Fearless after dark

This time of year always takes a little getting used to. Colder temps, warmer clothes, and then there’s that pesky TIME CHANGE! Running and/or walking at night need not be something one foregoes, though, as long as you remember these safety tips put together recently by 261 Fearless Ambassadors. I, personally, always feel better running with a friend after dark and running in a well-lit familiar area. Even then, I always carry my phone with me and let my husband know the route that we’re planning to take and how long we plan to be out. Lighting the way is such an important thing to remember whether it be a fully charged headlamp or the handheld Zephyr Fire 100 by Nathan (my favorite) which also has a little alarm on it in case you run into a problem. Being seen by oncoming traffic is a must so wear reflective gear and also attach small LED blinking lights onto your shoelaces, water belt or vest…go ahead, it’s your chance to feel like a live holiday tree!!Carrying pepper spray is a good idea too just in case and save the music for another time. Staying alert is important! And let’s not forget Fido…that is, if you’re running with a dog. Put a blinking light on that baby too!!See? There’s no need to be afraid of the dark!!#befearlessbefree #261FearlessAmbassador

And the winner is…

Jennifer Newsome was chosen and notified on Friday as the winner of my Skirt Sport Vixen Capri Giveaway! Congratulations Jennifer! You will love the skirt. What I love most about these giveaways is that whoever wins gets the opportunity to spread some more Skirt love. Thanks to all who entered and I’m sure we’ll be running more giveaways over the next year. Get your skirt on!!

Skirt Sports GIVEAWAY

It’s the “Giving” time of year so how about I give away a Vixen Capri Skirt?! All you need to do to enter is “like” the Facebook Skirt Sports page (if you haven’t already!) and put your name/skirt size in the comments on here so I can get back in touch if your name is chosen. Now, how easy is that? I’ll choose the winner at the end of the week. Good luck!

Puttin’ on my Fearless

A summer of ITBS, piriformis issues, not to mention bouts of allergies and asthma attacks made it less than fun to go out for a run. Still, I managed to get in a few good runs/races over the summer months. Now that fall has arrived I’ve decided to amp things up a bit and celebrate my long walks as well as my successful runs. I finished a half marathon a week ago by accepting that I wasn’t going to break any AG records and love the walking that I had to do when the piriformis pain made it difficult to run. All in all, it was a great race…no pressure and no judgment made it easy to enjoy. i also received the news that I was chosen as a 261 Fearless Ambassador last week! I am thrilled to be a part of this global movement and am ready to encourage women of all ages to get out there and run or walk…the key is just to get out there! So, now I’m ready to get back to the blogging and get ready for the colder months of running/walking. Let’s move girls!! #REALwomenmove #skirtsportsambassador #261Fearless #BeFearlessBeFree #261FearlessAmbassador

Keeping it REAL

My first half marathon which I ran 3 years ago was probably when running became REAL for me. I was fairly new to the sport at the time and had just started to feel as if I might actually be a runner. I was also new enough to running that I let the “competitor” (which, by the way, I didn’t even know existed) in me win out over good sense and following my coaches advice.
The running group I was a member of had a hill repeat scheduled one evening about a month prior to my half marathon, We were doing 10 one minute repeats at a pretty intense pace. On about the sixth repeat I felt an unfamiliar little twinge in my right calf so decided to just walk the next one as I was trying to follow the advice to “listen to your body.” The thought crossed my mind to just walk the remaining repeats but that little voice (you know the one) said, “Go on! Don’t be be a wimp. Finish strong!” Unfortunately the little voice was louder than my good sense so I tore up the hill on the 8th repeat because, after all, there were only 3 more. So just as I was beginning to pick up speed, down to the ground I went with the worst calf pain I’d ever felt. Needless to say my running for the night was over.
To make a long story short, I went to a PT who treated me for muscle strain with dry needling and stretching exercises. I did complete the half but had to walk most of it and stop at several Medic tents along the way for massage. When the calf started to bother me early on in the race I thought about dropping out but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Keeping a level head and making the choice to walk was the compromise but, at least, I was able to finish.
What I took away from that race was for me, at 59, the goal was to finish. Deciding that helped put running a race into perspective. Yes, it would be great to PR and it would be wonderful to take your AG but what’s most important is “keeping it real” by doing what you can with what you’ve got at the time!
#REALwomenmove #skirtsports #ambassador

