The Running Diva
An Amazing Book About The Boston Marathon 2013

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First of all, I was hesitant to purchase this book.  I didn’t want to contribute to anything or anyone that might make money from the Boston Marathon bombings.  But, it is authored by Hal Higdon, a running author and coach – who I’ve always admired.  He has been writing for Runner’s World longer than anyone else.  So, I figured that he would not be doing any sensationalizing what happened.  

Then, I read more about what the book was about and I had to read it.  And, I was right.  4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners is written through the words of those that were there.  He took the stories of 75 people from that day in Boston.  Most of them were actually runners in the marathon – and a few family members and a few volunteers.  All of them willing to share their thoughts and experiences from that day.

I loved reading the stories of the runners.  They shared what was going through their minds throughout the whole race – from the start to the finish line.  What they were feeling along the way – the aches, the pains, the love from the crowds, etc.

The stories are from those that finished before the bombs went off, those that were right there and from those that were still on the course.  They talk about not really knowing what was happening at first – then trying to meet back up with their family and friends.

This is a book that I absolutely could not put down.  In fact, I read it all in one Sunday afternoon and evening.  

As Boston 2014 is coming up –  4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners  is a must read.  If you are planning on running Boston – it will get you more ready than ever.  If you’re not running Boston – it will make you want to train harder to be sure to be there next year.

This is a great addition to your running book library.  I know that you’ll enjoy reading about the marathon from the eyes of those that were there.

Run Happy!

Judy

Review Of The Asics GT-2000 Running Shoe

First of all, I’ve been wearing Asics running shoes for more years than I can remember. It seems like most of the time – and there have been exceptions – that putting on a new pair of Asics is like putting on a favorite pair of bedroom slippers.

The Asics GT-2000 is no exception. And, yes, I’ll admit – I was drawn to them by the pretty purple color. If you’ve been running very long – you know that for years and years, running shoes have been pretty boring. All, white or cream with different color stripes or swooshes or whatever is on your brand. And the stripes were usually some sort of blue.

A couple of years ago – stripes starting getting more colorful – I remember my first pair of slimer green ones. Then, last year – all the pretties starting coming out. Bright pinks, purples, greens – I love it!

Anyway, I did a little research before I ordered these – yes, I did even though they were pretty!   It turns out that the Asics GT-2000 is a good shoe with the cushioning and support that I need in a shoe.

I’m a neutral runner – but running high mileage – cushioning and support is super important to me! The GT-2000 has the gel cushioning in the front and the rear of the shoe to absorb shock. I won’t bore you with all the technology behind how Asics makes their shoes so supportive – it’s just important to know that they do!

When I got these in the mail last week – I was reluctant to immediately put them on and head out the door. I’ve been battling Plantar Fasciitis for a couple of months and have just started doing all my runs outdoors again. The treadmill has been my friend during recovery due to the softer surface that is more forgiving.

But, I put them on and headed out the door for an easy 3 miler. And, was I pleasantly surprised! Great support – and in the heel area where I especially need it right now!

I highly recommend the Asics GT-2000 running shoes. In my opinion, Asics has done it again! You can find these shoes at: http://judyruns.com/gt2000. It’s a great shoe that will give neutral runners or mile to moderate overpronators the cushioning that they need!   Not, to mention that they look really cool!

Run Happy!
Judy

Running Tips – The Unwritten Running Rules

There are rules to running.  Most of them you probably know.  These are the ones that you read about all the time.  For instance – always run facing traffic, don’t increase your mileage more than 10% from one week to the next, etc.

But, there are unwritten rules for running also.  These are the ones that you don’t hear about every day – if you’ve even heard about them at all.

1.  Don’t wear the shirt that you get at the race during the actual race.  

Seriously, it’s definitely one of the unwritten rules.  If you haven’t been running very long and are running your first road race – it’s really tempting to wear the shirt that you get during the race.  But, don’t.  Save it to wear on the way home.

2.  Don’t jingle as you run.  

Nothing is more annoying to be running with a group – or during a race – and you all you can hear is their keys, loose change or whatever.  Not cool.  Make sure that you have whatever you are carrying secured so that it won’t make noise.

