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Running: A Skill That Can Alleviate Stress


Lots of people are getting out there and running now that Summer is here. 19 Ways To Shave Down Your Race Time includes some good ideas and advice on improving your pace , including this infographic about foam rolling – which I am huge fan of! Hope you find some useful tid bits — I like that strength training and core work are both mentioned as ways to improve.

I’m not a huge fan of running. It’s very difficult for me – my asthma gives me a hard time and I struggle. But, running, like a lot of other exercises, can really help reduce stress. Which is timely, because NPR recently did a piece on stress and how it’s seriously affecting our health and family. 

According to the NPR article:

  • 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.
  • And half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year. That works out to more than 115 million people.

Stress is a real health issue – emotional and physical and our lives are getting more and more stressful. People don’t take the time, or feel that they don’t have the time, to focus on activities that help alleviate it, like exercise. But it really does help and has science to prove it…

According to this HuffPo piece: How Does Exercise Reduce Stress?

“Exercise promotes production of neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. And that can improve thinking dulled by stressful events — some research even shows how exercise can make you smarter.”

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Women’s Running Magazine: National Running Day 2014


Running Magazine OfferDid you know that today – June 4th is National Running Day?

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Women’s Running magazine asked for help to get the word out about a special subscription offer to their magazine for today only —

Women’s Running is the world’s largest women-specific running magazine.

Women’s Running covers all aspects of the running lifestyle, from active beauty needs to training plans. The Women’s Running mission is simple: to create a high-quality magazine for smart, successful women who use running to balance and enrich their lives. Women’s Running features quality editorial that motivates women to train intelligently, participate in active travel, adopt healthy nutrition habits and keep moving.

Women’s Running Magazine: National Running Day offer 

National Running Day Offer: Subscribe or renew today only for $1 an issue

I have not been shy about sharing the fact that running is one of my least favorite activities. I know that means it’s something I need to work on. I’m all about working weaknesses, so I started running a few weeks ago again– and have signed up for a 5K in July at Reston Town Center.  I’m lucky that I live so close to the W&OD trail – so the scenery makes the running worth it for sure.

If you need more motivation to start running,  here’s some info about the benefits of running: 

Benefits of Running


Disclosure: I am sharing this information in exchange for goods provided by Women’s Running. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the brand or company. 

Labor Day Running


Running Makes the Heart Go Faster

Had a great morning coaching a special class at 9a. It was a last minute substitution and it was a hero workout — Griff. The group had to run backwards which always trips people up. They did a great job and after seeing them finish, I kinda wished I had done it. So in that vain, Coach Jerry was up for a run with me so we took a nice leisurely 3m run after the Hero wod. I don’t run often enough and it’s not one of my strong suits and I really don’t love it –which is exactly why I need to do it more!

I was wiped out afterwards but happy I took Jerry up on his idea of what a run was. I wanted to do a measly 800m! He laughed.

Speaking of running, here are two recent articles I have read that may prove helpful to all you ‘runner types’.

Have a great Labor Day! BBQ, Relax, and enjoy the holiday! 

It’s a Wrap! Scope It Out – Colon Cancer 5K


A great day for a 5k for a great cause!

Top 20% finisher!

Age Category Results : 16    Stephanie Hoaglund      40 Ashburn VA            30:24 29:26  9:29


Race Overall: 240  91/488   1670 Stephanie Hoaglund      40 Ashburn VA       30:24 29:26  9:29

Heads Up: Local Northern VA Races


Today was a beautiful spring like day in Northern Virginia! Man — I can taste spring and can’t wait. It is my rest day and I am forcing myself to take it easy –I keep hearing about over training and burn out. I love it so much and am so excited to try new things and practice the new stuff I have learned that it’s hard for me to keep away.

This is the time of the year when info about local races is starting to hit. It seems to me this year that there are more than ever — or maybe I am just on too many email lists. Here are a few to note in the local No VA/DC area:

Brambleton  5k/10k April 9, 2011

AOL Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 8:30 AM.

