#FitnessHacks #FABHacks | Preventing the Short Mileage Runs

We have all been there, we set out on a run, let’s say a 3 mile run.  We reach 1.5 miles, turn around to come back home and we finish at 2.98.  Ugh!

GPS

After a few frustrating runs that ended up being short, despite my perfect planning, I decided to try something new. When I reach the turn around point, I keep running for another 2 minutes, then I turn around and head back.

I no longer have shorted out and back runs.  You see, 3.97 is not 4 miles and that last .03 can make a difference between a podium finish and a PR.  I am going to run and train for every mile I can, not going to cheat myself, not even for .03 miles.

 

Until next time – keep running, FAB!

 

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and HoneyStinger
*Team Super Hero Master’s Elite 2013-15
~Why My Blog Comments Are Closed – Click Here
~Blog Disclaimer – Click Here


*CHAR SHARES* Pick Your Purpose vs Popularity |Stay True to You

After running a few events or even after your first, you realize and witness what an diversified group we are.  Different backgrounds, different cities and different goals.

As with any group, there are some who believe they “know” what race fun is and is not.  For myself, after 4 years of racing, I am quite frankly tired of anyone saying to me “why don’t you just have fun when race?”

Or the ever popular, “I am not running for speed, I am running for fun”

I don’t get it.  Why does anyone think that running for a personal best is not fun?  Why must someone feel the need to even proclaim why they are running that event?  Shouldn’t we run for ourselves and who cares if others approve or not?

At a recent race, I was next to a racer who was going on and on about how she was not going to race for speed, she was taking it easy, she wanted to enjoy the scenery and whatever else.  I stood there listening to her explanation and she paused, I think she was waiting for me to proclaim my goals.  I did not, my goals are my goals.  My reply to her?  With a big smile, I said “enjoy your race!”  I saw her at the end of the race, and she asked, “how did you do? Did you PR?”  I said, “fine, it was a lot of fun!”  She stared at me with a blank stare. 

I find it comical that this was from the same runner, who was going on and on about not running for time and I never once indicated my event goal.

For the record, I have a blast, at every race. Training and pushing myself is FUN for me.  While others may need costumes, selfies and others to define their “fun”, that is not type of fun at a race.  There is no wrong or right way to have fun at a race, but wearing costumes nor selfies do not have a monopoly on the racing fun.

Not everyone (if anyone) will approve or accept your running goals. They won’t accept why you don’t attend Pasta Parties, group photos, beer gardens, photos on the course. Others won’t accept your vision, your dreams. That does not make you a bad person or horrible friend, if you chose not participate. 

It only means, you have found out why you run. Not everyone enjoys all the meet-ups, parties or other.  Some enjoy the social aspect of running. I think all are fine and fun, if that is what the person wants to do and stays true to themselves, not follow what the “popular kids” do.

Keep your focus and true to yourself. You paid the money for that race, please do not allow anyone to dictate to you, how you participate. After all, why does anyone care (or judge) if you race, run, jog or skip through the course.  It is your time and your energy – you can spend it any way you wish.

Find your purpose in running and stick to it.  Choose that over popularity. Trust me, that is when running becomes fun.  Be true to your running and racing goals.

 

 

 

PurposePopularity

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and HoneyStinger
*Team Super Hero Master’s Elite 2013-15
~Why My Blog Comments Are Closed – Click Here
~Blog Disclaimer – Click Here

 

 


Introducing the FAB-O PRIZE package winner!

My thanks the THOUSANDS of entries for the $800 prize package I offered on my blog in December.  The winner was selected, randomly by Rafflcopter.

 

The winner is……

Paula Varble in car

*Paula Varble of Indiana!*

Twitter:  @pvarble1

 

As we await the shipment of all the exciting products to her door step, she has given me permission to share her story with you. 