Getting back to business

Now is the time to own up. It has not been the year that I’d anticipated. I’d planned on a very active year in the gym and lots of races to run. I’ve done very well on the running end but after starting the year off with bronchitis, I slacked w-a-y off on the gym…guess it was my “pity party” time. Now that school is out for the summer I’ve decided to get back into TRX, sculting/toning/core classes, and biking. I’m sure my running times will improve and I KNOW my attitude will. It is so easy to get in a rut and not so easy to pull yourself up out of one. I’m happy to report that I do believe I’m officially out of my rut now and am enjoying getting back to what really makes me a much happier and definitely healthier person…exercise! So, let’s get on with it. Let’s move!! #REALwomenmove #skirtsports #ambassador

Skirt Sports 13’er…it’s not HALF of anything!

Ambassadors for Skirt Sports who could make it for the 13’er on Sunday are in Boulder for a weekend retreat. Last night we had a wonderful get together at Skirt Headquarters for a meet/greet and casual dinner. It was fun to finally meet some of the people I’ve been Facebooking with for months. What a fantastic group of women of all shapes, sizes, and ages! I love representing Skirt. Their utmost concern is to deliver a quality product that all women feel confident and comfortable in whether running a race or simply shopping at the grocery store.

#REALwomenmove

A lot of women come to a time in their lives when questions start popping up like: “Is that all there is?”; “How the heck did this happen?”; “Where did the time go?” It can be an overwhelming time or a reawakening one. And sometimes, this mind-boggling stage transitions unbeknownst to you into your reawakening. That moment, for me, came when my husband and I stopped at a Fleet Feet store just to check out what they had and I saw a flyer for a 10 week ‘Learn How To Run’ program. At 58 I was certainly ready to prove them wrong in their claim that I would be a runner in a short 2 and a half months! I also had to fight that inner voice of negativity. You know, the one that whispers, “What are you thinking?” “You’re too old to run!” “You’ll embarrass yourself!”
Well, I did join the group and was inspired by some incredible coaches to keep moving. Almost 5 years later I can emphatically state that that was the moment when my life totally changed for the better!
I have seen this same nudge from the universe happen for other older women too. I have been fortunate to be a Mentor for the Skirt Sports Kick Start program where new runners of all sizes, shapes, and ages are paired with more experienced ones and, for 2 years now, have been running with several women in their 50’s and 60’s who chose to quiet that inner negative voice and either keep or start moving.
Facing doubt, inner negative whispers, fear, and sometimes feelings of lack of self-worth are things we all face at some point in our lives. Moving on is the key. For me, the Skirt Sports’ #REALwomenmove campaign is all about getting on with it and, for me, running has been the vehicle. For others, it may be gym classes or walking or biking or swimming…it doesn’t matter. How do you move on? Be inspired! Just move!

Paying It Forward

I have been mentoring my Skirt Sports Kick Starters in preparation for the 261 run this Saturday. For any unfamiliar with the Kick Start program, it is a yearly program offered by Skirt Sports to help beginners find the resources, advice, and support necessary to start running or just moving, in general. The women who apply to be mentored do so for a myriad of challenges whether they be physical, time/family constraints, financial issues, or simply in need of motivation.
This is my second year as a Kick Start Mentor/Motivator and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my lifetime. Running (in some cases, just getting out the door to walk) has opened up a whole world of opportunity for these women who come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. Over the course of this first 8 week session, some are discovering their “inner athlete” and also might have lost a pound or two. Others find it a great way to relieve stress resulting in a fresher outlook on things. Everyone, though, finds a new friend and the motivation to keep moving.
Our first session culminates this Saturday with the 261 Fearless Run. Some are racing for the first time … others running a distance further than they ever have. That’s not what matters. What does matter is these women have chosen to enrich their lives and in the process have become 261 Fearless!