Jersey shore weekend by the numbers

Avalon, New Jersey

We spent a fantastic four days at the Jersey shore this past weekend as part of an annual pilgrimage there to meet with friends from Philadelphia. I always love my time there, the mixture of activity, downtime, indulgence, and time with my family and friends. Here's a rundown, numbers style, of this year's trip: Number of: Long … [Read more...]

Running, life, and a great speed workout

Summer running around these parts

I know I've been a stranger of late, and that's by design. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing with this blog. Since I'm not 100 percent sure I'm ready to put it in the trash heap, I thought I'd pop in. Plus, I DO have some product reviews coming up soon to share, so I guess I'll keep this thing going now and again until I make … [Read more...]

I make poor marathon choices

From one extreme to the other

This weekend I cut my long run back to a 10-miler. I'm sitting comfortably at the 14-mile long run range and I don't need to increase that to 16 until the beginning of July, so I decided to give my body a little break before starting to build up again. The thing was, that 10-miler felt long because this was the most incredibly humid … [Read more...]

The workout gods hate me

From a better day in the pool.

Falling completely within the #firstworldproblems category…I swear the workout gods were conspiring against me this week! I finally turned the corner on my energy levels so I was pretty excited to get some cross training back in the picture, along with all my running. Someone thought that should be a challenge for me, however. Let's … [Read more...]

Don’t get greedy (with your running)

Don't get greedy with your running

A few weeks back when I ran the Harper's Ferry Half, I spent a few minutes chatting with race director and friend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella. Mark is one of the wisest runners I know and when he asked me how my running has been lately, and how my body has been holding up, I told him I'm feeling really solid. His response: "Great, now don't get … [Read more...]

Summer races

Picking my summer races

Oh, people--this past week has been perhaps my lowest energy week of all time. Long story short, after two weeks of congestion and exhaustion, I finally wised up and went to the minute clinic, where I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. I think I ignored/dismissed the symptoms for a while because the congestion wasn't that bad and my … [Read more...]

Take it to the track workout

This all around track workout will have you running faster in no time.

I'm barely keeping up with social media these days--this May is going to be my undoing, I swear. But I am keeping up with my workouts and while my friends and I have done all our speed sessions on the road up until now, it looks like we'll be going back to the track next Tuesday. I've got a great workout queued up for us, one that works … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

Celebrating my mom's 80th birthday

This has been a scattered week and will be an even more scattered weekend, so how about a scattered post? 1. I flew into Ohio Wednesday afternoon and back home again today so that I could see my mom on her 80th birthday. We had a nice dinner out with her/my dad, my brother and his family. I'm feeling very lucky to still have both my … [Read more...]

Wild Half Marathon

Wildwood, NJ

If you're a parent in May, you know how hard it is to carve out quality family time in this month of sports, end-of-year concerts, picnics, projects, and ceremonies. When the nice folks at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ, offered me the chance to come down, run their half marathon and stay overnight, I did hesitate. Could I squeeze this … [Read more...]

Off to the Wild Half

Interested in running a race at the beach? Here's my line up of the best the East Coast has to offer.

Tomorrow, post lax game, soccer game, and mission trip training, I'll be headed off to the Jersey shore to run the Wild Half. I'm so looking forward to a little shore time. I'm hopeful the race will go well, but I have been under the weather this week and the temperatures are looking steamy for Sunday, so that's kind of a crap shoot at … [Read more...]

Speed workout roundup

Want to improve your running? Try this roundup of speed workouts.

I love running speed work, whether it's on the road, on the track, or in the form of hill repeats. There's something about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and knowing that you'll be stronger for it afterward. Right now I reserve Tuesdays for speed and keep the rest of my runs at an easy pace. This seems to be a happy place for … [Read more...]