Reframing 2020 & Creating Internal Motivation

It’s our completely unfounded opinion that routine-oriented runners fared much better than goal oriented in 2020. The loss of events and group runs played havoc with the goal oriented runners out there. Nothing to plan around. No competition to stoke the fire and make the pain and effort worth enduring. Some just wallowed in the aimlessness, while others piled on mileage in very unsupervised fashion, and ended up burned out or injured. It was entirely legitimate to grieve #goals last year. But we want to highlight the positives that can grow from drawing motivation from within, without reliance on external…

4 Tips for Managing Burnout

Photos by Kristen Michaud, Lead The Way Photography “It’s better to burn out, than it is to fade away,” so says Neil Young, but that was before COVID. 2020 has been a physical and mental test of our endurance. Few or no races, limited socializing, carefully managed group runs. We are all likely pretty burned out, and not in a good way! To be burned out can mean different things to various runners, but regardless of their level of activity, runners often realize they’re burned out when it’s too late. When an easy run turns into the hardest workout of…

Shirts & Skins – The Sports Bra Squad (The Right to Bare Bras)

“Shirts!” “Skins!” It instantly conjures up sultry heat, sweat, and pick-up basketball or soccer games, as common as ice cream in summer. It’s also almost exclusively male territory. Men tend to pull off their shirts in public spaces with little thought, and seemingly no repercussions. That’s not to say men aren’t body conscious, they certainly are, but it’s a different awareness. Men generally don’t get catcalled, openly stared at, followed, groped or told that they “must have wanted people to look.” So it makes sense that there are few topics among women more charged and emotional than the decision to…

Community & Connection, The Most Essential of Services

During March and April, more than 15 members of the Runaways Run Club completed a F(ans of) U(nlimited) K(udos) 55K ultra-marathon, solo. Double that number completed the F@ck Corona Run Club challenge, featuring 10 “races” ranging in distance from 1K to 10K. During May and early June, many club members are exploring nearby towns, cities, trails, and local landmarks to complete the Tour de Maine challenge, still solo. Day after day, the running community continues hitting the trails and the pavement, despite a non-existent race season, and cancellation of group runs and gatherings. The lack of in-person motivation and encouragement…