Runvervals DVD review and giveaway

For anyone who needs to spend time on a treadmill, there are countless ways to make the time go faster. One of my favorites is using Coach Troy Jacobson's Runervals DVDs. I first met Troy years ago when I got into triathlon. I hired him as a coach and got to participate in his weekly track workouts, swim workouts and group cycling … [Read more...]

Creepy running

I suppose most of this post is aimed at my fellow female runners, but I hope it's of interest to all. I was reading Sean's blog yesterday where he posted about his close encounters with all kinds of interesting (scary!) wildlife over his years of running. It got me to thinking about my runs and whether or not I've stumbled upon anything … [Read more...]

A barefoot flunky?

I posted a while back that I was hoping to give barefooting a try. I am almost two years removed from a nasty bout of plantar fasciitis that left me sidelined from running for six full months. After that was fixed, my podiatrist had me move into orthotics and gave me a strict order not to go barefoot. Ever.So I followed his advice and all … [Read more...]

%$*&# alarm clock!

Talk about getting the weekend off on the wrong foot today! My little band of running partners and I have something of a tradition when it comes to celebrating each others' birthdays. We have a great local bakery that makes the most incredible cakes. Every couple of months when we have a few birthdays close to each other, we meet at the … [Read more...]

Run Like a Mother winner!

I visited my new friend this morning and had it select a winner for my Run Like a Mother book giveaway. I'm happy to report that KC at 140 miles point 6 is the winner! Congrats KC--send me an email and I'll get the copy off to you. Thanks to everyone else who entered and if you get a minute, check out KC's inspiring blog as she … [Read more...]

Leaving the watch at home

When I run, particularly in races, I am an admitted watch addict. I love to look at my splits, whether it's overall time for a long run, or each mile during a race. In racing I find this particularly useful--I can gauge whether or not I have gone out too hard, if I am hitting consistent splits, and how close I am to hitting a goal … [Read more...]

What’s your forte?

I did speedwork on the track today for the second time this season. I love/hate the track--nothing makes you faster, in my opinion, but man does it hurt!We did a ladder set, which means our first and last intervals were my all-time least favorite--quarters. To run strong quarters, you have to move those feet fast. This plays directly to … [Read more...]

Rockin Refuel winner!

First--thanks to all who entered the giveaway for Rockin' Refuel last week. I went to today to have them pick a winner, and--Tara at is it! Tara, shoot me an email and we'll work out the details.One giveaway down and another to go. My giveaway of a copy of Run Like a Mother doesn't end until … [Read more...]

Run Like a Mother, the book (with giveaway!)

If you're a Runner's World reader, or regularly make your rounds of the many mom/runner blog sites out there, you've probably gotten wind of the new book Run Like a Mother, How to Get Moving--and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity. Written by running pals/moms/writers extraordinaire Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, the book delves … [Read more...]

Mileage envy

As I check out everyone's blogs this week, I am finding that I am getting a serious case of mileage envy. That's right, I'm jealous of folks like Jill and  KC who are running Boston and other spring marathons. I read about their 18s and 20s and wish I was doing that kind of long run right now too.The silly thing about this is that, … [Read more...]

On pins and needles

As I make my way around the blogosphere, I am always interested to see the different ways runners keep themselves healthy or try to heal injuries. Yoga, crosstraining, chiropractic, massage, PT--you name it. We're a group that is willing to try just about anything to enhance our running and stay off the sidelines.Let me add another option … [Read more...]

Virtual "un-race" and a giveaway

This has been one soggy weekend in my area, which meant some wet running for me. That's ok, though--I've learned over the years that it's usually the thought of getting out there and getting wet that's much worse than reality. Yesterday I did 10 miles with my pals and within a couple of miles we were all charging through the puddles, … [Read more...]

How young is too young?

Last week when I ran my 1/2 marathon, there was an 11-year old girl just in front of me the whole 13.1 miles. I've seen this girl at races before--last year she placed 4th overall at a local 10k at the age of 10. She's fast...but she's also very young. Which brings me to the question--how young is too young for some of these distances?I … [Read more...]