California Dreamin’

The last time I raced in California was a half marathon in 2010.

Whew. Well at least a few of you are sticking around to read after I offended half the running world with yesterday's post. Thank you. And so today's topic is well, the topic you're probably sick of by now, my marathon! (cue the clapping and cheering). I'm leaving on a jet plane today for California. Sunday, it appears, I'll be … [Read more...]

#10 Things I don’t get

As girly as I get for running

If you're on Twitter (some of us are, ahem, on it quite a bit), you might have noticed that something called #20 things I don't like has been trending lately. I'm going to put my own little twist on this with 10 things ('cause who wants to read through 20?) I don't get, the runner's version. Now please don't think I am judging you … [Read more...]

Looks can be deceiving

Don't judge a book by its cover. I could go on with these painful cliches, but the fact of the matter is, they're true. How many times in life have you lined up next to someone at a race, looked him/her over and decided there's no way he/she can beat you--and he/she does? How many times have you looked at a relationship, admired it for … [Read more...]

Cyber Monday

Hoping to make it all 26.2

Black Friday. Small-business Saturday. Great deals, yes, but soooo not for me. I loathe going out and shopping with the masses--there is no deal good enough to make it worth the aggravation in my mind. So Cyber Monday fits me to a T. I plan to knock off just about everything on my list today. Cyber Monday for me this year also means … [Read more...]

Holiday thinking (and linking)

Great ways to avoid feeling like the Grinch this holiday season

With Thanksgiving upon us and the madness of the holidays now officially in full swing, I'm going to check out for the remainder of the week. But before I do, I want to share with you some of the good things fellow bloggers have going on right now--ways to combine healthy living and in some cases, giving. I encourage you to use these … [Read more...]

What I’ve learned from glycogen depletion runs

Let's sit down and share a cup

I've written a few times about my experimentation this training cycle with glycogen depletion (GD) runs to teach my body to tap into fat for fuel. Without having run my marathon yet, the jury is still out on the results. However, I've learned plenty new about how much and what type of fueling my body prefers from this trial and … [Read more...]

Count to 10…

Here I am, two weeks out from a marathon and just about six weeks left in the year (tell me how that's possible). As the year draw to a close, I'm hearing all about other runners' plans for the coming year. Believe me, I'm tossing lots of possibilities around in my head, too. Do I want to run a spring marathon? A 50k? Or maybe just … [Read more...]

Skora Running shoe review

minimalist running

It's no secret that I'm, ahem, a bit of an Imelda when it comes to natural running shoes. You name the brand and I've probably tried it (note--it's good to be a blogger!). The latest shoe I was fortunate enough to try is the Form, by Skora Running. I like what Skora is doing with running shoes. Their philosophy: At SKORA, we look at … [Read more...]

Final long run

Altra Zero Drop shoes

Anyone else find the last long run before a marathon kind of bittersweet? Don't get me wrong--I am always ready for it and ready to embrace the taper. But it's also kind of hard to let go after a long training cycle. I find the long run--the cornerstone of most marathon programs--to be my favorite part of the training. What's … [Read more...]

I may not hit 50, but…

iron deficiency

I will hit 50, the age, all too soon. But 50 as a hematocrit level? Nah, nor do I want to. One of the things I've learned from The Secret Race is that 50 was the top hematocrit level the pro cyclists could hit during major races before receiving a 15-day ban. So as they took their EPO and did their blood doping, any time they got too … [Read more...]

Walk in another’s shoes

Tyler Hamilton, Lance Armstrong

I don't usually go all Oprah on ya here (not my thing) but I'm feeling the need to slip out of character for a moment. If there's one thing I try to do in life, it's to keep my judgement of others in check. I don't always succeed. In fact, I probably fail more often than not. But I try to live by the tenet that, unless you've walked in … [Read more...]