My Run, The Movie (review/giveaway)

Not quite good enough for thumbs up

When I was offered a chance to review the movie My Run, I decided it would be more fun to share it with friends and get their input as well. So last night, three of my best sweat sisters came by for dinner and a movie. After some chili, salad, cornbread, and pumpkin ale, we put the DVD in. It begins by laying the foundation for the … [Read more...]

Do we ever grow out of it? (YMX winner too!)

Back Camera

Let's start on a winning picked #10, Stacey,¬† to win my YMX tee giveaway. Send me an email at and we'll get you hooked up! When I began running I was about 31. Not a spring chicken, but young enough to think that age groups like 40-45 and on up were pretty darn old. I also remember thinking … [Read more...]

Amazing stuff

Pretty sure my daughter could run a faster quarter than me

I'm going to don my Howard Cosell hat (anyone old enough to remember him?) and play Wide World of Sports for a minute here, 'cause there was some amazing stuff going on this weekend: Top of the list, of course, is Patrick Makau's amazing 2:03:38 Berlin world record. He took 21 seconds off of Haile Gebraselassie's old record, which is … [Read more...]

A day of learning in NYC

My coach for the day, Lee Saxby

Wow--what a cool day I had on Saturday! One of the great things about living in the Mid-Atlantic is that you can hop on a train and be in New York a few short hours later. Saturday morning I was on that train at 7 a.m. to meet up with¬† Lee Saxby for a one-on coaching session. It was all part of the weekend-long New York City Barefoot Run … [Read more...]

Five For Friday

1. Today the plan was to head to Annapolis to do some kayaking on the Severn River, but the pouring rain is making that unlikely. I'll run in the rain any day of the week, but kayak? Not so much. 2. My friends are running Ragnar DC today. I was supposed to be part of this team, so a few tears have been shed as the day got closer. … [Read more...]

A session with Lee Saxby? Why yes, thank you!

On Saturday, I'll be boarding one of these:   And heading to NYC...   ...To do a one-on-one coaching session with Lee Saxby. If you're not familiar with Lee, he's one of the world's top barefooting coaches. He's developed some of the most simplistic ways of explaining proper barefoot running technique. His … [Read more...]

YMX tee review and giveaway

YMX Tribal Tee

When it comes to running shirts, there's one feature that puts them over the top for me--pockets. I am not one to wear fuel belts, etc., but I do need to stash stuff, namely gels and keys, on long runs. So when I come across a piece that offers both style and pockets, it has my heart. YMX by Yellowmangives me both features. They … [Read more...]

Reading, writing, and wellness

This year I've joined my neighbor as a health and wellness committee chair at my kids' school. At first I kind of dreaded the job--like everyone, I'm overscheduled and the last thing I need is to be on another committee. But now that we're discussing potential plans, I'm pretty excited. We all know that childhood obesity numbers are … [Read more...]

Could have doesn’t count

Last week RunCompetitor magazine tweeted that speedskater Apolo Ohno had just completed a 1/2 marathon in 1:40:59 (can't remember which one). They included a quote from his coach saying he could have gone "1:30 or better." Well, I couldn't help myself--I responded "then why didn't he?" Call me a #$%^ if you want to, but one of my pet … [Read more...]

What I’m loving right now…(and a winner)

My favorite snack

Thanks to all who entered my FitFrappe giveaway. I ran the numbers and Cheryl C. is my winner. Cheryl--send me an email at and we'll get your samples out! A new season seems to be a good time to talk about a few of my current favorites in life. They're all small, simple things,which to me seem to bring the most … [Read more...]

Top 10 Marathons for First Timers

The top 10 places for running your first marathon

You always remember the first time, right? My first marathon was back in 1998 on the NCR Trail north of Baltimore. It was a perfect fall day, my coach was there to cheer me on, and I finished the day with a 3:39, good enough for Boston. While I loved this marathon, I know it's not for everyone. It still takes only 350 people. It's … [Read more...]

What I can and can’t handle

Missing my racing days terribly

Last night I did #runchat on Twitter. Ever done it before? It's an hour's worth of Q & A about all things running related, led by iRunnerBlog and RunningBecause. If you haven't tried it and you're on Twitter, the next one is two weeks from now at 8 p.m. EST. I was surprised that I could mentally handle taking part in any kind of … [Read more...]

What I remember

When you've been running as long as I have, there are many moments you can trace back to running. Among those moments is my memory of a run on September 12, 2001. We lived on the other side of town at the time, a bit closer to the airport. Many of my daily runs back then were peppered with the sound of incoming and outgoing planes. Not … [Read more...]