Ashburn Village 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Sunday, May 22, 2011

North Face Endurance Challenge  June 4-5, 2011

Spartan Race June 18 2011

RARE CrossFit 5 Mile Trail Run (RCX5TR) II
Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:00 AM
Virginia Outdoor Center
Fredericksburg, VA

Incredible DC weather


I woke up to incredible weather. Low 60’s, breezy – so I went for a 3 mile run on the trail. It really is a great way to start a day – you get some exercise and get to clear out some of the noise that is in your head.

My mom is here visiting from Jersey for the long weekend – so that means one thing for us! Shopping. Mom and i have always bonded over shopping – it’s our thing. So I am off to get ready to hit some of our favorite haunts around town.

Enjoy the day! Especially if you are in the DC area – this weather should not be wasted!

Running and relieving stress


I have mentioned the past few weeks about my stress levels and how high they are right now.  Some say running is a great way to way to handle stress. Any exercise is really but here is some info on running and why it’s so good!

Running is particularly great as a stress relief technique for a few reasons:

  • Endorphins We may as well mention this one first: these feel-good hormones that are secreted when we run (sometimes leading to what’s commonly referred to as “runners’ high”) can make us feel less stressed and more happy and relaxed even after we stop running or other exercise.
  • Release Pounding the pavement can provide a release for negative emotions and an outlet for frustrations.
  • Escape One of my avid runner friends has always remarked that she’s ‘running away from’ the stresses of life when she runs. Running does provide a nice change of scenery and a sense of going somewhere else, on top of the other benefits.
  • Support There are many outlets for runners to hook up with other runners. There are also opportunities to turn running into a public service, like when participation in a marathon leads to helping a good cause. Support for training is also available to marathon participants, which makes sticking with running a much easier endeavor.
  • Fitness Physical fitness does more than just help relieve the stress of bikini season–it can supply energy and stamina to manage the stressors of the day and the challenges of life.


27:05 AOL Spring into Summer 5k


Link to race results

Barefoot Runners Knock the Socks Off Jogging World


(May 14) — Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton might not be the fastest runner on the road, but he never has to stop to tie his shoes.

The California jogger is one of the leaders of the barefoot running movement, a small but growing niche of runners who say they feel better — and healthier — without their sneakers.

“Shoes are deceptively comfortable,” said Barefoot Ken Bob, who after completing 77 marathons — one with shoes and 76 without — is considered the grandfather of the shoeless running community.

via Barefoot Runners Knock the Socks Off Jogging World – AOL News.

Notable News


Boston Marathon Great for Winners; What About the Rest of Us? – Health Blog – WSJ.

The debate over whether running marathons is a fine form of exercise or dangerous to your health, however, isn’t likely to stop any time soon; arguing the pros and cons of long-distance running is practically a sport in itself. The Boston Globe takes a look at the “calamities small or large” that can afflict runners during the 26.2-mile event. The story mostly focuses on the less serious problems – muscle cramps, tendinitis, blisters, banged-up toenails – that are a pain, but aren’t going to kill you.

Harvard Docs to Insurance Companies: Drop the Big Macs – Health Blog – WSJ.

Should life and health insurers be investing in the stocks of fast-food companies?

Researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance, which is associated with Harvard Medical School, say no, citing the downside of fast food — associations with obesity and other health problems, heavy marketing to kids and the the chains’ environmental impact. Insurers, however, do have a responsibility to share- or policyholders to maximize returns, and that may include investments in companies that don’t share their health-promoting mission, they say.

You, your doctor and the Internet –

Should a caregiver ever Google a patient? Would you ask your physician to be a Facebook ‘friend’? Ethical questions abound, and the doctor-patient relationship is at stake.

Kettle bells for every workout –

The growing popularity of kettle bells, the primitive-looking bowling-balls-with-handles that deliver a great all-body workout, has given rise to similar products with more flexibility. Available now are weight-changeable kettle bells that can be customized to new fitness levels, for different family members or even during a workout — so you don't have to own more than one. Below, find four innovative ways to throw your weight around. — Roy M. Wallack

I discovered this great website one day See Adam Train at while searching Twitter and it really has offered up some great info and resources –  Including this site about running barefoot. Current popular thinking suggests that perhaps running barefoot is a lot better for us than we ever even considered.  I keep hearing about this approach from many different people, it is worth looking into.

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