#whyirun

About SarahKate

Hi –

I’m SarahKate, I’m a sophomore.  I was a guest blogger this semester for Living Fit Columbus, so figured I should introduce myself.

I’m a very weird combination rolled up into one person. I’d love to get a scholarship from bowling (yeah they have those), to a liberal arts school so I can be an English Lit major, possibly with a minor in Business. But, bowling you ask? I don’t really know what happened there either. It used to be a fun hobby, but then we realized I had gotten good and I could get a scholarship.

Wichita State University, KS (photo credits unknown)

I enjoy running with my friend in the summer at the dam, and inside every other season. My favorite fitness site is blogilates, and my favorite exercise is burpees – even if they’re agonizing. Of course when I’m not doing any of these things I’m most likely to be found reading or at the library.

(Photo Credits Unknown)

Sources of Happiness:

  • Books
  • Writing
  • The idea of college
  • Friends and family
  • Bowling
  • Fitness
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  • Bands

So that’s me!

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Why I Run [Guest Post]

Why I run.  [by A Racanelli]

 

Running to me was never something I really enjoyed; I was more of a “team” kind of girl. 

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Of course, I would run if my coach assigned sprints for speed, or long distance runs to build endurance; but it was never my choice of exercise.

During college, a few of my sorority sisters had been cross country runners in high school, and convinced me to join them a few times a week on a run throughout Lexington, Kentucky.  I enjoyed the time I spent with them, but still never considered myself a runner.  During my last year of college, I experienced a few personal trials and decided to get my running shoes out again, at the suggestion of a counselor that I had been working with.  Running brought escape, and solstice from what was going on around me.  It gave me an opportunity to free my mind from the problems that I was facing.
 
In January, 2001 I decided that I would set a running goal – a half marathon – to help me feel better about my situation and give me something to look forward to and feel good about.  So, I trained and ran my first big race in April of that year.  It was so fulfilling; to accomplish something so great during a time of trouble.
 
Each time I’ve been faced with winding roads (work, marriage, family, etc…), I’ve gotten my shoes out again.  The road is open and it provides the time that I need to sort through the issues ahead.  Running gives me the opportunity I need to feel good about me, and eliminates the stress that I am feeling at the time.
 
After 13 years, I finally consider myself a runner.  I am proud of myself for meeting all the goals I’ve set and accomplished; I know that I am a better wife, mother, and individual when I carve time out for me to hit the pavement or treadmill.
 
And that’s why I run!

Amanda has now completed 12 half and 3 full marathons and recently become a yoga lover.  Her favorite marathons were Disney & Chicago, while her favorite half was the Louisville Derby Festival.  She is one of our Living Fit Columbus runners and motivates us all to push harder and embrace our inner strength.

Run on, Amanda!

Photo credits to:
Living Fit Columbus & Amanda 🙂

Marathon training – what we learned

[Guest posts by L Nguyen & M Ahmed]

L Nguyen:  What we learned from marathon training

Marathon (n.): a long distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km).

Why would anyone in their mind be crazy enough to run this distance?  There are a million reasons we can tell you, however, one of the biggest  is simply our passion for running. Most training programs are an average of 16 weeks long. Yes, that is a long period of time- 1/3 of the year.  While training for the Columbus Nationwide Marathon, we have really learned a lot about ourselves.  Here are some lessons learned;

