Bestest of the week

by lachicaruns on

Before I started training for my first half marathon, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as different ways to tie your running shoes.

While I’ve only tried a couple of the techniques to avoid a hot spot on the top of my foot or to avoid having the shoe slip and rub on the heel, they did work and I continue to use them even after buying several different new pair of shoes.

I like this Competitor.com piece because it lists different options for specific shoe issues, plus features photos you can easily follow.

Black Girls RUN! Lansing chapter

I’m cheating a little because I could list them here every week. But on one of this week’s runs, members showed why this is the best running group evah.

About half a dozen of us were less than a mile into a 3-miler on the Michigan State University campus when we came across two women running in the opposite direction. We must have looked like a fun group because they jokingly called out that they wanted to run with us.

C’mon, we encouraged. After half a second’s hesitation, they did. One of our members stayed behind with them when they couldn’t keep up, encouraging them the rest of the way. At the end, they were grinning from ear to ear and kept saying that they’ve been looking for a running group to join because they’re just starting.

How cool is that?

Trail running

I’ve done my last two long, slow runs on trails while we were camping. I admit that I’ve questioned my sanity both times.

But I also have to say both runs were very much worth it. Loved being in a completely different atmosphere, with new sights, sounds and even smells.IMG_4355

Also thoroughly enjoyed running even slower than usual, forcing me to notice — and enjoy — my surroundings. If you haven’t yet, consider giving trail running a try. It’s certainly going to remain a part of my training as well as part of my research before we visit new state campgrounds.

What were your favorites this week? Do you belong to a running group? When was the last time you ran on a trail and did you by chance pick up poison ivy? I’m asking…for a friend.

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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