Saturday, September 18, 2010

Social media on the run...

On my run this morning - I find there really is a difference running in sneakers and running in my VFF's. There is something so primal - and while feeling raw with the pitter - patter of wet pavement below me my thoughts begin to travel into a world of their own. One of those thoughts goes to a power point presentation that I am creating for an upcoming seminar that I'm teaching Wednesday at the upcoming Las Vegas Souvenir & Resorts show for NARB. (The National Assoc. of Retail Buyers) Social media doesn't mean you have to be social. It's the intentions behind what you post that is most important.

It's funny, when I ask people to look at their Twitter feed or Facebook statuses as if it were the first time they were seeing them, I ask "do you think it represents who you really are?" Some people see that they aren't actually representing themselves in a good light - or it's all about specific hobbies. This is all fine if it is purely to speak your voice and that's all. If you are using social media for your business - then that's a different story. I always suggest to people that they create a business page for the sole purpose of sharing information about your specific niche while maintaining a personal page for friends and family. Finding balance between fun and informative will make you successful and popular.

Have an awesome day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

From Warriors to Pasta

Wow - what an awesome weekend!

(muddy pic from left to right is Me, Jerri and Jo)

One of my best friends, Tanya came up to Portland for the weekend. We have been planning this trip for a while and no one could prepare us for the amazing time that it was!

Saturday kicked it all off with The Warrior Dash. If you have never done this type of race or event before then you should absolutely put it on your calendar for 2011. They do these events all over the US. Grab some friends, make a costume and then insert laughter and mud. It's pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to doing the next one.

The evening was filled with good food and some beer - great for recovery by the way! :-)

Sunday we were sore and bruised from Warrior Dash but our spirits were good! The Pints2Pasta 10K was right downstairs from our home and the excitement was building. You can see the Spaghetti Factory from our balcony and the buses were lined up to shuttle all of us up to the start of the race which was at ADIDAS HQ. Today was a challenge for Tanya as it was her first road 10K and for me it was the first time I've ran 6.2 miles in my Vibram Five Fingers. My feet felt great while running and today on a recovery day - my feet, shins and calves feel awesome!

We ended Sunday with a short hike up to Multnomah Falls and enjoyed dim-sum for brunch. It was a great weekend that were filled with "golden moments." It was a weekend to remember always.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

3 miles and still running

So today I ran 3 miles in my VFF's. The differences that I am noticing within these first two-weeks while on my long runs - my arch pain has decreased to almost none. Even after my 20-miler this past Sunday - I was tired, but still ready to rock 'n' roll!

Some of the other differences are that my calves recover better - though they are sore from stairs, hill repeats and increasing mileage - they also feel more rested faster. I'm looking forward to increasing my mileage and will continue to let you guys know.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My first run going barefoot

Hi all!

As promised - I am sharing my journey with you...

I really enjoyed my first run today in my new Vibram FiveFingers! Running barefoot takes a little getting used to - but it gives me a new freedom and I'll enjoy logging on some additional miles.

I did a little video today to keep track of how I'm feeling while testing these new shoes out.

Click here for my video

Have a great day everyone!