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Given that Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj are nestled at the base of the Himalayan mountains, I wasn’t sure if I could find a nice place to run without heading straight up a mountain. Luckily, running in Mcleod Ganj, India was beautiful and not all about steep inclines! I was able to find a mildly hilly route with scenic views. It was great to train at altitude while in India, even if I will lose all the advantages when I travel for two weeks at sea level.
In honor of my awesome runs in Mcleod Ganj, I present this post – “Does Your Run Have This?”
Does your run have rhododendron trees with scenic valley views?
How about snow capped peaks?
And foraging cattle?
Does your run have friendly dogs who follow you for the majority of your half hour run?
Does you run have lots of tree cover and a monkey that looks like it came out of a horror movie?
How about a red-faced monkey smoking a straw?
And finally, does your run have a quiet little cathedral called St. John in the Wilderness, where you can see the crumbling tombstones of people from as far back as the 1800′s?
And of course, exotic birds!
I’ve finished my month at Delek Hospital and I’m hitting the road. This means I have to say good bye to this lovely run in Mcleod Ganj! *Tear*
Curious where I was? You can find a map of my run here.
I think many of us are glad the week is over. Here in India, the thoughts of what happened in Boston this week have weighed heavily on my mind. For me, running is a sacred and joyous thing, and something that keeps me balanced and energized. Even here in India, I’ve kept up a running routine, much to the amusement of the locals. The idea of individuals or organized groups using a fitness-related event to cause so much pain and destruction is something I still can’t comprehend.
I have never run the Boston Marathon, but having been a competitive athlete I know what it’s like to get ready for a huge race. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the events in Boston – the families who lost loved ones, the runners who may never run again due to injuries from the race, those who were “just around the corner” when the bombs detonated, and also to those runners who came within minutes of crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, only to have that dream taken away from them. It’s just so horrific.
One of my favorite ladies on the planet, Amy Poehler, talks about the events in Boston in this short video. She is personal and honest and her reflections brought tears to my eyes.
My heart aches for you Boston.
Check me out as a featured blogger on the Brooks blog today! I’m busting some common nutrition myths and sharing a healthy running recipe. Good nutrition does not have to be complicated or expensive!
Pat and I ran the UW Running Club Valentine’s 5K last weekend. It is put on by the local university running club, and even though it’s an off season race, some of the fastest people in Madison turn out to run it. The bad weather definitely selects for a more hardcore group of runners! It was a little icy and a little windy, but I’ll take those conditions over Wisconsin’s humid and hot summer weather any day.
The race is set up as a team competition. Neither of us had our best race, but we still managed to take 8th place out of 54 teams. The fastest couple ran 17:51 and 16:05 races! That is so fast.
The price was right for the race – it cost only $8 for the two of us to get out their and check our off-season fitness. Time to get things in gear to be ready to race in May!
Choosing running gear is tricky, especially here in the midwest with our huge temperature swings. With every season change, I have to remind myself what I am most comfortable in for any given temperature. Long sleeves or short sleeves? Shorts or capris? Lined tights or unlined tights? I thought that if it is as confusing for you as it is for me, it is probably worth putting down in a “What to Wear When Running” guide based on temperature.
Brooks is far and away my favorite running company. As a member of the Brooks Inspire Daily program, it is awesome to be associated with Brooks and I am proud to wear their products. They are the only major sports company the focuses purely on running and they are leading the field in innovations for runners of all skill levels. The work they put into their products shows with how long they last – I have run hundreds of miles in some of their gear and it still looks almost new.
Without further ado, here is what I wear for all different types of weather, with links to the Brooks website for you to check out the clothes for yourself.
A few caveats – this is just a guide, obviously. You may want to “jump down” a category if it is windy, dark, rainy, or depending on the intensity of your workout. Also, please contact your healthcare provider before starting a new workout routine.
What to Wear When Running – Hot Weather
What to Wear When Running – Warm Weather
What to Wear When Running – Cool Weather
What to Wear When Running - Cold Weather
What to Wear When Running – Freezing Weather
What to Wear When Running – Frigid Weather
Nightlife LSD JacketClockwise from upper left: Nightlife LSD Lite Jacket III | Balaclava | Essential Run Vest II | Utopia 2 in 1 Mitten | Silver Bullet Wind Tight | Nightlife Sock | Equilibrium Long Sleeve Top
I first heard of the Color Me Rad 5K race series from the Young House Love blog. When I clicked the link to the race organizer’s website, I could not believe how awesome the photos were!
It reminded me a ton of Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. I remember being amazed when I saw this photo essay on the celebration.
Via the Boston Globe. I encourage you to check out the rest of the photos. They are amazing!
I was completely thrilled to find out that Color Me Rad is coming to Madison, Wisconsin on October 13! I’ve already signed up and have Pat and a few friends committed as well.
In order to spread the love, I have two free entries to the Madison, Wisconsin Color Me Rad 5K for you, dear readers!
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Each is worth one entry. I’ll announce the winner on Friday!