The Day After the Marathon

 Posted by on October 11, 2013  4 Responses »
Oct 112013
Day After The Marathon

We did it!  Meagan and I both completed our first marathons this past Sunday, and since then, we’ve been trying to heal up by staying off our feet, rolling out the sore spots with a foam roller and The Stick, and wearing our recovery socks as much as possible.  For anyone who has completed a marathon (or other particularly difficult race/run), or for those minimalist runners out there who have experienced “calfocalypse” after going for their first big run in minimalist shoes, you can easily relate to the pain and discomfort that can accompany just general walking (or even just moving from sitting to standing and vice versa).

I felt that after Meagan’s recent post about marathon thoughts (which was posted two days before the big event), we should share a video that exhibits the “after thoughts”.  This one is actually an ad from April 2007 by the health food company Flora, who was the lead sponsor of the London Marathon that year. Continue reading »

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Oct 022013

As most long distance runners will tell you, running is just as much about mental toughness as it is about physical toughness. We’re now four days out from running our first marathon and, at this point, it feels like it’s all about the mental game. I’m confident in all of the training I’ve done, and my longest run of 21 miles (which took place a couple of weeks ago) felt pretty good. So, as we wrap up our tapering, my focus has been not so much on running, but on trying to keep a positive outlook and working on strategies to stay positive during the race in preparation for hurdles such as hitting the wall. The following video is a funny look into the mind of a marathoner during the course of 26.2 miles of running. It gave me a good laugh, and definitely made me feel like I’m not alone in having an almost constant internal dialogue going with myself when I’m running. Enjoy! Continue reading »

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Jun 212013

After a frigid winter and a fairly cool spring, and just as we welcome the first day of summer, temperatures are finally starting to ramp up in Wisconsin (93 ℉ today!). While I’m generally enjoying the warm weather, our marathon training is now in full swing, bringing with it much longer runs than I’ve ever had to do in the summer heat. So, I’ve been doing some research on the effects of soaring temperatures on running, and how to deal with them, and wanted to share some of my favorite facts, figures, and tips that I’ve come across with you!

1. You can easily determine how much fluid you are losing and how much you need to take in by weighing yourself before and after a run. The amount of weight you lose (converted to ounces; 1 lb = 16 oz) during an hour-long run (plus the amount of water/other fluids you drank in ounces) is equal to the amount of fluids you sweat out per hour. It is suggested that you drink every 15 minutes during a run, so if you divide your hourly sweat loss by 4, you can determine how many ounces you should be taking in each time you drink. This is a great way to quantitatively determine if you are getting enough fluids, but also to avoid over-hydrating, which can result in dangerously low electrolyte levels. Of course, keep in mind that the results of this test will change based on the temperature, the terrain, your pace, etc., so test in different conditions and adjust accordingly! For a more detailed procedure of this process, as well as examples of results based on weight and temperature, head over to Runner’s World. Continue reading »

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GO>ID Review

 Posted by on June 4, 2013  No Responses »
Jun 042013

Staying fit is one thing, staying safe is a whole different game.  As we’ve mentioned before, staying safe while out for a run, hike, walk, ride, climb, or swim is an extremely important factor to consider when participating in these activities.  For the most part, this can be achieved through simple means: going out with a friend, keeping yourself well-lit or wearing reflective clothing, running with a cell phone for emergencies, knowing your surroundings, and paying attention to the time of day (if trail-running, mornings can be hazardous because of animals; if road running, nights can be bad due to crime or traffic).  Unfortunately, even if you take the aforementioned precautions, I would be lying to you if I told you that they make you magically immune to accidents.  For those times that something does goes wrong, it is best to be prepared.

Enter GO>ID, with which, as they so elegantly put it:

You’ll have the peace of mind to do everything you want to with the confidence to go anywhere.

As far as big ideas go, the simple ones are always the best. Continue reading »

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The Challenges of Coaching

 Posted by on May 29, 2013  No Responses »
May 292013
Our home! Lamar Track in Houston.

It’s been a month now since I started coaching my corporate track team.  Practices are held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, with about 20 runners coming to practice.  I have been faced with several unforeseen challenges and with leading a group of runners with a huge variety in athletic backgrounds. Needless to say things have been…interesting.

“Ashley…This is so hard…”

I’ll admit it.  I made our training schedule way too difficult.  I made a schedule that an active racer like myself could do, but I overlooked the main problem – most of the folks on this team are not racers.  Our upcoming meet may be the only running event they participate in every year.  I’ve been truly humbled when it comes to telling people what they should do.  I’ve realized that not everyone can do the workout we have planned for the day and I have to be ready to provide options.  Even so, the dedication to the training is inspiring.  Some of my runners have never run this hard in their lives, but they give 120% every practice.  I often hear the classic line, “This is too hard”, but I encourage them to try, and at the end of practice, when it’s all over, I always hear “Oh, that wasn’t too bad!”  And then I jokingly ask them if they want to do a few more repeats! Continue reading »

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And So It Begins…

 Posted by on April 9, 2013  No Responses »
Apr 092013

Well, I never thought I would coach a track team.  Never in a thousand years.  Yet, here I am, up super late trying to put together a workout schedule for the month of April, trying to order spikes and singlets, and thinking what in the world am I doing?!

Every year, Schlumberger competes against the top oil companies in Houston in a throw-down style track meet in early June.  Success in this local meet can mean advancing to regionals and even nationals in the corporate track circuit.  Unfortunately, the Schlumberger running list serve hasn’t been too organized in the past.   And we have some serious competition.  Think Edina in Mighty Ducks, or the rich boys in The Karate Kid.  Instead we’re talking about the Exxon Mobil Tigers with matching uniforms and having won the past gazillion local meets, they are the enemy.

And that is where I come in. Continue reading »

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Mar 222013

Deciding what to wear when you go running sounds like it should be simple. If it’s cold, add some layers. If it’s hot, slap on a pair of sunglasses, shorts, and a t-shirt. Easy, right? But wait, have you factored in how much you’ll heat up as you get warmed up and start to sweat? Or how about the wind chill, or the fact that it’s raining? OK, so maybe it can be tough sometimes, and it can definitely be a huge bummer if you make a wrong decision. Overestimate how many layers you need means you could end up carrying the extras or have them flapping around your waist for several miles, and not having enough layers to keep you warm can be dangerous, especially if you’re on a long run.  Continue reading »

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