Somnio shoe review and jacket giveaway

For those of us who wear shoes to run, finding the right pair can be a challenge sometimes. A new type of running shoe aims to fix that.Somnio has designed running shoes that can be custom-made to the runners' needs. The company offered me a chance to try that approach and I want to share that experience with you. Getting a pair of … [Read more...]

Training, just training

I mentioned after my last race that I was a bit burned out on the racing front and looking forward to getting back to some training. Well, that's where I am right now and I am thoroughly enjoying it.Having a little race break has allowed me to increase some mileage, get back on the track consistently, and just be in a routine. It's nice.I … [Read more...]

Big or small–what’s your pleasure?

I'm talking about race size here. Each year I do a wide variety of races in terms of distance, size, terrain, etc. I like them all for a different reasons, but lately I've been thinking about race size and how much it affects my enjoyment of the event.As I see it, the cons to racing the monster events:Hassle factor--getting to these races … [Read more...]

Versatile blogger

AJH over at Age Groups Rock tagged me with the Versatile Blogger, which means I am supposed to reveal seven random things about myself. So, here goes:1. I am a creature of habit to a fault2. I can't garden worth a damn, which is one good reason I belong to a CSA (community supported agriculture)3. I grew up on a nice, natural lake in NE … [Read more...]

Unhealthy America

So I'm about to wrap up my three-day excursion to Anaheim for a conference. Once again, I learned that sitting all day in sessions is exhausting and kills my body. I suppose putting in an early-morning run each day didn't help--just set me up to be stiff--but I wouldn't have missed that part of my day.Apparently, though, the majority of … [Read more...]

What’s wrong with this picture?

Lots of things, that's what! I'm here in Anaheim, right down the road from Disneyland. Without my kids. Not only that, but I'm close to the beaches, and close to the mountains, but can't get to them.I'm here to cover a conference for my biggest client, which means I'll be spending most of my waking hours sitting in boring riveting … [Read more...]

Good news for marathoners

If I had a dime for every time a non-runner asked me/told me about how running was going to be the ruin of my body someday, well, Bill Gates would have nothing on me. I'm sure you know of what I speak.So here's a new study that we can throw back at the naysayers when they chastise us: running marathons halts cellular "suicide." Who knew … [Read more...]

What we won’t do…

To keep running. I've mentioned in past posts that I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis in my "good" foot, the one that hasn't had it before. Well lately it's been getting a bit too fired up for my comfort level, so I've decided to do something about it.No, I don't mean rest it! Why, that would be too logical. I'm a runner, after all, … [Read more...]

Running Chics giveaway winner!

Wow--you guys have been chatty lately, as well as ready to win some prizes! I love it--please keep it coming.Again, I hope nobody is put off by my commentary on the Boston qualifying times. I'm just calling it like I see it from where I sit. For the record--I work my butt off to nail the best times I can in a marathon, as you all do, and … [Read more...]

The post you will hate…

Well, at least if you are a woman. Here goes: I think the qualifying standards for women to run Boston are a bit too easy. There, I said it. Before you kill me, I want to clarify one thing--for all of you who have qualified under the current standards, you absolutely deserve to be there. The standards are in place and you have worked hard … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Day in motion

I believe it was SBS over at Run Like a Mother who said that on Mother's Day, she prefers to sweat than be sweated over. I like that and it definitely applies to me too. Here then, is a look at my lovely Mother's Day, one that was definitely spent in motion:Got up at 5:30 a.m. to meet a friend at 6:00 for a six-mile run.Came home, … [Read more...]

Alphabet Soup

Since it's a Friday, I decided to post something a little light for your enjoyment. Plus, next week I'm posting a doozy of a topic, so look out! I was leaving a comment on someone's post the other day and realized I was using quite a few acronyms. It made me think: We runners use tons of acronyms, don't we? It's a whole new language … [Read more...]