I’ve got a race calendar!

Do you enjoy running races? How to plan your race calendar.

We may be three-and-a-half months into the year, but I'm just now getting my act together with my race calendar. I had to wait until I got past the Napa Marathon before I could really think about where I wanted to go with the rest of the year. Finally, I've got a race calendar plotted out. I'm going to start with my biggest event … [Read more...]

Running and then some

Running and cross training can be a match made in heaven.

I am two weeks post marathon and I'm telling you, I don't ever think I've played two weeks better. I just seem to be tapped into exactly what my mind and body need right now, which is variety.  I am following my body's lead and it feels fantastic. Here's how week two post-marathon shook out: Monday: Stability work Tuesday: Six … [Read more...]

Agility training

Are you active in sports? Training can be hard on your body. Protect yourself against injury with these agility tools

Look up the word agile in the dictionary and I can tell  you one thing: there will NOT be a picture of me next to it. Nor my son, if truth be told--poor kid got far more of my genes than Mr. Zippy's in that department. But he's a soccer player and I'm a runner, and we both need some agility training in our lives. When my son injured … [Read more...]

Multi-grain hot cereal recipe

Try this yummy, nutritious hot cereal recipe.

Don't ask me why, but I was thinking about goals and resolutions the other day. Maybe because the blogosphere is big on this? The thing I've come to realize is that these days, I'm not much of a resolution or even goal setter. It's not that there isn't plenty of room for improvement around these parts--there is. It's that when it comes to … [Read more...]

Marathon recovery–week one

How to recover properly from running a marathon.

Well. This has been one week of slacking off and I must admit, I have enjoyed it! So many times in the past I have regretted doing too much after a marathon, so this time I promised myself to get it right. That meant no alarms for one week, no runs for one week, and only exercising if I felt like it. All that said, here's what my first … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day

You know, I consider myself a pretty strong woman. I mean, I've got an Ironman, 15 marathons, and countless other athletic achievements to my name. I'm no shrinking violet when it comes to standing up for women's rights, either. And yet, when I read about women who are involved in first response, or the female mushers who race the annual … [Read more...]

My home gym wish list

My home gym wish list for stronger running.

I've told you before that I do all of my strength and stability work at home. It saves me valuable commuting time to and from a gym, and I honestly think that with the right equipment, you can get all you need right in the comfort of your own home. I have plenty of equipment/gym toys here to allow me to do that, but there are still a few … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Marathon

What's better than running a marathon? Running a marathon in Napa Valley of course!

I'm going through reentry to Siberia right now after leaving paradise. It's not easy! We had a fantastic trip, full of beauty, good wine, good weather and great friends. And the marathon, of course. Here's how it all went down: The Napa Valley Marathon gets so much right when it comes to delivering a great course/location, a tight-run … [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...]

Goals for the Napa Valley Marathon

My goals for running the Napa Valley Marathon

By the time you're reading this, I will be high in the sky making my way to Napa for Sunday's marathon. Or rather, for a fantastic long weekend with friends with a marathon thrown in for good measure. All along I've told you that my goal for Napa is to simply finish feeling good, and that is still the case. But let me define what … [Read more...]

How to know if you’re race ready

Running a race? How to determine if your fitness is  there to reach your goal time.

With Napa on Sunday, and no big race goals other than to finish happy (more on this Friday), I don't have much to go over mentally before race day. But if I were going into this race with a specific goal pace in mind, I'd want to revisit what went right and what went wrong in this training cycle in order to gain an honest assessment of my … [Read more...]

How to go from base to speed

Build your running fitness as you transition from base building to speed work.

T-minus six days until the Napa Valley Marathon, but T-minus seven weeks (?) until the Cherry Blossom 10-miler for me. As you know, I've spent many months base building this year, but am only just adding in the smallest bit of speed work with my eye on Cherry Blossom. Because it's been such a long time since I've done any speed work, I … [Read more...]

A week of snowy runs

Running in the snow

This week has been our coldest, snowiest yet. Not by New England standards, I know, but by Maryland standards. Still, after attempting a treadmill run last Sunday and making it all of 3.5 miles, I knew I was getting out no matter what. A little creativity can go a long way in this weather--I switched things around multiple times to ensure … [Read more...]