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    Ramblings,  Running

    How To Take Running Selfies

    Yesterday morning my running/blogging/Resolute Running/Fitfluential/fellow dirty girl Rachel and I tried to master the art of taking a selfie while running. She ran a half marathon last weekend with Coach Alex, who tried to take a running selfie of the two of them—and failed miserably. So naturally, we decided to show him up. We met up at Statue 2 Statue—a gruelingly hilly 15K race from Vulcan to the Statue of Liberty (second tallest after Her Majesty). Some BUTS came off the trails to play with the road folks. But, being ultra runners, they decided to run it twice and turn it into S2S2S, a la Rim2Rim2Rim. Since I’m still building mileage back slowly…

  • Birmingham,  Positive Thoughts,  Running

    It Takes A Village To Run A Marathon

    The people who say running is a solitary sport are a little misguided. I mean, sure, your feet and lungs belong to you, and most runners aren’t on a competitive team. But if you stop and think about it, there are a lot of people who positively impact runners. I wouldn’t have been able to run Chicago earlier this month without the help of many, many people. Both figuratively and literally. So here’s a shout-out to them and all the cheerleaders in a runner’s life: Spouses—Runners are not the easiest spouses—we eat funny, wake the house up at ungodly hours, and plan weekends around long runs and races. All for what? A healthy lifestyle…

  • Race Reports,  Running,  Travels

    Chicago Marathon Race Recap

    What.A.Weekend. My head is still reeling, and I came home from Chicago a week ago. I’m pretty sure that I haven’t stopped smiling about it yet, either. CliffsNotes version of the race: I ran, I loved it, I PRed with a 3:56:32. Full recap with photos that tell the story better than I can: I didn’t even know that I was going to Chicago for sure until the day before. Yes, you read that right. I owe a lot of people my firstborn children, and tomorrow’s post will highlight them all. But I got there (save a few wild speedbumps), spent Friday with my grad school friend Lindsay, and spent…

  • Birmingham,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running

    BTC Free Race Recap – Or The Time I Almost Won

    The first weekend of September, I ran a free trail race hosted by the Birmingham Track Club and Southeastern Trail Runs. And since I usually do race reports, I’ll go back and give this one a quick rundown. The hubs and I had gotten back from Jersey at about 3 a.m. the night before, and I was at Oak Mountain helping set up by 6:30 a.m. You do the math there. I didn’t have any goals or expectations for the race because of my lack of sleep and sufficient food or fluids the day before. I planned to hang mid-pack, take pictures, and enjoy the run. Instead, when the 4-mile…

  • Birmingham,  Running

    What Obesity? Birmingham’s Running Community

    It’s a well-known fact that Alabama is, well, fat. I believe it’s currently ranked the 5th most obese state (as always, thank God for Mississippi!) and Birmingham was ranked 3rd most obese city by Men’s Health. Sure, people in Birmingham are larger. It’s all the Southern fried deliciousness consumed at every meal and the fast food joints as far as the eye can see. But I have to say, after almost two years of living in the city, I just don’t see it. When I think of Birmingham, I see an incredibly active city that is continuously growing—pun totally intended. Boutique gyms, Crossfit boxes, yoga studios, rock climbing centers—pick your…

  • Running

    Ghost Miles

    Have you ever had a run when you zone out for just a moment, and suddenly you’re miles down the road without remembering how you got there? When running feels effortless, as natural as breathing? I call that running “ghost miles,” because as suddenly as my Garmin ticks to a new mile, it disappears. It’s a magical feeling that jumpstarts your runner’s high. I always think to myself, “Man! I’m such a good runner that I don’t even realize I’m running!” Sometimes friends are responsible for those ghost miles. You fall into deep conversation that lasts for miles—or hours if you’re ultra training. Other times it’s scenery. You’re so busy soaking…