Freaks

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Jim and I were on a run from our house to the beach. It was a beautiful evening and a great night for a run. On our return to the house a big orange cab passed us. It sounded like someone in the cab yelled, “Freaks”. Jim and I were the only pedestrians on the street. My guess is that comment was intended for us.

I’m not sure how to take being called a freak. It’s a word that tends to have a negative connotation. A freak is often viewed as someone who is not mainstream. A freak is someone who just doesn’t quite fit in.

If running makes us freaks, I’ll take it.

I’ve never really thought of running as something that was not mainstream. If you go to a race there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people running. That means there are plenty of people who are okay with being a freak.

And honestly if being a freak brings me the benefits of being happy and healthy, I’ll choose freak any day.

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

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The popular advice people get regarding weight loss, is eat less and exercise more. Add to that the variations on what to eat and how to exercise. While I think that is excellent advice for people trying to lose weight, I think we forget something that is just as important, SLEEP.

I know, sleep, right. Sleeping actually seems like the opposite of what you are trying to do. It involves lying very still and doing almost nothing.

Sleep actually does a lot for the body. It is also a major player when it comes to weight loss. Sleep loss can reduce the bodies metabolic functions, increase levels of cortisol, and alter blood glucose levels. I won’t get into the nitty gritty on these, but each of these impacts the way the body stores fat and processes food.

Getting plenty of sleep helps your body regulate all of these important functions. So while you are cutting back on French fries and hitting the gym, don’t forget to hit your pillow. And remember while you’re sleeping it’s really hard to be tempted to eat the left over piece of cake!

Rain, rain go away……

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Most race mornings I am so excited. I get my breakfast, pack my stuff, and expend unnecessary energy worrying about being late for the start. Yesterday was a completely different story. We woke up to the sound of pouring rain.

I sat at the kitchen table playing on the computer and drinking coffee. Jim and I were both looking at the weather radar, hoping that there would be a spot that didn’t have green or yellow right above Roger William’s Park. Jim asked me if we wanted to call the registration money a donation and skip the run.

I wanted to say yes. I wanted to just hang out at the house and have a lazy, rainy Saturday. I thought about it for a moment before I answered. Though I knew it would be nicer to not run in the crap weather, I thought about my upcoming races. If the weather at the Marine Corps Marathon is bad, I would still go and run it. We had done other races in the rain. So with some hesitation I told Jim we still needed to go up and run.

When we got to Roger William’s Park we met up with the rest of our Coast(ie) crew. Seven of us showed up on this wet, soggy Saturday. And seven of us crossed the finish line of the Girls on the Run 5k. The weather dampened our clothes, but not our spirits.

Great run and thanks for everyone who participated!