Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Runners Wish List

So, tis the season of giving and I thought why not make a post about some awesome gifts for any runners on your list.

When it comes to running we are a pretty minimal group of folk in comparison to other athletes and sports, with the exception of highly priced Gamins and designer running gear all we really need is our two legs and a pair of running shoes! (even that is up for debate)

But who says we can't be a little materialistic once in a while? There is lots of great stuff out there for runners from films, literature, gear and so on and I thought i'd make a little list of my own.

Yak Trax

I recently bought my own pair of these bad boys but haven't been able to use them yet due to the unusually mild weather we are receiving her in Newfoundland. But they seem like they are the answer to falling on the ice while you're out running. There are two versions of Yak Trax, 'walker' and 'pro'. The 'pro' version is more suited to running. I think these are a great gift for anyone on your list who lives in an area with snow and ice, they don't have to be a runner! No one likes to slip and fall on their bum.

Born to Run


This is a fantastic read for anyone who is interested in the running of other cultures. Christopher McDougal studies the Tarahumara tribe who run incredible distances without being any worse for wear at the end.

Recovery Socks

I personally don't own a pair of these socks but I have read countless blogs that praise them and talked to a few runners who say they can't do without them now. You can wear them while running or after a long tough run to decrease recovery time, and they also come in a nifty green color :)

Spirit of the Marathon

I also do not own this film, maybe this is just my personal wish list, teehee. But, I have seen the trailer and every time I watch it, it makes me want to run my bum off. I bet it's a pretty good flick.




The Runners Rule Book



I would love to read this. There is a chapter on "Hitting the Wall", 'nough said.

A Running Gift Basket

These are kind of neat, but it would also be just as easy and a nice personal gift to put one together yourself! Go to your local run shop or outdoors store and pick up some energy gels, socks, body glide, a new runner's world, and whatever other running nic nacks they might have!

Those are just a few ideas!

Now, if only I could start my own Christmas shopping but alas I must prepare for my presentatin in the morning!

Take care,
Alanna.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Green Monster.

Hello all!

So, something big has happened...
It's big.
It's green.
It's powerful.
It's intimidating.
It's DELICIOUS!

It's the Green Monster, and I recently worked up the courage to mix one up for myself and down it. It's the perfect running fuel and I love it. Mix one for youself!




This one consisted of:
-1 large handful spinach
-1 banana
-1/2 honey crisp apple
-1 cup vanilla almond milk
-1 large dollop vanilla yogurt

This seemed like the safest combo for a newb like me. om nom nom!

So, the winter running has yet to commence but I did receive my Yak Trax in the mail and am dying to try them out.
Not that I'm complaining, I'm very content with the dry roads and mild-ish days. I've gotten some great long runs in and my coldout tights have been keeping me comfy and cozy!

The next organized run I have coming up is a Resolution run on New Years Eve. Should be a fun 5k and a great way to end a year of great running, even if I didn't get in as much running as I would have liked.

That's all for now,
Alanna

ps: This cracks me up!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Winter Running

Hello!

So, it's that time again. Everyone is talking about the end of the season, and I still feel like it hasn't really started. It wasn't an overly successful season for me and I only ran a couple races. With the combination of the summer university semester and working a full time research position I was left with a lot less running time than I would have liked. Not to mention I was trying to incorporate cycling into my schedule and train for a small 10 day bike tour.


So, I am left feeling like I still have a lot of road running left in me before I am banished to the mill. That being said, I have decided to run outside this winter... gasp! For a lot of runners in warmer climates this might not seem like anything out of the ordinary, I on the other hand long for the luxury of being able to run and cycle 365 days a year. Unfortunately I live in very beautiful yet VERY cold province, where the winter weather always wins and I end up running inside, or not at all. I don't have the nerve yet to attempt to cycle outside (plus I actually really enjoy spin class) but I am going to tackle winter, head on.

In preparation of this new venture I've made a couple purchases:
I love MEC!

I'm hoping these two pieces will substantially help me stay comfortable along with the other run clothing I have.
My main worry however is staying off my ass.
I'm not sure how to dress my feet. From what I've read wool socks and regular running shoes should do the trick but how do I stop from slipping all over the place? After searching around the tubes I've come across YakTrax. These things seem perfect! There is even a video of people running around with them on an ice rink. I'm a little worried about them hurting my feet after a few miles but it'll hurt a lot more wiping out on the ice, which i'll most definitely do. :)

Whatever it takes, I will get out there and run!

