Still Streaking…

It wasn’t long ago that I was sharing Jon Howard‘s challenge for the month of August to run or walk a mile each day of this month. A number of you guys have joined the challenge with me, and hopefully y’all are still going strong.

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Now that we are on the 13th day of the challenge, I need to be honest with you guys–I hate run streaks.

This is the 3rd or 4th time that I’ve done a run streak, and I’m still not a fan! My legs feel heavy all of the time, and it takes longer and longer for them to loosen up when I’m doing a real workout instead of just getting in my mile or two for the day.

I’m not sure how some people manage to streak for years, because for me, 30 days is pushing it.

Of course, I could be doing some of these things to help the legs stay fresh….

Keep Your Legs Fresh During Your Runstreak

Admittedly, I only do these things sporadically. Every time I do them, however, my legs feel pretty good for a couple of days.

However, I do them monthly at best, so they don’t really help me on my streak.

Maybe that is the secret of the multi-year streakers, regular maintenance.

Anyway…

  • Massage–Over time and over many miles, we as runners develop adhesions within our muscle tissue that prevent the fibers from smoothly gliding past each other. As you run you cause micro trauma to the cells, the fibers aren’t always able to realign properly during the healing/recovery process. Pretty soon, the fibers can’t move properly and everything just feels “tight”. By massaging those muscles regularly, you help to break up those adhesions, and encourage the fibers to realign properly. If you can afford regular massages, that’s great. But if you’re as cheap I am, invest in a quality foam roller or a good stick, and you can get really good self-massages at home.
  • Stretch–There is no scientific proof that stretching helps with anything. That said, regular stretching helps to improve the range of motion that allows you to move freely while running. Regularly stretching after running is a great way to help lengthen the muscles used while running, and can help reduce the chances of developing a number of overuse injuries. In addition to regular stretching, a regular yoga practice is great for runners as well.
  • Cross Train–An easy cross training session after an easy recovery run can do wonders for your body. My favorite method is to jump in the pool and just move my legs for 20-30 minutes. I’ll do some pedaling, some standard kicks, some butterfly kicks–the point is to just keep moving. The lack of impact and the low intensity helps the body bring nutrients to the muscles to help them repair as quickly as possible. If you don’t have a pool, and easy bike ride, some time on the rowing machine, and elliptical training are all great options as well, just keep it real easy.

This Might Be My Last Streak

I like the idea of running everyday, but it’s not as enjoyable for me when I put it into practice. It almost becomes more of a mental burden than anything else, and that really sucks the fun out of running.

I’m going to keep going with the challenge for the month, but come September I’m going to be taking a few days off.

For those of you that are streaking with me this month, or who have done so in the past, what are your thoughts of run streaks? Do you feel the same way that I do, or does the routine of daily running actually make it easier for you?

Let me know how you’re doing, and if there are any other tricks I should try to make it through the rest of the month with my sanity in one piece.

And maybe, I’ll actually try your suggestions, instead of mostly ignoring my own advice even though I know it works!


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Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else.

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Diz Runs With… Lisa Hamilton


On today’s episode of the Diz Runs With podcast, I’m joining running coach, podcaster, and conscious runner Lisa Hamilton for a few easy miles.

1782154_580455605372432_1460987807_nLisa has an amazing story, and I was shocked to learn that she really didn’t start running until she was in college. Since then, however, she’s accomplished quite a bit. Here are a few highlights from our conversation–

  • She grew up as a competitive swimmer in the Virgin Islands
  • Ran cross country in college for “something to do” and was immediately hooked.
  • Suffered through many running related injuries, especially when she was a newer runner.
  • Her worst injury, ironically, wasn’t even from running.
  • Specific muscle groups runners should focus on strengthening and stretching.
  • How to stay in the moment and be a more conscious runner.

If you’d like to further connect with Lisa, make sure you reach out to her and tell her you heard her on the show.

Website–www.consciousrunner.com

Facebook–The Conscious Runner

Twitter–@consciousrunner


Join my Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe!

Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else.

If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!


Put Up or Shut Up

Do you ever feel like you just need a few more hours in each day to get everything accomplished that you set out to do?

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That’s been me for the past couple of weeks.

