12 days of running Christmas

My Team in Training coach from Chicago passed this along, and I thought I would share

On the Twelfth Day of Training, my TEAM coach gave to me:

12 – BODY GLIDE STICKS. Body Glide is a chafing and blister prevention product. It is designed to prevent blisters and/or chafing in vulnerable areas, such as your feet, inner thighs, sports bra lines and underarms. This will be a friend during those long runs!

11 – RUNNING SHIRTS. Cotton is ROTTEN! Wearing moisture-wicking fabrics will wick the sweat away from your body, keeping you dry and warm.

10 –WATER JUGS. Despite the cold weather, you’ll still heat up and lose fluids through sweat. Cold air also has a drying effect, which can increase the risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after your run.

9 – RIPE BANANAS. It contains needed potassium that you lose when you sweat. It helps regulate muscle contraction, and helps prevent leg cramps. And, some say they are safe to eat before a run because it is unlikely they will cause gastrointestinal issues.

8 – SAFETY TIPS. TNT shoe tags, RoadID, reflective vests, blinking lights, Run against traffic, and Stay Alert to what’s going on around you!

7 – DYNAMIC STRETCHES. Our TEAM favorites are high knees, butt kicks, toy soldiers and round the world squats! Yes, you feel a little silly but it gets the muscles ready for the run/walk!

6 – FUNDRAISING IDEAS. Our recommitment date will be here soon! Make sure you have started your fundraising! Some ideas include: Online Website, Donation Letters, Taking it to the Streets, Silent Auctions, Dress Down Days, Wine Tastings, Super Bowl Party…1-on-1 Strategy meeting with Kate! (if you haven’t done it…schedule it this week!)

5 – CHOCOLATE MILKS. Studies now show that chocolate milk aids the body in recovery, most importantly the muscles.

4 – BAGS OF ICE. Most injuries respond well to the “RICE” treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Ice the trouble spot for ten minutes on, then ten minutes off, repeating as necessary. You should ice as soon as possible after you have been injured, and immediately after a run if you are running with an injury. Also, let COACH HEATHER know of any injuries or trouble spots!

3 – PAIRS OF SHOES. By now, you all realize how much a shoe can change your running/walking experience! Just remember to make sure that your shoes aren’t worn out and that you have the right model for your feet and running style. The wrong shoe can aggravate existing problems, causing pain in your feet, legs, knees or hips. Wearing shoes that have lost their cushioning may also lead to injury. Running shoes typically last around 300 miles!

2 – HAND-WARMING GLOVES. As much as 30% of your body heat escapes through your hands and feet. On cool days, wear running gloves that wick moisture away. Mittens are a better choice on colder days because your fingers will share their body heat. You can also tuck disposable heat packets into your mittens.

1 – A REASON TO GET OUT OF THE BED. We complete our events in honor/memory of people with blood cancers. It helps to remember our “Honored Heroes” on those cold Saturday mornings! (Also, remembering that you are not alone in this challenge…Your TEAMMATES are getting up to train too! We will worry if you are not at the GTS!!)

See the pretty lights

“When you have the enthusiam and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.”

– Deena Kastor

I’m done wallowing. Last week was last week, and with some sleep, stretching, and lots of foam rolling I have a different outlook. Which is why I decided to do an easy run in my Newtons this morning. I didn’t have to get up early, but I did because I wanted to do one of my favorite things this time of year, run the neighborhood and check out the holiday lights. And I thought you all should join me. Some here we go:

Where did it all go?

Saturday was a frustrating day on so many levels. It’s been an emotionally challenging week, and just physically draining. By Thursday evening I could barely think straight for my last few students. Thankfully they found it highly amusing. Saturday was always going to be a crazy day. A race in the morning followed by a rehearsal and concert in a nearby city. In my head it was all going to go much better than it actually did. The race started later than I thought, and it was cold and rainy. Yay for friends, boo for rain. I got home later than I wanted, got cleaned up, and got into a shouting match with my Dad who wasn’t actually listening to what I was saying. It was 20 minutes before I needed to leave and I was sobbing on the floor. I was tired of being pushed and having everyone’s emotional junk tossed on me. People’s pressure for last-minute plans on a day I already had plans was not helping. Yes I wanted to go, but it wasn’t that simple and little respect, and patience would have gone a long ways. Strike two. I got everything in the car and headed off for rehearsal. It was an hour drive, so I would have time to stop and grab some lunch on the way. The GPS got lost!! Seriously not kidding. It added an extra 20 minutes onto my drive time with all of the stupid u-turns, and back tracking. I made to rehearsal with 15 minutes to spare and no lunch. It was a three-hour rehearsal that finished at 4:00. Strike three. Yeah, Saturday wasn’t my day.


The thing that frustrated me the most, and probably made everything worse, was the race. I was slow, or at least slower than I was expecting. My last 5k I ran with an 8:40 pace on a reasonably hilly course (this course was ridiculous). This time I finished with a 9:28 pace. I was mad. I do all of this training, and had nothing to show for it. The hill repeats didn’t help because my quad was bothering me on the uphills. I had to actually stop and walk part of one. I couldn’t take advantage of the downhills because it was so crowded. With my tempo runs I thought at least a 9:00 pace would be easy, but no I couldn’t even manage that. Oh, and on top of my left quad bothering me, my left arch wasn’t behaving. I’m frustrated. I try so hard to do the right training, stay in the right heart rate zone, and I have nothing to show for it. I thought everything I was doing was supposed to help me get faster and have better endurance. I’m tired, confused, and sore.


I do the same kind of work with my violin, and I see the progress everywhere. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places for progress in my running, but I don’t see anything. Maybe a few days off will help. I’m worried about friends who had surgery last week, my work schedule has been challenging to say the least, and I haven’t been sleeping really well. I feel like a mess. I don’t like feeling this way. I thought Saturday morning would be a fun race with friends, and all that happened was I got really frustrated. I’m ashamed at myself for the way I feel. This afternoon I’m going to spend some time practicing the violin with lots of beautiful sunlight coming through the window. I would take a nap, but I had 3 cups of coffee to make it through the church services I played for this morning. Next post I promise not to rant, or vent. I just need to let go…