Viewpoint

As I began my weekly run on Saturday morning, so many things were routine: the songs, the attire, the parking space, the scenery, even the direction I ran in. For years I had started my weekly run from 1st street by the jetty and Grommet Island Park. I would head North, to the end of the boardwalk past the Cavalier and continue up to the North End. Halfway through my run yesterday (9.5 miles is plenty of time to think about things), I realized it may be a while until I run that direction again. I will be moving to the North End this coming week. I look forward to being able to run right out of the front door and hit the sand or travel south towards the boardwalk. It occurred to me that my surroundings and scenery will take on a new point of view. I now will be traveling North to South. I challenge some of you to switch it up yourself with your weekly course. Maybe even try driving a different way home or to work. Take in all that is around you, and maybe you will notice something in a new way. Better yet, maybe you will notice something new to you altogether. I welcome the change and I am ready to begin noticing things from a different viewpoint.

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I Couldn’t Wait

After nearly 2 weeks without a run, I hit the streets again today. My gym (the Virginia Beach Boardwalk) had finally reopened. I say that jokingly of course.  It really was open all along, but with the nasty conditions lately(those of you who live in Virginia Beach know what I mean), it was easier for me to say it was “closed for business”.

As soon as I heard the forecast today, I knew that I was going to fit in a run, no matter what  it took .  And as luck would have it, my afternoon freed up. I turned my lunch break into a jog on the boardwalk. I even ventured out onto the sand. The beach was wide and smooth. The sun was warm and it felt great.  The sand was hard and perfect for capturing my footprints.  I think the beautiful weather was contagious. People were out and soaking up the day. Everyone was smiling. 

 Everywhere I went this morning, people were talking about the weather. They were all trying to figure out how to sneak out early and enjoy it. One client even mentioned to me later that he fit in a run on his lunch hour as well. This evening I had several friends telling me they were running on the boardwalk after work. I confessed my covert running mission to them from earlier and assured them they would enjoy their run as well.  Even though my run wasn’t long enough, the 30 minutes I was able to log was rejuvenating and refreshing.

But it did leave me with one question, Is it too early to have spring fever?

Happy Running-

Jess

7 days without running makes one weak!

 

Not feeling well, bad weather, work, packing, life…
I can think of every excuse possible to blame. The bottom line is that it has been a full week without a run. My mood is suffering. But I must remind myself on the commitment I made to train for this race in the dead of winter. I guess I will need to renew my gym membership and reacquaint myself with the treadmill (or DREADMILL as I like to call it). I don’t mind the cold, but the wind advisory doesn’t fair well for this petite 5 ft nothing chick. I will give myself credit for continuing the crunches and free weights. But I need to get my zen back. Feet on the pavement (boardwalk) is what sets me free. I am excited about the race and feel good logging 8.5 miles on my longest run with 8 more weeks of training to go! Minor set backs and distractions are expected. I just need to find a better way to mange them 🙂
7 days without running makes one weak!
Happy running
Jess

Pavement ponders

Do you ever replay scenarios in your head as you run…
I sat inside my condo yesterday looking out my window, I noticed my middle-aged female neighbor had a severely flat tire. This particular neighbor has never spoke to me. You know the kind, every time I go to wave or say hello, she looks down. It makes me wonder: Is she shy? Does she think I am a bad neighbor because I leave my trash cans out an extra day? As I gazed out of my window, I noticed her getting into her vehicle. The elderly man who lives with her, maybe her father, was trying to tell her about her flat tire. The tire was very flat and I think he was concerned for her, safety. She was very abrupt with him and quite dismissive. She did not seem to want to deal with the problem. She continued to get into her car and attempted to drive away. At this point, I had to walk away from the window. I began thinking, what if she breaks down, gets into an accident, or the tire blows off and hits another motorist. Was it my place to speak up? Or was it simply none of my business.
When is it my business to speak up. Being raised to be a strong, single female in this era, I am proud of my bold and sometimes outspoken personality. But when is it not appropriate to get involved? What if it was a woman and man and they were arguing? Then can I say something? Or what if it were children locked in the car with no supervision. Then would it be appropriate? I have been accused of being too outspoken at times. This outspoken personality helped me have a great career and helped me become a self-sufficient provider for myself. I always thought these were qualities to be admired.
When do our flaws become our strengths?
Happy running and thinking
Jess

