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Challenges + Benefits of Outdoor Running + Run or Dye Coupon Code

Looking at my nike+ app on the new iPhone (oh em gee that phone blows my mind! And makes me say things like oh em gee…), the last outdoor run before I went into Minnesota winter hibernation was in November. My first outdoor run of the year was done the day before my birthday on April 6th.

Whoa. 4-5 months of solely indoor runs?? Is that possible?

outdoor run minnesota april 2014

[I mean the lakes were still mostly frozen, but I was so excited to finally be able to run outdoors without fear of snow slip-age.]

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Would You Rather: Running Questions

Well as I said in Tuesday night’s post, I had a long shift ahead of me on Wednesday. 10 hours on my feet. Which turned into 11 hour because we were freakishly busy due to another bout of snow slowing drivers down.

Now I don’t really feel like I can complain too much. I only work there part-time, usually for no more than 8 hours a pop. (Dave usually works 12 hours a day minimum.) Plus I really really LOVE it (I mean look at all the cool food I get to make/eat). pesto egg breakfast sandwichBut I only sat down to eat once and my dogs were barking a mere 6 hours in. I ended up leaving around 9pm (which is super late for me) with only a protein smoothie and two meals-to-go in hand. I downed the protein drink, but didn’t even have the energy to nuke some dinner. I crawled into bed fairly soon after I got to the apartment.

I only realized at midnight that not eating more during the day was a ginormous mistake. And that my legs hurt like crazy. I tossed and turned about an hour before I decided to get up, get some food in my belly and take some advil for my poor sore legs.

Although waking up and eating in the middle of the night isn’t super fun, I do have today off so I was able to get some glorious and much-needed sleep. In light of my lazy day, I have a light post saved for such an occasion. Plus I think it qualifies for Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud link-up. Bonus.

I saw this fun running questions survey on Cori’s blog Olive to Run (confession: it took me a long time to remember her real isn’t Olive haha). I’ve been getting a little more into running recently (read: I go through phases and I’m just getting out of the “I hate running and am taking x months off” phase). In fact, I ran a couple of miles last night after work. (The fact that my legs are super sore is making a little more sense having said that.)  

would you rather..running questions

Would You Rather: Running Questions

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Girls on the Run 5K in the Twin Cities

I might be a tad late on this recap since it happened almost a full week ago (details..), but I still wanted to share it! As I mentioned, I planned on running the Girls on the Run 5K this past Saturday, and ran it I did!

girls on the run 5k recap

A few months back I decided I wanted to get involved with Girls on the Run. I checked out the website, contemplated exactly how involved I wanted to get…and then forgot about it. A week or so later, I decided to sign up for the Twin Cities 10 mile race and noticed there weren’t any slots available…unless I ran for a charity! And what do ya know, Girls on the Run was one of the options! I signed up to be a “solemate” and got to work. Although fundraising isn’t the easiest thing to do, I managed to meet my goal by the time the race came around, but then I had some running issues. I felt like I had let the group down since I wasn’t actually running the race, so this 5K felt a little bit like a redeeming run.

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Girls on the Run 5K in the Twin Cities!

Full disclosure: I get to run this 5K for free in exchange for a post about the fun details.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to redeem myself. From what? Well, I signed up for a 10-mile race in support of Girls on the Run, but ended up sick and injured (and freaked out by big city crowds) on race day. I did succeed with my fundraising goals with the help of YOU lovely people, but I still feel like I let people down by not actually running the race.

Fortunately there is a Girls on the Run 5K coming up…the one that the girls race! It takes place on Saturday, November 16th at 9am in the twin cities area and I want you to join me! This is the first time that Girls on the Run is opening up the race to the community and we can be a part of it!

For those of you who aren’t aware, Girls on the Run is a fantastic organization who’s mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Basically over the course of 20 lessons, the girls are taught valuable life skills while training for a fun 5K race!

Here is more about the Girls on the Run Twin Cities program + curriculum:

       Girls on the Run Twin Cities is an independent 501c3 youth development program that was founded by Mary Uran and Kori Fitschen in 2011. 
       Girls on the Run Twin Cities is part of Girls on the Run International, founded by Molly Barker in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996.
       We envision a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. 
       The 20-lesson curricula empowers girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, content, healthy, confident women. 
       Each session is led by trained female coaches that guide and mentor girls through the fun and uplifting curriculum.
       Lessons include topics to enable girls to effectively problem solve and remain strong during adolescence.  Topics include dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to the community.  
       Girls on the Run is NOT a program that train girls to compete at an elite running level.  
       Girls on the Run is NOT affiliated with any particular religion, though our program has been delivered at a variety of institutions that may be affiliated with a particular religion.  
       Girls on the Run coaches do NOT need to be elite runners.  Any woman, who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls, can serve as a coach.  
       Our website is . Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.

Mary and I

I had the pleasure to meet Mary, one of the founders of Girls on the Run Twin Cities at the Healthy Living Summit. Not only did she lead me to tears with a touching story about a girl who’s life perspective was changed through the program, she motivated me to seriously think about what I’m looking for in volunteering opportunities.