3.  Stand still at stop lights.

I’m not sure why some runners do this – but they do.  There’s a lady who ran in my hometown that would stand there at stop lights and run in place.  Never really understood why.  (There are some days when I see stop lights as a little rest time!)  You won’t lose any endurance by actually stopping for a few seconds.

4.  Watch where you rid yourself of bodily fluids.

Yes, I am going here – because it’s an unwritten rule and must be followed!  During a long run or road race, you will get “build ups”.  Whether you dispel them via the snot rocket or by spitting – look to the sides and behind before you do.  If you’ve ever been hit by flying “stuff” – you know what I mean.  Enough said.

5.  Have fun!

You read all about running and do this/don’t do this regarding eating, sleeping, training; but, never about the most important rule.  Have fun with your running.  Unless you are getting paid umpteen million dollars – you should be running because you enjoy it!  And, even if you are getting paid – you should still enjoy your running!

Well, there they are – my unwritten rules for running.  I think that they’re important and should be followed.  How about you?  Do you have any running rules?

Run Happy!

Judy

Do You Spend More On Your Running Shoes Than Street Shoes?

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This is a picture of my new running shoes!  Aren’t they pretty?  I can’t wait to run in them!

My new shoes, though, did get me to thinking about something.  Runners can do some strange things.  Yes, I mean all of us – me included.  Our spending habits prove this.

It’s important to wear good shoes when you run.  We all know that.  We try to get the best value that we can – but if you are running a lot of miles – you need to have a great shoe.  And, great shoes cost.  We find deals – but still usually end up paying anywhere from $75 – $100 easily for a good pair of running shoes.

And, we don’t blink.  We know that we need the support and a well-made shoe so that we don’t get injured.  So, whether it’s Asics’ Gel, Nike’s Zoom Air, or New Balance’s ABZORB crash pad – we know that we need it!

But do you spend $100 for your everyday shoes?  I know that I don’t.  In fact, sometimes, I’m even ashamed at how cheap I can be.  I’ll have an internal debate with myself over $50 for a pair of shoes that I’ll wear every day.  Yep, I know.  It’s crazy.

But, I also know that I’m not alone!

How about you?  Are you like me?  Reply and let me know!  I’d like to know that I’m not alone!

Run Happy!

Judy

By the way, here is the link to my too cool new shoes!  http://budurl.com/gt2000

Running Motivation – Read A Book Or Watch A Movie!

Yes, runners sometimes need that little something to get them out the door for their runs.  Or to keep them running once their out there.

We’ve been talking in the last few posts about staying motivated with your runs.  Here is the link to the first post in the series about how runners can something lack with Running Motivation.

One of the best ways that I found to stay motivated is to read a book about runners and their inspirational stories.  There are so many runners out there (famous and not famous) who have overcome so many things to keep running.  If you think that the hangnail on your pinky toe is keeping you from running – make sure you read about someone who is running with one leg.

There are books about overcoming obstacles, first marathons, how running has helped someone through difficult times in their lives – just so many great stories out there.

Here is a link to some of my favorite books:  http://judyruns.com/RunningBooks

Movies about running and runners is also another way to keep motivated.  If you are not wanting to get out the door – put a running movie on.  You will get lost in the movie and feel that running motivation coming back.  You won’t be able to lace up those shoes fast enough!

Here is a link to some running movies and documentaries:  http://judyruns.com/runningmovies

If you don’t watch any other movie – make sure you watch Spirit Of The Marathon!  This movie follows 5 runners (both elite and amateur) as they train for the Chicago Marathon.  It is a great movie!  (And, Spirit Of The Marathon II should be out soon!).

So, if you find your motivation is lacking – pick up a couple of books and a movie.  I’m pretty sure that it will get you fired up to get back out there!

Run Happy!

Judy

Running Motivation – Give Yourself A Reward!

That’s right!  A great way to stay motivated to get out the door for your run is to reward yourself for a job well done!  Here is how the “reward” method of running motivation can work.

First of all, give yourself a goal.  You can make it a weekly mileage goal, a monthly mileage goal or it can even be running for so many days in a week.  Make it fairly easy to attain – but do make it something that you will have to stretch a little bit to reach.

Then, decide what your reward will be.  For myself, the harder the goal – the greater the reward.  There are several things that you can use as a reward:

1.  A new article of running clothes.  If there’s that really nifty pair of shorts that you’ve been eyeing – when you reach your goal – go buy them!

