Nearing the finish line

Carving out more time with these guys means stepping away from the screen.

I've alluded to the fact that I've been wrestling with whether or not to keep going with this blog. I think you can tell by the frequency--or rather infrequency--of my posts of late that not is kind of winning. I'm a never say never kind of gal, but it feels right at the moment to shut things down here. Or at least put them on hiatus. So … [Read more...]

One post/two reviews

A review of the Soleus GPS mini running watch

After a much too long time, I am finally getting some product reviews in for you all. The upside to being tardy with reviews is that the reviewer has more time to spend testing the products, right? Right. The two I'm featuring today are the Soleus Running GPS Mini watch and the Journal Menu fitness and workout journal. Here's what I … [Read more...]

The no plan running plan

Sometimes you have to walk away from the plan

Around 11 miles into Saturday's 18ish-mile run, one of my friends asked if I wanted to join her for some marathon pace miles. First I looked at her like she was on drugs. Then, I asked her what her definition of that was since I have none, considered the terrain we had ahead of us for the next few miles and then agreed. We'd been running … [Read more...]

The secret to fast running

My family's favorite place on earth

I'm back from a week completely unplugged in the Adirondacks. As in no phones, no computers, no electricity. Pure bliss. This was our seventh trip to Timberlock, a fabulous family camp on Indian Lake. You stay in cabins without electricity but with indoor plumbing and propane lighting. The host (Caitlin) family feeds you three amazing … [Read more...]

Jersey shore weekend by the numbers

Avalon, New Jersey

We spent a fantastic four days at the Jersey shore this past weekend as part of an annual pilgrimage there to meet with friends from Philadelphia. I always love my time there, the mixture of activity, downtime, indulgence, and time with my family and friends. Here's a rundown, numbers style, of this year's trip: Number of: Long … [Read more...]

Black bean salad recipe

My favorite black bean salad recipe--great for summer BBQs!

I had my brother, his family, and my parents all out to visit over the July 4th weekend, which I loved. I always say I like when family comes to visit rather than the other way around, because we can get more quality time out of the trip. When we go to Ohio to see family, it's two families an hour apart, plus occasionally extended family … [Read more...]

Running, life, and a great speed workout

Summer running around these parts

I know I've been a stranger of late, and that's by design. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing with this blog. Since I'm not 100 percent sure I'm ready to put it in the trash heap, I thought I'd pop in. Plus, I DO have some product reviews coming up soon to share, so I guess I'll keep this thing going now and again until I make … [Read more...]

I make poor marathon choices

From one extreme to the other

This weekend I cut my long run back to a 10-miler. I'm sitting comfortably at the 14-mile long run range and I don't need to increase that to 16 until the beginning of July, so I decided to give my body a little break before starting to build up again. The thing was, that 10-miler felt long because this was the most incredibly humid … [Read more...]

The workout gods hate me

From a better day in the pool.

Falling completely within the #firstworldproblems category…I swear the workout gods were conspiring against me this week! I finally turned the corner on my energy levels so I was pretty excited to get some cross training back in the picture, along with all my running. Someone thought that should be a challenge for me, however. Let's … [Read more...]