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Guess who’s back?

Me! Yes, it’s been awhile. I’m sorry for the distance. Hope you forgive me.Pretty sure the majority of my post ideas come when I’m running; and since I haven’t been in training lately, ideas were lacking. Ok, that’s just a random excuse I’m trying to make stick. But in any event – I’m back, and I’m back in training. Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is just 3 months away. I don’t typically do the 16 week training programs because of medical issues and I’m constantly fearing injuries. My program this time around is very lose.  There wasn’t a lot of planning involved. I didn’t even have a set start date. Was going by feel (or just being lazy). But I can say I’ve officially started and training is fully underway.

I’m excited for this training season. My goal is to make it through injury free. Therefore, I’m being obsessive about recovering and resting and taking care of my body.  I tend to be a real go-getter in the first month or two of training that I do too much and end up hurt. This time, I’m listening to my body and sticking close to the plan.

Look for a bunch of new posts from me in the next few days. I had a long run this morning that left me with a ton of ideas. And I have lots of new running shoe reviews I need to share.  Lucky you!

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You know you’re a runner if…

Runners definitely share some odd traits and I felt the need to start listing them out! I’d love to hear from you all so please share yours below….

1. You frequently have a Garmin watch tan line on your wrist from February to December. Hotness.
2. You have multiple Excel spreadsheets of your training plans.
3. You once hated other people wearing compression socks; but now find yourself owning them in multiple colors. Same could be said for fuel belts.
4. Your kitchen pantry is filled with an abundance of either: GU gels, shot blocks, gatorade, or power bars.
5. You hold on to your old pair of sneakers for no real reason.
6. You have holes in your sneakers from your big toe.
7. You’ve lost a toenail or two.
8. You secretly stalk active.com for new races; as if they’ll just post one today for tomorrow.
9. You spend a Friday or Saturday night prepping for your long run by shoveling enormous amounts of carbs in your mouth and going to bed at 9:30 like an old lady.
10. You plan your workouts a week in advance and when you cross off a workout you feel like you just cured cancer.
11. You think its cute when people ask about your “jogging”.
12. You keep snacks in your car or gym bag…you never know when you’ll need to fuel for an impromptu run.
13. You stalk the weather to plan out your weekly runs.
14. You’re always hungry (rungry).

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Winter Running Gear

Let’s all stop and talk about this outfit:

Like woah.

Like woah.

I am not the biggest fan of running in cold temperature but realize that it needs to be done from time to time.  I always overdress and die of a heatstroke a mile into my run.  I can never seem to find the right combination of running hat, gloves, jacket, etc.  On this day, I was in a hurry to get outside and do a quick run before it got dark and started raining. It was only at the end of my run did I actually look at myself and start laughing at my outfit.

In my head, I imagined myself to be one of the outdoor runners in Nike or Lululemon ads.  I’m not. Not even close.  This is why I thought I’d share with you this monstrosity of an outfit.  And my face post run is not cute so I had to edit that out.  Boy, I can’t wait for spring when shorts and a tank top are all I need.

What do you wear on your outdoor winter runs?

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