Staying the course isn’t always easy

I'm happy to say that running has gone really well lately. My hip issues seem to be a thing of the past (of course I'm still paranoid) and I am back up to my normal mileage. I did a 16 for my long run last week, will do another this coming Saturday, and then will spend two weeks at the 18 level before moving on. All this in preparation … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

How's this for some swag?

1. Many of you have noticed and commented on my new design--I haven't had a chance! It was time for some updating so I turned to Janice at Just Janice Designs for the work. We're just about finished and I am really happy with the new look. 2. The holiday running is in full swing. Wed. night my friends came over for our annual holiday … [Read more...]

Even the elites rest (guest post)

Elite Tina Muir

I am so excited to have elite runner Tina Muir over here today. If you don't know Tina, she's a British import who is tearing it up stateside these days with her talented running. She's sponsored by Saucony and her times are nothing short of impressive. At 26, she's just getting started, too. What I like best about Tina, however, is her … [Read more...]

How to (hopefully) pull a marathon out of the toilet

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Have I told you I am running the Napa Valley Marathon on March 1? I'm going with friends for a fun long girls weekend. The marathon is the icing on the cake--I have no time goals, only "finish feeling good" goals. Over the past month, however, I've been questioning if I'd even get that far. I've told you my hip was bothering me, and so … [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...]

We’re adding a new runner!

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  I'm 49 people, so no, I'm not pregnant. I wrote an article for Runner's World's new women's running site Zelle the other day about running with your kids. Over the years, I've run with both of mine, in races as well as runs for fun. I'm pretty sure my daughter has the bug and will stick with it. My son, on the other hand, … [Read more...]

The crazy, long hair, white-man preacher

Pastor Dean

In all my years of running, this is perhaps the story that I love the most. I hope you do, too:  The history of our country's Native Americans isn't a pretty one, at least since white man came onto the scene. These days, too high a percentage of the Native American population is plagued by poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and little hope. … [Read more...]

The best of a week…

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Monday is maybe an odd day to do week wrap up, but there were several highlights to mine last week, so I thought I'd share a few, best of style: Best reunion: I got to meet up with a friend from high school that I haven't seen in years when she came to town this weekend for her daughter's lacrosse tournament. How did we let so much … [Read more...]

Holiday runs I love

Clockwise from top left: my favorite ornament; Celtic Solstice 2011?; Turkey Trot with my then much younger son; our annual cookie exchange run

I am NOT a big fan of the holidays, let's just put that out there. And I'm kind of annoyed that I am even posting something with the word holiday in it when we are a mere 12 days removed from Halloween. But the retailers are already shoving the season down our throats, so my mind has wandered there lately, thus this post.  I was thinking … [Read more...]

When your PRs are behind you

I was talking with another runner around my age the other day who had also been running for a comparable period of time. She was lamenting the fact that her fastest days are behind her. She's not the first person I've heard say that. At the age of 49 and with close to 17 years of running experience, I realistically don't have many PRs … [Read more...]

Desperately seeking: working glute

My friend and Pilates instructor on the far right

You all know I spent my share of time not running last year, and credit the routine designed by my PT Robert Gillanders with getting me back out there. It had been a while since I'd checked in with Robert, so I went to see him last week. I figured that perhaps it was time to reevaluate my current status and see if the same routine was … [Read more...]