Women Run the World: #Mini10K edition

So after I ran last Sunday my hip was decidedly unhappy/cranky and I decided to ease up if I wanted to finish today. On Monday I cross trained on elliptical and recumbent bike after getting my mile in for the Strava challenge. Tuesday I jogged half a mile before moving to a walk on the […]


Review: Prisoners of Geography

Has been a while since I reviewed a book in a more in-depth fashion than on my Goodreads, but this one is really resonant. It was also bought on my first venture to the new Amazon Books store at the Time Warner Center. While I don’t love everything about the store and don’t frequently buy […]


Turtles Run 5 Miles

so the race that I couldn’t make up my mind about? It was this morning. Once the forecast changed from rain, I decided why not? I’ve run a longer distance with less mileage under me, and I finished. It might not be pretty, but I could finish this. And if it was awful? Well a […]


letdown run… or maybe not

I’ve known since early March that I can’t run on a full stomach. Found that one out after trying to run after dinner one day. Nope. I generally do manage OK running after work with the latest snack about 4PM and a run around 6:30. I don’t tend to run more than about 2/2.5 miles […]


#GoTheDist May 2017

so we’ve established that the Saunter is good for steps. I’m really grateful for it because otherwise, May was off from April. Even with the Saunter, May was off. April was 465,416 / 202.87 miles walked with only two days below goal (and none below 10K). May was 426,678 steps / 184.32 miles walked. I […]


Great Saunter and Steps Goals

The Great Saunter is not only a gorgeous walk for a great cause, it’s a wonderful thing for my steps math. With Saturday’s 60K steps (~56K of which were Saunter), my May stretch goals went from iffy to doable. That reminds me, I never followed up here on my May goals once April’s were finalized. […]


Great Saunter 2017

I started the #GreatManhattanLoop project because I knew I could never finish the Saunter. That was ~50lbs ago and before I discovered my Fitbit addiction. Two attempts and five/six years of walking Manhattan later I’ve realized I’m never going to finish the Saunter and I’m OK with that. Last time I walked 19.5 miles and […]


Stepping Out on April

so what happens when you have a 30+** day streak that averages nearly 15K steps? You set a record in March and then obliterate it in April. No final count yet as April has a few hours left but thanks to some crazy weekend numbers I not only topped 400K again, but 450K! I’m going […]


Tribeca 2017: I Am Evidence

(left to right, Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir, Helena, Mariska Hargitay, Kym Worth and Tribeca staff after the screening) How can a person be evidence? The film of that same name, currently screening at Tribeca Film Festival aims to answer that question by shining a strong spotlight on the unbelievably large rape kit backlog that is […]


14,793

Mini update time. 14,793. That’s the average step count of my current 31 day Fitbit goal streak that dates back to March 15, the day after a snow day.  I hadn’t realized the streak was so long and only went back to count when I realized I crossed 75K in this week’s Workweek challenge and […]


10K and a 4M with NYRR

I’d been eyeing the New York Road Runners’ Spring Classic but thought it was too far a distance, until a friend asked if I’d run walk it with her. On Wednesday. The run was Saturday. I figured that worse comes to worse I’d walk it. I’ve certainly walked the Central Park Loop many times. I […]


March 2017: I ran away from “I can’t”

yep. That’s what happens when #GoTheDist meets #RunTheYear/#RunWithJoy Earlier this month I said: “I’m taking a run at my Q1 2016 goal. Probably impossible, but worth a try.” My Q1 2016 total? 1,008,946 My Q1 2017 total? 1,064,082 That is my best quarter, narrowly topping Q2 2016‘s 1,059,278. I also said: “Why is this still […]


Officially a Frozen Penguin

I finished! 284/298. Not even on the last page of the results. Good? No. Happy? Damn yes. My only goal going into this was to finish, ideally without dying. Mission accomplished. More detail: 57/61 among women 30-39 174/184 among all women. How did I come to do this race in 20 degree temperatures 9 weeks […]


