Rainy Runs, Or, How To Be An Unstoppable Badass

Rain run

You can find a thousand reasons to not go outside for your run. The most common one I hear is “It’s raining”.

Now, I try as hard as I can to make this a judgement free zone. Do what you want, how you want to. But if truth be told, if you do not go for your run because it is raining, well then, I am judging you.

I do not care how sweet of a person you are, you are not made of sugar, and you will do just fine.

Plus – and this is really where it gets good – you will feel 50% more badass running any given route in the rain. Guaranteed.

It doesn’t matter how short, how flat, or how easy that route is. You automatically level up to 50% more badass-ery when running in the rain. It’s fantastic.

AND you get to be the crazy person running in the rain. The next day when you go into work, and everyone says they spent the evening inside, staring drearily out their windows, you can proudly announce “I went for a run.” They will all gape at you, but that is okay, because you got your run in.

Now, go for that run in the rain, you unstoppable badass.

And Happy Running!

 (Photo Credit: Antony_mayfield)

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Remember: We GET To Do This

When I first started, every run was a milestone. My longest run ever; my longest time running; my fastest km; my fastest mile; you get the picture. I went from barely being able to muster 1 minute of running/1 minute of walking for 30 minutes in a row to 10 minutes of running/1 minute of walking, all over the course of 8 weeks. I thought that was pretty awesome. I think that is pretty awesome.

Each time I would hit a new milestone, I’d say, Wow, isn’t it amazing that my body can do this. I am grateful for a body that is able to run and bike and dance (however questionably) and allow me to live my life without complaint. It’s a privilege.

In fact, running has become my way of celebrating the beautiful and capable body I have been blessed with. I’m not an especially healthy eater, and I could certainly stand to shed a few pounds, but running reminds me regularly to be mindful of the abilities of the body I have been given.

As I have continued to run, it takes longer and longer to hit the next milestone, meaning I am less likely to stop at the end of the run and go Wow because it is just a thing I do regularly. It is the norm.

On Wednesday of this week, I had one of those moments. Actually, I had more like one of those runs. About 1k into my tempo run I realized that my breathing was easy. My breathing had barely above the rate I would need to walk, and yet here I was, running what I thought was my tempo rate. I realized I could step it up and run quite a bit faster to achieve a proper tempo effort. That was pretty amazing.

As I was finishing my run, sweat absolutely pouring down my face and neck, I felt fantastic; I had a classic case of runners high. It’s the feeling every runner is chasing, if we are very honest with ourselves. We are all chasing the euphoria that comes with hitting a new goal, or truly enjoying our run.

During the day, I was wavering as to whether or not I should go. I remembered that I don’t have to run, but that I GET to run. Because of this beautiful, functioning, capable body that I have been given. Because I am able to celebrate that. And so I did, and as always, I’m reminded that

No one has ever really regretted heading out for that run.

So Happy Running.

Happy FRIDAY!

Happy Friday fellow Runners!

Stopped for a rest East of 3 valleys Gap Transcanada Highway

It’s Friday; wonderful, beautiful Friday. Rest day for me, so I’ll be doing, well, not a whole lot of anything. Reading, specifically my newest acquisition, Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes, and heading up north. If you’re not from Toronto, “up north” is the standard term for going anywhere but the big city for the weekend (seeing as anywhere due south of Toronto technically takes you across Lake Ontario into the States). In my case, I’ll be going to Wasaga Beach for some quality family time.

While I’m there, I’m planning on getting in some good trail runs in the Provincial parks. Trail running is its own kind of beast, and not one that I get to tackle often living in the concrete jungle. Trail running forces us to break our stride and pacing, and therefore typically expends more energy. Trail runners tend to be stronger runners overall, as they are more agile and have stronger cores. That said, my times tend to go up (ahem, way up if I’m being honest) when I run trails.

Pictures will follow. How are you spending your Friday run? I want to hear from you in the comments.

Happy Running!

(Photo Credit: Thank You For Visiting)

Yes, You Do Need New Running Shoes

Whether or not you have to purchase a new pair of running shoes is one of those questions that, if it has to be asked, the answer is usually yes. Unless you are a true aficionado and already own 12 trillion pairs. In that case, get your sh*t together. Or just take me shopping instead?

But assuming you are currently staring down at your beat up old gym shoes that have seen considerably better days, then yes you really do need new running shoes.

Here are all the excuses you will use:

  • I don’t really need them (you probably do, see below)
  • They are expensive (true, but so is reconstructive foot surgery, so the ball’s in your court)
  • I will want to BUY ALL THE RUNNING THINGS if I go to get them (again, take me with you?)

And here are all the reasons you need new running shoes:

  • Improved comfort
  • Improved stability for your foot
  • It’s like running on little, custom-designed clouds for your feet

And if you really aren’t sure if you need new ones, the scientific but somewhat useless way to  go about determining it is to calculate the number of miles run on your shoes. If you keep a really, really detailed log (and good for you if you do!) then this is snap.

Once you hit 400 miles, you should be looking at a new pair. For those in marathon training, thats every 3 to 4 months.

For us mortals, it’s a bit more difficult. You know the squishy foam under the heel of your shoe? Pick up your shoe and give that a squeeze. If you can squish that with your hands then its time for a new pair.

Get thee to the Running Room, or your nearest athletic wear store and pick up a new pair. Happy shopping and happy running!