A walk in the woods

If anyone knows who Bill Bryson is, you'll know I stole that title from him. But it's appropriate here, because the whole family took off for a great hike Saturday on the Appalachian Trail. We're so lucky to live so close to it--we can be to various sections of it within an hour's drive. The view from the top The section we hiked on … [Read more...]

Want to try the Merrell Pace Glove? (giveaway)

Pretty sure that Blogger hates me, and believe me, the feeling is mutual. I've been trying to do this post for three days now and it wouldn't allow me access. I finally switched browsers, which is fine, but I'm partial to Mozilla, so I hope Blogger gets the kinks worked out. And I won't even get into the whole disappearing followers … [Read more...]

How far at what age?

Every once in a while you come across stories of kids running long-distance races. A friend recently passed along an article about a 9-yr. old boy who recently finished a 10-mile race in Syracuse. I know of a local girl who last year, at the age of 11 did a 1/2 marathon (she was about 15 seconds ahead of me, so yeah, I noticed her.) And … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tidbits

Lots of randomness to share, so here goes:At brunch on Sunday we saw Woody Harrelson. We were sitting outside and he pulled up on his bike and locked it up. I actually didn't recognize him, but did notice him because he was wearing Vibram Five Fingers. The waiter pointed him out to us after he was gone. He's here shooting a movie--you … [Read more...]

Today I..

Put on my party dress and met up with some of the best running partners around. We headed into Baltimore for brunch on a spectacular afternoon.Food for the body...and the soul. … [Read more...]

Merrell Pace Glove review

The Merrell Pace GloveYou know how I feel about barefoot running--to me, it's the best method for getting down the right form. But not everyone is interested in being completely barefoot, and I get that. For those who want to improve form in a minimal shoe, there is an ever growing number of options available, some good, some … [Read more...]

Three things Thursday (pick a tri version)

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my last post about my mom. I'm lucky to have a great support system, one that extends into the virtual world at that.An update on my feet--I think I am making some progress with them. The left one, which started hurting first, is definitely tracking ahead of the right, but my right one is also … [Read more...]

Yin Yang

 Yin yang-- how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other.The older I get, the more I come to understand the truth of this. I believe we can appreciate the sweet things life has to … [Read more...]

The best laid plans…

I meant to post the other day, but blogger had other plans--I know many of you can relate. Sometimes races don't go according to plan either. I was reading Big Daddy Diesel's race report the other day--where he placed 2nd overall in the aquabike, btw--and it brought up a few memories. In his post, BDD talked about having to scramble to … [Read more...]

Pick me, Runner’s World!

If  you haven't heard, Runner's World is looking for a few fashion-forward runners for an upcoming article and has been combing the blogosphere for candidates. Personally, I think Tonia is a shoe-in for this one; the girl always puts effort into her training and racing outfits and looks like a million bucks.But what about me? Surely … [Read more...]

The Sock Doc Answers, part 2 (and a winner)

First things first--I had 196 entries for the compression sleeves from 110 % Play Harder. Random.org selected number 190, which is Stacie from Impossible is Nothing! Congrats Stacie--send me an email and we'll get you hooked up.I've also got the second installment of questions and answers for Dr. Gangemi, aka the Sock Doc. Take a look … [Read more...]

The year of the meet-ups

If you're like me, when you read other people's blogs you begin to form a picture of who they are in your mind. You wonder what they'd be like in real life. Do they look like their pictures? Are they anything like they present on their blog?  Or is it it all a big virtual farce? And then you get a chance to meet some of them in the … [Read more...]

My kids get me

I don't know about you other moms, but to me, the best Mother's Day gifts are always those made by little hands. This year's were no different and if you take a look, you can tell that my kids really "get" me. I'm a lucky mama.Each flower is good for one gift from my son."Good for one run"From my daughter's "book" about meHappy Mother's … [Read more...]