The virtual run everyone should do

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This past week, I lost my brother-in-law Dale to cancer. He was only 44 years old, and was a husband, father to four kids, brother, son, friend--he was so much to so many people. His loss leaves a hole in my inlaws' hearts that will never be repaired. Cancer sucks, plain and simple. I know I am not alone in having suffered loss to this … [Read more...]

Finally

This marathon training cycle has been nothing like the norm. I've had the Achilles issue, the foot issue, you name it. The only thing that hasn't happened yet is getting sick. I suppose I shouldn't say that, because I will surely jinx myself. But anyhow--this week has finally approached a somewhat normal week. Maybe not seven weeks … [Read more...]

Schedules were meant to be broken

I can remember way back when I first started working with a coach for triathlon. If he wrote Thursday's workout as 3-hr. ride with eight hill repeats, every other one standing, then dammit, I was going to do a 3-hr. ride with eight hill repeats, every other one standing, on Thursday. If I came in at 2:55 on my watch, I was going to do the … [Read more...]

Three Things Thursday

Only when I must

1. I hate adjusting to the time change from West to East--getting up early for workouts has been a challenge this week. A challenge I can handle, but a challenge no less. I much prefer going out West and automatically waking up early. I always try to stay on the East Coast schedule while there, but it never happens. 2. I've readjusted … [Read more...]

Better form won’t happen overnight

The shoes are only one piece of the puzzle

I will go down as a staunch believer in the benefits of less/no shoe and mid-foot striking, that is for certain. But I am going to perhaps go against the grain a bit here and say that, while yes, it's more natural for us to run this way, it doesn't mean it's easy, especially if you have been a heel striker for a long time. We all want … [Read more...]

Running but not racing

Can't find a much better setting for a run

After some debate, I decided to forego my half this weekend in order to give my foot time to continue to improve. And it is improving. I did a 7-mile run yesterday with no pain, followed up by a good hike. I still have some swelling and stiffness going on, but I'm hopeful that it will continue to improve while I try to slowly ramp my … [Read more...]

Westward Ho! Or no?

Your first days running in heat feel like you've been thrown into the desert

Yeah, that's about as cheesy as one can get with a title, I know. I made myself laugh, though, so there. I'm out here in the beautiful desert for a bit of R and R. I mentioned in my 11 randoms post that I am always at peace when I come out this direction--the beauty of the mountains just speaks to me. One thing I haven't mentioned … [Read more...]

See if you don’t love MizFit, too!

One of the best aspects of being a FitFluential ambassador are all the new blogs I am exposed to--blogs I might not otherwise have found. One of my absolute favorites is MizFit Online, written by rockstar Carla Birnberg. When I say rockstar, people, I mean it. She is an amazing example of fitness and her blog has such widespread … [Read more...]

Brotherly love

If you follow me on Twitter (you do, don't you?) you saw that last week I got a new toy, namely a MacBook Air. I'm like a kid with this thing--so much to discover! And so much to learn. I'm getting there, in bits and pieces. My brother is the tech junkie in the family and when I saw him this week, he immediately seized my new toy and … [Read more...]

10 ways I heart running

Happy Valentine's Day! If you haven't seen it yet, the guys over at #RunChat are asking everyone to list the 10 things they like about running as a way to mark Valentine's Day. I can tell you, this is hard to narrow down for me. Just 10? But here goes my attempt: 1.  A chance to get outside and exercise, no matter what the weather. 2. … [Read more...]

Too much fun!

Finishing with smiles on our faces

I told you Friday that my Saturday long run plans would include 30k on trails as part of a 50k relay. All I can say is that Saturday's 20-plus miles were some of the most fun I've ever run. The conditions couldn't have been worse. It had rained and dropped a tiny bit of wet snow the night before, so the trails were nothing but mud. And … [Read more...]

Off to play in the mud!

I have a 20-miler on the schedule for Saturday, as do most of my friends who are running Boston. So when we learned that fellow runner and local race director Phil Lang was putting on a new 50k ultra and relay this weekend, we had a perfect way to shake up our usual running routes. The course is divided into five, 10k loops, and teams can … [Read more...]