The year of racing locally

Runner's World half marathon

I didn't really intend this, but it is looking like 2013 is going to be my year of racing locally. I'm not sure, but I think having two big marathons (Boston and CIM) ┬átied to big travel last year have made me want to stay fairly local this year. For instance, when it came time to pick a March marathon (I zeroed in on March for better … [Read more...]

Altra Zero Drop Intuition 1.5 (review)

Runner's World half marathon

I am admittedly a bit of a hoarder when it comes to minimalist shoes. I've tried most of them now, from the New Balance Minimalist (both road and trail versions), to the Merrell barefoot line, to Skora, and everything in between. Some have worked for me, some have not. When I spent my weekend in Bethlehem, PA, for the Runner's World half … [Read more...]

Garmin racing–not my thing

running GPS watch

At the Runner's World Half Marathon last week, I used my Garmin for the first time ever during a race. You may recall that I'm the one person on the planet that is not a big fan of the gadgets, but because I'll be pacing a group at an upcoming Metric Marathon, I've had to suck it up and get used to it. I thought a race was an ideal time … [Read more...]

Runner’s World half–the race itself

Blonde Ponytail, MissZippy, Westford Mommy

Alrighty--so how to you top off an incredibly fantastic, run centric weekend? You run a race, of course! Many of the participants in the Runner's World Half Marathon Festival went for what the magazine dubbed the hat trick: A 5k and 10k on Saturday, followed up by a half marathon on Sunday. Impressive, no? I was NOT among them, I … [Read more...]

Runner’s World Half Marathon–my surreal weekend

Shalane Flanagan

The Runner's World Half Marathon weekend--how to fit it all in to one post? I'm not a fan of long, wordy posts. Or of posts meted out over three and four different days for one event. But honestly, this is one time that I've got to break some of my own rules. This was a weekend that exceeded expectations. Thursday night involved … [Read more...]

Road tripping to Runner’s World Half!

I'm hitting the road today, wild and crazy, mini-van driving, runner style. Thanks to FitFluential and Runner's World, I'm headed up to Bethlehem, Pa., for a weekend of activities surrounding the Runner's World half marathon. And I am beyond excited. I get to have dinner tonight with a group of bloggers and some of the Runner's World … [Read more...]

Resisting temptation

It's the temptation of more miles that sometimes does us in.

Most runners I know do a pretty good job with eating a good diet as well as with motivating to get out the door for runs. Where we all might fall short, however, is in resisting adding on too much mileage or too much speed. It's easy to get sucked in to too much of either or both sometimes, especially when we run with others. I found … [Read more...]