Sunday, November 22, 2015

I'm a 261 Fearless Ambassador!

It all started last month, when I went to my local Montclair Fleet Feet Special Speaker Meet-Up. I had heard of Katherine Switzer, and always thought she was pretty cool - but to hear her story, from her own lips was quite inspiring, and emotional.

Katherine Switzer is the woman behind 261Fearless.
Katherine was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She entered as K. Switzer. Back in 1967, women were not allowed to race - but just like you and me, when someone says you can't, even if you say you can't, there's a part of you that wants to say,
"YES I CAN!" 
And that's what makes Katherine's story so emotional - we can all connect to someone in our lives who told us we couldn't do something - even if that someone was ourselves! Instead of listening to those negative thoughts, Katherine was motivated by them: she was motivated to train, and she was motivated to run - even if it were illegal!
Her bib: #261!
While she was running, 
The race director found out, and tried to push her off the road!

Katherine's teammates helped to push him away. As you can see. the news media caught it all. Katherine knew she had to finish, for all women, everywhere - to prove:
"YES WE CAN!"
You can learn more about Katherine's beautiful career as a runner HERE. Now, as she readies herself for the 50 year anniversary of when she ran Boston, Katherine has developed the non-profit organization, 261Fearless. 261 Fearless is a global community of women (walkers, joggers, runners, from the front or back of the pack), who have found strength, power, and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other. We are a community of supportive, and respectful women who want to take on their personal challenges through running or walking. This community embraces and respects our differences be they religion, ethnicity, language, body-type, or athletic ability by connecting through social media as @261Fearless, through closed social channels, and personally in our home communities, clubs, groups, and events. 
As a part of this community, 
you know, 
you are not alone. 
So, if you are a female runner, or want to be, come join me in the 261 Fearless Movement! If you are already a female runner, you know how empowering running can be, and how you can use that power to overcome obstacles, challenges, and set-backs in your lives. If you are thinking about joining us female runners, I encourage you to run with us. Running will empower you, and help you face other life challenges with a sense of strength, courage, and confidence.
Together we will run strong, 
we will run fearless ....
261Fearless!
To learn how to join, Click HERE.
Want to sign up for the 261 NewsLetter? Click HERE.
Join the 261 Fearless Facebook Community! Click HERE.
Join us on Instagram! Click HERE!
Follow @261 Fearless on Twitter.
This month, 
We are helping each other prepare for running in the dark,
now that the days are shorter.
Check it out: 

I can't wait for you to join me!
Train Smart Today!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

You know Your a Runner When ....

When I was running in the Chicago Marathon, I passed a person who was on the "sideline" holding a very large cardboard sign. The sign read:
"I will never do what you are doing!"
I remember laughing so it must have been early in the race - there's no room for laughter in those last 6 miles!
There are those who run, 
and those who don't -
and as runners,
we don't understand why everyone doesn't love to run..

Maybe it's that runners have a different outlook on life. If you've ever been bitten by the marathon bug - you know, running becomes a lifestyle. You totally morph into someone driven to log an insane number of miles from week to week. And even though everyone has their own "Why", there are some things that we share. Hence the post.

You Know Your a Runner When You ....

* You promise yourself in the last few miles of a marathon that you will never ever make yourself run ever again if you just finish - and even your beaten down 22-mile conscience laughs in your face!
Chicago 2015: Keep chugging, girl ...
And keep making those ridiculous promises!
* Open your closet and have at least a dozen pair of running sneakers
* Open your closet, and can easily categorize these sneakers as:
  • First pair of marathon sneakers – will always have a special place, and never get donated
  • Retired faves that are good for knockin around, traveling to races, picking up race packets
  • New, new faves that you only wear for track days and long runs, but never if it looks like even a sprinkle of rain
  • New sneakers – not your favorite – okay to wear if it rains
  • Free and light support – there for recovery runs when legs, acchilles, and feet are feeling strong
  • Cushioned galore, and super supportive for recovery runs or days when you and your legs, acchiles, hammies, and feet need extra tender loving care
  • Retired and ready for donation
* Plan your Saturday nights, so you can make those early morning Sunday long runs
* Get antsy planning vacations, thinking when, and where you can squeeze in your runs
* Think of your strength training, stretching, foam rolling, and running routine as a part time job
* Will pee just about anywhere during a run, and think this is really okay.
* Carry a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, and massage stick with you wherever you go - car, work, bedside.
* Read Runner’s World Magazine from front to back.
* Have tried running "unplugged"
* Have at least one AC/DC song in your repertoire when preparing for a marathon ...

* Get teary-eyed at an expo when you spot elites like Kara Goucher, Shalane Flannagan, Meb Keflezighi, or Dickson Chumba
* Own several books on running: Strength training for runners, How to run faster, How to train like ..
* Still get that back to school sick to your stomach feeling on track days
* Have trained using a variety of techniques: speed at the track, on hills, slow runs, negative splits, strides, pick-ups, even the latest greatest "Chi Running"
* Buy Gu from Amazon in bulk
* Have so many race shirts, you enter races thinking who you can give the next shirt to
* Had to buy a wall plaque to hang all your race medals because they were getting out of control
* Planned 4 months of races for the next year, and it's still November
* Watch the weather channel before you go to bed, to make sure all's clear for tomorrow's run
* Know several Bill Rogers running quotes
* Think calf sleeves are actually cool looking
* Have people say, "Don't I know you?" and then they realize they don't know you, they just see you running all over!
* Know how far it is to certain neighbors houses, your local running store, different parks in your town - and for that matter the surrounding towns too -  and can easily answer how far it is to the corner grocer and back ... like about 5.45 miles!
* Are your stuck in traffic think, "I wish I could run this fast."
*Eat, sleep, drink, think running, and
Read this and get at least 98% of what I'm saying!

Train Smart Today!