Orange Up

Orange Up

We all know childhood obesity is an ever growing problem in our nation. And as a health-minded population, we are in a unique position to put a dent in the problem. There are so many ways to go about this--serving as good role models to our kids and community's kids; encouraging more activity and healthier lunches in our schools; and … [Read more...]

Garmin racing–not my thing

running GPS watch

At the Runner's World Half Marathon last week, I used my Garmin for the first time ever during a race. You may recall that I'm the one person on the planet that is not a big fan of the gadgets, but because I'll be pacing a group at an upcoming Metric Marathon, I've had to suck it up and get used to it. I thought a race was an ideal time … [Read more...]

Feeling a bit like Lance Armstrong

U.S. Postal cycling team

Last spring, I went to see a hematologist for my chronically low iron counts. I was feeling run down, my training was lackluster, and I wanted a fix for my anemia. The doc put me on iron supplements with vitamin C for absorption and I faithfully took them on a daily basis. I finally went back for a follow up visit on Wednesday and guess … [Read more...]

ING New York City Marathon class of 2012

Class of 2012

You may have heard that there's this little race called the ING New York City Marathon coming up next weekend on Nov. 4. Maybe you're even running it--I personally have four friends who are venturing up there to race it. Whatever the case, there's no question that New York is one of the most famous marathons out there, for many … [Read more...]

Runner’s World half–the race itself

Blonde Ponytail, MissZippy, Westford Mommy

Alrighty--so how to you top off an incredibly fantastic, run centric weekend? You run a race, of course! Many of the participants in the Runner's World Half Marathon Festival went for what the magazine dubbed the hat trick: A 5k and 10k on Saturday, followed up by a half marathon on Sunday. Impressive, no? I was NOT among them, I … [Read more...]

Runner’s World Half Marathon–my surreal weekend

Shalane Flanagan

The Runner's World Half Marathon weekend--how to fit it all in to one post? I'm not a fan of long, wordy posts. Or of posts meted out over three and four different days for one event. But honestly, this is one time that I've got to break some of my own rules. This was a weekend that exceeded expectations. Thursday night involved … [Read more...]

Road tripping to Runner’s World Half!

I'm hitting the road today, wild and crazy, mini-van driving, runner style. Thanks to FitFluential and Runner's World, I'm headed up to Bethlehem, Pa., for a weekend of activities surrounding the Runner's World half marathon. And I am beyond excited. I get to have dinner tonight with a group of bloggers and some of the Runner's World … [Read more...]


Throw-away gloves

Not buried alive, but I apparently have become a hoarder of throw-away gloves. When I went to the expo for the Baltimore Marathon last week, I picked up a pair of $1 throw-away gloves to use the next day. That's normal, right? Then I got home and went to add them to my bin where I keep all things running accessories--headlamp, hats, … [Read more...]

The Baltimore Marathon in flip-flops

Keith Levasseur looking fresh after his 2:46 Baltimore Marathon in flip-flops

So--we know there are plenty of minimalist runners out there, and we also know there's a legion of bare footers out there, some of whom complete marathons that way. But what about a guy running a marathon in flip-flops? What if I told you he did it at Baltimore this past weekend and he did it in 2:46? The runner is Keith Levasseur, who … [Read more...]

Our day at the Baltimore Marathon


Eventually all great streaks must come to an end, right? This year it was time for the Run4Chocolate ladies to see our top three streak end at the Baltimore Marathon relay. We still pulled out fourth and fifth out of the hundreds of all-female teams, but it was a bummer not to be podium finishers for the first time. It wasn't without a … [Read more...]

Who wants to run the Blue Ridge Marathon?

Runners enjoy the descent at the 2012 Blue Ridge Marathon

If you're tough enough to give it a go (and I know LOTS of you are), the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, set in Roanoke, Va., and billed as America's toughest road marathon, is offering up one reader a free entry. Not up for the full? There's a half marathon option, too. Let me tell you about this race, which promises to be … [Read more...]

Is the Baltimore Marathon ready for us?

Because we are ready for it. By "we" I mean my friends and I, eight of us who are making up two relay teams for this weekend's marathon. This is a long-standing tradition with our group, one we've upheld for almost all of the 12 years the marathon has been in existence. Each of the years we have fielded teams, we have run under the … [Read more...]

Marathons and half marathons on the brain

This is Baltimore Marathon week, so if you're a runner and live around here, it's hard not to have marathons and half marathons on your mind. My friends and I will be fielding two teams for the marathon relay this year, something we've been doing for 10 or 11 years now. And with the Ravens and Orioles both on a roll right now, the … [Read more...]