Five for Friday

Celebrating my mom's 80th birthday

This has been a scattered week and will be an even more scattered weekend, so how about a scattered post? 1. I flew into Ohio Wednesday afternoon and back home again today so that I could see my mom on her 80th birthday. We had a nice dinner out with her/my dad, my brother and his family. I'm feeling very lucky to still have both my … [Read more...]

Book review: Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Running Strong

My review of the book Running Strong by Dr. Jordan Metzl

Like most of you, I do my share of running related reading--I'm always looking for the latest research and thinking on how to train, eat, rest, etc. I feel like my running learning curve will never end, even after close to 18 years at the sport. When Runner's World publisher Rodale offered me a copy of Dr. Jordan Metzl's new book Running … [Read more...]

My attempt to keep weight gain at bay while not running

I'll be spending plenty of time in the pain cave while laid off

There are so many things to miss about running when you're injured and I'd be lying if I said knowing that I'm burning fat and calories while out there isn't one of them. I have felt good about my body since shedding some unwanted fat via MAF training, so it's only natural that I don't want to put it back on while on the DL. I think it's … [Read more...]

How to stay off the DL

Compression wear is all good and well, but it won't be the thing that keeps you from getting injured.

I hesitate to write this post, because, of course, as soon as it goes out, I'll get injured! But a few knocks on wood and here we go. No runner wants to be injured. In fact, I'd say there are few things more miserable than an injured runner. I'm a pretty big believer that injuries don't just "happen," and that there are quite a few … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

No crown? Yes!

1. About that crown--it didn't happen! I went in to the dentist yesterday and we started chatting about why it had taken me so long from recommended treatment to actual treatment. She commented that most people wouldn't be able to deal withe the pain for that long and asked how much pain I was in. Well, not much, to be honest, and the … [Read more...]

What’s your forte?

I did speedwork on the track today for the second time this season. I love/hate the track--nothing makes you faster, in my opinion, but man does it hurt!We did a ladder set, which means our first and last intervals were my all-time least favorite--quarters. To run strong quarters, you have to move those feet fast. This plays directly to … [Read more...]

Mastering master’s

As I've pointed out before, I run with a great group of gals. With the exception of one or two, all of these speedy ladies are in their forties, and a couple have even crossed over the 50 line. I've learned so much from them, both from a personal standpoint and an athletic standpoint. These ladies are wise!One of the things I have learned … [Read more...]