First, I want to congratulate the San Diego team members Nicol, Annie, Tracey and Corrin for completing the AFC 1/2 marathon.  For this group, it was a "roll of the dice" run since training did not go so well due to a very busy summer!  Everyone finished with a smile and there was a few PR's in the bunch.  So, CONGRATS to TEAM DIRTY RED SAN DIEGO!

I have to say for the first time running an event, I felt kind of silly! Me and 7,999 other people out there running the same route, going the same way and having 1/2 the spectators look at us like . . . "REALLY?"!  Ok, maybe they were not thinking that but I was and ONLY because I had NOT trained according to my original plan.  

Running is definitely an addiction.  You get out there and whether you are ready or not, you put one foot in front of the other and just GO!  It's when you finish and decide if you have challenged yourself enough or not, that's when you know you are an addict or not!  

So, this year marks my 3rd year running the AFC 1/2 marathon.  The first time I ran it, the second half of the route handed me my butt and said, 'thanks but you need to try again later'.  I am TELLING YOU, this route talks trash to me!  It's the only event route that speaks to me and that hill after mile 10, it SHOUTS at me, LAUGHS at me! So, I had to sign up AGAIN! . . .YES, I have issues!

 Here come 2009, I was part of a fitness challenge and was in fantastic shape.  Ran AFC and knocked off 17 minutes from my 1st AFC time!!! I got my butt back from that hill and was standing proud!  Fast forward to 2010, not only did the hill hand me my butt back, it handed me my thighs, calves and muscles along with it! NOT COOL!  I was cruising for 10 miles and at a 8 minute pace. . .I was rolling!!!

  Then the hill! I have to tell you, it is ALL MENTAL! Once I said "no" in my head, it was over.  It was literally over.  So, the great time I could have had didn't happen and I added 10 minutes back to my best running time!

I am sharing this because, this is the way that you challenge yourself and no matter how much pain you are in, you will find a way to beat "yourself" in the next race.  That to me is addiction!  I have already got a game plan for next year and have found women that will challenge me throughout my training and running events.  It's OK to be addicted, just make sure you are safe and JUST BECAUSE you completed a race with little or no training doesn't mean you can go out there and just run another one or a longer one!  TAKE CARE of your body and make sure you feed it with the best proteins, carbs and fibers to keep it moving strong!  

What did get me through the first 10 miles? Running (not consistent but did get it in here and there), a lot of spin classes, road bike riding and strength training!  Each sport, I spent 45 minutes to an hour in training.

Tell me about your running addictions at info@dirtyredgear.com! We would love to hear it!
Happy Running!
Posted on August 17, 2010 .


This year at the 33rd annual AFC 1/2 Marathon, DIRTY RED GEAR will have some unbelievable sales on women's running gear and samples.  Come join us, talk running and share you goals for this year's Finest City 1/2 marathon! Check out how TEAM DIRTY RED member did last year and how much money we raised for STAND UP FOR KIDS!

Posted on August 12, 2010 .

AFC 1/2 Marathon and Training. . .UGH!
What keeps you going?

Well, normally. . .I am ready for a 1/2 marathon.  I have put in the miles and keep track of my workouts with my Garmin watch but this year, I just can't seem to get it all together.  Between my traveling, husband, kids and training others, it's been a mad house in my house! Many of you know what I am talking about and wonder what to do?

  I run when I can and when I decided to put in the miles this past weekend, I was sick with a cold (yes, that was an ugly run)!  So, while in Salt Lake City, Utah I was reading the latest COMPETITOR magazine and got inspired!!!  I read about a guy who is going to go rowing across the Atlantic and then run from the Bay area of California to the craziness of New York in a kilt and sneakers (and they say skorts are out of style).  Then, I noticed that LA is going to have a 1/2 marathon in October.  Ooooo . . . new motivation!

I know reside in San Diego but I miss the craziness of LA.  The hustle and bustle you feel as soon as you hit the outskirts of LA are definitely a love or hate relationship! So, now I have a whole new outlook on the AFC 1/2 marathon coming up next week.  I am going to clock in about 10 miles this week and then cruise into the event without a lot of expectations.  I do know that I will have fun, meet new runners and finish the event with a smile.  Is there a moral to this story, OF COURSE!