Well, I have a serious passion for helping ladies feel better about themselves since I have (and still do at times) battled a lot of self-esteem and negativity issues myself PLUS I am all about teaching healthy habits…especially at a young age! (Cue dinging of bells to signal the winner!!) I am definitely sticking with Girls on the Run for as long as I can.

So if you are in the twin cities area, please consider joining me at the Girls on the Run 5K! You will get to experience first hand how amazing this program is and will likely get excited about humanity…or am I the only one who gets really excited and motivated when I see truly self-less people helping others?

More 5K Details:

·         Girls on the Run 5k is taking place on Saturday, November 16th at 9 a.m.
·         Community Runners can register here: Community Registration Page
·         The run starts and ends near the Nokomis Community Center at Lake Nokomis.
·         There will be a fun group warm-up before the race and food and festivities after the race.
·         Registrants receive a race t-shirt.
·         This is a fun run and will not be chipped or timed.

Who’s with me?? Let’s run for the girls!!

PS I am playing around with different signatures…which one do we like?


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Race Day Pressure

So you sign up for this race. It might be an easy/fun distance, but likely it is something you need to train for. It’s okay though, because you are so. excited!! You are going to kick this race’s butt!!

So you map out this plan. The perfect plan. You visualize yourself running these graceful miles outdoors. The weather is undoubtedly perfect in this imaginary scene. You picture yourself waking up excited for every workout. Of course you will feel awesome all the time because you are exercising and fueling your body perfectly.


This ideal training probably happens the first week.

Maybe the second week.

Sometime around the third or fourth week, though, something will come up. Life happens. You go a few nights with less than awesome sleep, so you don’t feel like getting up early to put some miles on your shiny new running shoes. The strength training session you scheduled in doesn’t seem as important as working on a project around the house. Some friends want to hang out, so you skip a cross-training session.

two weddings and a birthday
Two Weddings and a Birthday

Life just happens and your training turns from perfectly complying with your scheduled workouts, to a lackluster effort to catch up on your missed sessions, as though that were even possible.

Even if you do your training perfectly, there is so much pressure put on race day. I mean you’ve told all of these people you were running this race.
People encouraged you.
People admired you.
It felt good to be working towards something awesome.

race day

But what if something happens to prevent you from running the race?
What if you get sick or injured or have a family wedding come up the night before (more on that later)? Someone who is excited about running a race might have the tendency to flip out when things go wrong (hi, I might have done this very thing very recently). This adds even more stress on a day that should be fun and amazing.

So what can we do about all of this training and race day pressure? Learn from my mistakes to make training and racing a more enjoyable experience:

  • If you miss a couple of training days, do not freak out. Remember that your body will be rested and fresh for your next workout.
  • Remember that you are not a professional athlete (and if you are, you probably shouldn’t be taking advice from me). Professional athletes LIVE for training and racing. If this is a hobby, treat it like one! Have fun! Push yourself, but above all this, it should be adding to your life, not taking away from it.
  • If you feel an injury coming on (it’s up to you to listen to your body and distinguish between soreness and being hurt), for goodness sake, take a couple of days off. Trust me and hundreds of other runners that if you ignore a potential injury, it could sideline you for months.
  • If for some reason you don’t feel the greatest on race day, listen to your body. See above point.
  • If you don’t run at your best pace or break any records, realize it is okay. You are lapping people on the couch, right??
No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping people on the couch.

Yes, you will have to push yourself.
Yes, you might have to get a little serious to actually do the workouts you plan on…but racing shouldn’t be a huge burden to yourself and those around you. When it is, you might need to step back and reevaluate why you are signed up for a race.

What prompted this post? My life of course…
Dave and I went to pick up my race packet for the 10-mile run I was supposed to run Sunday. We both weren’t feeling so well (I think Dave’s cold transferred to me so I felt like a zombie), PLUS big city traffic was absolutely nuts Saturday night. (Dave and I are from Nebraska where rush hour means you might be 5-10 minutes late.) I was so glad he was driving because honestly I was slightly terrified being a passenger.

Apparently a big hockey game was happening at the same time that packet pick-up for the Twin Cities Marathon was happening. So. many. people. so. many. CARS. I always thought I was from “the big city” because basically I lived in one of the two cities in Nebraska, but really I had no idea what a big city is actually like.

nebraska cornfield

I was already a tad apprehensive about running the race with my leg being all weird, my heels hurting, and my allergies attacking me last week. Add to that the cold symptoms and having to navigate the enormous crowds the next day made me want to crawl into a hole and hide. The straw that broke the camel’s back was cramps that came on later that evening. It was almost like a sign. I decided not to do the race, even though I felt like I was letting the girls (and everyone else) down.

girls on the run

I did, however, end up raising the entire amount needed for Girls on the Run (which was originally the biggest concern)! I had no idea it would be so tough..or so rewarding! I am so thankful to everyone who helped out. Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!

I don’t think I will be raising funds for anyone again any time soon, but I will continue to work with Girls on the Run because I am in love with what they do. Maybe I can do my own 10 miles for them this week? That marvelous thought might at least keep me sane.

*~Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut~*

Do you stress about training for races? Or put an enormous amount of pressure on yourself?

Linking up to the Healthy Diva so I can stay positive!

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