Yesterday, I completed my 8th half marathon in Lincoln, NE, where I was joined by 13,000 other runners. If I have to recommend a top-notch race where every single mile is enjoyable and unique, then Lincoln Half Marathon will be the race. Here’s why:
There have been a few things that I did not know I was able to do before without getting embarrassed in front of everyone. For many people, it is not OK to fart, to burp or even to spit up when there are people around; and OK… I get it. I mean, if I smell something funny in the middle of the day and my husband is next to me, my finger automatically points at him, or at my dog, whoever is closer.
At every race there are people cheering the runners up, giving water, handing out medals at the finish line, and doing many other things so the runner can enjoy the race. We, runners, appreciate people who volunteer their time to help us out when we are running a 5K, a half marathon, a marathon or an ultra. It doesn’t matter the distance, volunteers are awesome at every single race. Continue reading
Guys, I did it! It was tough, challenging, unique, and fun. Potawatomi Trail Runs: 30 mile “fun run” is officially in the books. I conquered my fifth marathon/ultra and also my fifth state in the US.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to run on the trails more and more rather than on the road. Last year my whole body felt like it was being run over by a semi-truck right after my long runs on the Keystone paved trail in Bellevue. However, that did not happen when I ran my last 20 miler in October on the beautiful dirt trails of Lake Cunningham, where the soreness and pain were not there at all! I was able to feel with my own body how different muscle areas are used in different terrains.
Since 2013, I have been wearing the same brand of shoes. They are very comfortable on my tiny itty bitty feet, provide an incredible stability during my runs, can easily log more than 600 miles in one pair of shoes, and they make me feel like I can fly!
I think almost every runner feels this way after a race!
I am visiting some friends in Los Angeles for a few days, and the temperature is around 80 degrees, just perfect to run in the beautiful hills this place has to offer. It’s always good to run a few short runs in the middle of the week to get the body accustomed to running often to prevent horrible cramping during long runs. And since this is a good place to run hills, a friend and I decided to head to Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook trail off of the dangerous and famous Mullholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills. Continue reading