Building a Race Schedule That Won’t Burn You Out

A couple of years back, in 2015, my race schedule was jam-packed. I ran 14 races total for the year: 4 half-marathons, 5 5Ks, 2 10-milers, a 20K, and 2 marathons. There was a couple of reasons why I got so involved in running all those races. The year earlier, in 2014, I only ran 5 races total because at the time, I didn’t live in a place where there were races in cute little towns or around tourist sites almost every weekend, and certainly only a couple of them I considered to be “bucket list races.” Once I moved back to DC, starting in 2015, I was almost always at a race because I was working a job that allowed me the means to register for more than a few here or there, plus I’d been making some strides in my running (ha ha) and I wanted to put myself to the test. Continue reading “Building a Race Schedule That Won’t Burn You Out”

Week Four: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Fundraising Update: I’m at 10% of my $500 goal to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network with $50 raised! And there’s still plenty of time to donate. This past weekend, I wasn’t quite sure how many miles I should run on Sunday, so I posed the question to my social media followers and asked for donations in the amount of miles I should run. I got two $25 donations and, while I didn’t run 25 miles this weekend, I was on my feet for 51.7 miles between Friday and Monday. It’s definitely a fun way to contribute. ūüôā

This was a fun way to get donations: ask your donors to be your coach and donate the number of miles you should run in a weekend!
This was a fun way to get donations: ask your donors to be your coach and donate the number of miles you should run in a weekend!

Not that I know, but I have heard that the wedding you set out to have is almost never the wedding you actually have. The same can be said about race training plans. Sometimes you take a rest day to take care of some business, and then that rest day has morphed into another rest day and then it becomes three days off then four and then you’re facing five days since you last ran and you’re wondering how that happened. I’m here to tell you, it happens to probably a lot more runners than you know. Just because I “run all the time” doesn’t mean I actually run all the time. I’d say it doesn’t happen as often when I am marathon-training, but I have had a few weeks here and there that were just like….wtf, Sara? It can neither be explained or predicted. Continue reading “Week Four: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

10 Things to Consider When Becoming a Brand Ambassador

As social media continues to change the way we communicate with each other, perceive the world, and get our information, a lot of companies are catching on to a new form of marketing: the social media brand ambassador. In the running world, almost everyone I follow on social media (Instagram in particular!) represents a brand of athletic apparel, equipment, wearable technology, sporting event, or nutrition that offers products and services for athletes and runners. Continue reading “10 Things to Consider When Becoming a Brand Ambassador”

The Case for Spending a Little More on Running Clothes

Brooks Joyride hat, Oiselle KC Knickers, and my old Asics cheerleading shoes from high school, which I kept because of their sentimental value to me.

Growing up, I found myself caught between two worlds on financial principles. On one hand, living as the eldest child in a household with 5 other kids, my mother taught me how to be a bargain shopper. I was always taught to never pay full price for something if I can eventually get it on sale or buy the knock-off brand that was just as good whenever possible. People who bought designer brands, I learned, only did so for the benefit of status that came with wearing the label. Being able to pull off an outfit that cost no more than $30 meant my life priorities were in line, and I was not materialistic. I was always very proud of that value.

On the other hand, when I visited my father and stepmom over the summer months, I was introduced to a new concept of spending money. Continue reading “The Case for Spending a Little More on Running Clothes”

An Open Letter to Drivers From Runners

Hi there.

It’s been a long day, hasn’t it? I suppose that’s as much the reason why you’re rushing to get home as it is for me being out on a run right now. You’re aching to get home and shake the day off, and I’m lucky to already be out here doing just that. Shaking off my day with a run.

But the thing is, you almost hit me with your car.¬† Continue reading “An Open Letter to Drivers From Runners”

Holiday Gifts for That Runner Who…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when your social media feeds and magazine subscriptions are chock full of “holiday gift guides for runners!” And, while I can probably speak for every runner when I say that you can’t really go wrong with buying us runners anything associated with the sport, sometimes you need a breath of fresh air in your gift-giving or you just need that one gift that has the “it” factor. Below are my ideas, custom-made for that runner in your life who also does something else. Continue reading “Holiday Gifts for That Runner Who…”

6 DC-Area Turkey Trots To Consider Running This Thanksgiving

I’m just going to say this because I know I’m not the only one out there thinking it: How on earth did Thanksgiving 2016 get here¬†so fast!?!?!¬†Maybe it’s the unseasonable warmth that has blanketed 2016 in complacency or perhaps we’ve all been a little too disconnected from reality thanks to a blistering Presidential campaign and (for some) election. Whatever the reason, we are very much overdue for a day of gratitude and giving thanks. Continue reading “6 DC-Area Turkey Trots To Consider Running This Thanksgiving”

The Non-Runner’s Guide to Celebrating With Someone Who Runs

Fall racing season is well underway, if not at least halfway over by now, so, whether you are an avid runner or not, the chances that you know someone who has run a race this year might be pretty high.¬†Recently, a colleague of mine asked me for some advice on what to get for her roommate who had just finished her first marathon.¬†Naturally, her roommate had trained very long and hard, and my colleague wanted to do something special for her, having witnessed firsthand the grueling schedule and emotions that come with marathon-training. Giving a gift to someone who finished a race¬†was something that hadn’t totally occurred to me, and I didn’t quite know how to answer her. Celebrating a marathon finish was never really something I did or expected from the people in my life. Nor was it, to be honest, something I celebrated when other people ran races. Continue reading “The Non-Runner’s Guide to Celebrating With Someone Who Runs”

The Case for Being An Evening Runner

It seems lately that most major running publications (cough, Runners World, cough) have been posting a lot of articles on social media about the benefits of waking up early to go for a run. I say that lightly. The tone of most of these articles seems to suggest that early bird runners are the Marines, the Mod Squad, the elite of the amateur running community. Or maybe I am just being overly sensitive. I have written about this before and I am, after all, a proud and unapologetic evening runner and always have been. Continue reading “The Case for Being An Evening Runner”

In Support of “I Have a Runner’s Body”

Over the weekend, one of my favorite running bloggers, Dorothy Beal with “Mile Posts” posted a new hashtag: #IHaveARunnersBody.” If you already know her and follow her work in the running community even a tad bit, you know she is the creator of the #IRunThisBody movement. You may have seen people wearing apparel that sports that mantra. I personally have a shirt of hers that I bought 3 years ago. Weirdly, I don’t wear it that often because either I ordered a size too small or I refuse to acknowledge that the problem is me and my crappy laundry skills. Regardless, the mantra is out there and it makes sizable waves. When Dorothy posted her first “I Have A Runner’s Body” picture on Instagram, I instantly wrote her my support and praise of it. What a perfect little phrase¬†to go along with with “I Run This Body.” It’s kind of like when you see an infomercial selling a product that mindlessly solves any number of every day problems and all you can think is, “Why didn’t I think of that?” But I believe God uses people in any variety of ways, and it’s clear that Dorothy should be the one to spearhead this movement. Continue reading “In Support of “I Have a Runner’s Body””