Being in my 40s. I am finally a Master’s Runner! I LOVE being in my 40s. I love running in my 40s. I am in the best shape of my life. I am going to cruise into my 50s with a huge smile on my face and MANY miles run.
Trails! I could go for hours on a trail run. My goal this year is to finish a 50-miler. My job, now, is to stay healthy and be patient. Trail running is therapeutic. Trail running is easier on my body. Trails have some fantastic hills that get me to some fantastic views. The trail running ‘crowd’ is really laid back, more laid back than the road runners and the road runners are pretty laid back too. The races are smaller and tougher.
Hills! I love to run hills, hill repeats, mile long, you name it. Hills have given me a love for my hips and thighs. God gave me a body with ample hips and thighs. I could not make it up a hill without them.
My Lululemon Runder Unders. These are the warmest and softest pants for my winter running. Lately, I have been running in 20-30 degree weather. My legs stay warm and are not red and raw from the cold. You cannot go wrong with this purchase. Get them at Lululemon
or search for some on ebay.
My Montrail Badrock out dry trail shoes. I have tried several pairs of Salomon trail shoes in different sizes, in different styles. . . to no avail. Montrail’s fit my feet well. For the winter trails, I chose an out dry shoe (mostly water proof). I have been very satisfied. The Badrock is a stability shoe with some serious lugs on the bottom. I run on some technical trails, lots of rocks and roots. My feet feel comfortable and dry.
My Brooks Ghost 5 road shoes. I have worn Mizuno’s for about 8 years. I have tried the Brook’s Glycerin 8, but I did not like them. Then, I bought the Ghost 5! I love this shoe. It feels lighter and softer than my favorite Mizuno’s. My “go-to” Mizuno’s were the Creation and the Enigma. Just bought my second pair of Ghost 5’s, pink this time.
Almonds. Lately, I am putting these on my lunch salad. I have been eating them with some dark chocolate chips for snacks.
Avocados. I try to have at least 2 a week, if possible, in salad and on sandwiches.
My friends. I will need to dedicate a post to my friends, soon. I cannot say enough about them in this intro post. Stay tuned. . . friends.
Magical Running, by Bobby McGee. This book has really changed my mind. I intended to read this and to make some mental gains for a marathon. Well, this book is much more than marathon preparation. It has taught me of the power of the mind and the power of positive affirmation. We affirm ourselves every hour, both positively and negatively. There is much power in positive affirmation. The more positive you put into your mind, the less room there is for the negative. Check this book out.
My Swiftwick compression socks. I wish I would have known about these a long time ago. They are great and add a touch of ‘sass’ to my skirt or shorts.
Strength training. My gym workout includes, squats, single leg dead lifts, tricep press, push-ups, biceps curls, lat pulldowns, planks and stretching.