Give a Goal (and win a TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch)

My new TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch

It's inevitable, right? We're just winding down 2014 and reflecting back on it. But inevitably, our thoughts begin to wander to our goals for 2015, especially when it comes to running. Partly because we sometimes need to sign up for races eons in advance, and partly because it's human nature to look forward in anticipation of what's to … [Read more...]

The ultimate runner’s gift guide and giveaway

gift guide

It's #CyberMonday, so I'm offering up this complete gift guide for runners--just about everything you could possibly need is here. It's also a season of gratitude, and I want to express mine to my wonderful crew of readers with a giveaway that includes all of the featured products. It wouldn't be possible without the fantastic sponsor … [Read more...]

Turkey trotting off…

Putting the focus on the tangible this week.

Just as I did last year at Thanksgiving, I'm taking the rest of this week off from blogging. Not only do I want the time in the real world, but I am fried from a case of over scheduling. Today, for instance, includes seven appointments (four of them are teacher conferences). Downtime is what I need! Before I go, though, I want you all … [Read more...]

Milestone Pod Review/Giveaway

Milestone Pod on my Saucony A6

If you've got a better memory than I, you might recall my talking about the Milestone Pod last year. It's a cool little device (all of 12 ounces) developed by a local runner and his partners that attaches to your running shoe laces. And the list of all that it can do is pretty amazing. When I last wrote about the Milestone Pod, the … [Read more...]

Apera bags review/giveaway

aperabags

Last weekend we did our annual ski weekend with friends to Wisp Mountain in western Maryland--five years running now. I may have mentioned a few thousand times before that I am not a winter person, and downhill skiing isn't my thing. But the weekend is always so much fun that I look forward to it each year in spite of myself. This year … [Read more...]

Topo Athletic shoe review/giveaway

Topo Athletic

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my picture of those funny, split-toed shoes I was wearing last week. They are the RT model from Topo Athletic. What's the deal with that toe design? According to Topo, it's based on the Japanese Tabi shoe, and the design keeps the foot securely positioned inside an anatomically shaped toe … [Read more...]

An announcement, a review, and a (shoe) giveaway

Video thumbnail for youtube video An announcement, a review, and a (shoe) giveaway - Miss Zippy

If you follow me over on Facebook, you've already seen what I'll be doing Nov. 18-21. But if not, let me share it with you. I'll be joining speakers like Nancy Clark and Kathrine Switzer at the "Run Faster, Further and Injury-Free for Years to Come,” telesummit, sponsored by the International Association of Women Runners. I'm really … [Read more...]

Pearl Izumi wants to outfit you head to toe

The prize package

If you are into cycling or triathlon, I'm betting you are already quite familiar with Pearl Izumi. If you've lived the life of a runner only, however, I'd guess maybe the name is new to you. Here's the thing, though: they are making some pretty big inroads into running with both a clothing line, and now a new running shoe known as the … [Read more...]

Sunglasses giveaway!

I haven't done a giveaway in ages...kind of got out of the habit/lost my interest in doing one. But...I do appreciate my readers, so if something good crosses my desk that I can share with you, I'll do it. I think you'll agree that this one is something good! Sunglasses Shop offered me a chance to try the Oakley Women's Ideal sunglasses … [Read more...]

Want to run with the legends?

Let's see if we can design the dream relay team for a marathon, shall we? How about Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Bart Yasso, and you? A pretty potent combo for most runners, isn't it? Thanks to the Blue Ridge Marathon, that dream team can become a reality for two incredibly lucky runners. The Blue Ridge Marathon, billed as … [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...]

Have you planned your spring marathon yet?

Blue Ridge Marathon logo

No? You're still concentrating on your fall marathon? That's all good and well, but it doesn't hurt to get out the 2013 calendar and look ahead at race possibilities. Before you know it, the holidays are going to be steamrolling you, so why not take care of some spring plans now? Here's what I suggest: consider adding the Foot … [Read more...]

Help me FIGHT

All this is up for grabs in my Team Fight raffle

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I'm doing two triathlons this season, one as part of Team Fight, which benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. I'd support this organization no matter what, because it is a fantastic one, focusing on a demographic that is often left without the proper resources when faced with cancer. But I … [Read more...]