Heading into a race, we often have time or place goals like a Boston qualifier, a top 5 age group finish, or a personal best time. Despite putting in the proper training and having a focused taper and peak, there’s far more to having a great race day than just the preparation. There are many things out of our control that also impact the outcome of a race, such as work stress, … [Read more...] about Giving Your Best Effort
1. It’s when I feel most alive. 2. Movement nourishes the mind, body, and soul. It allows my thoughts to freely move within me, providing me with answers, creative ideas, reflection. My mind just works better after a run. 3. It is a detox that helps fight off personal demons; keeps me feeling “happy” and helps curb depressed thoughts and feelings; allows me to forget … [Read more...] about Tabatha Collins: “Why do I run?”
47-year old Tabatha Collins is working on a new Guinness World Record for “Most Ultras Run in One Year by a Female.” In running, an ultra is considered anything over a marathon distance. 50Km is the most common increment above the marathon distance that gets into ultra territory. Tabatha lost her older brother, Todd, to an alcohol and drug overdose in 2007. She believes … [Read more...] about Tabatha Collins: Break the Record. Break the Stigma
It’s no shocker that running as a woman can really suck. There are the unrealistic body images to live up to, menstrual cramp pains and mid-race hygiene product changes, bladder leaks, childbirth recovery, double sports bras to keep the girls in check, untameable tangled hair, the dreaded camel toe, objectifying comments by onlookers, and the paralyzing fear of running … [Read more...] about Finding Power as a Female Runner
For most of my life, I wasn't physically active. An extremely introverted, cerebral, abstract thinker, I was almost dissociated from my own body. Anytime I became aware of my body; I felt self-conscious and insecure. I said things like, "I can't run." "I hate exercise." "I don't have time." Many people say such things — those with certain personality types, who have … [Read more...] about I have a body. I am a body. I am a runner.