Looks like I made it

Last day of the year--in a skirt--yes!

Eight weeks back to running--the final eight weeks of the year.  And I made my childish goal of not wearing full-length tights until 2012. I'm pretty darn excited, I have to say! Coldest run in nothing more than capri's--one early morning down around 24 degrees. It really wasn't bad, though. I've discovered through this little … [Read more...]

Yakking about yaktrax

Winter running saviors

So there were enough questions/comments on the yaktrax from yesterday's post that I thought I would address a few: Several people wondered if it changes your gait at all. My experience is no. They feel a bit funny for the first 1/2 mile or so, then you pretty much forget you are wearing them. I also found that I'd subconsciously try to … [Read more...]

A look at the year ahead

Seeing as 2011 is just about history (and don't let the door hit you, year), it's high time I start laying out my race schedule for 2012.  Right now I am pretty solid on what my events will be through the first six months or so. It's the second half of the year that has yet to be determined. Without further ado, here's what I've got on … [Read more...]

Any excuse will do!

Run first; drive second

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend with family, friends, and of course, a run or two. I kicked off Christmas Eve with 13 beautiful (if not a bit fast for me) miles with my friends. If you haven't noticed, my friends and I can come up with a reason for a run (combined with food, of course) pretty much any time. We already … [Read more...]

My secret santa rocks!

The goods from Lindsay!

It's the  second year in a row that the lovely Jill has coordinated about a billion bloggers in a gift exchange, which is no easy task. And speaking for myself, for the second year in a row, I've had a fabulous secret santa who just nailed the perfect set of gifts! Yesterday, I received a a box full of goodies from Lindsay of Chasing … [Read more...]

Three Things Thursday (the gym edition)

What is it about the gym that provides so much fodder? You see and hear it all there, without fail. Here are my observations from today: 1. The pool is completely empty this week. Has everyone just thrown in the towel for December? Why am I complaining--we all know what will happen come January! 2. Dear Spin Instructor--The song … [Read more...]

Into Thin Air?

Yes, I did just steal that from Jon Krakauer (one of my favorite writers and favorite all-time books, btw). I want nothing to do with Everest, other than maybe looking at it from base camp, but I am considering running a marathon next fall that involves some altitude. And as a sea level gal, I'm wondering if that's just dumb. The … [Read more...]

Talk to me, people!

Tell me about your 2011

Everywhere you look right now, you see year-end reviews. Who made the news? Who died? Who married/divorced? Who dominated the sports scene? You get the picture. All fun stuff, but I'd like to hear from you guys--my really awesome, fantastic, supportive crew of readers--about your year. So here's the deal: I want you to answer the … [Read more...]

How much do I love this race?

Really, today was about as good as it gets. I joined my friends to head up to Baltimore to run the Celtic Solstice 5-miler. I mentioned before that I've run this one several times--by my count, seven now. And I have a feeling I'll keep going back until I'm old and gray. When I put my mind to it, I realize that this race has represented … [Read more...]

Five for Friday (holiday version)

Elves making hot-buttered rum post run

1. I'm starting to feel the effects of burning the candle at both ends. I'm craving downtime and looking for things I can cut from the schedule this weekend. 2.  I did a fantastic run with the girls last night through neighborhood light displays. We finished up back at someone's house for a cookie exchange (and eating, and … [Read more...]

Seven Steps to Fit

My thing, clearly, is running, but yours might be something else. Go find it.

Have I told you all that I joined the FitFluential team as an ambassador? Yes, I did! And yes, I'm pretty excited about the opportunity--what an amazing cast of fitness characters I am joining. Part of the FitFluential mission is to spread the word about fitness, balance, nutrition,  and finding your groove. As such, many of us are … [Read more...]

Race shirt superstition

Does a shirt design get any better? Still, not gonna wear it for real until after the race.

This Saturday I will run my one and only race of 2011, the Celtic Solstice 5-miler in Baltimore. I wrote about this race last year because it is one my all-time favorites. I won't be racing it this year--not even going to put the chip on--but just running it nice and easy with a few friends doing the same. We'll run five before to make it … [Read more...]