Remember what it was like to have a summer vacation?

Hello!  Remember me?

I’m sorry that I’ve been off the grid for the past few weeks. As spring was winding up, I had a feeling I wouldn’t post as often during the summer. It turns out I’m practically absent from here, though. There’s really no excuse, other than that I’ve decided to spend more time focused on my family and work and less on blogging.

My son’s Mother’s Day questionnaire responses have a little something to do with that decision:

Q:  What is your mom good at?
A:  Blogging.

Q: What do you wish your mom would do less of?
A:  Blogging.

Ouch. Out of the mouths of babes, right?

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The 5 Types of Runners

Happy happy, joy joy–it’s Friday, which means it’s time for the DC Trifecta’s Friday 5 Link-Up! Please check out the Trifecta’s individual blogs: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DCMar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?! And If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up.

IMG_0998Today’s theme is National Running Day, so I’ve decided to honor our most honorable sport/hobby/escape by profiling The 5 Types of Runners:

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Checking in just to be random

Hello, faithful readers. I’m still here, hanging on the edge of the blogosphere. Promise. I’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at me lately (all good stuff, but still stuff) and it’s throwing me off of my regular blogging schedule.

I did want to check in and update y’all a bit with what I’ve been up to or seen over the last week or so.

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5 Ways to Stay Sane when You Can’t Run

TGIF, y’all!

I’m thrilled that it’s Friday because the fam and I have some really fun weekend plans (such as horseback riding–yes, really!) and the weather is supposed to be drop-dead gorgeous.

Before I scoot off to jump on my horse, I wanted to link-up with the DC Trifecta for their legendary Friday 5 Link-Up. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve linked up and my life really hasn’t felt complete. It feels good to be back!

This week’s Friday 5 theme is open, so I’ve decided to cover a topic at which I’m becoming a pro: How to stay sane when you’re injured and you can’t run.

As you may or may not know, I’m on another running hiatus because I hurt myself at a barre class a couple of weeks ago. Don’t ask me how you can suffer a typical running injury during a barre class, but I managed to do it.  For the first 10 days or so I was really down about it, but now that I’m in PT and allowed to try short runs (as long as they’re pain-free), I’m feeling a little glimmer of hope.

So, without further ado, here are…

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5 Ways to Keep Your (Running) Shiz Together

Happy Friday!

For the Friday 5 Link-Up today, I’m listing 5 ways to organize your running stuff. If you’re anything like me, you have accumulated quite the collection of running apparel, gear, and crap over the years and need to have a storage system that makes sense.

5 ways to keep your running shiz together - alsoranagainHere are my tips:

1.  Have a tops drawer and a bottoms drawer.

This is exactly what it sounds like: I keep my running tanks and tees in one drawer, and in the drawer below it I keep my running shorts and crops.

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Tops…

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…and bottoms!

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Super Random

I’m experimenting with something new today after reading a great post on Fairytales and Fitness: Joining a new link-up on Running with Spoons that’s themed “thinking out loud.” Because I think every post I write is me, thinking out loud (perhaps a bit too much), I decided to put a little spin on the theme and list some really random stuff I’ve encountered lately.

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A Weekend in Eugene

Hi, guys! I’m tardy for the party, but finally I’ve pulled it together enough to post pictures from my weekend as a way to contribute to Tara‘s Weekend Update Link-Up.

IMG_5781I know–I’m a slacker.

As you may know, last Friday my family and I drove down to Eugene, Oregon (Tracktown, USA) to participate in the Eugene Marathon festivities. None of us was actually running the marathon (well, not completely), but we all played our own small role in the weekend.

My son ran the kids’ Duck Dash, a 1K race that finishes on the legendary Hayward Field track. Consistent with his past races, he went out too fast and lost crashed somewhere in the middle. I’m working on pacing with him. :)

Aimee's son and S. Her son finished 3rd!

Aimee’s son and S. Her son finished 3rd!

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5 Ways to Share the Love (of Running)

Happy Friday, friends!

When you read this, most likely I will be on my way to Tracktown, USA–a.k.a., Eugene, Oregon, home of the legendary Oregon Track Club and Steve Prefontaine. I am so excited to get down there, see some Oiselle birds and Twitter pals, and run part of the Eugene Marathon!

I didn’t want to miss participating in this week’s Friday 5 Link-Up before scooting out of town, so here I am.5 ways to share the running love - alsoranagain.com

This week’s topic is 5 Ways to Share the Love of Running. Let’s go!

5.  Go on a run/walk with a friend who’s not a runner.

I recently went on a run/walk with a close friend of mine who’s interested in getting back into running after taking several years off. She wasn’t sure if she would be able to run even a mile but she surprised herself. We ran about a mile and a half at her pace and then walked the rest of the way. We both had a great time and it increased her confidence to continue running and build her mileage. I hope she’s inspired enough to run a race with me later this year! Continue reading