Want to start heart rate training, but don’t know where to start? Here a some tips to get you started:

It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to heart rate training. What zone do I need to be in? What’s the best way to monitor my heart rate while I’m running? Here are my tips on getting started heart rate training!

  1. Invest in a heart rate monitor (at the very least). Notice I did not say, “a garmin” or “an apple watch”. You don’t need anything fancy. All you need to monitor is where your heart rate is ...
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Perception: How Making Little Shifts, Can Make a Big Impact

The other night I was watching a show called “Brain Games”. Have you watched it? It’s all about perception. In this episode they were displaying images of how shadowing changed the way we interpreted the color of the objects. It really caused me to reflect on just how much that can apply not just to pictures, but to situations in our everyday life. How many times have we been in a situation and thought “if so and so only knew where ...

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Want to start running as a moving mediation, but don’t know where to start? Here are my top recommendations to get you started!

You see all your friends posting about all the 5ks, 10ks, and marathons they are running and want to get in to see what all the fuss is about? However, sometimes starting a new running program can be very overwhelming and you don’t know where to start. I know I had no idea what to do and ended up running in cotton socks for years (#1 rule of running: “cotton is rotton”) which caused bloody blisters on my feet. It ...

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Gluteus Medius: Small Muscle with a Big Purpose

The Gluteus Medius (often called Glute Med for short) is small muscle, but serves a big purpose. It is often an overlooked muscle while strength training. Runners (or anyone for that matter) are often lacking strength in this muscle which can lead to a numbers of problems long term. Personally, my weak left Gluteus Medius is a constant battle. It has caused my Iliotibial Band pain off and on since ...

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Running: A Moving Meditation

When you hear “meditate”, what do you think of? Monks sitting around in a room chanting “OM”? Yogis sitting twisted up like pretzels?

Several months ago I went to a group meditation at a local center. I assumed someone would be leading a guided meditation. Boy, was I wrong. I sat down and the meditation leader said, “Alright 40 minute meditation ...

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Learning to listen to your body

I was so very excited this fall as I had 3 marathons slated and would be qualified to get into the “Marathon Maniacs” club. I knew it would be tough to stay focused, but I had the determination. Going into Chicago Marathon on October 11, I actually felt more fresh than the Air Force Marathon, just 3 weeks earlier. However, recovering from that race and the stress of the new puppy has taken a toll on my body. I have recently ...

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Pace Teams: why I say to run without them

I finished Air Force Marathon feeling a bit dissappointed that I had an off day. I was determind that Chicago would be different. I planned out where I would be hydrating and taking nutrition. I decided I wouldn’t walk the stops as I did in Dayton. I was a woman on a mission. I have been pretty vocal in my facebook groups about why I dislike pace teams. They cause you to ignore your body and can ruin a ...

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You found the perfect running partner, now what?

You’ve always dreamt of running the “the one”. You know, the one perfect running partner to train with, at the exact same pace, likes the same things, knows just when you need a pep talks and wants to run the exact same races you do? Sounds to good to be true, huh? Then one day, it happens. It like love at first run…you run the same pace, you have so much to talk about, and even like the same music! This ...

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