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Not a morning person?

I am, but even I struggle to get up early to run. I’ve been running at 5:15 a.m. most Tuesdays and sometimes on Thursdays with a group of friends. We meet by my house and run three or four miles, then scatter quickly to take care of family stuff and/or getting ourselves ready for work.

As hard as it is for me to get up at 4:30 to make this craziness work, I’ve yet to regret having done so. While I could certainly use more sleep on those days, I also feel more accomplished and have a lot more free time in the evening when I get up to run.

If you need some motivation, this Elite Daily piece gives 17 reasons to get up early to exercise.

Is an activity tracker on your wish list?

I wear a GPS running watch, but haven’t yet invested in an activity tracker. Maybe Santa will feel generous and surprise me this year.

If you want one yourself, you may want to share this piece from with Santa or one of his elves. Running coach Amanda Brooks reviews eight popular trackers for all runners, from beginner to elite.

Are you trotting?

My first 5K race was my town’s Turkeyman Trot on Thanksgiving morning. It was perfect for a first race because there were tons of families, spectators, people walking dogs and even a few fun souls wearing assorted turkey hats or wearing turkey costumes. In fact, my favorite teen runner and I are already signed up to run the Turkeyman again in a couple of weeks.

Women’s Running magazine has five reasons why you should also sign up for a turkey day race.

Not convinced? How’s this: I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of slices of pie after dinner without guilt.

Go sign up now. There’s guilt-free pie eating on the line!

Now THAT’S an ultra

A handful of friends and I are planning our first ultra marathon next fall, so I am reading everything I can get my hands on about ultra marathon running. Shocking that my obsessive personality is showing, no?

This piece by Ryan Wood in Competitor magazine will either inspire you or make you hide under your desk at work and suck your thumb. I know it gave me hope that I can run a measly 50K.

Two words: Rastafarian Targaryen

We’re huge Game of Thrones fans at my casa. Don’t believe me? Our dog is named Khaleesi.

Now that I’ve established my GoT street cred, I wanted to share this video that also features Coldplay, which my favorite college student shared with me. He really knows a way to his mami’s heart.

Did you come across any particularly good finds this week? Who’s your favorite GoT character?

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File this under the “why didn’t I think of that?” category

Or maybe not. Regardless, I can see some uses for this, ahem, service.

I’m trying to convince my good friend Michelle to set up her own company because she and her husband have a ton of exotic animals as part of a business that provides services to fairs and other events. Camel poop, anyone?

So leave a comment below with your pitch as to why Michelle should get in on the poop action.

Running a marathon in bad weather (a.k.a., running during any season in Michigan)

There’s a (bad) oft-repeated saying in these parts that if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes because it’ll change.

That means that in November in Michigan the weather on your run could be anything from freezing rain to snow to sleet to rain to 75 degrees to … well, you get the picture.

It also means that the tips in this piece from Running Competitor magazine should come in handy.

More running-in-the-dark tips

I shared some tips a few days ago, but safety’s always a priority. Take a look at this list from Women’s Running magazine to make sure you’re covered.

File this under the “well, duh” category

As anyone who lives in Michigan could already attest, British scientists have discovered that Eminem music can increase your athletic performance by up to 10 percent.
Hello, British scientists? Ever hear of Lose Yourself?


Romance isn’t dead

Finally, I’m just going to leave this right here. El husbando said he saw it and thought of me. Isn’t that sweet?

Why should my friend Michelle start a business where she ships exotic-animal pool across the world? What’s the most-romantic thing your significant other has ever said or done? Oh, and how’s your running going this week?

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Exercise your brains for better running

As newbie runners, we tend to really focus on how we’re feeling during and after our runs. There’s that whole I-can’t-breathe feeling, plus the oh-my-gosh-I-can-barely-walk (and don’t ask me to bend down!) zombie shuffle the first few weeks.

But as you spend more time on the pavement (or treadmill), you soon learn that running is as much physical as it is mental.

lachica drseuss

I’ve certainly had runs and races where I only survived because I psyched myself into finishing.

If you want to learn some tips on how to do that, Women’s Running magazine and the Running with Perseverance blog have some great insight and suggestions.

Sorry not sorry

Have you seen this parody video about the woman who trained for a marathon and didn’t tell anyone about it?

