When You’re Just Burnt Out

When You're Just Burnt Out

Let me set the scene...you've been running for a few years, you have a bunch of races under your fuel belt, you have a couple more races on the not-so-distant horizon...BUT...you don't want to run. You're tired. You're bored. You're burnt out. I'm going to admit something to you.  This … [Read more...]

What to Eat Before Running

What to eat before running

One question I often receive over and over again on our Run with the Sisterhood Facebook page and in our Couch to 5k Group is "What should I eat before I run?"  It seems we all know that food is fuel for a runner, but what, when and how much is often the question. For many runners, what to eat … [Read more...]

26.2 Miles of Gratitude

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The last two months of training have been difficult- physically and mentally.  The miles have taken their toll on me and I drudged through my training runs. I felt as if I had lost my love for running- it had become a chore.  One set of thoughts that would lift my spirits was thinking of all the … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis

14 Ways to Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a pain in the heel. In my case BOTH heels. Ugh. Over the past year I've dealt with the pain and inconvenience of Plantar Fasciitis, and along the way I've tried just about everything possible to heel my heals. Last week I shared my journey with Plantar Fasciitis, and today I'm … [Read more...]

Marathon Week: Here I Am

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I am running my first marathon this Sunday. My training runs have been very slow...like slow.  I am OK with slow, but for the first time ever, I checked the course time limits. I want to make sure I don't get picked up by the sweeper vans.  I think I will be OK....I know I will be OK.  Sometimes … [Read more...]

Hill Training: is it really necessary?

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I think one of my favorite race signs came during a particularly nasty hill.  The sign read, "It's just a hill, get over it!"  I've also seen this on a shirt and I'm pretty sure I need it. I won't lie - I'm not a huge fan of hilly runs.  I live in an area that's mostly flat but I can find some … [Read more...]

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain

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My Plantar Fasciitis Story I started suffering from mysterious heel pain one year ago after I started T25 (plyometrics) and ramping up my running. The combination of upping my miles, and intense high-impact cardio for 25 minutes a day, was apparently more than my plantar fascia could handle. I had … [Read more...]

How Much is Too Much Running?

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Last week, I posted a question to our Run With the Sisterhood Facebook page, asking our readers if they had any questions for me.  I received a few inquiries that may appeal to our broader audience, so in my next few posts, I'm going to try to answer them.  (Keep in mind, I am not a certified coach … [Read more...]

Marathon Training Update: Week 22

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I feel like all I do is talk about running, think about running, and write about running.  However, I went back through my posts here and I see the last time I shared an update was at week 12. I am in week 22 right now. A lot has happened.  Many thoughts- good and bad- have crossed my mind. … [Read more...]

“How To” Series on Running, Part II

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What do you need to start running? Way back in 2010, many of the writers at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans were training for their first half and full marathons with Team Shrinking Jeans.  They were celebrating Sisterhood Running Month with a "How To" series on running. You can catch Part 1 … [Read more...]

Should you eat before a workout?

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To Eat—or Not to Eat: The Pre-Exercise Question Should you eat before a workout? That's the question athletes of all ages and abilities most commonly ask when I'm presenting a sports nutrition workshop. While most people expect a simple response, such as “Eat a banana” or “Have a slice of … [Read more...]

25 Miles to Christmas Challenge Giveaway

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Merry Christmas, Runners and Walkers!!! I hope you survived the holidays and enjoyed some quality time with family and friends.  Was Santa good to you?  I sure hope so! Did you have fun with our 25 Miles to Christmas challenge?  I had a lot of fun watching you all log your miles and get a bit … [Read more...]

The Worst Word in Running

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I know I'm guilty of this and I'd be willing to bet many of you have also used this word to describe your running or a race.  You go to the expo and someone asks which race you are running.  You see their bib and it's for a distance further than yours.  If you've ever done a Disney race and you … [Read more...]

Rehab Your Shoes

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Do you have that one pair of running shoes that look like they've seen better days, but still have a lot of miles left in them?  I'm sure you do - we all do.  Unless you do all your running on an indoor track or treadmill your shoes have probably gotten a little bit dirty. So, what can you do to … [Read more...]

Five Lessons I Learned By Not Training for a Race

Five lessons learned by not training for

This is a post about lessons learned when you are not looking to learn a darn thing. It can apply to runners, walkers, anyone really who has ever felt "I'm not ready for this" or "How did I get myself into this mess?" About a month ago, I ran the Across the Bay 10k. If you're not in the … [Read more...]