Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Happy Global Running Day: A Sweat Pink Running Survey

Happy Global Running Day! Of all the made-up fake internet holidays, this one is my favorite. I wrote a post over on my Lea Genders Fitness blog called 5 Ways to Celebrate Global Running Day! I'd love if you would click over and get some ideas of how you can celebrate. Besides I already used up all my corny jokes over there, so head over and (not) laugh so I don't have to repeat them.

In honor of Global Running Day I am joining up with some of my Sweat Pink sisters for a Global Running Day survey and linkup.

Why do you run?

I run to stay sane. For real. I often wonder why people who don't run aren't punching people in face all day, because I think I would. If I go a few days without exercise, I notice a significant decline in my emotional well-being. My husband knows me too well, while on a rant about something he will say, why don't you go run? He knows no matter what the problem, a run will make it a little better. 

How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day?

By running, of course...and blogging about it. Since this day falls on a workday, I won't have the time to join an official running group or event. I'll just strap on my shoes, hit the pavement and celebrate solo. Sometimes it's the best way. 

How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?

Oh geez. I have no idea. Depending if I am training for a race or not, I run anywhere between 10-20 miles a week. I definitely don't put in the heavy mileage like I used to. I try to balance my running with strength training to stay healthy and injury-free.

What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?

Good question! So many big ones! On Friday hubby and I are heading to San Diego to run the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon on Sunday. I am running, he'll be sleeping. We decided to make a race-cation of it. 

I can't wait to head back to beautiful San Diego.

I usually take the summers off from racing because...Texas. It's hot here y'all. (My y'all comes out when I talk about the heat. I'm from Pennsylvania.) Long runs in triple digit temperatures aren't that appealing. 

But then in November I have the Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half and San Antonio in December. I ran both of those races last year and it was a fun way to end the year with a bang! (I am a member of the Rock 'n' Blog team for the Rock 'n' Roll marathon series, so if you want to run a Rock 'n' Roll race in 2016, you can use my discount code "LEAGENDERS" to save $15 off most half marathon and marathon distances.)

Picking up my bib at the expo. Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half marathon

San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll half marathon

Before I leave for a run I must have:

My FitBit because I wouldn't even think of taking that many steps and not tracking them. I'm kind of obsessed. I don't really even need my GPS watch for neighborhood runs, because I know these streets so well, I can tell you the mile markers from all directions. Are we friends on FitBit? 

Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?

Not always. I use the TomTom Runner GPS for my long runs, but I am not diligent about digitally recording every run, unless of course you count Instagram. Hubby and I have paper monthly calendars on the fridge where we write down our daily workouts. It keeps me motivated to see what I've done, but we throw them away at the end of the month. 

Who is your favorite running partner?

Is this a trick question? Of course my favorite running partner is my four-legged one, Ollie. Hence the name of the blog. But honestly, I took him for a run last week and we had to turn around after a mile and a half because he was panting so heavily. Did I mention it was hot here? 

Hubby comes in a close second, although I don't know I would call it running together. He runs faster than me, so he is usually about a quarter mile ahead at all times. I still like running with him though, he pushes me to run faster and challenges my comfort zone.

Me and my favorite running partner

What races have you run so far this year?

I ran the Dallas Rock 'n' Roll half marathon. I run so many out of town races, it is really fun to explore your own city on foot. 

from the Dallas Rock 'n' Roll half

If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?

Running is no doubt a fantastic exercise for losing or maintaining weight, for building endurance and feeling great. To improve in running you have to run more, but as a personal trainer, I highly recommend balancing your running routine with at least some weekly strength training moves, Yoga or cross training. It will help you become a stronger runner, help avoid injuries and keep you running healthfully long into the future! 

Describe your relationship with running in one word:


This was fun! How are you celebrating Global Running Day?

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  1. I just signed up for the Dallas Rock n Roll half! my best friend just moved to Dallas so we figured we would plan a visit and sign up for a run! I cannot wait! Thanks for linking up!!!

    1. Oh yay!!! Exciting!!! It's a good course!!

  2. Wait, your favourite running partner is a dog? Ollie is a DOG???? Hehe. Loved your answers :)


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