My MAF foe: cardiac drift

I am slowly increasing my mileage…very 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 […]

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 […]

Nailing the negative split

progression run

Studies have shown that for long races like the marathon, even splitting is your best bet. Even so, most coaches will recommend that you spend the first couple of miles a bit slower than goal pace before settling into goal pace. No one, however, is going to encourage you to positive split! I have many faults when it comes to my running, but one strength […]

Confessions of a cardio junkie

My name is Amanda and I love cardio. It’s not that I hate strength work or any other kind of exercise, but given the chance, I’ll choose some sort of cardio workout every time. And I’ll do a lot of it, too. I’m sure it goes back to starting out as a triathlete. I mean, cardio is what you do if you’re a triathlete, especially […]

My mismatched running partner

I have an awesome running partner

So yes, I’ve been easing back into running and so far, so good. I’m not going to get into details of how far/how much right now because I don’t want to jinx myself and have another setback. It’s not much, yet, but it’s forward progress and that’s all I could ask for. As I’ve been making my return, I’ve been taking Tori along as my […]

The toughest stability move I do

picstitch

I told you a couple of weeks ago that one of the things I’m working on improving these days is my stability. It’s funny, because before starting PT with Robert, I thought that I had pretty decent stability. I spent a lot of time in single-leg stance throughout my day and incorporated balance work into my regular strength routine. But when Robert tested me on […]

My dad, the runner

My dad with his medals and a shot of him handing off the baton

I had the pleasure yesterday of flying to Ohio for the day to surprise my dad on his 80th birthday. My mom was in on it, and we pulled it off beautifully. Seeing the look on his face when I rang doorbell was fantastic! When I got together with him yesterday we returned to a subject he is fond of visiting, his days of running […]

Girls on the Run 5k

Girls on the Run

Saturday was about as good as it gets. After 10 weeks, the 30 girls in my (and my three fellow coaches)  Girls on the Run team lined up for their big day and ran the 5k. What a positive experience the day was. Our chapter here has just exploded with something like 2,500 people now participating in the 5k, making it the biggest 5k in […]

Posture and stability

That arch in my back? Not doing my gluteus any favors!

I am spending an inordinate amount of time doing PT these days–easily an hour each day. I’ll admit that at least once or twice each week I have a meltdown and think about chucking it all and giving up. It’s depressing and tedious and it requires an extra early wake up time each day in order to fit it in. But when you get down […]