From the outside, running might seem like a pretty basic sport, maybe even boring. If you’re not a part of the running community, I can totally understand why you would see it that way.
But really, it’s so much more than what most see on the surface, because every runner, no matter how long they’ve been at it or how fast or slow their pace is, has a reason for lacing up their sneakers and hitting the road.
And for most it’s not just one reason, but many. Me personally, I run because I truly, genuinely enjoy it. I run because it keeps me healthy. I run because it helps me de-stress. I run because I love being active. I run because I love to eat. I run because it sets a good example for and inspires others.
Plus, there’s the sense of community, camaraderie and just general bad-assery (yes that’s a word) among all runners that takes the sport to an entirely different level. When you experience it—like when you’re running your first race ever, helping a friend reach one of their big running goals or cheering on a marathon—it gets your adrenaline pumping, it causes your heart to swell and sends chills up and down your spine. It’s truly inspiring. At least that’s how it makes me feel, and these are all some of the reasons why I decided to run the 2016 NYC Half Marathon with Team for Kids … Read More
My post-marathon ice bath.
There are so many sucky things about running a marathon.
Right off the bat, the training is immense, often overwhelming and eventually it prevents you from having a normal social life. (Once those long runs reach double digits definitely don’t plan any Friday night outings!)
Then there are all the aches and pains that come along with long-distance running. Granted, if you train smart you shouldn’t experience serious pain, but your body will definitely feel roughed up. Oh, and not to mention the potential chaffing, blisters and broken toenails you’ll likely have to deal with.
Oh and there’s the mental challenge of it all, too. As the training miles start to increase, your brain will begin to fight you … Read More
Ahhh guys! This is weird. This is my first race recap since the New York City Marathon almost a full year ago! I can’t believe it took me so long to get involved with another race after that one, but I definitely did need a nice break from racing after that and I’m glad that I took the time to get back into running at my own pace.
Enough reflecting, though. You’re obviously here to hear about my Run Rock n’ Roll experience, so let’s get right to it … Read More
When my friend Anna – a type 1 diabetic — first told me she wanted to run a half marathon, I was thrilled beyond belief.
But I was also concerned. There was no doubt in my mind that she could do it, but obviously running a half marathon with type 1 diabetes is an entirely different challenge than running a half marathon (which we all know is an incredibly impressive challenge on its own) … Read More
Psst! There’s a giveaway at the end of this post! So make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the page!
You’re an in-the-know runner, so you know that core strength is an essential part of the sport. (And if you didn’t already know that, well then now you do!)
But what are the best core exercises for runners? Well, it turns out the best core exercises for runners are also just the best core exercises in general. Meaning, the core exercises that have been determined as most effective at building core strength are the same ones that runners can benefit from the most … Read More