Dear Punxsutawney Phil:

If I'm not mistaken, this coming Tuesday, Feb. 2 is your big day. People from all around the nation--the world even--will be watching to see what happens when you come out of your den that morning. If you see your shadow, it means we have six more weeks of winter ahead of us. If not, an early Spring.Now I don't know if you can fix these … [Read more...]

Getting out of the comfort zone

One of my running friends really impressed me the other day. She is one accomplished runner and has been at it for years. Yet the other day she decided to try her first master's swim class. Now, Pat has done some triathlons and is a regular swimmer, but to date she has always limited that to freestyle. By jumping into the pool with this … [Read more...]

Sometimes you just have to roll with it

Today my workout plans included a speed workout with my running partners followed by lifting and stretching. I'd then get the kids off to school and head over to the pool for a quick swim to loosen me up.I got the run, lifting and stretching in. But...I packed up my gym bag last night so that I could shower after my swim and head straight … [Read more...]

Spring vs. fall marathons

I'm a fan of the fall marathon. Spring marathons? Not so much.From where I sit in the mid-Atlantic, training for a fall marathon has it all over a spring marathon. Weather, of course, is one of the biggest reasons. I love getting out for my long runs in the crisp weather we have in the fall. Temps in the 50s and 60s, donning a pair of … [Read more...]

Two amazing teens

High school cross-country and track runners Meghan Heneghan and Ellen Beatty had no idea last fall that their idea to collect shoes to send to Haiti would come at such a critical time. But fate intervened and now the girls' impressive shoe drive--they collected more than 1,000 pairs--is more important than ever.Meghan and Ellen came up … [Read more...]

Follow up to caffeine post

Last week I did a post on caffeine and what role in should or shouldn't play in a runner's diet. I just happened upon an article in Runner's World today talking about the latest recommendations regarding caffeine and racing. I think it's important to take these recommendations into consideration. Check them … [Read more...]

The things I can’t do

As I was putting on my heaviest winter coat today for the first time in about 10 days or so (thank you weather gods) I noticed that the zipper was broken. Darn--I don't know how to fix a zipper, something I am sure is quite simple. It got me to thinking about all the things I can't do, which of course brought me back to why running is … [Read more...]

Yep, I’m addicted

To Trader Joe's, that is. We got one in town here about two years ago and slowly but surely, it has taken over my life. I have plenty of grocery stores closer to home--the drive to Trader Joe's is probably about 15 minutes--but every week, I find myself carving out some time to get to Trader Joe's for items that have somehow become … [Read more...]

The never-ending quest for pockets

I usually run about five to six times each week, and on at least two to three of those runs, I need pockets. There's only one problem with that--many manufacturers of running clothing neglect to put pockets in their pieces.Pockets, as far as I'm concerned, are a necessity to running. On long runs, I need to stash gels. On runs where I … [Read more...]

This is why I run

I've had a bad week, relatively speaking. I always try to keep that in the perspective that it should be kept--I have a happy, fortunate life. But for my good life, there have been a few rough patches this week.That being said, today's run served as great therapy. We've been in the middle of a long, nasty cold snap here in the … [Read more...]

Cup of joe: a runner’s best friend or worst enemy?

This morning I indulged in a nice big cup of coffee before getting started with work. I'm fairly new to "real" coffee drinking, outside of the occasional Starbucks, so whenever I have a cup, I feel it! The caffeine quickly kicked me into high gear and helped make for a productive work morning. This all got me to thinking about the … [Read more...]

A Fish out of Water

This weekend my family and I took a ski trip with two other families. While we had a great time, the trip only confirmed to me that I am a warm-weather gal!A little background--I grew up "skiing" with a local ski club at a really small ski location in Ohio. I probably haven't skied in at least 15 years because seeking out snow isn't my … [Read more...]

Barefoot running: A Podiatrists’s Take

I just finished reading Born to Run by Chris McDougall. It's a fantastic look into the world of ultrarunning, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyon, and the theory that we were all designed to run. The book has caught on like fire in both running circles and in mainstream media. It has also spawned a bit of a trend: barefoot … [Read more...]