A Little Bit on Getting Started

Just Go Run“What do I need to do?”

That is probably the single most asked question I get. And while the last More than Miles column from Connect Savannah is obviously not all encompassing, it is a great (in my not so humble opinion) overview of some of the resources available to new and aspiring runners.

You can read the full article here. I suggest it as I was able to work Memorial Day, a 100 mile race, and Zombies all into one 800 word article. However, if you know nothing else, know that I said this…

One of the best things about running is pretty easy to start. You don’t have to really do anything that most of us aren’t already equipped to do.

I subscribe to a pretty pared down version of running. I don’t own a lot of clothes, gear, or shoes. In fact, if I was certain I wouldn’t cut my feet open, I would drop the shoes too.

I don’t wear a heart rate monitor or a super sexy multi-sport, waterproof, laser shooting, GPS watch either (although I totally would if I could bring myself to buy one). Therefore, you will find that I subscribe to the “just get started” school of thought.

Mareesa TorresBig thanks to Mareesa Torres, a Savannah attorney and Fleet Feet CREW coach, and Mary Seigel, Ultra Runner extraordinaire and Savannah Strider member, for helping me with this piece.

These amazing women do more than just run for themselves – they carry those of us wanting to be better further along. They support and encourage making us all better runner and better people.

You can check out CREW training here.

Savannah Striders can be found here.
Mary Siegel
For my facebook folks, I encourage you to check out Running Bloggers and Savannah Moms Run This Town. Both groups are a wealth of information on all topics. For this article, they were very helpful in gauging which apps were the most (and least!) helpful, useful, and popular. However, don’t blame them for the Zombie thing…

all that blame belongs to Massuto and Waz 🙂

A Running Column, a Vegan, and a Winner Walk into a Bar…

Connect SavannahIn an amazing stroke of fantastic, I have been afforded the opportunity to submit a biweekly article to Connect Savannah. This is awesome on a number of levels…

  • I get to be in the same publication as Jessica Lebos (author of Yo, Yenta – go there now!)
  • Two loves – writing and running – converge
  • I get to meet new folks in the community and give love to the runner family
  • I am learning a lot
  • I get to offset some of my race fees
  • Did I mention Jessica Lebos?

The column, after much Facebook and editor discussion, has been bestowed the moniker More Than Miles. I like it. There is a whole blog post just discussing that. As for now, let’s just take a look at the first installation.

It’s not simply health, wellness, and mommy gets her sexy back.

It is more than one vegan woman and her barefoot running shoes.

The running community has discovered a whole new level of mettle hidden amidst the traditional spectator favorites. They can tap into it, explore it, and build relationships through it. There is a story of growth here in the South. There is a wealth of community, social responsibility, personal challenge, human spirit, camaraderie, strength, and kindness.

If nothing else, I hope to convey, in some small way, regardless of profiles, accolades, races, or routes, we would still run.

You can read the full article here.

Rails to TrailsA big thanks to Dan Hernandez and Victoria  Ten Broeck for their input. If you don’t know these folks…you really should.

Dan is a fellow minimalist runner with a maximist heart. He consistently combines his sport with charity and community work. From Rails to Trails to Liam’s Land, Dan is always working to keeping running fresh and creating ways for us to be a positive influence on society.

255341_10150976833754352_1098205556_nVictoria is largely responsible for my love of Ultra Running. She introduced me to Tim Waz of Lowcountry Ultras and invited me to volunteer at Cremator 2012. It would be the day I caught the crazy. God Bless Victoria  for all the trouble she has caused, she has never failed to follow through. She is always there, smiling, encouraging  supporting, educating  promoting. And she is a damn fine runner to boot!

On deck for this week – Getting Started and a few hints to help. Featured will be Mareesa Torres of C.R.E.W. and Mary Siegel of Savannah Striders. Yes, THAT Mary Siegel!

A Vegan

PP15coverIn case you missed it – and I don’t see how that is possible – Dreena Burton loves me and she gave me a copy of her eBook to give away. I have already had the chance to cook up a few of these Plant Powered 15 and they did not disappoint. Even for the omni, these recipes do great for Meatless Monday, Fish Stick Fridays (for my Catholic family), or just side additions. If you are curious, this eCookbook is a great place to start.

A Winner

TinaAnd Tina Hein will have the chance to do just that!! Congratulations to Tina!! She is he first TTSW Winner. I will be sending Plant Powered 15 right over! Let us know how it goes!!

Take some time today and click thorough to some of the links above. I would love to know what you think, what you would like to hear more about, and any article ideas you may have!!