The week of running that somewhat was

My week of running in review.

I think two colds in one year's span is too many for anyone, don't you? I am down with my second one (the earlier being in December) and I'm finding it a little annoying. This one really snuck up on me--my biggest sign was utter exhaustion beginning Thursday, but not significant congestion, etc. I took Friday off, felt better, and went … [Read more...]

Why run speed work on the roads?

Running speed work on the road comes with lots of benefits for running fitness.

Yesterday my friends and I did mile repeats on the road, with the goal of running them at our estimated 10-miler paces. I was actually pleasantly surprised by my paces, but I DO know my Cherry Blossom is still going to be pretty far off my normal for this course and distance. You have to accept the place you are and keep moving … [Read more...]

Mondays on the run

A review of the week in running and fitness.

I seem to be getting into a groove with reviewing the week that was on Mondays, so I'm going to attempt to make that a weekly theme. Looking back over the past week, I inched my mileage back closer to normal, added in some speed work, and kept the variety going. In sum, I ran about 40 miles this week. Highlights included getting back … [Read more...]

Run it, FEEL it, Spell it Challenge

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When I think about how running makes me feel, about a million words come to mind: free, alive, happy, and whole all make the list, for starters. I think anyone who runs regularly can attest to the flood of emotions that come along with the miles. The feelings vary with the run, with the distance, and with the terrain, but they're always … [Read more...]

I’ve got a race calendar!

Do you enjoy running races? How to plan your race calendar.

We may be three-and-a-half months into the year, but I'm just now getting my act together with my race calendar. I had to wait until I got past the Napa Marathon before I could really think about where I wanted to go with the rest of the year. Finally, I've got a race calendar plotted out. I'm going to start with my biggest event … [Read more...]

Running and then some

Running and cross training can be a match made in heaven.

I am two weeks post marathon and I'm telling you, I don't ever think I've played two weeks better. I just seem to be tapped into exactly what my mind and body need right now, which is variety.  I am following my body's lead and it feels fantastic. Here's how week two post-marathon shook out: Monday: Stability work Tuesday: Six … [Read more...]

Agility training

Are you active in sports? Training can be hard on your body. Protect yourself against injury with these agility tools

Look up the word agile in the dictionary and I can tell  you one thing: there will NOT be a picture of me next to it. Nor my son, if truth be told--poor kid got far more of my genes than Mr. Zippy's in that department. But he's a soccer player and I'm a runner, and we both need some agility training in our lives. When my son injured … [Read more...]

Multi-grain hot cereal recipe

Try this yummy, nutritious hot cereal recipe.

Don't ask me why, but I was thinking about goals and resolutions the other day. Maybe because the blogosphere is big on this? The thing I've come to realize is that these days, I'm not much of a resolution or even goal setter. It's not that there isn't plenty of room for improvement around these parts--there is. It's that when it comes to … [Read more...]

Marathon recovery–week one

How to recover properly from running a marathon.

Well. This has been one week of slacking off and I must admit, I have enjoyed it! So many times in the past I have regretted doing too much after a marathon, so this time I promised myself to get it right. That meant no alarms for one week, no runs for one week, and only exercising if I felt like it. All that said, here's what my first … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day

You know, I consider myself a pretty strong woman. I mean, I've got an Ironman, 15 marathons, and countless other athletic achievements to my name. I'm no shrinking violet when it comes to standing up for women's rights, either. And yet, when I read about women who are involved in first response, or the female mushers who race the annual … [Read more...]

My home gym wish list

My home gym wish list for stronger running.

I've told you before that I do all of my strength and stability work at home. It saves me valuable commuting time to and from a gym, and I honestly think that with the right equipment, you can get all you need right in the comfort of your own home. I have plenty of equipment/gym toys here to allow me to do that, but there are still a few … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Marathon

What's better than running a marathon? Running a marathon in Napa Valley of course!

I'm going through reentry to Siberia right now after leaving paradise. It's not easy! We had a fantastic trip, full of beauty, good wine, good weather and great friends. And the marathon, of course. Here's how it all went down: The Napa Valley Marathon gets so much right when it comes to delivering a great course/location, a tight-run … [Read more...]

Erin Go Running

Love running and love St. Patrick's Day? Here is the green clothing and St. Patrick's Day racing lowdown.

The Napa Valley Marathon is finished, and while it was slow (3:55) I ran a nice, conservative race that allowed me to enjoy the entire thing. So for me, I'm putting this in the success column. I'll have details later this week, but for now, I want to enjoy my time here with friends. Plus, St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and … [Read more...]