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This blog is for everyone in the group to be able to share their experiences with the running community of women.  Feel free to email the webmaster with any articles that you would like to have considered.  Categories are as follows, but not limited to, healthy eating for runners, running, injury, balancing running time and home time, what do you do when..., and more.  

  It is meant to be a positive forum for women runners.  Those that post negative comments, be forewarned that your comment may be deleted.  

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New Year Messages

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (18)

Happy 2019 ladies!

    There are so many things that we, as women, focus on.  And most of the time I would say that we hardly ever focus on ourselves.  As women we worry about everyone else in our lives whether that be a spouse, children, work collegues, and often times our beloved furbabies.  

    It is also about this time of year when we make goals for the next year.  Goals like taking better care of yourself, losing weight, eating better, quitting some bad habit.  And we do really well for the first month or so and then we are right back where we started.  Why is that?  Scientifically, it takes 29 days to create a habit, and supposedly it takes longer to break a bad one.  I believe that one of the reasons is that we tend to get busy, we then are not focused on the present and we tend to put others needs first and forget that in order to be effective in helping others we need to be our best self.

Self care comes in all forms.  Some of us read in a quiet space, we light candles and do yoga, some of us actually go to the gym for self care (I like to go because I love to sit in the hot tub).  What ever you do for self care, make an appointment with yourself to do it.  We make appointments for/with everyone else and we keep them, so why not make an appointment with yourself.  Block out that small amount of time for self care, and keep that appointment.  Why do we hold others to be accountable for us, why do we answer to others and not ourselves?  Let's hold ourselves accountable and keep that appointment with ourselves.  

     Let's be the best us this year.

First Watch Sarasota Half and Relay

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (6)

Weather: Perfect 65 degrees and slightly breezy

Hotel:  .5 miles to the race start and finish.  La Quinta Inn and Suites on Tamiami Trail

Race start:  Sucked because you were corraled in one way with no way to get in from the sides of the long corral, so people were pushing and shoving to get up the where they needed to be.

Course:  The bridge (going both directions) was in the first 5 miles of the race so you can relax and get into a good grove after mile 5.  There were lots of water stops and one with some kind of gummy fuel.  Not many people out on the course for crowd support either.  A few nice people were handing out strawberries and grapes.  I was really hoping for some beer and bacon.   Going toward Ringling museum the course was on a slight incline which made my hip flexor on my right side sore and of course, we had to deal with that on the way back, but not as long of a distance.   

Finish:  Free food and beer and MY GOD the BLING is huge!  

Other notes:  This race is the last in the Florida Storm Series which promises and delives BIG BLING.  Also something to consider is the relay option.  it is cheaper if you and a friend split the registration and I thought that the relay sight was well organized and you both get the bling at the end!  I would highly suggest that if a Half Marathon is not your thing, but you still want the bling- do the relay!

The Breakfast House was crowded but a great option for breakfast- check out Yelp for reviews.

Why I Run

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Why Do You Run?

By: Jasmine Giebenrath

Why would you do something that pushes your body’s limits, makes it hard to breathe, causes a bit of anxiety, and results in exhaustion…why do you run!?! For me, the question is more like why wouldn’t I run? Running is an activity that can make not only my body but also my mind stronger, allows me to breathe in life for all it is worth, reduces stress, and results in a great sense of accomplishment!

My running journey started by deciding, on a whim, to run a 5k. I thought it would be cool to be able to say to someone, “Hey, I ran a 5k last weekend, what did you do?”

I run because, although doing so may push my body to its limits, why not do something that makes my body and my mind stronger? Beyond the obvious physical benefits of building strong muscles and getting nice looking legs, running builds mental fortitude. When I’m running, it’s not all about, “Are my legs capable of taking me to the next mile?” It’s more about, “Can I convince my legs to take me there?” Running is not just a physical workout; it’s a mental workout. While I’m running, I’m weeding out negative thoughts and planting positive ones.