Life happens and you get busy.  Your workouts don't tend to workout the way that you want them to, so you get frustrated with upcoming events.  Don't get upset or uncomfortable with a sport we all know and love.  Just take one running step at a time, grit your teeth and just get through it.  You do NOT have to be fast at every event and you have to remember, if you are OFF on one event, it is OK, there are plenty of other events to train for and to follow.

Next year, I will be 40 years of age and I am ready for 2011.  I am going to PACK and STACK the events, set some serious goals and break my own records.  I am going to build a community of healthy runners and grow a team that will definitely be amazing.  If you want something out of running, GO GET IT! There are plenty of resources out there that will make you a better, faster and stronger runner, so LET'S GO!

Happy Running!
Posted on August 6, 2010 .

Choosing the Right Shoes for You!

Everyone is always asking me, "What Kind of Shoe Should I Get to Run in?"! We all have different body types, different foot placements and running styles.  So, there are all kinds of shoes out there for you to choose from.  Check out the 2010 Shoe Guide from Runner's World.  It's a great way to figure out what shoe is good for you and what questions to ask when shopping for your new kicks!  

Be Safe and Happy Running!
Posted on July 30, 2010 .

Solana Beach Tri/Duathlon Event

This weekend the San Diego Team completed the Solana Beach Duathlon Event! The weather was perfect and slightly misty in the morning with an overcast for the entire event!  For training, both Annie and Nicol were able to get spin classes in along with some running as well.  

The one thing that helped both ladies complete the event strong was their strength training!  Annie has recently discovered "Gravity" Training.  Gravity training is a dynamic pulley system that accommodates full joint range of motion with an array of functional, multi-plane movements to target specific client objectives.  Gravity has nine calibrated levels of incline resistance to provide the ideal intensity for an individual's muscular ability using the individual's body weight that challenges proprioception throughout an exercise.  Gravity has made Annie stronger and leaner in just a few weeks along with her regular diet and exercise.
Annie got 4th place in her age category
Nicol got 1st place in her age category
Nicol is an advanced Body Pump Instructor for Les Mills and the instructors are trained to teach and pump at the same time.  Pump training 2-3 times a week with RPM (spin) training, road riding and running twice a week has been very helpful in completing this event.  

Multi-sports is a growing phenomenon particularly amongst runners because it is a great way to cross train and do something a little different to spice up a workout.  Many of us swim for fun, run for passion and bike for social.  When you actually take it a little more seriously, you will be HOOKED to multi-sports and multi-sporting events!

If you are thinking to get into a triathlon or duathlon it is always great to be a part of a group that can teach you the "in's and out's" of these events.  How to transition, swim in open water (which is NOT Nicol's favorite) and find events that would be suitable for you.  Sprint tri's and du's are a great way to start.  Do not get caught up in the word "sprint".  That means it is a much shorter distance than an Olympic Event or an IronMan event!  

(Notes from Nicol Akins) "I love doing duathlon's because I am not a big swimmer and not too fond of open water swimming!  The Solana Beach event and a handful of other duathlons here in San Diego are SO MUCH fun because you meet people from the TRI world and revisit old buddies in the RUNNING world.  For this event, I stayed calm, ran a pace I felt comfortable running and challenged myself on the bike now that I know what a good and fast pace I can push.  My initial goal was to keep my running at an 8 minute pace, run the first mile at 6:30-7 minutes and keep my bike pace between 18-20mph!  The weather was nice but windy. . . that became my challenge.  Near the end of the last 3 minutes, it is just like any running event, run for yourself and not others, look ahead for a target and go for it!  I followed a young woman for 2 miles.  I could NOT catch her.  I watched her pace and we had about 150 meters to go.  She began to slow down and my Track and Field kicked in!  Not only did I pass her, I passed 2 other women I didn't even know were there.  That is how you run for yourself!"

As always, keep enjoying your summer and HAPPY RUNNING!

Posted on July 25, 2010 .