Rant & Running

I hope everyone who had today off from work enjoyed a nice lazy morning. Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky people and am drinking the standard 10 cups of coffee needed to get through a Monday morning!

Before I jump right into running stuff I want to take a minute to put out a PSA: dear drivers in South Florida, putting on your EMERGENCY flashers so that you can park in front of a store while your friend/family member runs into a store “real quick” is ILLEGAL and when you do this and cause a traffic jam it’s just so freakin RUDE!

I’m not referring to a specific incident here, I’m referring to the many times per week I see this happen. I just really don’t understand how people can be so oblivious to what’s going on around them … Or worse know that they are causing a back up of traffic and just not care. Just pull into a damn parking spot, please!

I wish there was a citizens arrest equivalent for giving out traffic tickets so I could cite every single person who does this! ARGH!

Okay, so now that I have gotten that out of my system let’s talk running :). After realizing that the reason my calves were unhappy was due to dehydration I started drinking more water and the issue completely went away! Thumbs up to that!

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This weekend I did 5 easy miles on Saturday and 8 breezy miles on Sunday at my favorite place:

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Now it’s time to mentally prep for the Miami Half Marathon this coming Sunday. While I’m not going for a PR, a race always require a little mental prep right? This is especially true because Adam and I will be going out of town Thursday night and not coming home until Saturday afternoon. That means I’m not really going to be in “half marathon running mode” all weekend. Instead I’ll be rushing around like a… race car. (I hate that saying about the chicken and his head but it’s applicable here.)

I thought about skipping the Miami Half altogether, but a friend of mine is running the full marathon and I really want to be there to cheer her on. Plus I am trying to complete the Florida Storm Series this year and if I skip the Miami Half then I will definitely need to do the Sarasota Half in March just a week after the Miami Beach Half. That’s not ideal aaaaaaand our weather right now IS ideal!

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The day of the Miami Half it’s supposed to be sunny with a high of 72*F. Does it get any better than that? This whole week of running is going to be pretty great (based on the weather forecast).

No snow for us, but that’s okay. I will live vicariously through all of your wintery pictures on blogs, Instagram, etc! 🙂

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If there is one thing that visiting New York last month taught me it is that I hate having to put on and take off a bunch of layers!

If you have today off work, any special plans?
Have you ever raced when it was snowing out?





  1. January 18, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I don’t think I have ever raced in the snow! Probably since I don’t really race in the winter months. I wish it was just a little warmer here in Cape Coral this week! Today I think its gonna be a high of 62 or so. While I will take that any day compared to the temps we have up north, I was hoping for closer to 70. At least the sun is supposed to be out today!

  2. January 18, 2016 / 7:51 am

    I have raced when it is snowing. Once it was just a squall during Reach the Beach (in September!). It made it fun, because I knew it wasn’t going to accumulate or be icy/slippery. Another time was a half marathon, the first 2 miles were slippery so it wasn’t great. But it makes for good memories.
    It is snowing now, so it may be a treadmill run, or I will wait until the afternoon…then shovel.

  3. January 18, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Well you know my special plans. 😉

    Paul has a similar traffic rant- it is when people park in the fire lane outside a business. He gets REALLY fired up about that! I am glad you figured out your calf problem! I have run a 50k while there was snow on the ground AND it was snowing. Lots of training runs in the snow. If it is not FREEZING it is beautiful to run when it is snowing out. 🙂 Today the real feel is 2 and I actually think I am going to the gym to hit the’mill. ..

  4. January 18, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Uhg I hate when people do that. I agree 100%, find a parking spot. Glad to hear you resolved the calf problem. Never raced in snow but sounds like fun 🙂

  5. January 18, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I’m liking this weather!! I hope it lasts through February!!

    I’m glad your calves feel better! Water is magic.

  6. January 18, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    We sometimes see people do that in NJ too. It’s obnoxious and unless there is an emergency or the person can’t walk too far, it’s unnecessary.

    I have been enjoying this “winter” weather we’ve had so far personally LOL.

  7. January 18, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    looks like a gorgeous week. here in upstate NY we only have weather like that once a year. either its cold or its hot. not real middle ground. personally i like winter running, I am a lot faster in cooler temps (maybe more eager to warm up and be done!)

  8. January 18, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    I have raced in the snow and it’s horrible! I hate snow (and cold) so much. The weather in Kansas has been less than ideal with average temps hovering in the teens and low twenties. I’m pretty excited to get down to Florida for A1A just to get away from this weather.

  9. January 18, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Wow, that does look like nice running weather! I did have to work today, but only a half day. It was nice to get out of work at 12:30 because I had unpacking to do from a weekend ski trip, laundry, groceries… the usual stuff. Running in the snow? You know us Ohioans – it’s hard to avoid it!!
    Good luck on your race this weekend! I have never done a series race, but I would like to some day.

  10. January 19, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    haha, nope, no snow in your immediate future 🙂
    Running around busy will be a little crazy right before your half, but you can handle it! You are pro at this now…run it and have fun.

  11. January 19, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I had a great MLK day in Mexico with my mom and cousin. It was too much fun.

    Good luck on Sunday! Easy breezy does it!

  12. January 19, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I feel the same way about people who let their dogs off leash when signs say “dogs MUST BE on lease AT ALL TIMES”. I swear, some people just don’t think the rules apply to them. I had a wet dog run and jump on me the other day while I was out running. The dog had just been in the river and was all muddy. The owner just kind of laughed and said “she must like you.” I was PISSED!!!! End rant.

    I can’t believe you are doing another half marathon already. I swear you just did one. Good luck prepping for it this week. Sometimes it’s good to do a race without high expectations or PR goals.

  13. January 20, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Good luck my friend! Wish I was running with you in Miami!

  14. January 20, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    Hmmm…I have calf issues all the time. I’m wondering if you may have just solved a really big problem for me?! Even when I’m not going for a PR, I ALWAYS need to try to give myself some sort of mental boost before a race. Taking off lots of layers can be annoying, but I still don’t know if I could ever call low-70’s ideal for running, haha. I’ll take 40 degrees any day. 😉 Still don’t know how you do it, lol.