The Running Mom – Healthy Lifestyle Advice from a Single Mom
Monthly Archives: August 2011

A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail from YMX asking if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products and hosting a giveaway on my blog.  Of course, my answer was YES! YMX has some of the coolest and most unique workout apparel I’ve ever seen.  I tend to pick out boring, monochrome running clothes for myself, but I think YMX has...

Tomorrow I’m supposed to run 18 miles.  Eighteen miles and we’re expecting a hurricane to hit us.  Fabulous.  Since we don’t really know when the storm is supposed to arrive, I decided it was best to try to get my long run in today.  I thought about swapping this week’s 18 miles with next week’s – a recovery week – 10 miles. ...

My favorite things this week have a theme: hydration! The wonderful August heat and humidity is in full swing so I’ll share with you my favorite things this week to stay hydrated. Nathan Speed 2 Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt.  I used to be a bad runner.  I didn’t usually drink anything on my long runs (up to about 12 miles) because I didn’t...

I love reading other runners’ blog posts about why they run so I thought it was about time for me to tell you why I run. When I first started running, I was in high school.  I ran because I played field hockey and they made us run.  I hated it.  It was something I dreaded.  I did it anyway because I had to.  Every summer, I’d run with...

I have this problem that has plagued me since training for my first marathon.  After every single long run (8 miles and up), I end up with a headache that sticks with me for the rest of the day.  It puts a damper on my Saturday and I feel pretty much useless for the rest of the day.  Pain meds like Advil or Tylenol can’t even touch it, plus...

This summer I’ve struggled through some of my runs.  The heat and humidity zapped my energy which has caused an occasional lack of motivation to go running.  Fortunately, I haven’t let that little issue get in the way of my marathon training and I’ve pushed through even when I didn’t feel like running.  My perseverance has paid off so...

Although I’ve had some close calls. I have had my share of runs where I feel like I’m struggling with every step and I contemplate giving up literally every 5 seconds or so.  I never let myself stop though.  I know if I stop, I’ll regret it later.  On days like that, I give myself a minimum mileage goal and a maximum goal that I’d prefer...

Try a new route! Lately I’ve found myself unmotivated for my weekday training runs.  This is mostly because I’m stuck doing the same route most days since I’m limited to the sidewalk when I run with Z in the stroller.  When I’m alone for my long runs, I can try something different by running on the road when I need a change. This morning,...