Bestest of the week

by lachicaruns on

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?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

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