“Probably the thing I love to share the most is I’m a past dog hater turned absolutely in love with my ten pound little Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie mix) whom we adopted three years ago.We have been married 4 1/2 years and he is our only “baby”.

 

Paula Varble

I have one brother who is 13 months older than me but since he was held back in first grade people always thought we were twins.

I love fitness and nutrition and at the age of 40 I finally found my passion last year. I just completed my nutrition course and will be testing soon to become a certified professional nutrition coach. After ten years of being an Administrative Assistant for a local college, I’d love to one day turn my passion of nutrition into a full-time job.

My facebook page, Get Fierce!Fitness, is www.facebook.com/getfiercepv and my website is www.getfiercepv.wix.com/getfierce.

Jesus is my anchor, so in it all and through it all, He gets me through the tough times in life.” – Paula

 

Congratulations Paula,I cannot wait to hear you have received all your goodies!

 

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com and KT Tape
*Team Super Hero Master’s Elite 2013-15
*Founder, Running Troops
Certified Running Coach & Public Speaker
~My Facebook Fan Page ~Follow Me on Twitter
~Blog Disclaimer – Click Here

 


FAB-O Give Time | Over $800 Worth of Prizes To One Winner!

What a great time to offer a giveaway! 

For the next week, I will be collecting entries for ONE big, FAB-O prize giveaway.  ONE FAB-O friend will receive the prize package – will it be YOU?

You may keep them for yourself, give as gifts or whatever you please.

To repeat – ONE winner receives ALL the prizes listed below!  The more you enter the better your chances to win.

So, let’s get to it – the list of the prizes and their suggested retail value!

  • altra-runningAltra Shoes (your choice of shoe, up to $120).  yes, THE shoes I have been raving about for the past few months and many of you love, love, love! Their trademark, foot-shaped shoe will not do you wrong.
  • iFitiFit Active Band – Okay, gizmo friends. This is the band for you! Tracking, calories, a buzzer to remind you to get out of your chair and more ($129.99) Winner receives one band.
  • A yoga and recovery package ($100) pictures below:
Yoga Mat

LOTUS Yoga bag

Block

LOTUS Yoga Grip Block

Resistance Band

Gold’s Gym Multi Faceted Resistance Band

Massage Stick

Gold’s Gym Massage Stick

Foam Roller

Gold’s Gym Foam Roller

Alignment Mat

LOTUS Alignment Yoga Mat

  • AIDRobKellerMD.com Immune Defense.  This will boost up your immunity and help you fight off those nasty bugs.  I have had 2 head colds in 5 years.  ($29.95)
  • AlliedAllied Medal Hanger “Always Earned, Never Given” medal rack. This is the only medal rack that myself and my brother will have.  Quality and classy. ($50.00)
  • Island BoostIsland Boost 30 pack.  The winner will receive an assortment of my premium fueling of choice.  ($69.00).
  • KT TapeKT Tape.  We all have seen it and most likely have tried it.  Here is your chance to have a container of black KT Tape. ($19.95)
  • Running SkirtsRunning Skirts Gift Card – ($75).  While I don’t wear skirts, they are my favorite brand of shirts and compression socks.
  • HHMHollywood Half Marathon.  How would you like to run down the famous Hollywood Blvd onto a red carpet finish.  Pictured:  previous years finisher medals.  Winner receives a free Half Marathon entry ($95).
  • dESERT dASHDesert Dash Trail Runs Gift Card.  You love trails?  Have you experienced what Las Vegas has to offer?  Run a Desert Dash event, and you will be hooked! ($50)

PRIZE PACKAGE Value:  OVER $800…and one winner receives ALL the prizes!  You enter through the Rafflecopter widget below.  The prize package is available to any US resident, only.  Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. 

Winner will be selected on Tuesday, December 13th at 9am PST.  The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to reply to the email.  Failure to reply with your name & current mailing address will result in forfeiture of the prize package and another name will be drawn. 

