Tips for Crewing a Race

I love to run races, but I also really enjoy helping Robert successfully complete his goals by crewing for him. He loves to say that I could rent myself out for races as someone’s crew because I am so efficient, however I think it is just because I know him so well that I can anticipate his needs and have that planned for before he gets to the next aid station. Crewing for someone can present potential challenges, but can really make a race much more enjoyable and manageable for a runner if it is done correctly. Here’s my top ten list of tips to be a helpful member of a race crew to make the day or weekend a success for your runner while keeping your own sanity.

My two runners this weekend. 

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Breaking the Routine

In the past month or so I have gone on multiple runs which resulted in Robert saying, “You have to take me there!” After thinking about it for a bit I realized that my schedule and current training plan are allowing me to step off MY beaten path and try someone else’s much more often then I used to do. Oftentimes Robert and I will run one of the same five routes that we cycle through although there are countless options of different places around us to run. However as I have recently been trying lots of new places I have come home excited about a four mile run simply because I get to tell him about the new place I traversed as we check the elevation profile, comparing it to other routes of similar distances in the area. I realized how monotonous running becomes and how quickly that can happen for people who then lose sight of the joy running can bring. However exploring new places on foot is one of the amazing benefits of running and breaking out of the normal routine is a great way to spice up your workout, bring some enjoyment/excitement back to it, and  help you explore where you live. Continue reading

Five things I learned so far about being a pregnant runner.

I am finally through my first trimester of my pregnancy! Robert and I were so excited to share the news that we are expecting. Obviously though being pregnant and running long distances on trails do not always go hand in hand. Here are the top five realities I have been dealing with as a runner in the past three months.

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Podcast Running

*Disclaimer: Robert was right and I am openly admitting that into cyberspace where I know he can cite this for eternity.

I have never been a huge fan of running with headphones in. When Robert and I run together we talk or just enjoy being together and on my daily runs I never really found the need to listen to music. With our move to Tennessee and our work schedules changing most of our daily runs have switched to being completed on our own because the timing just doesn’t work out for us to put in miles together. So in order to get himself through the void of my rousing conversation at 4:30 AM Robert started listening to podcasts when he ran.

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ZOOMA Running

I am really excited because I have been selected as a ZOOMA Race Ambassador for 2017. ZOOMA is a race series across the country with the goal of helping women live healthy, inspired, and active lives. When I found out about ZOOMA I had a flashback to coaching Girls on the Run at NativityMiguel and how empowering it was to work with younger girls on improving their self-esteem and reaching goals through running. I of course had to apply to be a part of this amazing team so that I could try to help women have the same positive experience that the girls on my team did.

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