2.   A massage.  Another one of my favorite ways to reward myself.  If I’m training hard for something and I’ve reached a goal – I love treating myself to a nice massage.  It’s a great motivator!

3.  Go out to eat at your favorite restaurant.  Or if you eat super healthy – it might even cutting loose with your favorite “bad for you food”.

4.  Your reward can be as simple as some yummy chocolate chip cookies.  Or, in my case – a bag of Doritos!  Or maybe your favorite splurge is ice cream.  Whatever it is – it’s a great reward!

5.  A glass of wine or a nice cold beer after a hard run.

6.  Treating yourself to some good old fast food.  It’s alright to eat bad once in a while!  Besides, we run it off!

7.  If you’re running long on Saturday or Sunday, you could reward yourself with a nice doughnut.  It’s a great motivator when your about mile 17 out of 20.  Knowing those Krispy Kreme’s are there waiting on you!

8.  Buy some nice running bling!  I love wearing my running jewelry.  And, I will buy a new piece from time to time to reward myself!  I wear one of my running necklaces all the time!  I never take it off.

(A great place to buy your running jewelry that is very reasonably priced is athttp://LiftYourSole.com Use “thestreakingrunner” at check out for free shipping!)

9.  Sign up for another race.  If one of your goals was to run a race – and you trained and finished – a super way to reward yourself is to sign up for another one.

10.  Buy a running book.  This is a 2-fold purpose.  You’ve rewarded yourself for your goal – and the book will continue to motivate you in the future!

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As you can see, there are many ways to reward yourself after a job well done.  So, make your goal – and go for it.  And, then treat yourself!  After all you deserve it!

Run Happy!
Judy

Running Podcast – Running Motivation – Become A Streaker!

Today’s podcast is one of the major ways that I stay motivated to run.  I’m a streaker! That’s right, my running streak has given me running motivation on more than one occasion!

There have been cold days, days that I’ve had to head out the door at 4:30 to get my run in before business meetings or family member’s surgeries, etc.    I know that my running is what will give me the energy to get through my day.  But, sometimes, it is definitely the streak that makes my run happen.

Here is my latest podcast:

 Running Podcast - Running Motivation - Become A Streaker [ 12:13 ] Hide Player | Play in Popup | Download

If you find that you need a little extra motivation from time to time – remember me and my streak.  Nothing is going to keep me from my run!

Run Happy!
Judy

P.S.  Here is the link that I mentioned to my first book that talks about my running story:http://judyruns.com/RunnerForLife

Running Motivation – Listen To Music

Lacking running motivation applies to more than just not wanting to get out the door. That’s true for many.  Some days (for a number of reasons) you just don’t want to go running.  However, if you’ve been running long enough, you also know that if you can just get that first mile in – the rest of the run will be much better.

Sometimes lack of running motivation occurs on the run.  I know – it’s happened to me. And, there’s a couple of ways it can strike.  I’ll have a 20 miler scheduled – and I’m really psyched for it.    But, something will hit me.  I just don’t want to finish the run.  So, I have to dig deep to get it finished.  Or, it might be that I’m just doing an easy 4 or 5 miler and just feeling “blah”.  Ever feel that way?

What helps me?  Music!  Now, don’t get into the argument with me about not wearing headphones when running.  I know the risks – but I also know how to wear them safely. I don’t have the music so loud that I can’t hear traffic or other sounds around me.

Public service statement finished – now on with my story.

I love my ipod!  My hubby got it for me several years ago.  At first, I wasn’t thrilled about it – but I got over that quickly!  He got me the Shuffle – which is perfect for runners.  It’s small and you don’t even know that you’re wearing it.

Here’s the one that I have:  http://judyruns.com/shuffle

And, I firmly believe that my ipod is alive and in tune with me.  Yeah, I hear you saying I’m crazy – but it’s true.  I can be working hard to get up a steep hill – or trying to get in that last fast interval and the next song that plays on my ipod is one of the Rocky Themes or Eye of The Tiger.  Now, tell me that my ipod is not aware!  :-)  I know that you think I’m crazy and making that up – but it has happened on several occasions.

