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.




…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

Workout Wednesday

Welcome back for another installment of Workout Wednesday!
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Every time I see the above graphic, I start hearing Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” in my head.

My goal for this week was to get back on track with running and working out so that I was exercising consistently. As you may recall, last week I bagged out on a few runs and workouts because of fatigue caused by my temporarily over-active social life.

Did I meet my goal? Let’s see!

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Weekend Update

Oh boy, what a weekend!

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s installment of Weekend Update, my contribution to Tara‘s Weekend Update Link-Up.
IMG_5781Please check out her blog, Running ‘n’ Reading, to see what she’s been up to. And, if you’re a blogger, please consider linking up!

This weekend had the perfect blend of being busy and having downtime. I had time to cook:

alsoranagain crunchwrap supreme

YES! Come to mama!

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5 Race Day Don’ts

TGIF, party people!

I’m linking up with 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.

Today’s theme is “5 things about race day,” so I’ve decided to focus on 5 race-day taboos, things no runner should do on race day when running 5K or longer distances.

IMG_99755.  Don’t start in the wrong area.

If the race you’re running has corrals, start in the corral that matches a pace you can probably sustain for the length of the race. So, for example, if you’re confident you can run 9-minute miles for roughly 13 miles, by all means start in the half-marathon corral for people who intend to finish in 2 hours. But you shouldn’t line up with the corral for those running the half-marathon at 1:40 or faster. Continue reading