  1. Listen to your body! Keeping a balance between life and work can get exhausting some weeks. While going on a run when you’re stressed and tired may sound like a good idea, on occasion, it may be better to either cut back some mileage or just take a rest day. Yes, to a runner, that is devastating news. We have learned to move on and make our next runs better.
  2. Nutrition. Towards the middle of training, mileage begins to get intense (average 20-30+ miles depending on the week). As runners, people think we will eat everything in sight (and we have). However, it is important to intake the right foods including fruits, veggies, proteins and carbs.   During runs, carry gels, blocks, chews, snacks-
    whatever works to curb mid-run hunger.
  3. Weight gain. Both of us had a mini life crisis when we realized that around the first round of our 20 milers, we had packed on a few pounds. It. Will. Happen. We were reminded by our coach that it will be ok! And it was. The extra weight went away right at the start of taper.
  4. Accountability. 16 weeks of marathon training does take a chunk of time. Finding accountability buddies keeps us motivated and gives you an ongoing cheerleader.
  5. Shoes. Running shoes do get expensive. But then again, so does a medical bill for a knee injury. We both listened to our bodies when our shoes became worn out. We know that we should get a new pair on average every 6 months or so, depending on your mileage. We always think we can outwear our shoes a little longer. A new pair definitely makes long distances bearable and pain free!
  6. Running buddies. Find a running buddy for those long weekend runs. We learned this one much later in the training. But better late than never! When running a long distance anywhere from 13mi+, it can get boring regardless of scenery. Having a running buddy to chat with definitely makes the miles go by faster. Perhaps find a local running group… maybe Living Fit Columbus!
  7. Yoga. Long miles of pounding the pavement do a number on a runner’s body. Often, we forget to stretch after runs, which results in knots. We found yoga to be our solution to not only stretch, but also get some cross-training workouts into our repertoire.
  8. Have fun!!! That feeling of accomplishment after every run has taught us why we began training in the first place… To have fun and enjoy ourselves. Running is one of our favorite hobbies.

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This was Lan’s second marathon and a new PR!  Here she is, a proud finisher, ringing the PR gong.

M Ahmed:  Running my first marathon

There’s something amazing about seeing and living the world through a fresh pair of eyes. Whether it’s a baby mesmerized by the new sounds and colors that come with the rustling of the fall leaves, experiencing excitement and success as you reach your destination without backtracking in New York City, or having a friend witness their first Buckeye game with the infamous dotting of the “I”… Our first experiences always leave a special mark and become our reference point for the future. We sometimes take for granted those “ah-ha” moments and the astonishment that comes with accomplishing a goal as things slowly turn into habit.
It was not too long ago I never thought I could run again let alone a marathon, and I hope I never lose that sense of “so this is what it feels like.” But the process of getting there was something I reflected on throughout the race.
Everyone asked why a marathon, why this race. I definitely had my own personal reasons for starting the marathon. But by the end of the race, I found it to be for something even greater than myself. At one point…I think mile 18, I started thinking…”I really should’ve turned left and finished this race 5 miles ago.” But then somehow I would keep going because at each mile of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, there would be a picture that was dedicated to another child that was battling the fight against various illnesses. The miracle mile was an emotional stretch being reminded of those that lost their lives to the fight. But seeing the families and how they honored each child, supported each of us runners and stood out in the cold for hours to remind us…it was a humbling experience to say the least. I started the race thinking, “Oh I wish maybe there was a sign someone I knew would be holding for me”, but found an ARMY of supporters cheering all of us to the finish.
I realized this race was about something even greater…I got to run through the most beautiful parts of this city seeing humanity at its finest as the volunteers would help refuel us, the police kept us out of harms way, the Red Cross was there to get us back up and the masses out to leave us candy and motivational posters to read along the way. The camaraderie amongst the runners was truly something to be witnessed. Even leading up to the training, yoga instructors and running enthusiasts were incredibly supportive and willing to help any way they could. It was an event that brought the community and it’s people together to make a positive impact on this world when despite so many times we hear the opposite.
This was one small goal I wanted to accomplish, but with all those that ran, it was a heroic effort to help this world and its people. It’s a beautiful thing to see strangers come together and wanting everyone to reach their goals and support an effort outside their own. . I really learned during this race what it means to live for something greater than myself. And I hope I never forget this feeling.
Whether you’re starting your first 5k walk or training to be an ultrarunner… Sometimes finding a reason greater than our own is all the motivation we need to reach that finish! 🙂
image(2) Mahvish out on the course – working towards finishing her first marathon!
A note from Living Fit Columbus:

Mahvish and Lan are truly an inspiration to not only our fitness/running/yogi-ing group, but to all humans everywhere.  They are two of the most positive, ambitious, motivated women we know, yet remain humble and kind during the process.  We are very proud of their marathon finish and can’t wait to hear more about their FIT adventures in 2015!

