Disappointment – Fat Girl to Ironman – Running Fitness Article

Disappointment – Fat Girl to Ironman My big event this year was to be Castle to Coast triathlon. RideLondon last weekend was my final big training event, so I was cautious and saved my energy. Sadly, the weather conditions meant that the event was cancelled. What a disappointment. I feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to take part as it was to be my only triathlon this year, as well as being my A race. I’ve had many previous disappointments…

Read More

I’ve Decided Not to Quit – Kelly O’Mara – Running Fitness Article

I’ve Decided Not to Quit – Kelly O’Mara So what now? What’s next? I didn’t really feel like saying anything more after Ironman Lake Placid because it sucked. I talked about why it sucked on the podcast, but if you lay out any more of the details of the sucking it starts to sound like you’re just making excuses and no one cares anyway. So. Let’s sum up: I was very calorie deficient going in; I was stupid and didn’t…

Read More

Hey, 2019. Sup? – Running Fitness Article

Hey, 2019. Sup? It feels hard to justify writing here these days. It seems sort of self-indulgent. With my newsletter every week and the pseudo-race reports on Instagram, how much more could you all really want to know about me? Still, maybe you don’t listen to the podcast on Fridays or follow my weird jokes on twitter. So to sum up real fast: I decided to race a bunch of halves late into the season. Shanghai 70.3 went alright; I was…

Read More

Time to go? – Running Fitness Article

Time to go? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. When I was a freshman in high school, I started out running track during the winter just to stay in shape for soccer. I was decent, OK. I won some stuff, but they were small races. Then we had our very first big outdoor track meet, with lots of fast schools and faster runners. We were going to get our asses kicked. Except I didn’t know that. I didn’t…

Read More

Triathlon Cheat Faces Jail Time for Harassment and Fraudulent Impersonation – Running Fitness Article

Triathlon Cheat Faces Jail Time for Harassment and Fraudulent Impersonation In August of last year, I had a long conversation with Amanda Wowk. During that conversation, Amanda admitted to cutting the run portion of The Mont-Tremblant Ironman. She admitted this only after an elaborate attempt to cover up her cheating. Initially, she sent doctored images of her Garmin data to myself and to Ironman officials in an effort to prove that she did not cheat. “Just Like Julie Miller” –…

Read More

Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 – Running Fitness Article

Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 This week ended up being a bit of a surprise rest week. In that, *surprise*, I swapped the 4-5 easy days planned for next week to this week. It was actually probably a good choice, since I can still get in another 9-10 days of work from here and then call it. And all indicators are that I needed the slight rest from Monday-Thursday or so. But it also always feels harder to break after…

Read More

Everything is a Phase… – You Signed Up For WHAT?! – Running Fitness Article

Everything is a Phase… – You Signed Up For WHAT?! Everything is a phase. Yesterday I was asked to give a new mom some advice, and this is what I say at those moments. Everything is a phase. It helps me realize that no hard time lasts forever, and also to savor the good phases. But it’s not just about parenting or motherhood, it really holds true for life in general. Life is constantly changing and evolving, and so are we as humans.…

Read More

Common knee injuries in cycling, their causes and what to do about them – Running Fitness Article

Common knee injuries in cycling, their causes and what to do about them With participation in cycling on the rise, so too are the chronic injuries that can come with the sport. These are caused by training errors including rapid increases in training volume and/or increased hill training, incorrect use of gearing, incorrect bike frame size, incorrect bike saddle height or position, incorrect cleat positioning, or abnormalities of the rider(1). Anterior Knee Pain Causes of anterior knee pain include patellofemoral…

Read More

Learning to swim (AGAIN) – The Fat Girls’ Guide To Running – Running Fitness Article

Learning to swim (AGAIN) – The Fat Girls’ Guide To Running Can you remember when or how you learned to swim? I can’t really. I guess it would have been in East Ham Baths back in the early 80s…an old red brick building which has long since been knocked down and turned into a snazzy something or other. I can still remember the hot buttery toast in the cafe and the exhaustion afterwards. I can’t remember any of the swimming…

Read More

Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 945 – Running Fitness Article

Want to know if the Garmin Forerunner 945 is the right new GPS watch for you? Well, I’ll be doing an in depth review in a few weeks after I’ve had it a while longer, but in the interim, I wanted to get my initial thoughts out there. I do want to make it clear that I purchased this myself. Garmin didn’t send this to me, and I am not beholden to any company. I saw the launch last week…

Read More

Oceanside, Peru, and St. George – Kelly O’Mara – Running Fitness Article

Hey. Hi. How have things been? Oh me? Not great. You know. If you follow me on the social medias or get the newsletter or listen to the podcast, then you know Oceanside went pretty bad and then I quit the sport during Peru 70.3. If you just want the simple version, stick with that, don’t read farther here. If you want, like, more details than you care about, here they are. Caveat: This isn’t positive or cheerful or trying…

Read More

When Your Year Doesn’t Go as Planned – Running Fitness Article

Happy new year! It’s time to kick off 2019 here in this space – it’s been too long! It’s no secret that 2018 was a year of change for me. I posted this at the start of 2018: And wow, it certainly was. I never could have predicted all that 2018 would throw at me. As I’ve mentioned, life is a series of phases and changes and I’ve been through a lot of them. Not just in 2018, but in the…

Read More

The Lady Fellrunner: Tentative Times! – Running Fitness Article

Thanks to Frank Golden for letting me use these images – they are great! Find him here on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Frankgoldenphotography/  It’s been a while since my last blog post, apologies for that.  I have been hibernating and feeling grumpy at the most hideous winter for a long time – muddy, wet, cold and snow besieged – I am so looking forward to winter 18/19 (said no English person ever).  Yesterday somebody mentioned Christmas and it put me in a bad mood…

Read More