12 Common Running Terms for Beginners

New to running? Or just starting to read up on training plans?  There are probably a lot of running-specific terms that you have never heard before.  Or maybe you’ve heard it, but you’re not entirely sure what it means?  Runners do seem to have their own language, so… Here are 12 running definitions to help you out! While this list is not at all comprehensive, it does contain most of the terms that I myself have had to look up. 1. Race {Read More}

Training Recap and Race Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Training Recap, so I’m pretty excited to get back into it! So, what am I training for?  That is an excellent question…  because, I’m not really sure. This next week should officially start my Richmond Marathon training.  It would be my third year in a row running it, and it is one of my all time favorite races.  BUT, I haven’t signed up yet, and honestly, I’m not sure I will.  Since {Read More}

2016 Blue Ridge Half Marathon Race Recap

In April, I had the pleasure of running the Blue Ridge Half Marathon in Roanoke as an official blogger for the race.  Now that its mid-June, I’m thinking it is probably about time I post a race recap…  So, here it goes! Before the Race Race weekend started on Friday when we dropped the kids off at their grandparents, and my husband and I drove down to Roanoke.  Last year when we drove to Roanoke to run the Blue Ridge {Read More}

Weekly Recap and a Big Announcement! #RunBlueRidge

Well, now that the Marine Corps Marathon and the Richmond Marathon have come and gone, my 2015 racing year is winding down… So, what’s next for me? More on that in a minute.  😉 I felt great after finishing Richmond, like best I have ever felt after a marathon…  Still, I took the entire week off following the race.  I didn’t run, even though I was tempted to lace up my shoes every time I saw someone out on a {Read More}

Weekly Marathon Training Recap 9/7 – 9/13

What a week!   I’m a few days late with  my recap, but better late than never, right?! We’ll just jump right in… Monday – Labor Day. We pushed our long run, (usually on Saturday) to Monday because of the holiday.  So the week started with 16 miles.  Not a bad run, but we (my husband and I), got a pretty late start so it was midday and super hot by the time we finished, and our pace was slower {Read More}

Weekly Marathon Training Recap 8/24 – 8/30

Last week went pretty well.  Although, I really didn’t get many miles in… I knew I was lucky to have my free time when the kids were in school, but I don’t think I fully realized just how lucky I was.  😉  Marathon training was much easier when I was unemployed! Now that I’m working, I only have early mornings and evenings to run  By evening, I’m just exhausted… So, It looks like going to have to become a morning person! {Read More}

Weekly Recap 7/20 – 7/26

Week 3 of training for the Marine Corps Marathon and Richmond Marathon! This was one of those rare weeks that I actually got all of my training miles in! Monday – 5.1 miles.  It was a pretty unremarkable run.  Although, I did get to leave the treadmill and run outside, which is a win for sure!  Average pace: 9’37″/mile. Tuesday – Back on the treadmill for 7 miles.  Now, usually running inside is a great way to beat the heat {Read More}

Marathon Training, My One Year Blogiversary, and a Giveaway!

Oh my goodness, I almost missed it! The original look of Karen Goes Running! I can’t quite believe that it has been a full year since I hit “Publish” on my first post!  I wasn’t sure where this blog would take me, and honestly I’m still not sure.  😉  But, I am pretty happy with my little corner of the internet! When I started this blog, I was beginning to train for the Richmond Marathon.  Now, one year later, I {Read More}

Weekly Recap 6/22-6/28

Here it is, one month into Summer break.  My busy spring race season is over, and I have a couple of weeks before marathon training starts up again!  Before I’m officially in training, I’d like to get into the habit of once again writing up my weekly recaps. So here it goes… I started out the week pretty exhausted… having just returned home from our 2nd week at the beach.  So, Monday was a rest day.  (Well, as much of {Read More}

5 Ways to Recycle Your Running Shoes

If you are a runner, then you probably have a closet full of old shoes that have quite a few miles on them.  I’ve noticed that after about 300 miles, I tend to clomp around while I’m running…   That is the first sign that its time to look for a new pair!  So, what do you do with your old shoes?!  Don’t just throw them away!  Here are 5 ways to recycle your running shoes! My local running club {Read More}