Saturday, August 11, 2018

The decision to be a runner

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The decision to become a mom is irrevocable, and you only have to make it once.

Even if you've sent your kids to a boarding school, far, fár away, you'll always be their mother. Of course you cóuld say: 'Today I'm not a mother,' but who are you kidding? Your striae tell a different story.

This is where motherhood differs from running.

The decision to be a runner, you have to make time and time again

The decision to be a runner is a decision you have te make time and time again. Every time you have to decide to put on your running shoes and running clothes and go out there. And once outside you have to decide to put one foot in front of the other in a fast tempo. Not only that, you have to make sure that for a short moment you're airborne, because otherwise you're just a very stressed wanderer.

You could stay on the couch, with your hand welded to a bag of chips, and say you're a runner, but you'll get a lot of disbelieving looks!

To keep your identity as a runner you have to activitate it regularly.

When The Mother and The Runner connect

But sometimes the mother and the runner collide. The mother moans: 'I've been running all day, what with all the kids!' but the runner longs for fresh air and the feeling of happiness that running provides for her.

In this case you have to make sure the runner walks all over the mother, because then the two unite into a wonderful phenomenon:

the Running Mom.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

My evolution as a runner: from eggtimer to Fitbit

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… from Egg Timer to Fitbit

When I first started running, eleven years ago, I took with me an egg timer. I was following a couch to 5k training plan, and I needed the egg timer to tell me if I could stop running already.

4 bucks worth of watch

After a while I started to take myself and my running seriously enough to invest in a real watch. It cost about 4 bucks, but I managed to make it beep every 11 minutes. So I ran 10 minutes, walked 1 minute and repeated that. I didn't get any other use out of it, because I didn't understand the manual.

Nike Chip and sensor

This watch was followed by the Nike Chip and sensor. I bought a second hand iPod and by using the Nike Chip and sensor I could see how far I had run. I really liked the Nike Chip, and the fact that all the info from my run was automatically sent to the Nike+ website.

Polar heart monitor

I think it was about three years ago I invested in a heart monitor. The heart monitor proved to be quite a revelation: it turned out I didn't have to run as fast as I was trying to, to get a good work out. I liked it even better than my Nike Chip and Sensor.

And after buying a Samsung smart phone I tossed the Nike Chip and sensor to the curb, because Runkeeper works as a GPS and tells me how much miles I have run too. And my Polar heart monitor told me how many calories I have burned, so my Nike Chip had become obsolete.

But I also read a lot about the Garmin Forerunner. It seems like all the 'real' runners are using it.

After some time my Polar heart monitor didn't work properly anymore.

Charge 2

At the moment I use a Fitbit Charge 2. I know this is not technically a sports watch but an activity tracker. But it offers me the kind of information I like. I don't need anymore, and I like the way it's so easy to use.

What kind of gadgets do you use during your run?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Runner's Kryptonite: running during a heatwave

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It's too hot!

I pride myself for not having missed one single run during the cold, and icy winter. I ploughed my way through the snow, and tiptoed over icy roads. Triumphantly I said to my husband:

'I'm tough, I'm cool, and above all: I'm weather proof!'

So you can imagine my surprise when hígh temperatures turned out to be my personal kryptonite!

I just couldn't run anymore

It all started last Sunday when I had to walk the last miles home, because I had hit The Wall. My body simply refused to keep running! All it agreed to do was walk home, and that was only because it wanted to lie down on the couch.

This is not the runner I want to be! The runner I want to be alwáys finishes her runs running. Luckily the runner that I ám is very determined, and doesn't know the word 'quitting'. So knowing my personal kryptonite is high temperatures, I decided less clothing would certainly be more, and I allowed myself to run at a slower pace.

And it seems to be working.

Kind of.

What is your personal kryptonite as a runner?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Running after having your wisdom teeth pulled

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'There is no greater fear than fear itself,' the saying goes.

So I decided to kick fear's ass.

I faced my fear of having my wisdom teeth pulled. The rush of endorphins after feeling the fear and doing it anyway,  feels almost as good as a long run!

Having your wisdom teeth pulled: when can you run again?

But then I was faced with an important question: 'When can I run again?' I did some research and this is what I found out. The general advice is to wait at least 72 hours before you go for a run. Some people even advise a week. And this is why:

  1. After your wisdom teeth are pulled, a blood clot will form. This is a good thing! But if you go for a run you might shake it loose. And you don't wanna do that!

  2. You may have taken pain medication which can make you a bit drowsy. It's not a smart move to go into traffic when you're not 'all there'.

  3. Because it's hard to eat with two Grand Canyons in your mouth, your body may be a bit weak. So don't ask it do strenuous things.

How I get my shot of endorphins

The hole that the wisdom teeth left in my mouth is still hurting a bit. And because I was so terribly afraid, I now feel really tired. I suppose it's a reaction to all the tension. So I haven't gone for  a run yet. I don't want to risk doing anything that might send me back to the dentist!

So whenever I miss my daily shot of endorphins, I look at my little plastic back with my wisdom teeth in it.

And then I get this nice little rush.

But still, I can't wait for my first run without my wisdom teeth!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Setting goals: what running can teach moms

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Ask any mother what she hopes to achieve for her children and the answer will probably be:

'That he'll be happy.' 

Certainly an admirable goal, but how do you go about achieving it? Isn't the goal 'As long as they're happy,' comparable with a beginning runner saying: 'I want to run the New York marathon?'

What mothers can learn from running

Here motherhood can take her cue from running: set a goal, and then chop it up in little goals, that are achievable in the short term. This will give you a feeling of succes and encouragement.

Sometimes your goal can be as simple as 'getting through the day without screaming'. Other days you can set your sights higher: 'Playing board games with the children without screaming.'

At the end of the day you can put your feet up at look back at a good day's work.

And at the end of your career as a mom, you can look at a happy child.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Crosstraining in a dress of roses

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Riding a bike is great way to get some crosstraining in, if you're a runner. And you can dress all nice and everything : )