Safe always beats sorry

A little downtime and the foot is just fine

Sometimes it’s smart to actually do as you say, and one of the things I always say is that if something is hurting, take a few days off running. So when the top of my left foot starting hurting about two weeks ago, I gave it a couple of days, and then played it safe. The pain started the day after a HIIT workout I did in […]

What I’m loving lately

Sizzlefish, Saucony, PopSugar

As always, I go a long time between these posts and in that long span of time, I find all kinds of fun things I want to share with you all. But space is limited, so I’ll stick with just a few. Here we go: Sizzlefish–Lindsay over at Cotter Crunch is a Sizzlefish ambassador and generously hooked me up with a big ‘ole container full […]

Be a butter burner

Gels have their place, but they should also be limited

When I went to the Healthy Running seminar a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella talked to us about the difference in being a “butter burner” or a “bagel burner.” His point being that many runners don’t train their aerobic system to the extent that they should and thus can’t effectively “burn the butter” for fuel. In other words, for endurance events, it’s very useful […]

The deception workout

Do you think you've got one more interval?

Early every Tuesday morning in the spring and into summer, I was swimming with a coached triathlon group–kind of like master’s only it’s just freestyle, which is exactly how I like it. Our coach, Liz Flynn, never told us the workout in advance. Nor did she write it up on the white board like most swim coaches. Instead, she verbally handed it out to us in sets. […]

Marvelous in my Monday

Another Mother Runner

Stealing a page from Angela at Happy Fit Mama, I’m going to share all that’s marvelous about my Monday. First, can I tell you a little secret? I actually love Mondays. It’s my rest day, I get a nice, quiet house all to myself, and I just hammer at work so that I have a great start to the week. Am I the only one […]

Icebreaker New Zealand review

Ice Breaker New Zealand

I’ve probably mentioned before that I tend to run on the hot end of the spectrum–as in, I get hot easily out there running. I’ll never be the most bundled up runner on a cold day and I’ll probably be the first into shorts and a singlet each spring. I just plain old overheat easily. So wool hasn’t been a part of my wardrobe, whether it […]

Healthy running seminar

Mark Cucuzzella, Trent Nessler and Ian Adamson (l to r), our knowledgable instructors

If I could wave a magic wand, I would take all the runners I know, virtually and in real life, to the next Healthy Running seminar, directed by Mark Cucuzzella, MD, and Ian Adamson. These guys are overflowing with knowledge, have the research to back it up, and yet are incredibly open-minded and eager to continue their learning as well. And I got to spend […]

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 […]