Thursday, February 19, 2015

Notes From The Foot Whisperer - Let's Beat This Winter Weather

If the weather lately has you down, you’re definitely not alone. After all, It is Pennsylvania. And it is February. And I’ll tell you, those blue jays, grackles, cardinals, doves and assorted little birds are eating me out of house and home! I find myself filling the bird feeder every two days while our feathered friends impatiently wait in the bushes nearby. But there is some really good signs that Spring surely is on its way! First – We are getting plenty more daylight! I am finding myself less prone to hibernate. And more prepared to run! Second - My tomato seedlings have popped through the soil in my planters, and are growing like weeds! Third – Have you noticed more sunny days? There are times, while running, if the wind is died down and I close my eyes just for that split second, I think I’m running on a beach Fourth – I’ll let you all know shortly, as soon as I see the first robin. For me, it’s generally around the last week of February.

But if you’re having difficulty seeing Spring, I have some neat ways of cheating my way into the warmer seasons: - My workshop at home has full spectrum lights to ward away SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). They really work! - I do take Vitamin D during the winter. It improves my outlook. - A brisk walk or run outside is definitely better than the couch! - When all else fails, I head over to Home Depot’s garden center, and check out the new things for Spring!

It will be here before you know it!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Notes From The Foot Whisperer - Winter Weather and Wonderful News

How’re we all fairing through this winter? It doesn’t seem as bad as last winter. At least the Polar Vortexes aren’t as cold. Makes for some pretty decent running. Yours truly finally recovered from pneumonia. The doc put me on an inhaler, which will hopefully help. So it’s back on the roads and, healthy training. Been doing a lot of hiking in preparation.

We have a pretty good group of people training out of the store. If you’re training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, Half or even a Spring race, come and run with our Saturday group run. All paces and distances. Even a slow poke like me! 8:00 AM every Saturday. Nutrition and goodies provided by Up-N-Running.

Over the years, we have had many people asking if Up-N-Running is a franchise. We were flattered by the comments, but never really thought about doing it. Now, although it isn’t a franchise, we have decided to open another Up-N-Running in Central PA. Ebensburg to be exact. There are some really great running clubs in the area, and an avid running community. It is exciting. Julie will be the manager. She and her husband, Kevin, have been quite active in the central Pennsylvania running community. And with Julie’s added insight to women’s apparel, we hope to enhance our total apparel selection in both stores.

We hope to be up and running (pun intended!) by early Spring. So when you’re in Central PA, stop by Up-N-Running Ebensburg and say hi to Julie and the gang!