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...]

Don’t overlook the cool down

Before you don these, get your cool down in.

For the 12 years that we've been parents, Mr. Zippy and I have always alternated who gets what early morning for workouts. It's a system that has served us well and when it's my day, my only requirement is that I am back home by 8:00 to allow him to get out the door to work. Tuesday I badly miscalculated how long my workout was going … [Read more...]

Running is supposed to be simple

I love running, if you haven't noticed. And I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to the sport. Not an ipod user, not a Garmin user, heck, I even like my shoes simple. I just want to be out there, period. Most of the time, running is pretty straightforward; one foot in front of the other. But then you get a little tweak like I did … [Read more...]

A bump in the road

All taped up and no where to go

Just when things were plugging along so beautifully, I have hit a little bump in the road. My Achilles started complaining to me on Thurs. afternoon, post run. When I tried to ride the bike trainer on Friday, it was pretty painful. So I did the smart thing (for once!) and got off after just 15 minutes. I went in to see my massage … [Read more...]

Holy hills, batman!

I finally got up the nerve to tackle some hill repeats with my friends this morning. And? Other than sucking wind and sounding like I was ready to keel over from an asthmatic attack, I'd say it went pretty well. I've been working to get one of my mid-week runs a bit longer, so today that run totaled out to about 9 1/2. We did five … [Read more...]

Acceptance (and a Lucy winner)

I know I've professed to you that one of the things I love about running is that it constantly teaches me lessons about life in general. Right now the lesson is acceptance. I've been back to running for nine full weeks now. My total mileage this week was somewhere around 33 miles, with a long run of 14. From where I was just three … [Read more...]