I laughed, I cried. It was much better than Cats.

I get why it’s funny, but I’m also not sorry that I spent some much time and energy writing about my journey to get to my marathon, especially since I so thoroughly enjoyed reading others’ posts about the same.

More feel-good stories

As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for stories about people who’ve made a commitment to improve themselves, to prove something or help someone else through running.

So thank you to Runner’s World magazine for compiling a bunch of those stories in this recent piece.


I’m not sure that this piece would make the claim-to-fame list for the folks who work on our Pure Michigan campaign.

But I’m sharing it nonetheless because, well, because it uses the words “prince of poop.”

What’s your town/state known for? What’s your favorite Saturday Night Live skit? Did you find any gems this week?


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Learning from others’ mistakes

I’ve made my share of running mistakes and taken some serious missteps. So has Julie Wunder, apparently, and this Running in a Skirt runner blogger shares them.

The one I can relate to the most is “just running.” I can’t stress just how important cross training is. And if you don’t know what to do, my favorites are walking and yoga for runners. I’ve also done some tae kwon do forms but not in a while and now that we’re talking about it, I’m adding it to the rotation soon.

Trick yourself into running

Don’t feel motivated to run? A Wharton School of Business professor has some tips for you. And me; definitely me.

Her trick? She calls it temptation bundling. I call it immediate gratification, but I’m not the one with the letters after my name.

yoda temptation

Basically, she wants you to pair up some of the things that tempt you the most (Jane the Virgin and Justified come to mind) with things that you want to accomplish (like run or walk three miles). Only allow yourself to do the things that tempt you while you’re doing the things that you want to do but can’t bring yourself to doing because you’ve worked 12 hours already and just want to crawl under the covers until, well, Thanksgiving.

Seems logical so Professor Katy Milkman can back it up with a scientific study. Now you have a perfectly good reason to spend time with Rogelio de la Vega on the treadmill. (Like you needed a reason. Pffft.)

Why didn’t I think of this?!

I’m an executive with more than 20 years of experience in my field and I can’t begin to tell you just how much these tweets ring true.

Despite all of our advances and working with an incredibly supportive team, I still run across some ridiculously stereotypical comments that could be funny if they didn’t hit the same nerve that flares up when I read a profile on a successful woman and half the article is about how she manages to both work and be a mom.

That’s why I can’t begin to tell you just how much I love @manwhohasitall. If you’re not following the account, go find him now. And I mean now. (The correct term is assertive, not bossy. Jeesh.)

Did you find any gems this week?

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For when you’ve gotta go

Can’t say that I’m the target market for this product, but I just know that some of you are going to go nutso over the latest Skirt Sports project.

trap door skirt

It’s a skirt with a “trap door” so you can “go” without having to wait in line at a porta potty or have to struggle to pull your pants back up after you’re all sweaty.


Crazy? Yes. Ingenious? You betcha.


What started as an April Fool’s Day joke was so well-received that Skirt Sports created a Kickstarter campaign for pre-orders. Check it out.

gotta go skirt

Food swaps for runners

Thanks to all of the experienced marathoners who warned me about weight gain while training, I was able to get to the starting line without adding any pounds. Yay, me!

But it wasn’t easy because, well, runger. If you’re struggling with wanting to eat ALL THE FOOD, here are some tips from Runner’s World magazine to help cut some calories while still eating yummy food.

Who knew?

If you’re looking for a personal record — or really like a side of math with your race running — this piece in Running Competitor tells you how you can run the shortest distance in a race by running the tangents.

And now my head hurts.

What’s your excuse?

While I know running isn’t for everyone, I also know that stories about someone overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles can help get you off the couch. I know they inspire me.

Here’s one from Runner’s World magazine about a double amputee who ran the Chicago Marathon. Yeah. I’m gonna go work out now.

Disclaimer: I am a Skirt Sports ambassador captain. That means that I represent the company and in return get some products to test and a generous discount. In fact, you can get a 20 percent off on regular-priced items (and virtual races) with discount code SSLCR20. And if you follow me @lachicaruns and like me on, I’ll give you a head’s up when Skirt Sports is having a sale.

Be honest, have you ever peed while running? Would you buy a skirt with a “trap door”?