I’m a big 70′s/80′s music fan.  In addition to Rocky, Chariots of Fire, etc.  my ipod is full of arena rock – REO Speedwagon, Styx, Bon Jovi, Journey, Kiss.  And, I will also admit that I’m a disco fan.  Don’t laugh.  Be in a bad mood or tired and put on a disco beat.  See how it perks you up?  Try it!

If you currently run without music – and you’re having a little problem with motivation and getting through those runs – listen to some music.  I’m almost positive that it will help you!

Run Happy!
Judy

Running Motivation – Sign Up For A Road Race

One of the best ways to get motivated and to stay motivated with your running is to sign up for a road race.  There are several ways that this will help you with your running motivation.

First of all, if you are a beginning runner – your first race is a major accomplishment!  You may have been running for just a few months and have slowly increased your mileage from nothing to running 2 or 3 miles.  A 5K (3.1 miles) is the next step for you!  The excitement of your upcoming race will definitely keep you wanting to head out the door for your runs.

Maybe you have been running for awhile and are ready to step it up a bit.  You are ready to start training for a longer distance race such as a marathon, half-marathon or 10K.  This is a great way to keep your running motivation up – or to get it back if you are going through a slump.

Deciding what race you want to run is one of the things that will keep you excited.  You want to pick the right distance that will challenge you – but that is within your reach.  Here is an article that I wrote that will help you to decide what distance you are ready for –http://ezinearticles.com/?Running-Tips—Picking-The-Correct-Distance-For-Road-Racing&id=6951200

Then you need to find a race.  Runner’s World Magazine has a great little gizmo for finding races.  All you have to do is to key in the area you are looking for, what distance and when you want to run.  A list of races that fit your criteria (and are on Runner’s World radar) will show up.  It really is a nifty little thing – http://www.runnersworld.com/race-finder.

In additional to just finding a race – working on a training schedule and sticking with it will definitely keep you motivated.  You know that you have a challenge coming up – and you want to be ready for it.

A major way that signing up for races helps me happens during the winter.  I hate the cold weather.  It’s always a challenge for me to put in long distances when the weather is cold and windy.  So, I always sign up for a winter marathon or half-marathon in Florida in January or February.  This really works to help keep me putting in my mileage during the winter.  And, luckily,  my hubby is supportive and ready for a winter vacation!

If your running motivation seems lacking from time to time – sign up for a road race.  No matter what level of runner you are – you will be able to use the upcoming race to put some excitement and commitment back into your running.

Run Happy!

Judy

Running Motivation – Get New Running Gear

I know that this sounds silly – but it always works for me!  When your running motivation is lacking – go out and buy some new running clothes, or some running gadget, and just see what happens!

This especially works for me during the colder months.  Some days when it’s so cold – there’s a major part of me that just wants to put on shorts and head down to the treadmill. But, if I buy some pretty new bright running jacket or tights – it’s like a transformation happens.  I want to go outside and try out my new clothes.  Yes, it’s goofy – but it works!

This fall I bought a few tops and a cap that had cute little LED lights that really illuminated the path in front of me.  I could not wait for super early dark morning to get out and try them out.

And, you know what happens when you buy a new pair of running shoes.  When you get them – you may have already run that morning – but you’ll lace up those new shoes and go out for a short run.  You just HAVE to try out your new shoes.  Admit it – you’ve done it!

The same thing happens with any time of running gadgets.  Buy a new running watch and see what happens.  If you buy a fancy GPS watch – you want to run long to test your splits or to see your average for your total run – or, depending on your watch – you can load your workouts and have a graph of your progress.  Now, tell me that doesn’t make you want to head out the door to start collecting data!

I’ve never been one to carry water on me.  I just never liked the idea of carrying water around my waist – I don’t even like fanny packs when I’m not running.  But, I found a little hand held that I fell in love with.  I could not wait for my next long run to try it out.

I know that it sounds crazy – but if you feel the motivation lacking in your running – go out and buy yourself something new.  You don’t have to do something expensive – it could be something as simple as a new pair of running socks.  But, try it.  I know that it has worked for me!

Run Happy!

Judy

Here are some of the things that I talked about that get me excited to run!

http://judyruns.com/hydration

http://judyruns.com/forerunner

http://judyruns.com/sauconytop