The art of running in the rain

This is the view from my car at 5:30 this morning. On tap--10 miles in the pouring rain.Here's my take on running in the rain:The dread of it is always worse than the actual runA hot shower never feels as good as it does after a run in the rainMisery loves company (thank you Becky and Tacy!)It still beats the treadmillThat which does not … [Read more...]

Anyone want a cat?

Elizabeth in a quieter momentJust kidding, of course. But seriously, my cute little Siamese is starting to wear out her welcome. She's chatty, as Siamese are, but to a degree I've never experienced before. And her habit is to crank up the volume about 30 minutes after I go to sleep each night. This is not conducive to the recovery sleep I … [Read more...]

Running Chics review and giveaway

Last spring, I did a review and giveaway of some Running Chics performance tanks. I've been able to wear them over the summer and really enjoyed both their performance and their great style. Now that the temperatures are getting cooler, Running Chics was nice enough to give me one of their thermal tees to check out.I received the shirt … [Read more...]

Getting my ohm on

This marathon training cycle, I've done many of the things that worked for me last fall. But I've also thrown in a couple of new things and I've gotta say, they're working for me.One is the new addition of yoga to my routine. I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I've never had time to fit it into my schedule before. Now I do, and … [Read more...]

Blanking (and Yasso’s explained)

Most Thursday mornings, I meet my group at 5:45 for a run of varying distance. Today I had arranged to meet a few of the girls at 5:30 to get in some extra miles. Got up at 4:50, left the house at 5:15, right on schedule. But..I was so immersed in thought that I managed to make a wrong turn. And then another. Suffice it to say, I ate up … [Read more...]

Nailed my Yasso’s! And a winner!

This time of the year, there are lots of yasso workouts going around. I've used them a few times over the years. I don't know what their success rate is--anyone? But I do know they do a lot for my confidence.This morning I headed to the track with a friend to do my first round of yasso's. We did 8 and nailed them all. And could have held … [Read more...]

No drama zone

I had the best long run on Saturday--perfect weather, strong legs, and wonderful running partners.I've been running with most of these girls for several years now. I appreciate them for so many reasons, but one fabulous reason is that this is a group within which we never have drama. There's never any talking behind backs, no passive … [Read more...]

Racewalkers are studs

Photo courtesy of Dave McGovernTaking a break from our regularly scheduled program...I am writing an article right now on racewalking, and I just had to share some of the things I've learned about it. I know--it kind of seems like a goofy sport. We've all seen racewalkers doing their thing and maybe even chuckled at the technique. But I'm … [Read more...]

Not my norm

I don't know about you all, but my training weeks, while different every time, do tend to follow a similar pattern. Speed on Tuesdays, mid-week "long" on Thursdays, long on Saturdays. I often throw in the same types of cross-training on the same days too. I do shake it up a bit from one week to the next--we all should--but you get the … [Read more...]

POM Wonderful Review and Giveaway

I'm not much of a juice drinker--the occasional glass of vegetable juice is about the extent of it. However, I'll try just about anything and POM Wonderful recently asked if I'd like to review their 100 percent pomegranate juice. I've always been curious about pomegranate juice, and a recent article Runner's World tagged it as a good … [Read more...]

Eh, I’ll take it

Today was the Parks 1/2 marathon, which, going into, was a big unknown to me. I've had such tired legs lately, I've missed training due to illness, and I haven't raced in a long time. I had no real expectations of how I'd do, although I was hoping to hold about a 7:30 pace. We haven't had rain in ages here (I think we're actually under a … [Read more...]

Friday randomness and a winner!

Another round of random thoughts to share, before I get to the Sugoi recovery tights winner:I've tapered really hard this week and have a bit of hope that my legs might be able to perform for my 1/2 this Sunday. We'll see!I have the theme song from the Simpsons--of all things!--stuck in my head. I really don't want to race with that in my … [Read more...]

Enjoy the journey

I used to be quite involved in triathlons and would spend countless hours logging the miles in the pool, on my bike, and on my feet. I really enjoyed the training and loved the races most of all. But somewhere along the line--I think about three years or so ago--I noticed that I wasn't loving the bike training so much. As much as I … [Read more...]