About RunningAnyway

I have gone up and down in weight over my life. I ran cross-country in high school, but that was 25 years ago. I was up to 245lbs at 5'6" tall, not good. I have tried all different styles of eating, from vegan to low-carb. After really seeing how out of shape I was, I decided to get in shape. A year later, I have been running at least 3 days a week and am getting ready for my first marathon. As a fat runner, I'm not fast, I'm not going to win, but I will finish.

Prevent and treat chaffing

By |2019-01-02T07:43:08+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

As a larger woman, there have been few things that are more of an issue that cause discomfort than chaffing. Chaffing happens when two pieces of skin rub against each other and wear away the top layers of skin. If you add moisture, like sweat, this can accelerate the chaffing process. So the two main ways to prevent chaffing are to keep things dry and keep things from rubbing [...]

Best bra for us bigger girls

By |2019-01-02T07:47:21+00:00September 5th, 2018|running, Running Gear, Sports Bras|

Big boobs like to move around when you run. They are squirrely, as in they will try to escape confinement. I personally am dealing with 38-40 DDD so I find myself trying to avoid black eyes and back strain. In return, I usually end up with chaffing that looks like road rash under my boobs. There is a good chance that some of my early long runs have left me [...]

Vivosmart HR Review

By |2018-06-11T21:09:03+00:00June 11th, 2018|Running Gear|

I am lucky enough to get a pretty good discount from work on Garmin products.  I treated myself  to the vivosmart HR. It has a few advantages over other heart rate trackers if you ask me. I love the touch screen ability to scroll through the display  screens. The app is pretty well thought out. It has quick reading graphics that highlight your major activities and has additional screens [...]

Adidas Supernova Glide

By |2016-12-15T23:21:23+00:00April 4th, 2016|running, Shorts|

I had been running in Nikes for the last 2 years. In high school, it was always Asics. I found that the Asics had become almost a hard plastic with no flex in the sides so I switched to the Nikes. They have been reliably comfortable for a few years, but now they have these weird strings on the side. I like to be able to adjust the laces when [...]

Born to Run – book review

By |2016-12-15T23:21:23+00:00March 24th, 2016|Books, running|

Books about running really started to come out in the 70's alongside shoes for running.  Well, the first Nike came out in 1971 there were some running shoes from the 1950's, but I'm not going to count them. Runner's World came out in 1966, but meh 70's instead of 60's because it was less fringe after Nike and advertising. So recreational running has been around for a while. I ran [...]

First week running

By |2016-12-15T23:21:23+00:00March 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Everyone has a different level of basic fitness. So if you haven't been running the first week will vary depending on how much other activity you usually do.  It may not even be running the first week.  The reality is that if you can't walk to the end of the block without breathing heavy, you probably shouldn't start by trying to run a mile.  If you play soccer twice a [...]

Getting back on the horse

By |2016-12-15T23:34:10+00:00March 19th, 2016|running, Strength|

  Sometimes it happens. You stop running. You can just need a break from the routine or feel a little burnt out.   You may have regular life intrude on your best running plans. You can get sick or just not have the time. No matter what the reason you stopped running, at some point you will probably think about running again. At some point you may want/be able to [...]

Illness Recovery

By |2016-03-11T04:03:14+00:00March 11th, 2016|injury, running|

It happens sometimes, you get sick.  Sometimes you can run through it, sometimes you can't.  Typically if you can breathe OK you can probably run with a little cold or upset stomach. I prefer the treadmill when I'm not sure because it makes it easier to stop if you need to. I smoked a lot for a long time. While I quit smoking 10 years ago, I most likely did [...]

Active Recovery

By |2016-01-12T07:18:32+00:00January 12th, 2016|injury, running, training plans|

So if you are like me, the day after a long run is typically a rest day.  I take a rest day very, very seriously. If I can move only to go to the bathroom and kitchen for food/drinks, it is a good day.  At least this used to be my rest day. I recently started the Runners World streak challenge only I was sick when it was supposed to start. [...]

Heart Rate Monitors

By |2016-12-15T23:21:23+00:00December 13th, 2015|gps, running, Running Gear, training plans|

I read a lot of different books about training to run further, faster, and if possible easier. One of the types of training you can do is called heart rate training. If you run on a treadmill at the gym ever, you have probably seen that heart rate thing on the screen. Basically the idea is you train at a percentage of what your maximum heart rate should be. I'm [...]