Review: Run Less, Run Faster

  I’m not sure exactly when I added this to my wishlist, likely in either June or July when I realized I couldn’t run daily due to hip/foot. It came off the library waiting list yesterday and I quickly posted about it to a runners’ reading group that I have come to love. Between people’s… Read More »

Food logs can talk

I wanted to run yesterday but as I was at the office until nearly 9 PM, that didn’t happen. Walking home also didn’t happen so my fitbit goal streak ended at 41 days (longest, I think). I was OK with that. Truly. I needed a day off after barely scraping by to goal a few… Read More »

Harlem Hills

There’s a race I’m contemplating for 2018 and the first thing I saw when I looked at the course map (always look!) was the damn Harlem Hills. They’re a little mythical to me at this stage as I’ve only done them twice and the first time was also my first ever 10K-a very bad combo.I… Read More »

OctoPR

so I finally Facebook outed my year of running for this week’s #TransformationTuesday. I’ve posted running photos but haven’t really talked about it since I ran the Frozen Penguin. It’s kind of crazy to see the progress I’ve made in just 9.5 months. Since my PR run to close September I’ve had some weird runs.… Read More »

Review: The Courage to Start

I really identify with John Bingham. His No Need for Speed was among the first running books I read when I got into all of this.  Although this is a short intro to some of the topics he covered at length in his other books, I felt like I learned a lot. I also felt… Read More »

Steptember: #GoTheDist 2017 Q3

September was many kinds of weird. Vacation to start the month and I was injured yet again. Still, I closed out the month with a 27 day (and counting) step goal streak. Stat time. September: 444,689 steps 190.7 miles run/walked 34.47 miles run. (Pace: 11:38. Run time: :25:11) Yep, I’m very happy with that.  Overall… Read More »

an awesome medal to close out September

Late August/September were pretty much a hot mess. Not for me personally, luckily, but certainly for much of the world between human and natural disasters. I think that’s part of why US Road Running’s We Are One Virtual race caught my attention. If unclear, it reads as follows: Birth place: Earth Race: Human Politics: Freedom… Read More »

So just how does a squirrel stampede

and why do the organizers of NYCRuns know this? Today was NYCRuns’ Squirrel Stampede and Roosevelt Island is a gorgeous place to run. We chose the 10K as it seemed to be more of a challenge. And I won’t lie, because it started later. As the weather grew more and more unseasonable I began to… Read More »

Wounded Knee and the Oregon Trail

Flickr plugin still broken. Photos are here. This is the post I’ve simultaneously been wanting to write while still driving that day, and dreading because it’s so complicated. It doesn’t have the undercurrent of dark tourism that the Charleston plantations or Oklahoma City did, but maybe it should? It certainly started to once this trip… Read More »

Running and Steps

Last Tuesday my hip began to whinge on a short pre-work run and I wondered why. Nothing had been particularly strenuous or beyond my normal. On the return leg of a run cut short, I realized I’d accidentally run five days in a row. Oops, my feet feel so much better in good shoes that… Read More »

Beautiful Badlands

Either Flickr’s sale or the last WordPress update broke that plugin, so photos are here. I’m nearly done with my photos, but I still have way too many. The Badlands are almost beyond description though. Driving through scenery like that… with scenery like this in your mirrors. It’s just surreal. This was one of my… Read More »

Days 1-3: Denver to Deadwood and Dead Men

I heard a lot of Montana ads while away and while I don’t remember it verbatim it was something about memories on the price of gas. Well that also fits this nearly 1,600 mile road trip. Total gas expenditures? $103.10. I’m not an organized enough driver to have also tracked the gallons that made for,… Read More »

In the books: August 2017

long post to come re: my amazing road trip, but quickly closing out the books on August Came just shy of my full month without goal. I missed it by 20 (!) steps on August 30 and about 1,200 on the 31st. Latter was a conscious choice as I preferred to explore the town I… Read More »

On Gyms, August and September

Exhale, I found a gym. Yesterday’s plan was a follow up on Friday, however only the New York Sports Club at 49th & Broadway was open. It’s nice, and huge. But it’s way too much money. I just don’t want to spend $90/month on a gym no matter how close it is. Speaking of close,… Read More »

Gym Shopping: Redux

It wasn’t exactly my plan for the afternoon but when I found the 2012 chapter of gym shopping last night, I had a feeling that kind of analysis might be in my future. So this afternoon I headed out to explore some of the options I identified and those that came from my Facebook crowdsource.… Read More »

Speedy Turtle: 5K edition

Speedy is my turtle’s name, though it does not fit. Seldom does he move at all, he just likes to sit Why yes, I am quoting a song from as far as I got in piano lessons on a running/reading/travel blog. What do you mean that doesn’t fit? I’m a turtle and I “sped” today.… Read More »

Price of Laziness: $2.75

this isn’t one of those esoteric, vague treatises on the price of laziness. This time, laziness has a pure cost: $2.75 An unlimited monthly metrocard costs $121 and works out to be a little more than forty rides a month. It usually makes sense for me due to meetings during the day that are too… Read More »

Review: My First Coach

I’ve read and enjoyed Gary Myers before so when his new book, My First Coach, showed up on NetGalley I was eager. I knew that there would be some overlap with Brady vs. Manning in both of those chapters, but I was pleased to see that this book covered the 2016 season so would be… Read More »

Gone: 30 minute goal

after thinking about this on and off for the last few weeks, I just threw the 30 minute daily goal out the window. I had mentally written a blog post for today explaining how much work I had to do to get my average back over 30 minutes after a short run (no running allowed… Read More »

Repost: Hiroshima

As was the case with the Nagasaki post, this is my post from the January 2006 trip to Hiroshima. I haven’t yet found the April trip and not sure I blogged the 2001-2002 visits. This is the original post, reproduced below with only formatting changed. Current notes at the bottom I’m amazed I manage to… Read More »

Nagasaki Remembered

I’ve been thinking a lot about Japan lately, and I’m not sure why. It’s not a milestone anniversary of my arrival (sixteen years next week, twelve years in November when I went back). Nor is it a milestone of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I’ve been thinking a lot about them since Sunday. In digging through… Read More »

Happy Feet

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I may be to the point where I don’t need to dedicate any Taylor Swift songs to my shoes. The shoes in the aforementioned tweet were OK but eventually went back because they were just cut too narrow. This is apparently a thing with recent ASICS.… Read More »

Review: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

This book took me way too long to move up Mt. TBR and then once I was reading it, way too long to finish. Not because it wasn’t good — but because July is when two of my “must read now” books are published and a few library books hit too. I don’t recall when… Read More »

GoTheDist July 2017

before I entered today’s run I was averaging 12:56 pace for average workout time of 30:41. After today’s? 12:53 for 29:52 UGH! I was so close to maintaining the 30 minute average. But I don’t feel badly about cutting today short as my foot finally doesn’t hurt! Not after Saturday’s run and not walking home… Read More »

Fascia fighting Friday

So I have two pair of running shoes. One that were new models of the regular sneakers I’ve been wearing forever (always preferred to walk in running shoes) and one I’ve been properly fit for. Any guesses as to which gives me fits? Yep, that would be the properly fitted (and prettier) ones. They first… Read More »