A couple of months ago I started making an effort to improve my running form and stride. I have a tendency to bob straight up and down as I run and also strike the ground hard with my heel. As I run, I feel like I am leaning too far back while digging each heel into the ground so hard that it looks like I am actually trying to hinder myself from moving forward. [Read more…]
What clothing and shoes do you wear while running?
I make sure to wear clothing that is made specifically for running. The reason: Chafing is the enemy, not only because it’s uncomfortable, but because it could lead to infection. Personal experience: Ten years ago I wore ill-fitting pants while hiking about six miles in the heat. Without sharing too much information (here, you are saying, “too late”), I got chafed where you don’t want to ever be chafed, guy or girl. Embarrassingly, the chafing led to a cellulitis infection (my third and last infection). From this experience, I wisely learned to be very picky when it comes to how my clothing fits, especially for running. Try on your clothing, and if possible, take a test run in them before committing. Be picky, because there is nothing more annoying than having something pinch, rub or scratch you with every step you take. [Read more…]
Before getting married, I would cringe at the thought of visiting an amusement park mostly because I did not want to brave the crowds and lines with a lymphedematous leg; but, I have a husband who LOVES Disneyland, and now two little ones that will surely grow to love it too. So, I have learned a few tricks to make it enjoyable for both my little family and myself. In no particular order, here are my tips and tricks: [Read more…]
Marathon training begins October 19th, people. Six weeks! Time to get this old body into shape. I will confess that there have been a few runs in the past few months (mind you, they were not long runs) where I would think, “WHAT have I committed to??” It’s ok, though. It’s good to feel stretched and slightly scared, right?