Holiday runs I love

Clockwise from top left: my favorite ornament; Celtic Solstice 2011?; Turkey Trot with my then much younger son; our annual cookie exchange run

I am NOT a big fan of the holidays, let's just put that out there. And I'm kind of annoyed that I am even posting something with the word holiday in it when we are a mere 12 days removed from Halloween. But the retailers are already shoving the season down our throats, so my mind has wandered there lately, thus this post.  I was thinking … [Read more...]

When your PRs are behind you

I was talking with another runner around my age the other day who had also been running for a comparable period of time. She was lamenting the fact that her fastest days are behind her. She's not the first person I've heard say that. At the age of 49 and with close to 17 years of running experience, I realistically don't have many PRs … [Read more...]

Desperately seeking: working glute

My friend and Pilates instructor on the far right

You all know I spent my share of time not running last year, and credit the routine designed by my PT Robert Gillanders with getting me back out there. It had been a while since I'd checked in with Robert, so I went to see him last week. I figured that perhaps it was time to reevaluate my current status and see if the same routine was … [Read more...]

Are races the new social scene?

Icebreaker

  A couple of weeks back I wrote an article for Run Haven on race etiquette and the behaviors I think are inconsiderate of fellow participants. Let me tell you, I am apparently in the minority with my viewpoint! The article received almost 900 comments on Facebook, the vast majority of them angry with my stance. I was called … [Read more...]

The scariest part of running (guest post)

Halloween

Happy Halloween! No tricks today but I do have a treat: fellow blogger/horror writer Mark Matthews is taking over with a Halloween special just for runners. You may remember I reviewed his book "On the Lips of Children" earlier this year and loved every creepy, running related word of it, so I knew he'd be the perfect choice for today's … [Read more...]

Runners are not universally loved

Not everyone wants to share the roads and sidewalks with runners

As runners, I think we sometimes get a bit caught up in our own little culture, forgetting that others not only don't get it, but might even resent it, too. Thankfully these folks are few and far between, but I came face to face with one of them yesterday. I was out for a morning nine miler before dawn. Bored of the routes I've been … [Read more...]

A chat with ultra legend Tom Green

Tom Green practically invented ultrarunning!

Around these parts, we have some amazing athletes--Olympic trials qualifiers, Kona qualifiers and Boston qualifiers by the dozens (hundreds?). But to my mind, none stands out more than Tom Green, the original ultra runner. Many may not know Tom's name because unlike some of the flashy big names of today (cough, cough, Dean Karnazes) Tom … [Read more...]

Running as a catharsis

running therapy

I've written before about how our 40s can be a tough decade: it seems that illness, death, divorce, and all kinds of other sadness pile on during this 10-year period of time. Last week certainly drove that home around here. I did my long run on Friday, most of the miles with several friends. When the counting was done, it turned out … [Read more...]

Fitness Magazine #Fitblognyc

All the meets (clockwise from bottom left): With Allie; with Ashley, Gabrielle, Christine and Laura; with celeb chef Carla Hall

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you've probably already seen quite a few shots, and the hashtag #Fitblognyc, from my day at Fitness Magazine's Blogger Meet & Tweet last week. From the fantastic line up of speakers to the sponsors to the knock-your-socks-off gift bag, Fitness put together an amazing event for those of us … [Read more...]

Who’s that runner?

runner legs

On Saturday, as I headed out for my miserable wet long run, I passed two other women not far from home. Later in the day, when posting to Instagram, one of them commented and said she and her running partner had passed me that morning and where that was. I knew immediately it was those two women and I also was happy to know who they were … [Read more...]

Friday Five

I kind of miss the days when THIS was soccer for my kids

1. I may be a runner but this weekend is going to be all about soccer. Both kids have tournaments (thankfully the same one and thankfully it's here in town) which means at least six, and potentially eight, soccer games in one weekend. My long run will be starting even earlier than usual on Saturday! 2. I love that fall marathon season … [Read more...]