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8k Playlist

I have had several people request to either borrow my iPod for a race or for me to create a playlist for them. I was recently asked to make a training playlist for an upcoming race. The only request was that I use some songs that make you want to get “pumped up”. I guess that my music acumen has been revealed. To me, the music you chose to listen to should make you want to stop dead in your tracks and bust a groove! This particular playlist is being created as I watch an interview with Steven Tyler, lead singer for Aerosmith. This is quite ironic as he usually makes an appearance in many of my mixes. I am very strategic when making the list. I take into account several factors when putting songs together such as the following: run distance, where the run will occur, weather, and what is the race goal. The following playlist was created for a girl who is running an 8k, in March, at the Oceanfront. This list wasn’t created for me, but I do think I will use it in some training runs in the near future.
The following is meant to be enjoyed in this particular order. I hope you can enjoy these tracks as well. Happy running. (disclaimer, sorry for any offensive language)
Jess
1 Dream On-Aerosmith (good to get you in the running frame of mind-this song is perfect for beginning or ending a run, really take in the words)
2 I Just Wanna Live-Good Charlotte (this song makes you take on the persona of a badass)
3 ABC-Jackson 5
4 Breakin’ Dishes-Rihanna
5 Dirty Style-DaCav5
6 Good Feeling-Flo Rida
7 In da Club-50 Cent (first few words are-go, go, go)
8 Shake Ya Tail Feather-Murphy Lee,Nelly and P Diddy (makes you want to shake everything, I have had this song on my lists for years)
9 International Love-Pitbull (it’s Pitbull !!!)
10 Whip My Hair-Willow
11 You Can Do It-Ice Cube
12 Buzzin-50 Cent (can’t help but have 50 twice, this beat has a great tempo to keep speed up)
13 Thriller/Heads Will Roll-Glee Cast
14 Everybody Talks-Neon Trees (give everyone something to talk about)
15 Back In Black-AC/DC (no surprise this song is in tons of sports movies)
16 In For The Kill-La Roux (you are in the run now, kill it!)
17 Super Bass-Nicki Minaj (this is the part of the list where you begin to quicken the pace and bring it home)
18 Blackout-Breathe Carolina (appropriate song to help you remember to breathe)
19 Into The Ocean-Blue October
20 Love Roller Coaster-Ohio Players or the version by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (great song to finish any race or workout, SPRINT)

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AMAZING gifts from above

Sunny, clear, and upper 50’s to start and by the time I finished my long run, it was well into the 60’s. We have been blessed with wonderful training weather this year. I can’t help but hope that these training conditions are nothing short than a gift from above.

On the way to the boardwalk this morning I had my iPhone playing from iTunes on shuffle. I find it interesting that somehow, the iPhone knows exactly what song to play you at exactly the right moment. Perhaps another gift from above.

The song below is how I began my day. The lyrics are beautiful. It was a fitting song to empower me but also calm me and get me ready to take on the battle ahead. Today’s battle was 8.5 miles worth. And once I began, it really wasn’t much of a battle at all. As you will read below, it is AMAZING all that we can do.

Today’s Favorite Song:
It’s Amazing – Jem

Do it now, you know who you are
You feel it in your heart
And you’re burning and wishing

At first, wait, won’t get it on a plate
You’re gonna have to work for it
Harder and harder

And I know ‘cause I’ve been there before
Knocking on the doors with rejection
And you’ll see ‘cause if it’s meant to be
Nothing can compare to deserving your dream

It’s amazing, it’s amazing
All that you can do
It’s amazing, makes my heart sing
Now it’s up to you

Patience, now frustrations in the air
And people who don’t care
Well, it’s gonna get you down

And you’ll fall, yes you will hit a wall
But get back on your feet
And you’ll be stronger and smarter

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Happy Running-

Jess

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Not a rain runner

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This is from a day last week and never got a chance to post it.

Well since I don’t like to run in the rain (summer excluded), I had to get my energy out in a more creative way, mani/pedi time. (DIY, Google ESSIE and OPI) after all that running, don’t your paws and claws deserve to look their best.

I case you were not aware, runner girls are more than just sporty. They are multidimensional. They can be sporty, strong, sensitive, tough, girly, silly, stylish, and beautiful. All the runner girls I know are these things and more.

Jess