There is it, my mission statement.
I know I still have a lot to learn about winter running and it might kick my ass but I'm going to at least try.

Happy Halloween all! (my 'Thriller MJ' pumpkin and I)


Enjoy the fall season while it lasts!

-Alanna.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Think Pink.

Hi!

Sorry for the delay in posting since my first post. I've been a busy bee with the start of a new university semester. But even with all the stress of new classes, text books the price of two months groceries, trying to figure out grad school plans in my head and trying to dodge every first year who sneezes without covering their schnoz I have been running semi regularly, which is a plus.

Yesterday morning I ran the Run for the Cure 5k.


It was a great little 5k and I set a new PR at just under 25 minutes, and for a great cause! Although it was cold and drizzly and I haven't been able to stop sneezing since. That's something that happens to me quite often after a run, I sneeze, a lot. Anyone else?

I recently finished "Born to Run: A hidden tribe, superathletes,  and the greatest race the world has never seen" by Christopher McDougall.
 
I loved it!
I wont say too much about it but it certainly made me want to try out some ultra running some time in the future, the very distant future.

Alright, I'm going to keep this sort simply because I should be studying. I do however plan to write some longer 'themed' blogs, maybe on runners lingo, trends, and of course... injuries.

- Alanna

Monday, September 14, 2009

The new girl.

Hello!

So, writing an initial blog entry is somewhat intimidating but lets keep it simple. I had been thinking for a long time about starting a blog for the sole purpose of having a running log with a little flair, but I’ve never been good at keeping a running log, so that idea didn’t last. After looking around the blog ‘world’ a little bit I realized the blogs I enjoyed reading the most were combination blogs, blogs about several different topics, but not too many so that it really just turns into a bunch of unrelatable personal clutter. So my blog will consist of a combination of my adventures in running, cycling and baking.

Cycling
This past Spring I purchased my first ‘adult’ bike. My boyfriend (and partner in crime) had purchased a Giant FCR2 and started riding for the sake of it, not just commuting. After hearing about his day trips around the province and a little push from him to get a bike of my own I decided I would. After buying a couple of second hand bikes that either turned out to be junk or just didn’t feel comfortable I purchased my very own new bike, the Giant FCR 3.



We took a bike trip along the Irish Loop just a couple of weeks ago and it went wonderfully, aside from a couple of hitches with my gears which Hughie (the boyfriend) quickly fixed and got out of the way. More about that later.

Running
Oh running. Mine and running’s relationship has been a long, bumpy, painful, wonderful, fulfilling road. If you yourself have or have had a relationship with this demanding and moody vixen you’ll know that she expects a lot out of her partner and if you plan on having a long lasting relationship with her you better be ready to give her everything you’ve got. That everything includes your free time, you social life, your mornings, your evenings, your muscles, your joints, your toenails, your sanity, and so on. But if you’ve ever filled up your Ipod with songs you’d roll over and die of embarrassment if anyone knew you were listening to them (we’ve all got them), tied up your running shoes, took a few breaths of excited anticipation and ran until your couldn’t feel your legs anymore then you know that while running can be a cold bitch, when things are good, they’re really good. She has the potential to make you feel like you’ve never felt before, like you and her could take on the world… and win.
That being said, I get injured. I get injured a lot. My feet turn in when I run, I get excited and push too hard, I hit pot holes at the wrong angle and twist the way I didn’t know possible, I heal spike when I run down hills, I can’t blame her… I have to work on my own issues for our relationship to work.



I took some time away from running and about two years ago started running seriously, sporadically but seriously. This past summer I trained for a half and it was great.

Baking
I’ve always loved baking. Even before I could bake I would watch my grandmother bake and love the way all those plain ol’ ingredients could make such a delicious and beautiful dessert.
I love cooking and baking just about anything but Cupcakes is where my heart is. I love the way they look, the way they taste and all the different things you can do with them.
There isn’t much else to say about baking really. I love it.



It makes me happy and in the back of my head there is this idea that if the whole academics thing doesn’t work out that maybe someday I could own a little bakery of my very own, and if I can’t have a bakery I’ll still bake the best cookies in the neighborhood.  lol

So, this seems a little all over the place but hopefully I’ll find some clarity in my upcoming entries.
I’ll be keeping track of my progress with cycling, what I learn, and all the things along the way that come up when you start to incorporate something new into your life. I’ll rant and ramble about running, my daily runs, any races and all new injuries that occur, because they will.  And I’ll post pictures of my baking adventures so we can all drool in front of our screens, teehee.

Until next time!