Diego Craft Classic. This race is 10 days before my birthday so it will be an early celebration for me 😉 I’ll be doing the half marathon. I am really excited for this race in my new hometown. It ends at Green Flash Brewery. Perfect for this beer runner!! If you want to run this race use code ‘BibRave’ for $10 off the half and $5 off the 5k. 

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September 11th I have the Ventura Marathon. I’ll only be doing the half. I was going to do the full but it is an out and back course, and with the Achilles issues I’ve been dealing with I am glad I only signed up for the half.

Next is the Chicago Marathon on October 9th. I am SO EXCITED for this race for many reasons. It will be my first race out side of California, it will be my first time in Chicago and I am running this race with MDA Team Momentum. I am raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, so if you’d like to donate to their fight agains ALS and muscle diseases you can do that here: Running For Those Who Can’t – thanks in advance for  your support!!

Finally, I have the California International Marathon. If you have been following my blog, or know anything about me, you know I look forward to this race every year. And since I no longer live in Sacramento, it will be nice to be back in my hometown with all my running peeps running the best race of the year! Also, I am an Ambassador the the CIM and if you’re in the San Diego area (or beyond) sign up for this race!! Seriously, you won’t want to miss it. Great community support, Boston qualifying race and you finish in front of the State Capitol. Use code ‘SDRUN10’ for $10 off registration.

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I am looking forward to all the new races I have coming up this Summer/Fall. I know my plan this year was to race some 5 and 10k’s but I had to put that on hold. Along with exploring the trails around SD. Damn Achilles. I am seeing a new PT next week, one that was highly recommended. We’ll see how that goes…why does finding a good doctor have to be so difficult? My last PT seemed to blow me off, as if my running was just a hobby that didn’t require his care. I may not be an elite runner, but running is life. You know? At least I have other aspects of my training to make me stronger as I take it easy with my running. But damn, I am really looking forward to training again!

 

My Journey to the Chicago Marathon

For those of you that have been following my blog, IG or know me personally, you know how much I love running.  I recognize how lucky I am to be a runner. I can go out and run whenever I want, just lace up my Altras and take off. Some people aren’t as lucky. And they are my number one reason for running. I run for those who can’t. Now, I am literally running for those who can’t because I have joined MDA Team Momentum! You may remember I wrote a post about becoming the MDA Team Momentum San Diego Coach. I am coaching our team to run the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon/Half Marathon (you can read that post here). Well, my endurance manager signed up to run the Chicago Marathon for MDA and asked me to join her. There was no talking me into it. I knew I had to do this.

I am so honored to coach for the MDA, and even more honored to run for them and the families they help. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is an organization that I can stand behind, be proud, promote their message and help them to fight muscle diseases.

MDA is fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

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I raced a 5k this weekend that I was not as prepared for as I wanted to be. I knew it would be hard, and while I hate to admit it, I thought I’d just run a comfortable pace and not ‘try too hard’. That is what I thought to myself as we lined up at the start. It wasn’t an easy race but about half way through I felt so much better than I thought I was going to.  This picture captures the second I felt my ‘fuck yes, I can do this’ kick in. This is totally my game face, my you’re not passing me, I am sprinting the chute face. This whole race I just thought about who I was running for and even if it hurt, I could take it for 3.1 miles. It was worth it. It always is.

Muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases take away physical strength, independence and life. Find out who gets these diseases, what causes them, what the symptoms and life expectancy are for people affected by them, and how MDA research is leading the way to treatments and cures. – mda.org. As you follow my training for the Chicago Marathon (via my blog) I hope you will keep in mind to be thankful for every run you take. I know I sound like a broken record here, but I just can’t express enough how near and dear this is to my heart. So, now comes the part where you can help to  support me in my journey. You can go to my fundriasing page, Raising Funds to Fuel the Fight for Muscle Health, and support me, the MDA and all of the families that the MDA helps. Together we can fight muscle diseases, and with your help I can raise money by doing what I love. Run.

Women And Running

There is a great new running (and everything else that goes along with running!) website that I contribute postst to: RunSynergistic. Check them out, and read my first post below:

 

Women and running

This one is for the women out there. The women who have fought for our rights, proven they can do things when told they couldn’t, didn’t back down because they believed in themselves, other women and their rights, freedom and ability to live how we (women) wanted to live. I have been thinking a lot about these things lately, and maybe it is because it is Women’s History Month or maybe because I have become OBSESSED with the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You. Either way, I believe it is so important for us women to know our history. Understand what women have gone through to help us get where we are today, and understand we are still fighting that fight. Today, on this last day of Women’s History Month, I want to recognize women and their contribution to running.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned women weren’t allowed to enter races. I was shocked to learn this. There was apparently “scientific” information that running long distance could cause infertility in women. You know, all that shaking of the uterus or some bs like that. In February 2012, when I ran my first race (a 10k), then training for my first Marathon in December of that same year, it never occurred to me, had I been alive 41 years earlier I would not have been allowed to enter a race.

But I can run races. I am able to because of women like Bobbi Gibb, who was a “bandit” at the 1966 Boston Marathon. Jumping out of some bushes to run the race, back in the day when women were told they were not capable of running a marathon. 60 years later, we all know that women are bad ass and CAN run a marathon, and this year at Boston she will be the Grand Marshal.

Then  there is Katherine Switzer , who ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, a year after Bobbi. Katherine had a race official try to stop her from running, grabbing her sweater, trying to rip her bib off of her. He was unsuccessful at stopping her and she finished the race. You are probably familiar with the infamous picture of her during this race. It is because of women like Bobbi and Katherine that the ban of women running races was eventually lifted.

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In 1972, when women were finally allowed to run Boston (75 years after the first Boston Marathon) Nina Kuscsik  became the first female to win, with a time of 3:10:26. She is also one of the women who, along with Katherine Switzer, protested at the 1972 New York City Marathon. While they were allowed to run the NYC Marathon, they had to start 10 minutes before the men. So when the gun went off for the women to start, they sat down. On the start line, holding signs to protest the discrimination of the Amateur Athletic Union. When the gun went off at 11:10am for the men to start, the women got up and started the race too. The officials ended up adding 10 minutes to each of the women’s finish times.

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Back in the day, which was only like 50 years ago, women were told that running was risky and unlady like. We have come a long way since then and women in running are now celebrated. But we still have so far to go. Luckily I am surrounded by a supportive running community, friends and family. As for other aspects of my training, particularly lifting weights, and I don’t mean your cute, pink little 2 lb hand weights, I have been told things similar to it not being ladylike. And to that I say, I don’t give a fuck. If running has taught me anything it is that I am so much stronger, both physically and mentally than I ever thought I was. I don’t need others to put me in their little box of what they think women should be.

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Since I began running in 2011 I have always loved it. Yes it is hard, yes sometimes I want to sleep  instead of go for a morning run. I have races and training runs that suck but I still love lacing up my Altras and getting out on the road or trails. After learning of women’s history in running I always remember to be thankful for my ability to run and to be thankful for the women before me who made it possible to cross those finish lines, wear my medals and celebrate my PRs. It is because of them that I have so many amazing lady friends that will be running the Boston Marathon in 18 days, and one day I will too. Women running races may seem like a trivial thing to some, but it goes way beyond running races. Ask almost any runner how running has changed their life and you will realize that. So let’s not forget those who ran before us. Celebrate them with each run you do.