Many, many thanks to the generosity of all of the companies who are offering prizes for this giveaway.  Be sure to click on their link to check out their websites!

Good luck to all the FAB-O friends, I cannot wait to see who is the BIG winner! Giveaway period ends on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12midnight, PST.

ENTER HERE!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by
RobKellerMD.com, KT Tape and Island Boost
*Team Super Hero Master’s Elite 2013-14
*Founder, Running Troops
Certified Running Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist & Public Speaker
~My Facebook Fan Page ~Follow Me on Twitter
~Blog Disclaimer – Click Here


Day 2: Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival | Run, Yoga & Food

Onward onto #RWHalf Day 2. In case you missed it, here is my Day 1 recap

After a nice night’s sleep, Katie F. and I set out to our first official day as bloggers.  This is the day the real work began for the bloggers.  Time to report into social media and share with others on what is happening!  As a RW blogger, we were there to report to our followers and test out new products.  For me, it has nothing to do with products or how many freebies I can get in my luggage, but the overall experience of posting on social media and sharing with you, what I experience.  I would come, even without all the perks and freebies.

We met in our hotel lobby and was quickly escorted to the back side to be met up with by Cindy Lynch of Running Skirts.  For the 3rd year in a row, they were a sponsor of this event.  I have known Cindy for awhile and it’s always a pleasure to see her at an event.  While both of us have a West Coast connection, it’s fun to see each other in non-West Coast locations, too.

Our first activity was “The Great Shake Out Run”.  We were paired up into groups with other bloggers and 1-2 Altra staff.  Of course, I was paired up with fast people and with my body in it’s recovery phase from my marathon falls, this was going to be interesting!

Cindy instructed us, we were to run to bags of clothes, put them on (including the goofy accessories) and tag our next team member.  Of course, my clothing consisted of a pink running skirt and wings.  I think it was a conspiracy. 

After our costume leg of the race, we were given clues on our next location.  Off we ran to St Lukes Hospital (a race sponsor) for a group selfie (per the instructions).

After the hospital, we were off to an Irish Pub and another group selfie.

THEN…off to Sands Casino for a photo in front of the yellow corvette on the casino floor.

And finally back to ArtQuest for a crossword puzzle and to the finish. We came in a very close second.  The run was suppose to be an easy pace, so I wore my long sleeved tech shirt from Running Shirts (perk from the RW Heartbreak Hill festival in Boston) and my Brooks jacket. Big mistake.  I over heated, quite quickly and eventually took off the costume, too (thank goodness).

After arriving at ArtQuest at the Steel Stacks, we had a wonderful breakfast of fruits, berries, yogurt parfait and more. Thank you, Altra Running for providing our breakfast.  It hit the spot!

While enjoying breakfast, I couldn’t help by sit in awe of the Steel Stacks.  The history buff, that I am, my mind wandered in what the production plant was like in it’s glory. The people, the action, the sounds.  I am still day dreaming.

IMG_20141017_082252

 

IMG_20141017_085257  After breakfast we were given the opportunity to hear from some great speakers.  Budd Coates, Runner’s World coach shared his knowledge of proper breathing techniques.  As a person who suffers from exercise induced asthma, this is a great topic. He provided additional information for us to try out on our next run.  He is author of the book, “Run On Air”.  I cannot wait to dig into it, time for a refresher.

 

IMG_20141017_091315 Golden Harper – the founder of Altra Running.  Not only did he share his personal athletic story, he also shared his Altra story.  More than the “this is our technology and why our shoes are better than anyone else” type of story.  His philosophy of a foot-shaped shoe resonated with me.  I typically wear men’s shoes, they are wider in the toe box.

The more I heard from him, the more I knew I was going to be an Altra Running fan. I had the ONEs, but I wanted him to tell me if they were the right shoe and fit for me.  After the Altra presentation by Golden and his business partner, David – I asked Golden if my current ONEs were the right shoes for me and my goals (Marathon training and racing).  He said he designed ONEs to be a marathon shoe, but it is perfect for racing flats, too.  BINGO!  He refitted me and put me into a women’s size.  Within one minute, I could feel the difference and I was giddy inside.

