Me and Tall Mom Mel are doing a Tina Fey/Amy Poehler thing. Team Galentines! (We got amazing shirts for the race–can’t wait!)
There are four fun categories in the My Better Half Marathon: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts. There is also a 5K and a 10K option, or you can make the half a 2-person relay if you want.
Dress up with your running partner–it’s going to be a fun race out at Seward Park!
Normally, I put a stupid amount of pressure on myself to run fast in races—especially at Santa Runs Tacoma’s Frosty 5K because (usually) you get a cool mug if you finish in the top 100 runners.
I knew that wasn’t going to happen this year. I haven’t run much more than a mile here or there since the marathon in September. And I’ve put on 5+ (okay fine, it’s closer to 10 pounds) by eating cookies and drinking eggnog every day since Thanksgiving.
Yes, I’ve been working out, but I have not been eating well, and so I’m putting on muscle…and fat. Good times.
Luckily for me, most of my friends have been on a running break, too, so we all planned to run together. Zoë even brought her kiddos (Goober, 5, and Giblet, 1) to ride in the double-jogger!
We didn’t have a specific theme this year for the race. Two years ago, we all dressed as snowmen.
We have been running this race since 2010…
…which was my son’s first race…
…in 2011, we matched and Kim was here…
…then I missed 2012…and Zoe missed last year…
…and, sadly, Tiffany missed this year. It happens.
This year, we just Christmassed out. Nobody could’ve topped the ladies that dressed as nutcrackers. They had awesome costumes. It was raining a little, so I didn’t get to wear my Christmas tree glasses.
I ran with Zoë, Mel and Alyssa (and Goober and Giblet), and it was so much awesome. We took it pretty easy and chatted and joked for 30 minutes and 45 seconds, letting Zoë and her stroller set the pace.
The Frosty 5K is flat, except for one small overpass hill, which we had to walk about half of because of the heavy stroller, even though Goob let us know that we better get running again. Little coach in training!
I wasn’t pushing anything, but I definitely felt the extra weight I am carrying. Despite that, the pace was perfect and we even passed a lot of people, including some other strollers at the end of the race, and we finished four-wide across the finish line. (Hopefully there will be a cute picture.)
Afterward, we went to breakfast, of course, where I had about ¼ of my mimosa before getting buzzed, listened to Goober tell me hilarious nonsensical jokes, and then losing my Debit card (which I found in my wallet after Zoe paid for me—I swear I didn’t plan that!).
Pretty great morning. Running with friends it the absolute best—even better than PRs and mugs*.
*Our fasty friend told us no mugs this year. Hopefully, they’ll be back next year.
Here are two options to get your 2016 race calendar started:
My Better Half Marathon
Seattle friends should check out the My Better Half Marathon on Valentines Day! I think I’ve got my friend Mel talked into running it with me. There are four fun categories: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts. There is also a 5K and a 10K.
Dress up with your running partner–it’s going to be a fun race out at Seward Park!
The shirts are amazing half-zips and have thumbholes, which I love.
Of course, you also get a medal and other goodies. And I heard there will be a tunnel of love on the course!
FitFam Challenge Virtual Run & Ride
Another fun option would be a virtual race like the FitFam Challenge (Jan. 15-18) Virtual Run & Ride. You get gender-specific shirts, a race medal and even a real race bib–so you get everything you would get with an organized race, except the crazy crowds, wild parking and having to get up at the crack of dawn!
Plus you get to help support a great cause. FitFam will give $1 for every registration, plus any additional donations to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
There are a bunch of race options:
1 Mile Run / Walk
5K Run / Walk
10K Run / Walk
Half Marathon Run / Walk
10 Mile Bike Ride
25 Mile Bike RIde
You could literally do these distances anywhere with anyone. I especially think it would help make some of those long distance training runs a little more interesting. I mean, if you gotta run 13.1 miles, you might as well get a shirt and a medal–plus help a charity.
Use MOVETHEMISSION10 to get 10% off of your registration for the FitFam Challenge!
What I mean is, do you like running shorter distances, but feel like you aren’t running enough because everyone’s all “which marathon should I do next?” or “signed up for my next 50-miler!” or “got my 14-mile run in by 7 a.m.”?
(Okay, obvs Alysia runs a ton, but she’s an 800-meter runner. She races shorter…and faster!)
I’m totally an Alysia these days, except without her cute flower, or her speed, or her abs. But good news! A study by the Mayo Clinic found that just 50 minutes of running a week–A WEEK!–has health benefits, such as reducing your chance of having a stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and even some cancers, according to this article from Huff Post.
