Five Essentials for Winter Running

Five Essentials for Winter Running This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own. As I type this, I am just sitting down warming up after my last run of 2016.  This has been an interesting year, hasn’t it?  For me, it has been a maintenance year.  While 2015 was filled with races and PRs, 2016 has not.  It has been more like a recovery year. But, I have some big plans and {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}

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}

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}

Marathon Training 2/16 – 2/22

How’s the weather where you are?!  Here, it’s been another snowy, COLD week for marathon training.  Not once did I get to run outside…  and I have made peace with that.  (Sort of).  In fact, I have no desire to run outside until the temps reach 50!  (Well, almost…)  😉 Hobbes and I are totally on the same page. Here’s how my week went: Monday: Planned rest day Tuesday and Wednesday:  Snow days, and kids home from school = unplanned {Read More}

Marathon Training: 2/9 – 2/15

It seems I’ve misplaced my motivation, and can’t quite seem to find it…   So if anyone has any extra lying around, please send some my way! Or maybe I just need a little reminder…  😉 I did however, sign up for my first race of the season this week!  In just 2 1/2 weeks, I’ll be running another half marathon.  I’m pretty sure racing again will help me get my running mojo back!  There’s nothing quite like race day {Read More}

Why I’m Breaking Up With My Gym

First off, It’s not them, it’s me… 😉 I love the gym I’ve been a part of. I joined when my youngest was less than a year.  Mainly for the childcare.  This was at the beginning of my running journey, and I would never have gotten any miles in otherwise.  For almost three years now, I’ve had the gym treadmill to turn to when the weather was bad, or when my kids were home and I couldn’t go out to {Read More}

Marathon Training 1/19 – 1/26

    Blue Ridge Marathon Training – Week 4 4 Weeks into my “official” training for my next marathon, and I haven’t done a weekly recap yet.  So, I figured it was about time!   Besides, I think I need that extra “push” in the coming weeks, because I have been going easy on myself up until now.  With snow days, and having things come up, I’ve skipped a few runs, and my weekly mileage is way below where it {Read More}