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Run+Yoga challenge [days 25-27] and some new PRs!

Three more days of our challenge!!!  Here is a recap of what we’ve been doing around here…

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We went for a 3 mile group run and then headed to PAI Yoga and Fitness for a session.

Yoga was a Power Flow L1/L2 class taught by Aaron King (pictured, right).  Aaron came around and talked to each of us prior to class beginning, asking ‘What does your body need?’  “Hips and hamstrings” us runners replied!  Lots of lengthening took place, including the [dreaded] hip opener, Lizard pose.  The class was MUCH slower than our favorite style at Harbor Yoga, but it was a great post-run wind down and stretch.

 

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Necessities at a yoga class – The mat and some hydration. 

Day 26 – Rest or Cross Train

Did the former.  A much needed rest day.

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Day 27 – RUN

Group run day!  Mileage varied between 3 & 4 miles. And some yummy autumn-flavored coffee at Winans Dublin afterwards.

Several miles away, Lan & Katie were both participating in the Akron Half Marathon and both PRd!  Yay girls!

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Great work the last few days.  Scratch that, the last few weeks!   Hope to see you the last few days of this fun and healthy challenge.

 

Join us this month [National Yoga Month!] as we wrap up our Run+Yoga Synergy challenge.  

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Why I Run [Teresa Gellenbeck] & Run+Yoga challenge [days 22-24]

Hopefully you have been keeping up with the Run+Yoga challenge!  I know life gets busy and often the first thing you’ll push aside is exercise, but try to make it a priority, even if its just 20-30 minutes per day.  Your body & mind will thank you for it.  Its the last week, so try to finish strong!

Day 22 – Rest or XT

Day 23 – RUN

Day 24 – YOGA

Individual runs, some yoga poses [all over Columbus!] and lots of water have kept us busy the last few days.  Some of our group members have been doing some high mileage lately… if you’re looking for some yoga stretches, check out the new post by Christine Yu,  yogi turned runner, called Six Yoga Poses for Runners.

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We are headed to PAI yoga tomorrow night after our group run, so we’ll be sweating it out in multiple ways.  Pictures to follow 🙂

 

#whyirun [tgellenbeck]

Several of my non-running friends cringe when I say ‘Why don’t you join us for a group run this week?’ This often leads to conversations about exercise and my own personal beliefs about running.  Here is why I run, in a nutshell…

  • In 2006, I hit a rough patch in my life.  I won’t bore you with the details, but running gave me something positive to focus on.  Instead of staying up late or indulging in unhealthy ways of coping with stress, I set out to become a distance runner. And that is just what I did. By 2008 I was in a much better place; I had completed my first marathon, met the man of my dreams and built several strong, lasting friendships.  Running helped me stay focused, stay positive and of course, stay FIT!
  • Running is one of the best overall workouts that exists.  I have always been a roller coaster with my weight; lose 10 pounds, gain 5.  Lose 15 pounds, gain 10.  Especially after the birth of my son, my body needs some hard core cardio to stay lean!  Running is a fat blaster, especially if you are willing to do interval training.  It keeps me in shape and allows me to be guilt-free when I indulge in the [occasional] chocolate dessert. 🙂
  • Its affordable!  No expensive gym membership.  Just a good pair of running shoes.
  • Its a social sport.  I can bring my son with me in our jogging stroller (if I’m up for a good workout!)  I can chat with running friends about their week, their yummy lasagne recipe, or the latest yoga class that we just HAVE to check out. I’ve met new people through running and grown closer to some I already knew.  One of my dearest running friends talked me into running my first marathon and two years and two PRs later, I was also the Godmother of her children.  Another running buddy later became a roommate for a year.  You really get to know people when you are training together 1, 2 even 5+ hours per week.  There isn’t much else to do on those long runs than talk, share your stories and get to know one another.
  • It allows me to set goals and work towards accomplishing them.  I have always been a list-maker.  I love making lists, then checking things off the list.  So a training schedule for a race is the ideal list-checking device!  Pick a race, make a training schedule, keep a copy on your fridge and watch your progress.  I also love to travel, so destination races are a way to check two things off the list at once… run a race and see a new place!

