Sometimes the trail calls louder than the track

Last week Harold at A Veteran Runnah┬áposted about how he was faced with a choice between hitting the track for speed or taking to the trails for a more leisurely run. After some debate, he went with the trails. He concluded that perhaps his focus on running was shifting from all about competition to something more along the lines of … [Read more...]

Dress rehearsing


There are definite advantages to living in the same town where you're going to be racing. You get to ride or run the course you'll be racing whenever you want, making friends with all the hills, turns, ins and outs that you'll be facing. In just three weeks from Sunday, I've got the IronGirl sprint tri a mere couple of miles from my … [Read more...]



Have you heard about this recently devised, simple workout? I read about it on Runner's World Daily and thought it sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a go. My rule since hitting my 40s is not to do speed work on my traditional day (Tuesday) after a race. I just don't recover like I used to, so this gives me a little cushion. … [Read more...]

WordFULL Wednesday

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. --Jim Ryun You can't talk yourself into shape. Either you can do it or you can't. --Frank Shorter It is the illusion that we can go no faster that holds us back. --Kenny Moore The way I see it, you have to view running time not as extra or wasted time, but as … [Read more...]

Rockville Twilighter 8k

With Allison--yes, we thought the parking garage made a lovely backdrop!

Let me start by saying that if you've never raced in the dark (at night) do it! I really enjoyed this little switch up to the normal racing scene. You can't see your splits (although they had clocks at each mile marker), you can't see your fellow racers, unless they are right next to you, and you can't really even see much of what's … [Read more...]

Not too hard, not too soft, but just right

Just right?

Sometimes I feel like Goldilocks, except that instead of porridge or a chair, I'm on a quest to find the perfect shoes. As you all know, I strive for natural running form, which is a constant work in progress. I mix in a bit of barefoot running with my overall mileage because I think it is always the best form teacher. But I still wear … [Read more...]

The Oprah Effect?

If Frank Shorter inspired the first running boom, Oprah inspired the second by running the Marine Corps Marathon. And it was a much bigger boom. This was not a spindly 24-year old Yalie gliding through Old World Munich. If Oprah could run a marathon, shame on anyone who couldn't. Edward McClelland, author and journalist. I read this … [Read more...]

To all you running mamas out there

Running with my son

I just read about a fit mama with a new baby who is in the place we've all been--overwhelmed and trying to figure out if and when she can squeeze in the workouts. Remember that? It's a tough place to be. And I know it doesn't end with the newborn stage; having small children and trying to maintain some semblance of training is hard. … [Read more...]

These legs are ready to lounge

Sometimes you need to take your feet off the pavement and put them onto the sofa.

This coming Saturday night is the Twighlighter 8k that I mentioned here. It's not an "A" race for me, but rather a good warm-up for my sprint tri coming up on Aug. 19. Still, I'm going to make the race an excuse to taper for a few days. Why? It's been a while since I've cut back on my training in any way, shape or form. I've had really … [Read more...]

Free agent

As complicated as I get

When I first started triathlon training eons ago I worked with a coach--Troy Jacobson. He'd send me my schedules bi-weekly and all of my prescribed training was by time. A three-hr. ride here, a 90-minute run there. He'd specify effort by zone, but never got too technical about pace. Yes, I did weekly track workouts under his leadership, … [Read more...]

Drop the capris

Overheated enough without wearing capris!

Ok, not really, but kind of. When I was running at the shore last week, it was HOT. Yes, cooler than muggy Maryland, but hot just the same. I did two bricks and by the time I finished up each of those, it was already approaching 90. For me, those temperatures mean shorts and a singlet--only way to get through the heat somewhat … [Read more...]