That’s like a mile or two five times a week. That’s it!
I’ve totally been getting less than 3 miles a week, though. (Sometimes less than that.) Like, so far this week, I’ve run about a mile…today…while I was doing sprints while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
By. The. Freaking. Way. RHOBH fans, SHOW YOURSELVES because I’ve discovered a new podcast you will love. Bitch Sesh is a Real Housewives breakdown podcast hosted by Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider, and I love it for all its stupid-girly-silly-sarcasticness. I’d abandoned Real Housewives because I just didn’t have anyone to enjoy it with (I work with a bunch of dudes). Now I have a reason to watch again. My favorite Real Housewives was New Jersey. Is that one even still on or are too many of them in jail?
Okay, back to running. So, I have a new goal. Just try to get 50 minutes a week. That’s it. I think I can do it. What about you?
As a former print journalist, I hate to see print publications die…especially at the hand of other print publications.
While Runner’s World is a fine magazine, its articles lean toward the newer runner. I find it a little fluffy. A little too, well, magaziney. That’s fine, of course, but in my opinion (unless they plan to change), they miss out on a big section of the running community.
Running Times took running a little more seriously. Took runners seriously. More content about running, less pretty models pretending to run in photos. More running news you could actually use. Running Times also covered a lot of news on high school and cross country runners, as well as news about masters runners.
RW doesn’t do that.
I’ve had subscriptions to both magazines, as well as Women’s Running magazine (which I hated, btw; newflash Women’s Running: women runners are athletes, too, not just girls trying to lose weight).
Running Times was my favorite running magazine. A few years ago, I unfortunately did some budget-cleaning and got rid of all my magazine subscriptions. Last week, I had just signed up to renew my RT subscription. And then I saw the news on Monday about it being killed off.
I was like, What? Whyyyyyyyyy?!
Well, I have an idea and I really don’t think the problem with RT was its content.
You know what I think it is? I think it just isn’t sexy enough for advertisers. The text-to-photo ratio was just too darn high. Too much reading. Reading isn’t sexy. But you know what is? Fitness models.
Ugh. I’m disgusted. Really, really disappointed. Why does everything have to be sexy nowadays?
I blame the Kardashians.
Don’t forget to check out FitFam, the new virtual run company. Sign up for the FitFam Challenge Virtual Run & Ride (Jan. 15-18) and get your year started off right. You get gender-specific shirts, a race medal and even a real race bib–so you get everything but the crazy crowds and having to get up at the butt-crack of dawn! Deal!
I’m thinking about signing up for the mile–feel like a little time trial is in order to see how slow I am.
Use MOVETHEMISSION10 to get 10% off of your registration!
I follow Alwyn on Facebook, and he occasionally opens up his page for free coaching. Anyway, I told him about my problem and he suggested I eat a big protein- and fiber-heavy meal/snack an hour before I get home, and then when I get home, immediately put on my workout clothes and go for a walk.
And this totally worked! (Except I did a metabolic circuit instead of a walk.) I had a snack between breakfast and I ate my lunch an hour before I got home, and then when I got home, I didn’t feel like grazing at all!
I will do this trick again tomorrow and see if it continues to work. The thing is that I was trying not to have any in-between-meal snacks, but apparently that wasn’t working.
How do you combat cravings/grazings this time of year?!
I’d rather shoot my eye out than run for 30 minutes on the treadmill again. So I thought it would be fun to create some circuit workouts based on my favorite Christmas movies: Christmas Vacation, Elf, A Christmas Story, and Home Alone.
Tonight, I did each of these workouts two times through to test them, and they were a lot of fun. That being said, I think you all know that I’m not a certified personal trainer. I’m not certified in anything, actually. So, like, exercise good judgment when doing these workouts (see what I did there?).
Also, rest when you need to during these. Rest to let your heart rate come down, and then go again. I like the rest-based training approach from Metabolic Effect. Read more about rest-based training here.
I took some pictures, but I couldn’t record myself doing the workouts because the dogs wouldn’t leave me alone. Chloe, our puppy, was especially intrigued by the bird dog move. I did include links for each exercise in case you don’t know how to do them.
Battle ropes (optional)
PS: I’m curious how many people will get what part of the movie the exercises are referencing. Also, let me know how you like the workouts.
Alright, ready? Let’s burn some dust here. Eat my rubber. Here are the four holiday circuit workouts based on my favorite Christmas movies: