Five for Friday

Celebrating my mom's 80th birthday

This has been a scattered week and will be an even more scattered weekend, so how about a scattered post? 1. I flew into Ohio Wednesday afternoon and back home again today so that I could see my mom on her 80th birthday. We had a nice dinner out with her/my dad, my brother and his family. I'm feeling very lucky to still have both my … [Read more...]

What I’m doing over summer break…

Me? Tools? Time to learn.

Also known as "facing my fears." Allie did a great post on Monday about tackling fears head on, which prompted me to put this one down on paper. Or screen, as it were. This summer break I'll be going on a mission trip with my son through our church. We're headed to a tiny corner of Virginia in the heart of Appalachia to make home … [Read more...]

Wild Half Marathon

Wildwood, NJ

If you're a parent in May, you know how hard it is to carve out quality family time in this month of sports, end-of-year concerts, picnics, projects, and ceremonies. When the nice folks at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ, offered me the chance to come down, run their half marathon and stay overnight, I did hesitate. Could I squeeze this … [Read more...]

Off to the Wild Half

Interested in running a race at the beach? Here's my line up of the best the East Coast has to offer.

Tomorrow, post lax game, soccer game, and mission trip training, I'll be headed off to the Jersey shore to run the Wild Half. I'm so looking forward to a little shore time. I'm hopeful the race will go well, but I have been under the weather this week and the temperatures are looking steamy for Sunday, so that's kind of a crap shoot at … [Read more...]

Speed workout roundup

Want to improve your running? Try this roundup of speed workouts.

I love running speed work, whether it's on the road, on the track, or in the form of hill repeats. There's something about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and knowing that you'll be stronger for it afterward. Right now I reserve Tuesdays for speed and keep the rest of my runs at an easy pace. This seems to be a happy place for … [Read more...]

Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon

Running in beautiful Harper's Ferry, WV

Cruel and unusual punishment. That's how one might describe the course for the Harper's Ferry Half Marathon. But you know what? I loved it. The race is the creation of friend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and it's a runner's race. You get a mix of trails (my favorite part), cross country (on the battlefields no less), and then those … [Read more...]

Dogs and kids are smarter than adults

Is my running partner smarter than me?

At least when it comes to running. Let me explain where I'm going with this. As the weather has heated up the past week or so, I've noticed that Tori is dragging a bit on our runs. No matter how much urging I give her, she is not going to run her "normal" pace with me, at least not on the leash. I've also noticed that when she is off … [Read more...]

The difference between fit and fast

Running will ebb and flow, often due to your fitness level

You all know I run with a group of ladies (and sometimes guys, too--check out my article on the topic) and that we almost always do our races together. With many years under our belts like this, we've been all over the place in terms of where we all finish or place in a race. One event might see one of us at the front, while another a few … [Read more...]

Top 5 Running Moments

My five favorite running moments

I've seen these top five running moments posts floating around lately, in particular over at Love, Life, Surf and Happy Fit Mama (you do read these ladies, right?) and really enjoyed them. For someone who's been running 17-plus years, this was kind of challenging to nail down--as was finding pictures from some, which I did not manage 100 … [Read more...]

Heavy hearted

I'm not breaking any news when I talk about what's going on in Baltimore right now. But I am compelled to write about it because it's just such a sad situation. It's funny: when we first moved to the Baltimore area some 15 years ago, it was with my feet dragging all the way. We had been in Philadelphia prior to here and I absolutely … [Read more...]

Mondays on the run (pacer edition)

Running a half marathon is fun but leading a pace group is even better

This was a really solid week of training for me, although my legs are definitely feeling it. Things went down like this: Monday: Rest Tuesday: Nine miles w/ three miles at tempo; barre class Wednesday: Swim; seven miles easy Thursday: Seven miles easy plus strides; HIIT workout Friday: One hour spin; yoga wall class (such … [Read more...]

Two half marathons/one week apart


Race calendars are meant to be changed, are they not? I think so. When I put my original race calendar together a while back, I included the Harper's Ferry Half Marathon on May 9. I didn't think I'd have anything else on the calendar until potentially June, when I might add the Baltimore 10-miler. Then an offer came my way from Morey's … [Read more...]