Mondays on the run (pacer edition)

Running a half marathon is fun but leading a pace group is even better

This was a really solid week of training for me, although my legs are definitely feeling it. Things went down like this: Monday: Rest Tuesday: Nine miles w/ three miles at tempo; barre class Wednesday: Swim; seven miles easy Thursday: Seven miles easy plus strides; HIIT workout Friday: One hour spin; yoga wall class (such … [Read more...]

Two half marathons/one week apart


Race calendars are meant to be changed, are they not? I think so. When I put my original race calendar together a while back, I included the Harper's Ferry Half Marathon on May 9. I didn't think I'd have anything else on the calendar until potentially June, when I might add the Baltimore 10-miler. Then an offer came my way from Morey's … [Read more...]

Mondays on the run (spring is here version)

My week of running and cross training.

This past week of running was all about recovery from Cherry Blossom. The first run back on Tuesday, my legs felt pretty rough, but after that, things improved quickly. I'm actually feeling encouraged by how fast my legs bounced back because usually that's not the case for me. Here's how the week shook out (and know that stability work is … [Read more...]

On races and headphones

Do headphones and running races mix?

By now most of you know that I'm a minimalist when it comes to running, from my shoes to my gadgets (or lack thereof) to the smaller, more local races I tend to choose. So it should probably come as no surprise to you that I don't run with music. Never have and never will. This isn't a post about the merits of running sans music, … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day gift guide for runners

Mother's Day gift ideas for the runner in your life.

If you haven't noticed, there's something of a mother runner boom going on out there, which is only a good thing. For me, as a mom, running has always been the perfect companion: a way to stay healthy and energetic for my kids, as well as a chance to get "me" time. And today, both my kids run, sometimes alongside me, which is pretty much … [Read more...]

Good day at the races (Cherry Blossom 10-miler)

Running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in Washington, DC, is a treat for any runner.

If you could design the perfect spring day on which to race a 10-miler, yesterday had to be it. Pure blue skies, perfect temperatures, and cherry blossoms blooming everywhere--DC doesn't get any prettier. And, much to my surprise, I had a decent day out there. Cherry Blossom and I just seem to get along. I can't give you my time … [Read more...]

Goals for Cherry Blossom 10-miler

Running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in 2015

Goals? You think I set goals for my races these days? Outside of not crashing and burning, honestly, I don't. Here's what I hope will go down for this year's Cherry Blossom 10-miler: Like with the Napa Valley Marathon, I really don't have a good gauge on my fitness level. I've done a total of three speed sessions in between the … [Read more...]

Make group running work for you

Running with a group can be a great addition to your fitness routine.

You all know that I've been running with my pack of ladies for some time--probably pushing a decade now. Prior to that, I did group track workouts and sometimes ran with the occasional friend or two on a long run, but otherwise, I ran solo. I still mix up my workouts so that some are with the group and others are on my own. I appreciate … [Read more...]

Mondays on the run–spring break style

A review of my week of running

Last week my kids had spring break. And while some of you might have been in the lovely blue Caribbean, we were in sunny cloudy Cleveland, Ohio, where the murky waters of Lake Erie had big chunks of ice on them and the "beach" was covered in snow. Be jealous, people, be jealous. We were supposed to be in Bryce and Zion over break. We … [Read more...]

Pin it party

Linking up with The Lean Green Bean for a Pin it Party!

You all know I'm a Pinterest newbie, right? I'm enjoying it more than I expected, and while I could/should spend HOURS more working on my boards, I seem to have been able to carve out enough time to keep afloat without going under as I feared. Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean is hosting a Pin It Party today, where you share five … [Read more...]

The week of running that somewhat was

My week of running in review.

I think two colds in one year's span is too many for anyone, don't you? I am down with my second one (the earlier being in December) and I'm finding it a little annoying. This one really snuck up on me--my biggest sign was utter exhaustion beginning Thursday, but not significant congestion, etc. I took Friday off, felt better, and went … [Read more...]

Why run speed work on the roads?

Running speed work on the road comes with lots of benefits for running fitness.

Yesterday my friends and I did mile repeats on the road, with the goal of running them at our estimated 10-miler paces. I was actually pleasantly surprised by my paces, but I DO know my Cherry Blossom is still going to be pretty far off my normal for this course and distance. You have to accept the place you are and keep moving … [Read more...]

Mondays on the run

A review of the week in running and fitness.

I seem to be getting into a groove with reviewing the week that was on Mondays, so I'm going to attempt to make that a weekly theme. Looking back over the past week, I inched my mileage back closer to normal, added in some speed work, and kept the variety going. In sum, I ran about 40 miles this week. Highlights included getting back … [Read more...]