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 […]

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 master’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 with the idea after recognizing just how many […]

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 out: Related Posts:No Related Posts

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 […]

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 necessities. (Yes, […]

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 drive to […]

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 Mid-Atlantic, but […]