The best part about the weather getting warmer for me is the same every year..... less laundry. It's generally frustrating to wash a ton of clothes for just one run. Well the warm weather takes care of that. Just shorts, t-shirt and shorts. In the winter I usually have to add a pair of pants and a jacket. Also the addition of not having to wear a hat is a huge bonus.
It was a t-shirt and shorts kind of day today. Lucky for me I got my run in before the rain came. It was nice to run on a dry road and not worry to much about puddles taking up the shoulder.
It was a nice run today. I just needed to change and I was out the door. The run was pretty quick too. Not a bad day, I am looking forward to tomorrow as it looks to be pretty nice also. I think there is only one day this week that will be dipping below 40 degrees. So, I think I can deal with that. I think the only negative is for the people that plan on going skiing this week.
I just went on a run a couple of days ago that was in the woods and boy was it wet. My brother was not happy about how wet and muddy his shoes got. I guess he did not plan on running in the mud that day.
There was a little bit of ice left, but most of everything was thawed out. I would say this is the end of winter but you really never know when the cold weather will come back or a another snow storm will be paying us a visit. It's starting to feel like spring but I guess we will have to see if that is the case. I really makes you wonder how accurate that groundhog is.
But before you know it, it will be warm and summer time and people will be looking forward to the cold weather coming. That is just the the way it is when you live in a 4 season area.
Coming out of winter, time for the E. Murray Todd Half Marathon. The E. Murray Todd 1/2 has been a staple in the area for over 30 years. This is a great race for runners who are either getting ready for a spring Marathon or are just interested to see what shape they are in coming out of winter.
Not the hardest and certainly not easiest 1/2 in the area, the E. Murray Todd is a great low key 1/2. Starting and ending at Brookdale Community College the race has its fair share of hills open(windy) roads and great views of the area. All of this for $35 if pre registered. Organized by the Monmouth County Parks System this years half is on March 13th with a start time of 10am.
I have run the course of this 1/2 marathon in the past and it is truly a great display of Lyncroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck area. With awards held inside the gym of Brookdale its a cool(actually warm) place to celebrate your finish. This is a great race at a good price.
Register at the Monmouth County Park system website below.
Yesterday I got my first newsletter from the Freehold Area Running Club named the Long Run. This is my first newsletter I received as part of the club as I signed up in January. This was a very well written and organized publication. I read it cover to cover.
The articles in the Newsletter were all important info, no filler. One section was a letter from a scholarship winner of theirs, another was about a members daughter who made it into the Marathon Olympic Qualifier LA Marathon, another was a general state of club address and an article about a member who is an elite runner. Other than that most of it was about races within the club.
Even before I was a member at the club I felt welcome at all the FARC events but getting this newsletter really makes you feel at home. I got top 10 in one of the race series races so my name was posted and my name was posted for being a new member as well.
The Long Run is a total of 12 pages of great information about the club and running in central NJ. Awesome job, I would expect nothing less from the 2nd largest running club in NJ.
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All of this wet weather over the past few days has got me thinking about my old shoes. Mainly because I keep on getting my current shoes all muddy and wet. My last rainy run though I kept my shoes dry and clean.
During my last rainy run, I took my old emergency running shoes out for a run. I generally like to keep a pair in the car in case I need a change of shoes. That rainy day they came in handy.
Those shoes, an old version of the Asics Cumulus did their job. They were my running shoes, they got wet and kept on going. The shoes felt pretty good too. One of the reasons they felt good is because they had not been used in a while so the foam was not flattened too much.
I guess my point is so many people get rid of their shoes after they are no good for everyday running any more. The shoe might still have some use left in it. Not enough to use everyday but on occasion.
So, as much as I tried to avoid it, I had to run in the rain today. As I was running I kept my phone and my keys on me. Anybody that has run with their phone or keys on them will know that there is a lot moving around, especially the keys.
Well, today I was not really digging the fact that the keys were moving around in my pocket. So, I put them in a less bouncy spot. My sleeve, the way that this works, is you shove the keys in the sleeve and then hold them with your palm. It works out great for me, because it keeps your keys from moving and keeps them out of the rain.
I hope this tip is helpful for people out there. It definitely works for me.
Ahhhh what a good feeling, getting a run in before the rain. Before my run this morning I looked up the weather, it read that it looks to rain all day on Tuesday and Wednesday. This morning I left just before 8am and did not feel any rain until the last few hundred feet.
Again, as you can imagine watching the rain through the window all day, it was much easier to talk to customers about this weather, knowing I didn't have to run later.
Running in the morning has usually worked out well for me because I don't have to worry getting that run in later.
You know one of the coolest things about working at a running store, is meeting new and excited runners. Today at the store I met some different people that were just starting to "get back into it."
Sometime it makes me think about each run that I go on..... why? Because each run that someone sees you, you are given the opportunity to inspire someone to run. That makes me think about what makes new runners come into our running store. Today it was a woman who use to run a lot and is now looking to run more with her daughter, or there was a couple in their 60's who just started to run races together.
So what inspired them to get into it, or to just invite someone to go with them? Could it have just been them seeing you or me running this morning? Sometimes it's just inviting a friend or family member to a run to get them going again. My point with this post is that, we all have the power to help inspire people to run or exercise.
It's important to use that power for good and inspire not intimidate.
Silly maybe, important? If you want to be comfortable. I guess the only reason I bring this up is because, this week I was stuck in an unfortunate situation when I forgot my pants at home and I wanted to run. Everything was there my shorts, shirt, jacket, shoes and socks but no pants. I let out a bit of a sigh and decided to run anyway. It was 34 degrees and around noon-ish.
The run ended up not being too bad. It took about 2 or 3 miles of the 8 mile run to really get comfortable but eventually it was fine. I guess it really brought the question to mind, when is shorts weather and when is it pants weather? This past saturday was some where in the 50's as a high and that morning probably around 9:30 ish it was a bit cooler. I decided to go with............ shorts. Again, the start of the run was a bit cold, but as I went shorts proved to be the better option.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that there is a definitive time to go with shorts or pants, but I know for me this time of the year, I ask my self which is appropriate. Not only for my comfort, but to avoid hearing from someone later, "you must be crazy to be out in shorts" either way as long as the run is good, I don't care. But this time of the season the question is usually in the back of my head "shorts or pants?"
Lets not get started on "jacket or shirt?", maybe another time.
I had some free time yesterday and counted up all the miles I ran Last year. I ran 2,106 miles last year. All of that was done outside and not on a treadmill.
During that year I ran a few different 5k's, a 10k, a relay road race, a half marathon and 2 Marathons. The main shoes that I ran in this year were the Asics 2000, Asics Kayano, Asics Cumulus and Nike Lunar Glides(I got the Nike's for Christmas).
2,106 miles, thats like running down to Jacksonville Florida and back or running out to Utah. Well, I don't plan on doing that anytime soon but its fun to think about
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