Ok, so, this blog would continue with how running allows me to breathe in life for all it is worth, then I would discuss how running reduces stress, and I’d end it with how running results in a great sense of accomplishment. The truth of the matter is that I started writing this blog thinking that I would convey a motivational and inspirational story of my running journey. I started brainstorming and putting all my ideas together as the former English teacher that I am, and I began writing this well-structured essay, making sure I made it personal yet poignant. The funny part is that when I started rereading and revising it (yes, I worked on the first three paragraphs for quite a bit of time), I realized that I was fabricating something and it wasn’t genuine or authentic. I was focused on writing the right things. I also realized that I committed to finishing this by the end of the month and there’s only one day left to this month! So, enough with trying to give a profound story of my running journey!

Here’s the truth: I don’t know why I run. I just do it, except when I don’t.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I just don’t think about why I run. I just go for a run, and the reasons hit me after I run and sometimes when I don’t go for a run and wish I had. Off the top of my head, here is why I run. I run because I like going past things…I like moving forward and leaving things behind. I run because afterward, I feel like I can do anything. I run because sometimes it helps me think, and other times it helps me not think at all. I run because, afterward, I get to chitchat with my running girls. I run because I like the t-shirts and the bling. I run because I like to say that I’m a runner and talk to people about my running adventures. I run because I like having strong and sexy legs. I run [a race] because it’s one of the few things that I actually finish (and I know that I’ll have the best cheer squad!). I run because it’s fun!


Love for CFWR

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Submitted by:  Karey Garlinger

Joining the Central Florida Women Runners is one of the best things that I have done. They are a huge support group that encourages and motivates everyone. The first group run that I went to I ran with Ann through beautiful Winter Park meeting up with Holly and Karen. Ann and I talked about the beautiful architecture in Winter Park (including the Cinderella house), life, and of course our experiences with running. The entire time Ann motivated me to push myself. The entire group does this, not just an individual. NOBODY runs alone. You will always have a buddy that will run with you someone who will inspire, push and drive you (regardless if it is for that run, that day, or a lifetime). When you join this group you join a tight group of women who motivate, inspire, and help to drive you forward. Forward into your next goal, your next race, your next personal record regardless if it is finishing a 5k, a 10k, a half or a full marathon. These women help to provide the motivation that you may need in order to complete that next goal. Even if you don’t need someone to push you forward why not join a group of like-minded women who have the same fitness goals in life.


This group will help to motivate you. The women in this group are amazing, motivational, and driven. I look forward to the many miles ahead of us, regardless of whether or not we spend it in or out of sneakers.


Changing the DNF to Not Now

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Changing the DNF to Not Now

Submitted by: Karey Garlinger


Probably the worst thing that most runners fear is the Do Not Finish (DNF). I don’t understand this, it stinks when you don’t finish something. Everyone wants to finish everything that they start, but sometimes Do Not Finish, is simply go back to the drawing board. It’s a chance to hit the restart button and start again. The finish line doesn’t go away it just goes further down the road.


My first DNF is the Walt Disney World Marathon 2013. The longest “run” that I had completed up until that point was 4 miles. Yes, I believe the actual word that describes my lack of training and attempting to complete the marathon is CRAZY. There is no other way to describe it but after that I was hooked. I made it through 19 miles of the 26.2 miles race. I think I needed this experience. Superman has kryptonite that stops him dead in his tracks, mine is laziness, or as I like to call it the fear of action.


Instead of dwelling on the fact that I didn’t finish the race, I focus on the fact that it is something that I will finish in my life just not now. In today’s culture we focus on the now, as a child we voice these demands as “Mommy I want, NOW”, as a teenager and young adult we spend compulsively, as an adult we have a tendency to buy things when we see them and sometimes we don’t consider any other limitations. Running helps to show us, especially me, that everything will happen when its supposed to, you put the hard work and dedication into something, then your hard work will pay off.


Starting the New Year off on the Right Foot

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Submitted by Ann Dennis

It has been my experience that CFWR gets the most new members in the months of January and February.   Whether you are new or a established runner- here are some things I feel every runner should know:

1.)  Everyone was new at some time.  We have all been there.  That feeling of intimidation can be extremely powerful.  What I have found that helps is to tell yourself that if you don't try something new, you may never know what you are missing out on.  What is worse, regret, or at least trying it?  Even if you say you didn't like it, at least you tried.  And there are going to be other people in the same boat, and that makes it easier.