I could go on and on, probably coming up with 10-15 more reasons I run, but I’ll spare you 🙂  Thanks for reading!

 

Join us this month [National Yoga Month!] as we wrap up our Run+Yoga Synergy challenge.  

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RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 17] BEDTIME YOGA

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Today was a YOGA day.  

I have been on a blogging hiatus the last two days of the challenge, hope you were keeping up on your own!  My sister had her baby on Monday and I was fortunate enough to be in the delivery room with her.  Child birth is seriously the biggest blessing and greatest miracle!

If you ever want to unwind after a long day, a little bedtime yoga will do just the trick. It can also help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.  Don’t believe me?  Try it for yourself!

You can find lots of great stuff on Pinterest and You Tube, or you can just watch Lan & Mahvish’s video…

Here is some more inspiration before you drift off to lala land…

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.51.42 PMMy little guy at school, doing Little Sprouts movement class – yoga!

That’s all for now, off to bed!

 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 13] RUN

Today was a RUN day.  

Although Saturdays are typically our long run days, many of us only did 3 miles at this morning’s group run.  We all had places to be [OSU game, wedding dress shopping and family plans!].  But 3 miles is better than nothing and we were happy to also try a new route.

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Yes folks, TWENTY miles.  Only those who have run a marathon before can truly appreciate this magical number.  At this point, you’ve likely trained for several months.  You’ve done the hard work and long miles, suffered through the aches and pains, pushed through the ‘I don’t know if I can do this’ days, felt famished from not getting enough food, felt the highs and lows of training… and finally, today, you’ve conquered the hardest training run you’ll encounter before the BIG day.

She stuck to her plan and finished.

Three+ hours, countless songs and Honey Stingers later, she finished.

Proud of you girl, you’re an inspiration to all of us, on the trail, on the mat and just LIVING FIT!

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Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 12] XT or REST

Today is a CROSS TRAIN or REST day.    

Took a break around here today and rightfully so.   We’ve all been working hard! And we have another group run in the AM, so that should suit us just fine.    Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 9.44.43 PM

Hope you found some peace today, whether you worked out or not.

 

 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

Cross Training photo credit to www.cycling360media.com

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 9] RUN

Today is a RUN day.  8393

Tuesdays are speed days if you are a veteran.  Get that heart rate up, get more bang for your buck and BLAST away fat!

If you are a newer runner, just try to get out there and log 2 or more miles!

AFTER WARMING UP 5-10 min, here are some ideas for speed training today…

  • Trying to improve your Half Marathon or Marathon time?  Find a track and try some Yasso 800s… start with 4 x 800s at your desired marathon pace [i.e. if you want to run a 4 hour marathon, aim for a 4 minute 800; for a half marathon, just double it… i.e. desired half marathon time is 2 hours, run 800 in 2*2 = 4 minutes].  Rest 60-90 seconds and repeat.
  • Love the mile distance?  Do mile repeats at your 5 or 10K pace, resting 60-90 seconds in between each mile.
  • Pushing a stroller?  Just do intervals!  Pick up your pace from one fire hydrant to the next, slow it down, then repeat.  Your baby will love it!

 

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Photo credits to lululemon.com and runningmom.com 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 8] XT or REST

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Today is a REST or CROSS TRAIN day.  safecrossing200x200_0

A couple of us rested yesterday and are doing a hot vinyasa class at Pai Yoga & Fitness tonight.  Looking forward to it!

If you are just exercising to stay in shape, or taking our challenge for fun, any type of movement is an acceptable method of cross training.  Walking, biking, hiking, more yoga, weights, swimming… anything that gets you moving and gives you a break from the pounding of running.

If you are training for a race, here are some tips on CROSS TRAINING FOR RUNNERS from Runner’s World

  • Choose workouts that are closest to running in terms of muscles used and aerobic systems taxed including elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and water running.
  • When cross-training, you should be working hard and sweating a lot.
  • Marathon or Half Marathon training?  You can substitute 25-30 percent of your weekly “mileage” with cross-training.

Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones and get to REST today 🙂

Either way, have at it!

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

Cross Training photo credit to www.cycling360media.com