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 marathon, an event directed by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wordless Wednesday

From Bill Rodgers running store in Boston

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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 […]

Smelling the roses

Downtime has been nice this week (in my Boston shirt, of course!)

I’ve really enjoyed this past week of downtime from training. I haven’t been completely idle, but I have taken it considerably easier than normal. My past week’s training has looked like this: Tuesday–nada Wednesday–30-min. spin on the bike Thursday–1,000 yd. swim/3-mile run Friday–One hour spin on the bike Saturday–8-mile run Sunday–2,000 yd. swim/2-mile run with my daughter at her pace Today, Monday, I am doing […]

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 […]

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 tempting you […]

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 how hot […]

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. They’re also recommending that anyone who hasn’t […]