Run it, FEEL it, Spell it Challenge

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When I think about how running makes me feel, about a million words come to mind: free, alive, happy, and whole all make the list, for starters. I think anyone who runs regularly can attest to the flood of emotions that come along with the miles. The feelings vary with the run, with the distance, and with the terrain, but they're always … [Read more...]

Erin Go Running

Love running and love St. Patrick's Day? Here is the green clothing and St. Patrick's Day racing lowdown.

The Napa Valley Marathon is finished, and while it was slow (3:55) I ran a nice, conservative race that allowed me to enjoy the entire thing. So for me, I'm putting this in the success column. I'll have details later this week, but for now, I want to enjoy my time here with friends. Plus, St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and … [Read more...]

#TeamShorts vs. #TeamSkirt


While the short-term Mid-Atlantic forecast precludes my friend (MCM Mama Runs) Erika and I from running in shorts or skirts any time soon, we are both passionate about one or the other, so our posts today are going to bat for our choices. In my corner, it's praise for shorts; in her corner, it's all about the skirt. It's not that I … [Read more...]

Treadmill review and interval workout

treadmill workout

What? Me and a treadmill review?! I know. I really, really don't like the treadmill, and have not stepped on mine for a few years. Yet, I keep my lonely treadmill in the basement. I'm not sure if it's for sentimental value--I DID use it quite a bit when the kids were young and Mr. Zippy was traveling--or for those "just in case" … [Read more...]

What I’m loving lately

Products I'm loving lately

Did I tell you I ran 22 miles on Saturday? And that the temperatures were in the teens when we started? While I certainly don't relish these conditions, I am getting it done. A few products have been helping me along the way, too. Here's what I'm loving lately: A warm hat with a brim--this one by Nike. This is a genius idea--I used to … [Read more...]

The basic runner’s wardrobe

runners wardrobe

I'm of the mindset that running doesn't have to be expensive. These days, though, with all the technology, great fashions, and increasingly expensive shoe options, it doesn't take much for it to escalate. If you prefer to keep things simple--and on the cheap--when it comes to your runner's wardrobe, it can be done. You might need to do … [Read more...]

The EDGE mobility system (review/giveaway)

EDGE Mobility System

Alright, alright, alright…channeling a little Matthew McConaughey this Monday morning because I seem to have moved past my little tendon issue and had a decent week of training. One of the factors in the quick turnaround, I believe, was using the tools from the EDGE mobility kit. My PT is friends with Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, … [Read more...]

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...]