Posts tagged running
Had a great morning coaching a special class at 9a. It was a last minute substitution and it was a hero workout — Griff. The group had to run backwards which always trips people up. They did a great job and after seeing them finish, I kinda wished I had done it. So in that vain, Coach Jerry was up for a run with me so we took a nice leisurely 3m run after the Hero wod. I don’t run often enough and it’s not one of my strong suits and I really don’t love it –which is exactly why I need to do it more!
I was wiped out afterwards but happy I took Jerry up on his idea of what a run was. I wanted to do a measly 800m! He laughed.
Speaking of running, here are two recent articles I have read that may prove helpful to all you ‘runner types’.
Have a great Labor Day! BBQ, Relax, and enjoy the holiday!
A great day for a 5k for a great cause!
Top 20% finisher!
Age Category Results : 16 Stephanie Hoaglund 40 Ashburn VA 30:24 29:26 9:29
Race Overall: 240 91/488 1670 Stephanie Hoaglund 40 Ashburn VA 30:24 29:26 9:29
Today was a beautiful spring like day in Northern Virginia! Man — I can taste spring and can’t wait. It is my rest day and I am forcing myself to take it easy –I keep hearing about over training and burn out. I love it so much and am so excited to try new things and practice the new stuff I have learned that it’s hard for me to keep away.
This is the time of the year when info about local races is starting to hit. It seems to me this year that there are more than ever — or maybe I am just on too many email lists. Here are a few to note in the local No VA/DC area:
Brambleton 5k/10k April 9, 2011
AOL Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 8:30 AM.
Ashburn Village 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Sunday, May 22, 2011
North Face Endurance Challenge June 4-5, 2011
Spartan Race June 18 2011
RARE CrossFit 5 Mile Trail Run (RCX5TR) II
Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:00 AM
Virginia Outdoor Center
I woke up to incredible weather. Low 60′s, breezy – so I went for a 3 mile run on the trail. It really is a great way to start a day – you get some exercise and get to clear out some of the noise that is in your head.
My mom is here visiting from Jersey for the long weekend – so that means one thing for us! Shopping. Mom and i have always bonded over shopping – it’s our thing. So I am off to get ready to hit some of our favorite haunts around town.
Enjoy the day! Especially if you are in the DC area – this weather should not be wasted!
I have mentioned the past few weeks about my stress levels and how high they are right now. Some say running is a great way to way to handle stress. Any exercise is really but here is some info on running and why it’s so good!
Running is particularly great as a stress relief technique for a few reasons:
- Endorphins We may as well mention this one first: these feel-good hormones that are secreted when we run (sometimes leading to what’s commonly referred to as “runners’ high”) can make us feel less stressed and more happy and relaxed even after we stop running or other exercise.
- Release Pounding the pavement can provide a release for negative emotions and an outlet for frustrations.
- Escape One of my avid runner friends has always remarked that she’s ‘running away from’ the stresses of life when she runs. Running does provide a nice change of scenery and a sense of going somewhere else, on top of the other benefits.
- Support There are many outlets for runners to hook up with other runners. There are also opportunities to turn running into a public service, like when participation in a marathon leads to helping a good cause. Support for training is also available to marathon participants, which makes sticking with running a much easier endeavor.
- Fitness Physical fitness does more than just help relieve the stress of bikini season–it can supply energy and stamina to manage the stressors of the day and the challenges of life.
(May 14) — Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton might not be the fastest runner on the road, but he never has to stop to tie his shoes.
The California jogger is one of the leaders of the barefoot running movement, a small but growing niche of runners who say they feel better — and healthier — without their sneakers.
“Shoes are deceptively comfortable,” said Barefoot Ken Bob, who after completing 77 marathons — one with shoes and 76 without — is considered the grandfather of the shoeless running community.
The debate over whether running marathons is a fine form of exercise or dangerous to your health, however, isn’t likely to stop any time soon; arguing the pros and cons of long-distance running is practically a sport in itself. The Boston Globe takes a look at the “calamities small or large” that can afflict runners during the 26.2-mile event. The story mostly focuses on the less serious problems – muscle cramps, tendinitis, blisters, banged-up toenails – that are a pain, but aren’t going to kill you.
Should life and health insurers be investing in the stocks of fast-food companies?
Researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance, which is associated with Harvard Medical School, say no, citing the downside of fast food — associations with obesity and other health problems, heavy marketing to kids and the the chains’ environmental impact. Insurers, however, do have a responsibility to share- or policyholders to maximize returns, and that may include investments in companies that don’t share their health-promoting mission, they say.
Should a caregiver ever Google a patient? Would you ask your physician to be a Facebook ‘friend’? Ethical questions abound, and the doctor-patient relationship is at stake.
The growing popularity of kettle bells, the primitive-looking bowling-balls-with-handles that deliver a great all-body workout, has given rise to similar products with more flexibility. Available now are weight-changeable kettle bells that can be customized to new fitness levels, for different family members or even during a workout — so you don't have to own more than one. Below, find four innovative ways to throw your weight around. — Roy M. Wallack
I discovered this great website one day See Adam Train at http://seeadamtrain.wordpress.com while searching Twitter and it really has offered up some great info and resources - Including this site about running barefoot. Current popular thinking suggests that perhaps running barefoot is a lot better for us than we ever even considered. I keep hearing about this approach from many different people, it is worth looking into.
aol. is very near and dear to my heart. They are starting a 5k Spring Into Summer 5k and fun run on Sunday, May 16th.
The Inaugural AOL Spring into Summer 5k and Fun Run will be held on May 16, 2010 at AOL’s Dulles campus in commemoration of AOL’s 25th Anniversary. Proceeds from the event will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Loudoun County, whose programs and services promote and enhance children’s development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
It’s also yet another opportunity to get out there with your family to encourage healthy and fit living!
See you there!
I read about this new series of races called Zoom from Mel’s blog – The Clothes Make the Girl and it sounds really interesting.
Zooma Women’s Race Series is an exciting new concept in women’s running that celebrates the power and beauty of all women. From their website:
- Purpose is to promote women’s and girls’ health and fitness by encouraging them to participate in a challenging and fun running event
- Pampering amenities and exciting entertainment with a “girls’ weekend” atmosphere
- Inaugural event held in Annapolis, MD on June 1, 2008 attracted over 1,600 runners
- ZOOMA welcomes both men and women to participate in all ZOOMA events.
- 2010 events will be held in Austin, TX, Annapolis, MD, Colorado Springs, CO, and Atlanta, GA
Sounds like a great concept to encourage overall fitness and a healthy lifestyle that is personalized to women. I have found for me, personalization is the key to keeping my overall commitments. Make it fun and meaningful to the audience, it’s more likely to stick. There is no one way to exercise and/or lead a fit life for everyone and we all have different needs or accommodations that we need to take into account. So if you are near to one of these, check it out!!