2.)  Gear.  Cotton sucks.  Get shirts, shorts, socks, that have some kind of wicking.  The term 'wicking' means that it pulls moisture away from the body so that you don't fee weighted down with all the sweat stored in your cotton clothes.  Cotton is out, wicking material is in.  

Body Glide rocks- body glide looks like a stick of deodorant and it prevents chafing in those areas which you wish just didn't rub together.  

Good shoes can make all the difference- get fitted.  YOU DON"T HAVE TO BUY WHAT THEY ARE SELLING, but pay attention to what they are saying so that you can make an informed decision and do research on what they recommend (you might be able to find a deal online with the manufacturer).  You can get fitted at most stores that are dedicated to running.  And don't forget to ask what their guarantee policy is if you decide to purchase what they fit you with.  When you find them on sale BUY IN BULK- it has been my experience that clothing and shoe manufacturers change models so often (kind of like a cell phone) that a year after you buy your gear they won't have your model anymore.  

Sports Bra- a good sports bra is hard to find, and it doesn't matter what cup size you are.  Try them on, look silly jumping up and down in the dressing room, stretch with them, and then decide to buy or not.  When you find one you love, BUY IN BULK.  See the blurb on good shoes.

Water bottle, GPS watches, headphones- I would ask around and ask to see fellow runners gear- this is really personal preference. 

2.b)  Your shoes need rest too.  HAve 2 pair and alternate their use.  Your shoes need rest too.  Also when you wear them in the rain or they get wet, it gives them time to dry.

3.)  Cut your toenails- Yes, I know that this sounds weird, but if you don't heed this advice you may find yourself with black toenails.  This comes from our toes hitting the front of our shoes.  Be careful, though.  How you cut your toe nails can result in ingrown toenails.  I suggest that you splurge and get a pedicure and see how they cut them, and see if they will show you how to cut them so that you can do it yourself at home.  

4.)  Hydrate- and not just on run days.  Hydrate during the week and well after a run.  Good hydration helps with muscle inflamation, headaches, brain funtion,  and fatigue.

5.)  Running outside?  Run against traffic.  If running in the dark wear light clothes (no black) and reflective gear and lights.

6.)  The runners trots-  yep- been there- you are running, feeling great, and then all of a sudden....  This is normal.  Running helps to regulate the bowels.  Caffeine is a natural laxative, so if you have coffee in the mornings you increase the likelyhood of having to go #2 in the middle of a run.  Also, some gu's can agravate your bowels, so before a race make sure you incorporate trying anything new into your training as a trial.

7.)  Trying new things-  NEVER wear new shoes to a race, NEVER try new food items (gu, hydration products, eating something you have never eaten before) before/during a race.  You increase your rise of blisters and the trots.

8.)  Speaking of eating- running does not mean that you can eat whatever you want.  Yes, I said it. Me, who loves food, calls herself a foodie, and often says, "I run to eat, not eat to run."  But this is a falsehood.  It is one that I am no longer going to use.  We love food, but what we put in our bodies greatly affects how our bodies perfom on a daily basis, not just on a run.  So when you go to put that last bite of lobster mac and cheese in your mouth, consider how you are going to feel the next day (especially if you have to run-  a run and heavy cream for me, do not mix)/

8.)  Most races are LONGER than you might think- a little known fact- race courses are longer if you stay on the outside of the curves, and they are shorter if you make sure to stay on the inside of the curves.  Think of the school track- if you run only the inside lane- you will have to go further to cover a mile because the inside lane is shorter on the turns.    I recall a marathon I ran that turned out to be 26. 9 miles instead of 26.2.   The next one I ran I made sure to stay on the inside of the turns it was much more acurate.  Stay on the inside when you can.

9.)  There is no shame in walking.  Guess what- in one mile you burn the same number of calories!  (that would be approx. 100 cal.)  It is ok to stop and take a break, if you aren't feeling the run, it is OK.  Let me say that again- IT IS OK!  Remember number 1- we have all been beginners at some point.

10.)  Celebrate your accomplishments.  Often I hear- I only ran a mile.  Guess what- you ran a mile!  Some people are still on their couch!  Way to go!  Celebrate it!