5K Graduate

Not Couch to 5K. 5K! And only four days after my goal. My intention was to do 5K, it was not to do it without stop. I kept bribing myself “you can slow down at one mile. You can have a walk break at 20 minutes / 1.55 miles / 25 minutes / 30 minutes”. […]


#GoTheDist February 2017

so about those February goals: 300,000 steps 50 miles biked Graduate C25K Going to be harder with one less day than last year and a travel day or two, but I think this is doable. Feb 2016 total was 313, 153. I’m OK with a stretch goal of 305,000. Yeah, obliterated. Thanks, Amsterdam. Final totals: […]


Runners run on spreadsheets

While on the stationary bike today to give my knees a break, I started thinking about a training log. Runkeeper gives me some figures but I nerd out on numbers and it’s never enough. I love my spreadsheets (to the extent that I might go back and make a “spreadsheets” tag for my obsessive posts)! […]


Quit C25K to #GoTheDist

yep, I quit C25K. Not running, that’s still going strong. But for various reasons, Couch to 5K wasn’t working for me and it was frustrating me more and more. Quitting it actually started by accident. I was overseas and jet lagged and having issues converting the kilometers on the treadmill to the mileage I was […]


I’m still at it

Yep, somehow still at it. I have to say that the RunKeeper personal record and timing notifications are awesome and motivating. I’m not going to graduate from Couch to 5K this week, but I’m progressing and I’m more than OK  with that. Doing a fair amount of reading about running too. Jennifer Lin’s Sole Sisters […]


#GoTheDist 2017: January Chapter

After some family events, I knew January was going to be more of a struggle but I was determined. Even if hitting January 2016 wasn’t possible I wanted to at least hit January 2015 and, ideally, 300K steps. Mission Accomplished! January totals: 301,270 steps 127.16 miles walked 53.01 miles biked I came just shy, 428 […]


#GoTheDist 2017, January Running?

after setting my 2017 bike goal I was noodling around with the monthly increments needed to reach 500 miles on the year. I wanted to avoid a heavy start leading to checkins like this one from December 2015 So I set my goal at 42 miles per month, or 1/12th of 500. I think I’m […]


2017, Pages and #GoTheDist

I’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks due to end / start of year travel and I’ve come to the conclusion I have more non-spreadsheet goals than spreadsheet goals. And yes, still over thinking both. Prior year goals: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 (revised). Yep that’s three complete #GoTheDist years, it was 2012 I […]


Closing the books on 2016

Belatedly, as I was traveling. Other year-end wraps: 2015, 2014, 2013 December Totals: 306,676 steps 126.14 miles walked 4.16 miles biked Q4 Totals: 962,117 steps 395.48 miles 12.39 miles biked 2016 Totals: 4,054,028 steps 1,666.42 miles walked 431.72 miles biked. I DID IT. 4 million steps!! Super excited that I identified a goal early and […]


2016 in places

an actual travel post on what used to be a travel blog? A Festivus miracle. I began 2016 in Florida, for Billy Joel in Fort Lauderdale and will return to Florida late on New Years’ Day 2017. I was also there once in between to finally visit the Space Coast and the wonderful and historic […]


2017 in pages

May finish another book or two, but for 2016 I’m at 82/75 and 61 for #2016TBRPile, both of which I’m happy with. I stumbled on an amazing roundup of 2017 reading challenges for which I’m glad because it doesn’t look like the 2016 one will be back in 2017. I’m definitely going to do another […]


#GoTheDist 2016 home stretch

This blog is late, but going out with a bang. November: 320,610 steps 131.81 miles walked Q4 to Date 655,441steps 269.34 miles walked 2016 to Date: 3,747,352 steps 1,540.28 miles walked Yep, 4 million is happening. I’m less confident about 300K for the 12th month in a row, but it’s possible and I’ll push for […]