My First 5k of the Season…

I ran my first 5k today of the season.  It was called Tyler3Miler, named after Tyler Mayle who died while hiking.  All of the funds raised go towards the band of Windsor High School in Windsor, CO.2 mile December

It was a gorgeous day here in Windsor, CO.  It was a bit chilly, but five minutes into this and all that was forgotten! There’s nothing like running in the fresh air with nature.  Nothing beats it!

I did well, but there wasn’t a lot of entries.  I was second place overall for females.  My daughter was about 40 seconds behind me.  My other daughter was about 13 minutes behind. She got a bad cramp.

I had a good time.  It was fun.  I’m preparing for a 10k in early June and this was a great warm up!

Running at 3:30 AM…

I didn’t realize how much I miss running very early in the morning until I did so today.

When I was in college, I’d run every day from 3-4 am.  Every day.  Rain.  Snow.  Sun.  Wind.  It didn’t matter.

I hurt my knee after my marathon and gave up running for almost a decade until I started CrossFit and picked it up again.

Now, I love to run 5k’s and jog.  I just don’t do it every day!Image result for running in the dark

Today I decided to exercise early.  By myself.

It was snowing out but not sticking since the ground is too warm here in CO at this time of year for that.

It was euphoria…

There’s this “dead zone” as I like to call it where 95% of the population is sleeping and it’s between 2:30-4:30 am.  This is my favorite time of the day.  To be alone.  Me.  My thoughts.  God.  To do my thing.  To think.  To plan my day.  To read.  To write.  To exercise.  To breathe.  To be.

I also love the dark.  I love winter because it’s dark the majority of the time.

You combine all these elements–darkness, silence, and the sense of being alone on this planet–and you touch magic.

I wanna touch magic more often now.  Don’t you?

A Gratitude Run…

Image result for runningAs I posted a few days ago, I have been learning a lot lately about achieving your goals and defining them.

One thing Chop Wood Carry Water recommended was a gratitude walk when you’re comparing yourself to others.

Well, I took this idea and turned it into a “Gratitude Run.”

I love to run.  There’s nothing better to clear the mind, promote clarity, have some quiet time to yourself, and be healthy.  It’s the cheapest exercise program out there!  I have some of my best ideas when I’m running.

So yesterday I went on a gratitude run.  I tried to take everything I saw and be grateful for it:  prairie dogs, melting snow, grass, pavement, trees, bird calls, lakes, memories, etc.  I also used this time to be grateful and thank God for all the blessings in my life:  family, love, happiness, house, home, car, CrossFit, time to meditate and time to run, my job, my life, this moment, my future, my past, etc.

This was a great exercise!  I had some ideas I want to implement in my life not to mention I feel I’m not grateful enough in my life or humble.  I need to remember how blessed I am so I am a better person, more empathetic to others, more compassionate, more caring.

I plan to make every run (except maybe when I race) a gratitude run.

Try it yourself, see if your attitude or mindset changes, and let me know what you think!!

CrossFit’s Online Running Course

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I like to run.

So it was a no-brainer to sign up for CrossFit’s online running course, which went over the correct running technique to prevent injuries, major faults, and corrections.

As a runner, we all pass through 3 major phases:  Pose, Fall, Pull.  The pose phase is where your feet are directly beneath you.  The fall phase is where your feet are not touching the ground.  The pull is when your other foot pushes off and you complete your stride.

Runners want to maximize their fall phase in order to run faster.  This is contrary to popular belief that increasing your stride will make you run faster.  Your body is more efficient the more it maintains its center of gravity.  This goes for lifting heavy weights as well.

This course also goes over how to analyze a runner’s stride and if they are efficient or not.  Ultimately, the longer you stay in the fall phase, the less your energy output, the less work you do, and the longer you can do without feeling the effects of fatigue.

I would recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their running technique.  I implemented what I learned during my very next running session and saw immediate improvements.  Great course and great information!

The Best Part About Running IS….

…the birds.

I never run with music.

During a race, I want to hear if someone is coming up behind me.

During a jog, I want to hear nature.

What’s not to love about a low-flying hawk’s screech, an owl’s hoot, or a crow’s caw?

I am not alone.  Nor would I want to be.

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Running is Stress Relief…

Normally, I take the winter off from running.

But here in Colorado, we’ve had such an unseasonably warm winter that when it hit 60 degrees out, I HAD to go for a run.  Who could waste such beautiful days?

Now, it’s colder out.  And I still find myself craving my afternoon runs.  And frequently, I take them.

I’ve been pretty stressed lately with life decisions–ya know, the big one like what should I do with the half of my life left type thing.Jingle 4

Running clears my mind.  I get TONS of writing ideas from running.  I remember tasks I have to complete.  I see hawks and birds and squirrels and smile.  Even though my heart rate is technically up, it is really down.

And afterwards?  Priceless the relief I feel from all of life’s stresses.  I’m even considering a 5k if the weather is nice enough!

Conclusion:  runs are back.  And I’m so relieved!

Running a 5k…

Yesterday, I ran my first 5k of the season.  I beat my time from last year by a whopping….wait for it….8 seconds!

I just can’t seem to beat my time.  And I know why:  cause I don’t train it.

I used to be a runner.  I ran a marathon in college, but then I hurt my knee shortly thereafter and gave it up.  Now, with running showing up in a ton of CrossFit WOD’s, I’ve taken it up again.timing-your-run-580

I want to improve my 5k time.  However, injuries plague me still.  I’ve had a calf muscle injury that waxes and wanes so I now do not run as often.  I’m trying to listen to my body and be smart about it.

My solution to improving my time:  run more 5k’s.

I know myself.  I won’t push myself unless there are others to beat.  It’s why I do CrossFit.  It’s the beating everyone in my box (which does occasionally happen when it plays to my strengths) that I live for.  Otherwise, why run hard?

I’m planning to run a 7k next in 6 weeks.  I’ve never run more than 3.65 miles before so this should be interesting.  I’m excited about it!  However, I’m gonna practice in the meantime and see how it goes.  And I’m sure CrossFit will help.  And Murph.

As long as you’re moving, you’re improving!