To taper or not to taper, that is the question

It has been almost two weeks since I ran my last 1/2 marathon and I have a second one scheduled for March 7, basically a week away. For a race of this distance, I would normally begin my taper tomorrow by cutting back my long run. I'm going to do that, but here's the thing: this 1/2 is on a paved trail running from Baltimore to Annapolis. … [Read more...]

Let’s talk (running) fashion

At the risk of losing any male audience I may have, I am posting today about running fashion--specifically, a product I recently got to try for a run. This isn't your ordinary running top, that's for sure!Not long ago, a local runner, Gloria Jacobovitz, and her friend/designer Federica Alemanno joined forces to form Red Pinstripe, a  … [Read more...]

A past life

Watching the Olympics this week--speedskating in particular--led me to look up an old friend with whom I had lost contact. She was one of my teammates from my first athletic endeavor, the little known sport of inline speedskating. It was fun to find her--on Facebook, of course--and bring back old memories. It also gave me a chance to look … [Read more...]

A bit of fun

I think this post needs to have the theme of fun. First on the list of fun things: thank you to Aimee at for giving me a sunshine award! I appreciate it and the colorful logo reminds me that spring will come some day. The idea is to pass along the award to other bloggers who have given you a bit of sunshine. That … [Read more...]

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Marathon

As most runners are aware, there's a 50-state marathon club out there made up of folks who try to do a marathon in each state. This past weekend, several of these club members made the trek to Maryland to run the George Washington's Birthday marathon. There was only one problem--with the 50-plus inches of snow that had fallen in the area … [Read more...]

Where have all the 10ks gone?

We have a great annual 10k here in my home town in April. I love to run this's a challenging course and brings out all the best local competition. I'm not sure if I'll be running it or not this year because I have a 10-miler the week before. These old legs don't recover like they used to!If I don't run it, though, I'm not sure … [Read more...]

Somehow, a PR!

I had my 1/2 marathon this morning and it turned out better than I would have expected! The course was fairly flat with the execption of a couple of hills, so that made it fast. It still hurt, though, as giving your all always does.One of the things I love about racing is that even after 12 years, I'm still learning. Today was no … [Read more...]

A different approach to racing

I'm T-minus two days until my first race of the season, a 1/2 marathon here in the desert. The funny thing is, I've never felt less ready to race. First of all, it's February, probably my least-fit time of the year. I ran a marathon in mid-November and then spent December and most of January logging miles, but not speedwork. Towards the … [Read more...]

Mommy guilt

I was reading Heather's blog over at today. She's a mom, runner/beginner triathlete, and student. She's also contemplating an Ironman sometime in her future. She's conflicted about this, wondering if it's the right move for her and if so, when. In reading the comments to her post, I noticed a resounding … [Read more...]

Desert delights

In all the years I've been running, I haven't done much trail running. On occasion I've ventured out with friends to a trail near home, but never on a regular basis. I like it, but I guess for my road racing goals, it never really fit well into the picture. I'm also leery of turning an ankle that has seen its share of sprains. Plus, as a … [Read more...]

Barefoot convert?

Ever since talking with Chris McDougall, I've been giving this whole barefoot running thing a lot of thought. Let me state right out that I went into all of this a big skeptic. And I'm still pretty reserved on the whole idea. But it has given me food for thought.Up until about a year and a 1/2 ago, I lived in my barefeet in the house. … [Read more...]


I'm writing this post from southern California, where I was lucky enough to arrive yesterday. My parents are out here for the month of February and the original plan was to come out and join them next Wed, staying for about six days. When I saw what Mother Nature had in store for the Mid-Atlantic, however, I did some last-minute … [Read more...]

A chat with Chris McDougall

Even if you aren't a runner, you'd probably have to be living under a rock these days not to know about Christopher McDougall's wildly popular book, Born to Run. It's a fascinating look at the world of ultra-distance running and includes a crazy cast of characters. What it's most well-recognized for, however, is setting off the barefoot … [Read more...]