Don’t be a slave to the schedule

Overdo it much?

I remember last fall, the day of the Baltimore Marathon, where I ran the four-person team relay with my friends as I always do. I ran a really solid six-mile leg (a 6:54 pace) and then added on about six miles afterward as a cool down. (I might have gotten a bit lost while at it, too!). I then went home, rested up and spent […]

Strides: your secret weapon


While I’m a big proponent of MAF training, one thing I don’t like about it is that all that slow mileage does nothing to improve leg turnover. Eventually, I’m going to want my leg turnover back. To that end, I have one tool I’ll pull out of the kit before too long, and it’s one that is compatible with MAF training. I’m talking about strides, […]

Five kid-free days


In the 13 1/2 years that we have been parents, Mr. Zippy and I have never had more than one overnight in our house without kids. Both of our parents live in another state, so having sleepovers at grandparents’ houses has just never been a reality. But now that the kids are older, we’re putting them on a plane and sending them off for five […]

Summertime favorite dish (ratatouille)


I don’t know about you, but I generally save warm, stew-like dishes for the fall and winter. I make an exception, however, with ratatouille, which has become my favorite summertime dish. I make it in summer because that’s when all the ingredients I use are fresh and local, rather than winter when that couldn’t be further than the case. Anyhow, because I love it so […]

My MAF foe: cardiac drift

I am slowly increasing my mileage‚Ķvery slowly, but I am now in the eight-mile range for my “long” run. I’m using MAF training indefinitely right now, hoping that my patience will hold out until I am not getting any further improvements in it. Because I have taken my good ‘ole time to get to this length of run, I’m just now remembering the one thing […]

Oh the places you’ll go with running

Running (and racing) while on vacation has to be one of my absolute favorite things to do. There is no better way to see the sights or experience a new locale on an up-close-and-personal level. Over the years, I’ve run and raced in a huge variety of fantastic places. Right off the top of my head I can think of Palm Springs, Arizona, Miami, Key […]

The five types of runners I see at the shore

Jersey shore

We had a great long weekend at the shore. Lots of beach time, visiting time, running and boot camp time. Now back to the real world! At home, I live in a ¬†very active community and see tons of runners out every day. Same at the shore, but I think there is more variety to the type of runner I see there. We all pretty […]

Five for Friday

Jersey shore

1. I’m at the Jersey shore and that makes me happy! 2. Our poor house/pet sitter had a growling/barking dog greet her. I feel terrible. She met Tori for the first time last week and then arrived at our house after we had left. Tori apparently went into protective mode, forgetting she is a whippet. Thank goodness for neighbors with whom Tori is familiar coming […]

Five tips for navigating your farmer’s market

My farmer's market even has this amazing pizza

I’ve written before about how I enjoy buying from local sources. I love the community I live in and like to support the local economy whenever I can. Buying food locally is good for your body also–when you eat food right after it is harvested, the nutrient (and flavor!) density is at its highest. Supporting local farmers means that you’re not only treating your body […]

A clear race schedule (for now)

One of the mistakes I’ve made in the past when returning from injury is putting races on the calendar too soon. Not necessarily racing too soon, but scheduling them too soon. The result is that I then have pressure to obtain a certain mileage and/or pace when in reality, I should just be easing back into running. This time is different. I have nothing on […]