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 […]


#GoTheDist: October 2016

so what where my October goals? 301,135/302,677 (actually aiming higher, I want a cushion against a bad December) 30 miles biked And my October totals? 334,831 steps 137.53 miles walked 4.5 miles biked (way too nice out) That’s insane/amazing with two weekends away and I’m really thrilled. I’m starting November strong with a 15K day […]


#GoTheDist 2016: September and Q4

so a 350K month happened. Specifically, a 352,423 step month. Whoa! I know exactly what hat I pulled that rabbit out of – beautiful weather and a lot of museum hopping for work made for two 20K days September Totals 352,423 steps 144.75 miles walked 3.81 miles biked (it was just too nice out) Q3 […]


#GoTheDist August 2016

aka QUIT FREAKING OUT. Maybe in bold, all caps I’ll actually listen to myself. So I had a freak out at the end of July about August’s travel and fretting over 280 vs. 300K and shooting for 900K. August’s total? 325,874 steps. Thank you two insane days in Colorado and a couple good here when […]


#GoTheDist 2016 3.1

I came to an important realization this weekend. Or, to be honest, an acknowledgement of something I realized a long time ago. I cannot enjoy a good step day/week/month because I’m forever fretting about the next. Le sigh. That said, July was a-MA-zing. 345,390 steps 141.86 miles 72.43 miles biked (11 gym visits) My July […]


Preliminary Review: The Black Widow

Sweet 16. The Black Widow, published on July 12, is the sixteenth Gabriel Allon book. It really seems like just yesterday I fell in love with the Prince of Fire/Arcangel while in Kagoshima over the New Years holidays.


Gettysburg: a July journey to 1863

If you go to Gettysburg and take the time, maybe take a tour, maybe just drive around, read some of the monuments, read some of the plaques, you will come away changed. ~ Jeff Shaara I’m so irritated – I know I wrote up the previous trip to Gettysburg and I can see the category, […]


#GoTheDist 2016, midway point

Woah, we’re half way there, woah, livin’ on a prayer. Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear, woah, livin’ on a prayer How is it July 1 already? My step goals for 2016 were 3,600,000 / 3,680,000. I’m currently at 2,068,024. I’m mostly ignoring miles due to the inconsistent step/mile ratio, but I’m at […]


40,000 steps

In. One. Day. It’s not my personal best. That honor still goes to the Saunter. But it’s my best since that day and was also a product of Shorewalkers. The thing I’m most proud about? Nearly 6 of these miles were after I bailed on the official walk. Anyway… I’ve had a thing for bridges […]


#GoTheDist May 2016

My spreadsheet has gone berserk. Not only do I have columns for my monthly goal as well as to top the month the prior year, I have columns for 1m and 2m steps. Berserk! I didn’t top May 2015’s total, but I knew I wouldn’t. I’m a little disappointed in myself for the number of […]


Three forts, not a single stamp

I am such a failed NPS Passport Stamps collector. I fell in love with the idea of the stamps while in New Mexico and Colorado last year and went on a mad dash to collect all of the stamps available when I went to DC in March. Last week we went to St. Augustine and […]