I started running late in life.  Prior to running my first marathon at age 27, I rowed on the crew team in college and stayed fit in general by running a bit here & there and lifting weights.  I’ve never run on a team or really had any sort of formal training in “how to run”.  I mean, you just run right?

chock slide12 360

Particularly with the kind of running I’ve been doing the past few years (long, slow, on trails, over mountains)…you really just need to run a ton and you’re good. Right?? Or not…

I’ve started to face the reality that as “a woman of a certain age”, I need to continually reassess my approach.  I want to be running for a long time.  Both my parents are in their 70s and remain extremely active – astoundingly so.  I wanna be like them!!

Nutrition-wise I’ve got my act together and I’m feeling great about my current path.  I’ve got a training plan, with my eyeballs on a 2015 speedy marathon, a ticket to Boston in 2016, and hopefully another shot at a 100 miler.  I’ve also committed myself to a daily core routine & threw in a 30-day squat challenge on top o’ that. Getting strong is fun.  I am currently so so SO weak in my core & upper body, so the improvements come quick and are super satisfying.

Next up: running drills & warming up!  WHAT? Warming up? Why? Who does that. Not me. Never!  I just start jogging and call that a warm up.  Well, today I stumbled across this video from Oiselle, featuring Lauren Fleshman & was immediately inspired.  DAMN! I need to start warming up! It actually looks fun. And some of these moves are basically agility-training in my book since I am a total running klutz.  Check the video out!

One thing I love about running trail ultras is the diversity in ages, skill levels, body types.  It really is a Come One Come All sport.  I’ve been passed (swiftly, confidently and repeatedly) in ultras by women and men 20-30 years my senior.  My heart leaps inside when that happens & I can’t help but smile.  I aspire to be out there running for many many years to come.

Time to go stretch… 🙂



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s