Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. -African proverb

Friday, May 31, 2013

RTO 2013 -- Karma & Kindness Post #5

This Karma & Kindness post is dedicated to the Lerudes and the RTO.

I almost let May slip away without getting my monthly dose of good karma!  Luckily, I was scheduled to help out at the team check-in for the RTO last night. I had so much fun volunteering at this last year that I actually asked to volunteer again -- even without being on a team I got to handle merchandise purchases.  I would happily help wherever needed, but I prefer interacting with people.  It's so much fun meeting new people, especially runners.  The RTO is such an awesome event that it attracts runners from all over.  Since I'm a local (well, I've lived here for almost 6 years now), I get asked about the area -- restaurant recommendations, touristy stuff, etc.  The traveling runners don't get away without answering a few of my questions in return.  I love hearing about the different teams and where they're from.

Reno is lucky to have such an amazing event.  Thanks to the Lerudes for their continued dedication to this awesome running experience!

I'm honored to call myself a Trail Babe this year.  The Tahoe Trail Babes are a fun, fast team, and I'm looking forward to spending a couple of days with them.  I'm going to have to run my butt off to feel worthy as a teammate, though.  Challenge accepted!  Good luck to all my other running buddies and their teams Here's to an adventurous running weekend!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The No-Schedule Plan

Training plans.  Love them or hate them?  I'm actually indifferent toward them.  I like to use them as more of a guide than a plan as I prefer to run a range of miles.  I'm not the stickler-type who has to run around the parking lot until my Garmin reaches an exact number.  I know the necessary components of training -- a strength run (hills or speed), a tempo run, and a long run.  I also now know the importance of recovery runs and stretching/rolling.  So I feel pretty confident using a guide rather than a plan.

Ironically, I consider myself a planner -- rather than a guider.  ;)  One of my favorite parts of running is planning my races for the year.  So, it was a little disheartening to cross out all my races on my 2014 calendar (click here).  But, it was also a little liberating, too.  My Achilles is starting to feel really good and I want to keep it that way.  I feel the smartest thing to do is to take the stress off for a while.  I had to do a little soul-searching about why I run and what I love about it. And, while the little shrine of hardware in my closet is nice, it's not just about medals and placing.  I just love to run.
So, are all races called off?  Not at all.  I'm stepping outside the box, though, and will just go day-by-day.  I'm pumped up for my favorite relays in June -- RTO & DeCelle.  We'll see how things go from there.  Wish me luck on my no-schedule plan!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Running Reads

Happy May!  I can't believe it's May already -- and, the second week of May even This is the time that I usually embark on my 100-mile week.  However, due to a very sensitive Achilles, I am going to postpone my 100-mile adventure for a few months I think I'll enjoy it more if I can run pain-free So, needless to say, I have some extra time on my hands (and less on my feet -- ha ha!).  With the school year coming to an end, I plan to catch up on some reading.  As you can see by the stack of running magazines below, I have quite a bit of catching up to do!  These date back to October 2012.  I hope I haven't missed out on much since then! ;)

(This is what happens when you are working 2 jobs, training for an ultra, taking 2 classes, keeping up with a family & trying to maintain a household.)

I think I subscribe to every running magazine out there: Runner's World, Running Times, Women's Running, Trail Runner, Ultra Running.  Am I missing any???  I also read just about any kind of running book -- fiction, nonfiction, training books I am currently reading Running with the Kenyans and secretly (well, guess it's not a secret anymore) wishing that I really could run with the Kenyans And, since that's not enough I also read about running online I have a running research fetish.  I also follow a few blogs.  Here are a couple of my favs:


Speaking of running books, my family is actually featured -- well, maybe not featured, but mentioned and talked about -- in Caleb Daniloff's Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past One Marathon at a Time.  We lived in Moscow the same time that Caleb did, and he shares some stories from that time in his bookIt was our Russian maid who baked the chocolate chip cookies that he writes about.  (These were a rarity in Moscow in the early 80s!) 

I admit that I might have a bit of a running obsession.  But, I actually do read about other things too In fact, I am next to host my book club, so that means I need to share a few different titles for the group to vote on Any suggestions?

What are some of your favorite books?