"Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running."
- Julie Isphording
Matt Frazier's blog, No Meat Athlete, has been an inspiration of mine since I started running three years ago. I was dabbling in vegetarianism then and his blog showed me that it is possible to run only on plants. Matt has recently written an article for a new book called Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology. While the publishers did include his second article written for the book, they rejected his first article which he has now posted on his website. It is one of the most inspiring, honest, and authentic articles about being a vegan runner I have ever read and I've found that I relate a lot with what he says.
In attempt to find some new music to bust a move through, I'm going to be posting great workout music mixes I like listening to for inspiration. Feel free to add in your favorite music to run, bike, and lift to in the comments below!
Shin Splints are super common among runners, especially new runners. I suffered from shin splints for over a year when I ramped up my mileage training for my first half marathon. I began to have pain that ran from below my knee down to the base of my foot. Walking was painful, sitting was painful, and running was excruciating. Luckily, I have found ways to treat shin splints as best I can and how to combat them head on when they start to hurt.
I took 10 days off of running because I got married. My last run was four days before my wedding and it felt great! I ended up doubling the mileage I was originally setting out to do. I knew it would be my last run before the wedding and probably a few days after, so I was happy that I felt so good and went for so long. 10 days later, a week after my wedding, I set out to do three miles. I wanted to do something small because I knew I would be slow and I didn’t want to push myself and somehow get injured or just get angry with myself for failing. I set my running app for three miles and thought “maybe I could go for four, we’ll see how I am feeling”. Boy am I glad I only set it for three.
Running can be brutal on your feet. It was quite the shock training for my first half marathon and seeing the state my feet went through. Blisters and black toenails are super common among runners. Its just part of the sport, warrior wounds if you want to think about them that way. Most of the time you can alleviate these issues with proper fitting shoes, but all the pavement pounding or trail trekking will still get you in the end. Have I scared you off yet?
I promise I won't post any pictures of gross feet here. I hate it when I go to a website to try and find a blister cure and see a big picture of an open wound. So don't worry, this post will be free of those disgusting images.
Choosing a shoe is one of the most personal decisions one can make when it comes to running. Just because this athlete wears that specific brand or your friend wears this brand and your trainer swears by that brand it doesn’t mean it’s the right shoe for you. Running shoes are a really great investment if you plan to run more than a mile a week so I would highly recommend spending the money on a really good pair.
“Runner’s Knee” is one of the most painful experiences I have ever had to deal with. I had no idea it was even a thing until it happened to me on a long run two weeks before my second half marathon. The real term for “Runner’s Knee” is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. (Sounds terrible if you ask me!) And from what I was told by my doctors, Runner’s Knee is more common in women than it is in men.
I got up early this morning to go for a run - something I haven't done in almost a year. I've been opting out of the 6:30am runs for 12:00pm runs instead, but I've been feeling the need to get back into the morning routine for a few reasons. Less traffic, calmer roads, quieter surroundings. But most importantly, for my always faithful running partner, Bailey, who has been full of extra energy lately.
When I started running one of the things that kept me putting one foot in front of the other was music. The thought of running without music wasn't an option. I also had become addicted to my Nike+ app constantly spitting out my pace at every mile in my ear. How could I run if I didn't know how fast I was going? If my iPhone was dead, forget it. I'm staying home until it's charged. Or so I thought.
Life's been a little hectic lately. The stresses of the world sometimes get me a little down. Work stress, commuting stressing, world stresses - sometimes it can get a little heavy, but I'm always amazed at the healing powers of going for a run.
I ran my first half marathon in 2012. I was shocked and amazed that I did it. Following a training program I was able to go from running three miles in November of 2011 to running 13.1 (with some walk breaks) in three months. It was amazing, painful, exhausting, and like nothing I've ever done before. The sense of accomplishment was overwhelming.
When I turned 30 some, ehem, years ago, I felt slow, lethargic, tired and unhappy. I knew once the 30s came things would start slowing down both in my metabolism and my energy levels and I wanted to stop those changes before they consumed me. So I decided to start running.