I shared with the tribe via email that I’ve been very non-productive over the past couple of weeks, basically since the baby was born. While it might be easy/convenient to blame the baby for my struggles, I’ve wasted a lot of time since she’s been born here.

And that needs to stop.

So I’m calling myself out. I need to do a better job of prioritizing and staying focused on the task at hand, both in terms of work, in terms of family life, and in terms of my running.

Blending Work and Running

In the email I sent to the tribe last week, I also let them in on the top secret project I’m working on, which will be ready to roll in early September.

While I’m not ready to spill the beans publicly yet, I’ll give y’all a little teaser. I’m a huge believer in the positive impact of regular strength training for runners. And yet, it’s something that many runners don’t do enough of.

And I need to include myself in that group.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be offering all kinds of opportunities to learn about the benefits of strength training, no matter what level of a runner you would consider yourself to be.

  • I’ll be talking about why some “gym staples” have no benefit to runners, and how some of the best exercises for runners will earn you some stares if you do them at the gym.
  • I’ll also get into some of the many benefits of regular strength training, including a decreased risk of injury, improved endurance, stronger kick, and a higher top speed.
  • I’ll also cover why it’s so important to work your upper body as well, not just your legs.

But before I do all of that, I need to practice what I’m going to preach. Because as much as I know the benefits of strength training, I haven’t made strength training a priority for myself yet. And that needs to change.

It’s Time to Put Up or Shut Up

I have a lot of plans for the future of this website, and the podcast is just the first piece of the vision that I have. But in order for any of the plans to be successful, the first thing I need to do is to take a dose of my own medicine.

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My focused strength training starts now, and I can’t wait to share with you guys what I’ve got planned for next month.

Want a sneak peak? Join the tribe and I’ll give you the scoop!


 

 Join my Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe!

Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else.

If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!

Diz Runs With… Amanda Loudin


On today’s episode of the Diz Runs With podcast, I’m joining running coach Amanda Loudin for a few easy miles to talk about running, life, and everything in between.

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During our run, we covered a lot of ground. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Her favorite race distance is a unique one, since it’s not a distance you can find to race frequently.
  • Got her start as an endurance athlete in a very unique style of triathlon.
  • Her plans of running an ultra marathon (or 2!) in the next year and a half or so.
  • MAF running. What is it and why it’s beneficial.
  • Big, bulky shoes vs. Small, light shoes. The shoe debate continues!

My conversation with Amanda was a great one, and I know that I learned a lot from her, especially about MAF training. I’m not sure I have the patience to implement it, but I really like the idea of it and how it can really lay the foundation for improvement for any runner.

If you’d like more information about MAF training, I’d definitely suggest you connect with Amanda. She’s always willing to talk with runners about anything, and I know she can answer any questions that you might have.

Her Website–MissZippy1.com

Facebook–MissZippy1 

Twitter–@MissZippy1

Instagram–misszippy1

I hope you’ll take the time to connect with Amanda, and let her know that you heard her on the Diz Runs With podcast!


 

 Join my Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe!

Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else.

If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!


Diz Runs With… Vanessa Runs


On today’s run, I’m joining Vanessa Runs on the trails out in sunny Southern California. If you’ve never heard of Vanessa before, you are in for a treat.

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Vanessa is living the kind of life that you’re either repulsed by or completely jealous of–traveling around North America in an RV with her boyfriend, dog, and cat, and stopping to run whenever they feel like it.

We obviously talked a lot about her nomadic lifestyle during our run, but we covered a number of other topics as well. Some of the highlights include:

  • The process of going from a “normal” life to being a modern day nomad.
  • How friends and family reacted to the news.
  • The positives and negatives of living in an RV.
  • Her first book, Amazon best-seller Summit Seeker, the book she’s working on now, and plans for future books.
  • Her experience with Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska.

If you want to find out more about what Vanessa is doing, feel free to find her in a variety of places online. And don’t be afraid to reach out to her with any questions or comments that you might have, because she is quick to respond and enjoys the interaction.

Check out her website/blog.

Find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

On her website, there is a link to Amazon to buy her book. If you want to save a step, just click here to buy Summit Seeker.


 Join my Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe!

Both the Facebook group and the newsletter provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. You can interact with fellow tribe members on the Facebook group, and stay up to date with future guests on the show via the newsletter, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available anywhere else.

If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!