When low heart rate training gets tough

So…I alluded to this on Monday, but here’s the deal: MAF training is getting a little tough for me right now. And I remember this happening last time through, too, although I seem to be struggling with it even more this time. You’d think MAF would be hardest at the very beginning, when you are at your slowest. It is tough, then, trust me. But […]

The (health) mysteries of Europe

Beautiful markets like this one are everywhere

Any time you travel to a different country/experience a different culture, you can’t help but make comparisons. As someone who writes a fitness blog and leads a fitness-related lifestyle, my comparisons inevitably fell into that category for the most part. That said, here are some of my observations from the old country, some of which also incorporates my exposure to Europeans over the years via […]

Running lately

Gratuitous European running shot

I haven’t talked about my running in ages, it seems, so I think it’s about time for an update. In a word, it’s pretty fantastic. As I’ve told you before, I have been building my miles very, very slowly, but seemingly overnight, I am doing fairly real mileage. I hit the 10-mile mark for my long run about a month ago. I held it there […]

European vacation running

Run in Europe

I don’t want to be one of “those people” who forces you into my home and puts you in front of a slide show. Ok, anyone besides me remember those days? But anyhow, I do want to give you a brief recap of our amazing trip (once we got going!) and especially, tell you about my runs. Off we go… When we first planned this […]

The trip that almost didn’t happen

The hook that almost spoiled the fun

We are back and getting readjusted to time changes, culture changes, and schedules. The trip was fantastic and I’ll have more details later this week. Before I get to that, however, I must give you the prequel.  As some of you saw on Instagram, the trip almost didn’t happen. My son is a tad bit obsessed with fishing. When he’s not fishing, he’s either asking me […]

Why I shouldn’t trail run (guest post)

trail running

I’m really thrilled today to have today’s guest poster here. She’s a stud-and-a half and the mother of two adorable twin boys. I’m talking, of course, about Allie from VitaTrain4Life. She’s got a fun little tale to share here with you–one to which I can sadly relate, I have to admit. Read on and let us know if this has ever happened to you! Each […]

Checking in and checking out

My little superstar

Today’s the day we head to Europe. I’ve been debating what to do with the blog while away. I contemplated writing some posts ahead of time and scheduling them (didn’t happen), writing while away (not going to happen), or lining up a bunch of guest posts (I have one slated for Wednesday–don’t miss it). When it comes right down to it, I am a big […]

November Project Baltimore

November Project

I’ve been wanting to try November Project in Baltimore for some time now, ever since reading up on the original, Boston version of it in Runner’s World last year. In a nutshell, November Project is an informal group that gathers weekly to sweat it out in varied workouts. It’s free, it involves hugs, lots of energy, and even some group cursing (which is kind of […]

Don’t be a slave to the schedule

Overdo it much?

I remember last fall, the day of the Baltimore Marathon, where I ran the four-person team relay with my friends as I always do. I ran a really solid six-mile leg (a 6:54 pace) and then added on about six miles afterward as a cool down. (I might have gotten a bit lost while at it, too!). I then went home, rested up and spent […]

Strides: your secret weapon


While I’m a big proponent of MAF training, one thing I don’t like about it is that all that slow mileage does nothing to improve leg turnover. Eventually, I’m going to want my leg turnover back. To that end, I have one tool I’ll pull out of the kit before too long, and it’s one that is compatible with MAF training. I’m talking about strides, […]