Check out my (amazing) running partner

That's me!! Running with the one and only Joan Benoit Samuelson

Every once in a while, I need to pinch myself to check if this life I'm living is real. Saturday, for instance, I ran more than six miles with Joan Benoit Samuelson. As in 1984 Olympic gold medalist, two-time Boston victor, former world-record holder Joan Benoit Samuelson. One on one. Surreal. Joan was in town to run the IronGirl half … [Read more...]

How’s your balance? (and a MOTOACTV winner)

Can you stand on one leg for 30 seconds? Go try it..... How'd you do? Maybe not so hot, huh? I was like that not too long ago, but after some concerted effort, I'm much improved. Check out my video below to learn why balance is key to running, and how to improve it. I forgot to mention it in the video, but do this easy drill in your … [Read more...]

I need a 2nd mortgage

All the (minimal) shoes

I'm not a clothes horse--I go nowhere, people, but on runs, walking kids to school, errands, and the occasional night out. So I don't spend a ton on looking trendy. A few key pieces and I'm good to go. But it hit me yesterday, I DO have a bit of a minimalist shoe addiction. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could be called the Imelda of … [Read more...]

CIM it is!

So I may or may not have already chosen my next marathon before I even toed the line in Boston. A few of my friends had already decided on NYC for their fall marathon, but others of us were still trying to decide which one we'd run. When my friend Becky came back from the expo with a brochure for California International Marathon (CIM), I … [Read more...]

Need a GPS watch? (MOTOACTV review/giveaway)

I'm the first to admit that I am a low-tech runner. I've had a Garmin for two years and it is sitting in my drawer, collecting dust. I don't run with music. I don't track my miles online. I pretty much train like the old fart that I am. However, even I will admit I was pretty enamored of the MOTOACTV watch that Motorola sent me recently … [Read more...]

Rockin’ the recovery

The requisite pilgrimage to Mike's Pastry

I don't know about you, but I always find recovery from a marathon to be a tricky thing. In the first few days post-race, you're still on a high. (check) Your legs don't feel all that bad (check) and you want to get back into training again as quickly as possible (somewhat check). You might even have another race on the horizon that's … [Read more...]

How to run a marathon in 89 degrees

These signs were in every city along the route

What a day Boston 2012 was! Even with all the dire warnings about the heat, I don't think it was anything anyone could really get their heads around until they were out there.  I know that certainly applies to me. So here's how it went down: My original plan, before the heat warnings, was an 8-min. pace for a 3:30. Once we learned … [Read more...]

Speed kills

The gang's all here--arriving at Logan

At least that's what the B.A.A. had to say yesterday in the email they sent out to everyone running tomorrow. They've actually taken the unprecedented step of offering deferrals to anyone who opts not to start tomorrow because of the predicted heat. They're recommending that anyone but the "very fit" not run. Is that me? I don't know. … [Read more...]

I choose positive

You may have surmised by now that I can be my own worst enemy when it comes to running. I can quickly talk myself out of confidence. My latest nemesis has been the weather forecast for Monday: most weather forecasts are now agreeing that the 80s, and even a record-setting 85 degrees, are quite possible. Now, I've melted down in … [Read more...]

Why I love traveling with other runners

It's rumored, perhaps, that long distance runners aren't the life of a party. Something about a Saturday night out, for instance, and the need to keep things in check for the next day's run perhaps gives us a false reputation as oh, maybe not a ton of fun. But as I head off to Boston with my crew of running friends, I appreciate this … [Read more...]

Sigh

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Oh, you thought I might have a post about something other than Boston this week? I'm such a one-track mind right now, I don't think I can pull that off. My current Boston fixation? The stupid weather forecast. Some meteorologists are even calling for potential record-breaking heat on Monday. No one marathons well in heat, but I think I … [Read more...]