IMG_20141017_102701 I joined my fellow bloggers at the iFit presentation with Kristin.  You may have noticed I have posted/tweeted a series of photos regarding my new iFit band.  (I will be writing a product review and hosting a giveaway, in the very near future.  The Prize?  A $130 iFit wristband.  Yep! The real deal.)

After the iFit presentation, we were onto our Yoga and Relaxation session.  We walked over to the Steel Stacks visitors center and was warmly greeted by our Instructor.

We were given a collection of yoga equipment.  A yoga mat, bag, block, band, foam roller & foam stick.  I was glad I brought a larger suitcase for my travels!

 

IMG_20141017_143121

 

The Instructor was wonderful and very helpful to show us how to use each item.  Since I am not a fan of traditional yoga, this was all new to me.  I tried to keep it light and not too hard, as I had a 5k and Half to race. The stretching felt great and much needed for my body.

IMG_20141017_133924  Afterwards, we had lunch with wonderful food from the Runner’s World Cookbook.  I love how they take care of us and ensure there are vegan and gluten free options.  And guess who sits by me?  Editor, Joanna Golub.  My dorm-mate from Boston.  It was so good to catch up with her!  (can I take a worse picture?  The humidity is getting to my hair, can you tell?  haha)

Our first speaker was Elizabeth Comeau from the new women-focused, women-inspired website, Zelle.

IMG_20141017_124713 From the moment she opened her mouth, I thought, “I like her!”  She was real, she was mature enough to realize what women wanted to be successful with their running careers.

IMG_20141017_125600 Our next speaker was, Sean MacMillen from Team Red, White & Blue.  He shared his story of horrific PTSD and how running saved his life.  Since I am a big supporter of TRWB, I was thrilled to hear his story.  He was another person who was real, mature and had the right focus in life.

After our last session, we were released for the day.  I had my back pack and the yoga bag, I needed to drop it off at the hotel. Luckily, the hotel is less than a mile away.

Myself, Katie and a few others made our way back to the hotel and did a quick freshen up before we headed back to the expo.  The expo was at the ArtQuest building (where we spent our morning).

Up a few flights of stairs to pick up the shirts and other race goodies.  Back down the other side to enter the expo.  While the expo was smaller in comparison to most, I was thrilled to see a small expo.  It’s no secret that I do not like expo’s and have not liked them since Day 1.  I loved the smallness of this expo as you see one expo, you have seen them all, right?

 

20141017_160230 20141017_160248

As I did in Boston, my focus was to meet the sponsors and thank them for their generosity and supporting the event.  This has become a highlight for me! I have a chance to spend one on one time with each sponsor and get to know them & their company focus.  This is my type of networking & socialization.

I took pictures of the sponsor booths who were kind enough to chat with me about their products or events, I had so much fun chatting with them!

IMG_20141017_154952 IMG_20141017_153907 20141018_121007 20141017_160513 20141017_160023 20141017_155818 - Copy

 

After the expo visit, Katie and I met up and she made a great suggestion to stay for the Kid’s Run.  In Boston, I missed the kids run’s and I cannot remember why I did.  This time, I wanted to see the Kid’s and share with you what I experienced.

That’s the next blog post. There will be a Day 2, part 2 blog:  Kids races.  They deserve a dedicated blog post, don’t you think. Wait until you see the pictures…they are adorable!

Every moment of this experience, was wonderful, so far.  I am so grateful for this opportunity that Runner’s World has given me.  I look forward to sharing the next few days with you in upcoming blog posts.

*Disclaimer:   I was an invited guest blogger to the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival in Bethlehem, PA.  The views, reviews and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the organizers nor sponsors or any other company/individual affiliated with the event.