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, […]

Five kid-free days


In the 13 1/2 years that we have been parents, Mr. Zippy and I have never had more than one overnight in our house without kids. Both of our parents live in another state, so having sleepovers at grandparents’ houses has just never been a reality. But now that the kids are older, we’re putting them on a plane and sending them off for five […]

Summertime favorite dish (ratatouille)


I don’t know about you, but I generally save warm, stew-like dishes for the fall and winter. I make an exception, however, with ratatouille, which has become my favorite summertime dish. I make it in summer because that’s when all the ingredients I use are fresh and local, rather than winter when that couldn’t be further than the case. Anyhow, because I love it so […]

My MAF foe: cardiac drift

I am slowly increasing my mileage…very slowly, but I am now in the eight-mile range for my “long” run. I’m using MAF training indefinitely right now, hoping that my patience will hold out until I am not getting any further improvements in it. Because I have taken my good ‘ole time to get to this length of run, I’m just now remembering the one thing […]

Oh the places you’ll go with running

Running (and racing) while on vacation has to be one of my absolute favorite things to do. There is no better way to see the sights or experience a new locale on an up-close-and-personal level. Over the years, I’ve run and raced in a huge variety of fantastic places. Right off the top of my head I can think of Palm Springs, Arizona, Miami, Key […]