When the going gets tough…

I had an awful injury last year, one that put me on the sidelines of running for a full six months. I had a partially torn plantar fascia and it wasn't until I had a procedure known as extra corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) that it healed. Fortunately, the running gods have been with me ever since, and I've been about 14 months injury … [Read more...]

Giving back

Just wanted to put a plug in for another blog...www.runfastermommy.com. The woman behind this blog, Heather, has come up with a fun idea for raising money for a great cause. Heather has put together a spectacular goodie basket full of stuff all runners love--stuff like Gu, running hats and a road ID gift card. It takes just $5 to enter … [Read more...]

Weighty issues

It's well publicized that, as a culture, we Americans obsess over our weight. This obsession is never so on display as it is at this time of the year. We're all feeling disappointed in ourselves because we've overindulged during the holidays. It's also a few days before the new year, so resolutions abound.Sure, statistics show that most … [Read more...]

ipod or no ipod?

I've noticed that many of the races I've done over the past few years have an mp3 player policy. Most, especially the marathons, have a strict rule against them. The race directors prefer that runners have their ears available to hear any last-minute instructions, course changes, and even traffic should the course be on open roads.In … [Read more...]

The value of running partners

I'm happy to say that 2009 was a good running year for me. I've stayed injury free, my A-1 priority. I've logged lots of miles in all kinds of places. I've PR'd at a couple of distances, most importantly the marathon. Through it all, I've had my running partners.I'm fortunate to have a group of women to train with regularly. There are … [Read more...]

Surrender

This weekend we received a whopper of a snowstorm here in the Mid-Atlantic. It was a classic nor'easter, which always means trouble for us. The storm dropped 22 inches in our town, a record setter for the month of December. Bear in mind that we usually average a total of about 15 inches for an entire winter.In the midst of this storm I … [Read more...]

Insanity reigns

When I run with my group of running partners, we're usually pretty in check about pace. If it's supposed to be a hard day, we train hard; an easy day, easy. There are always a few who charge to the front, even on an easy day, and we generally let them go. If they're feeling that extra gear that day, great. But the rest of us will stick to … [Read more...]

To run like Connor

I love to watch running almost as much as I love to do it. One of my favorite subjects to watch run isn't human, however. My dog Connor, a whippet, is poetry in motion.We first got Connor 10 years ago, when he was one. He became an immediate running partner and before long, we had him built up to some fairly long runs--sometimes 10 miles … [Read more...]

Mastering master’s

As I've pointed out before, I run with a great group of gals. With the exception of one or two, all of these speedy ladies are in their forties, and a couple have even crossed over the 50 line. I've learned so much from them, both from a personal standpoint and an athletic standpoint. These ladies are wise!One of the things I have learned … [Read more...]

I’ll admit, that was miserable!

I rarely have a run that I don't enjoy. Some are better than others, of course, but it isn't often that I just want it to be over or I want to shut it down early. Today, however, was an exception!I run long on Saturdays, so my Sunday runs are generally an easy recovery effort of around 6 to 7 miles. Today I had to hit the pavement by 6:30 … [Read more...]

If my bike could talk…

It might ask me, "Where's the love?" And I'd have to tell it, I don't have an answer.I bought this bike just a couple of years ago for triathlons and cross-training. I loved it when I first got it. Immediately signed up for a couple of triathlons and got to work training on it. It's a great bike--carbon frame fitted to me like a T. It's … [Read more...]

yummy squash

I am not a fan of winter, as I've probably stated more than once in my blog! However, one thing I do like about winter is roasting yummy root vegetables and squashes. As a runner and also a mom of an 8-yr. old and 5-yr. old, I am always looking for new recipes that are both nutritious and appealing to the younger set. I am lucky enough to … [Read more...]

Are you kidding me?

One of my pet peeves as we head through the holiday season is the after-effect: lots of people upset with their holiday eating looking for a quick fix to weight loss in the new year. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get caught up in the sugar high every year myself. I always pack on a few unwanted pounds this time of year, but I do try to … [Read more...]