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 […]

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  high performance clothing line designed to move from […]

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 back over the winding path that […]

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 trirunveg.blogspot.com 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 […]

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 in the week leading […]

Where have all the 10ks gone?

We have a great annual 10k here in my home town in April. I love to run this race…it’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, […]

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 […]

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 end of January […]

Mommy guilt

I was reading Heather’s blog over at http://www.runfastermommy.com/ 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 theme–mommy guilt. Anyone who is a mom and athlete can relate to this. We […]

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, […]