Do epsom salts work?

epsom salts

I can remember growing up and complaining of the occasional muscle strain or sprain. Conventional wisdom back then was to soak in a bath with epsom salts. No one ever said why, we just did it. Whether or not it worked, I can't really remember. When my son hurt his knee (and then his foot--don't get me started on this kid's ability to … [Read more...]

Running clothes–we’ve come a long way, baby!

The bin runneth over: old, boxy nike shirt to today's fitted, stylish Eddie Bauer shirt

Every year around the holidays, I get the urge to purge. Maybe because I know more stuff is coming in soon? End of year? Who knows, but yesterday, I attacked my ridiculous, overflowing bin of long-sleeved running shirts. I was going to count how many I had, but the excess of it all would have depressed me. Where did they all come from? … [Read more...]

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...]

Eddie Bauer will get me through winter

Eddie Bauer

Have I mentioned a few thousand times before that I'm not a fan of winter? But I am a fan of running outside and I'm pretty certain that doing so helps me keep a dose of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) away, so out I go no matter what. You know what else helps me in the winter? Really cute, functional running clothes: they just … [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...]

Fitness Magazine #Fitblognyc

All the meets (clockwise from bottom left): With Allie; with Ashley, Gabrielle, Christine and Laura; with celeb chef Carla Hall

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you've probably already seen quite a few shots, and the hashtag #Fitblognyc, from my day at Fitness Magazine's Blogger Meet & Tweet last week. From the fantastic line up of speakers to the sponsors to the knock-your-socks-off gift bag, Fitness put together an amazing event for those of us … [Read more...]

What I’m loving lately

Sizzlefish, Saucony, PopSugar

As always, I go a long time between these posts and in that long span of time, I find all kinds of fun things I want to share with you all. But space is limited, so I'll stick with just a few. Here we go: Sizzlefish--Lindsay over at Cotter Crunch is a Sizzlefish ambassador and generously hooked me up with a big 'ole container full of … [Read more...]

Icebreaker New Zealand review

Ice Breaker New Zealand

I've probably mentioned before that I tend to run on the hot end of the spectrum--as in, I get hot easily out there running. I'll never be the most bundled up runner on a cold day and I'll probably be the first into shorts and a singlet each spring. I just plain old overheat easily. So wool hasn't been a part of my wardrobe, whether it be … [Read more...]

Running + Reading = Perfect Combo

On the Lips of Children

I am something of a bookworm, but at the same time, I don't read tons of running material that isn't training related. So inspirational bios by elite runners aren't generally on my reading list. No offense to any of them and their stories, but it's just not my pick. What I do like, however, is a good, solid book on training philosophies … [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...]

Mixed reviews

Saucony A6

I've been lucky enough to have some fun products come my way of late so it's time I share my reviews on them. One, a pair of shoes; the second a snack box, and the third--a children's book not running related at all, but written by a running blogger, so how could I refuse? Read on to hear what I thought of each: 1. First up, the … [Read more...]

Apera bags review/giveaway


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...]