Sometimes the trail calls louder than the track

Last week Harold at A Veteran Runnah¬†posted 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 enjoyment. Harold is in his […]

I can’t hang…

The forever line that greeted me at the IronGirl practice swim

…in the real world. So I discovered this weekend while on a short getaway with Mr. Zippy and some old friends. Before I get to that, however, let me tell you about the beginning of my weekend. I got to do the practice swim for IronGirl first thing Saturday morning. I arrived around 6:20 to a HUGE line of women waiting to get chipped before […]

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 house.¬†I’ve been […]



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. […]

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 […]

The forever mile

The other night when I was racing, I had an all-too familiar experience with the mile markers. It doesn’t happen every race, but it does happen most races. It doesn’t even matter what the race distance is, be it short or be it long, it can happen. And it drives me nuts. It was one of those times when you swear, swear, that the mile […]

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 coming. […]

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 […]

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 quote the other day when flipping through 1,001 […]

To all you running mamas out there

Before you know it, you'll be running races together

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. Really […]