Tag Archives: running

Race Recap: Popular Brooklyn Half

Short version: PR by six minutes and change and I ran the entire thing! Major thank you to Caryn and Rachel who were most definitely my pre-race cheering squad and ears. Longer version: while I don’t mind running in the rain, I really hope this is the only race I need to shuffle to the… Read More »

Don’t chase waterfalls, PRs are much more fun

don’t ask me why I have TLC’s Waterfalls in my head. I can’t remember the last time I heard it, and it isn’t on my playlists so who knows?! This is a two week recap due to travel but before I get to the nitty gritty, I GOT MY 5K PR! (Yes, all caps and… Read More »

Training, week of 4.23

Weird week, take two. I was feeling strong after last weekend’s escapades, but when I went to the gym Tuesday (planned off day Monday), my legs had nothing and my ankle was bizarrely sore. So after a mile warmup jog-there was no running to speak of-I did a 5K row. Rowing has always been my… Read More »

Review: Michael McEwan’s Running the Smoke

There are a lot of books I’m supposed to be reading: library books and NetGalley queue, to name two sources. I also needed to buy a new book like I needed a hole in the head, but then the London Marathon came around, a conversation bubbled up on The Runners’ Bookshelf and I fell into… Read More »

Training, week of 4.16

This was a weird week. Monday I went to the gym figuring I might have something in my legs despite going two days in a row since Saturday’s run was way below where it should have been. Nope. Couldn’t even get .05 miles so I took a cross train day and did a mile on… Read More »

Charity Running / Damon Runyon 2018

I love supporting charities. I’ve done 5K fundraiser walks since I was a kid, since mom & dad always taught the importance of giving back: whether that be time, money or otherwise. April is already 5K-palooza as it’s theoretically spring. I’ve done the March of Dimes Walk every year and in various years have walked… Read More »

Race Recap: Cherry Blossom 10 miler

Is there any US location prettier in spring than the Washington DC Tidal Basin when the cherry blossoms bloom? I don’t think so. I fell in love with those pink petals some 16 years ago in Japan, so DC in April has been a long-time bucket list item. It never quite moved to reality until… Read More »

Run the Date

Distances run three of the last four days: 3.16 3.17 3.19 Notice anything? No, this has nothing to do with Run the Year, although I’m still participating in that. It has everything to do with training run amok and a desire to at least do something even if run plans end up down the tubes.… Read More »

Twice Frozen Penguin

which sounds like I’m a crazy carnivore! NYCRuns’ Frozen Penguin holds a special place in my heart as my first 5K. So as soon as it was announced, I signed up for today. I realized I’ve only raced four 5Ks and while I’ll probably also repeat one of the other ones (and maybe the other… Read More »

#MedalMonday: Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon

So I ran a second half marathon this past Sunday. The time? Not the greatest. But I had so much fun. Couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous course along the ocean. I knew the course was mostly flat, but I had two concerns going into the race: the drawbridge on Las Olas and the… Read More »

Review: First Ladies of Running

I read a mix of fiction and non on a recent beach getaway: fittingly all the non fiction was about running and I started Amby Burfoot’s First Ladies of Running on the plane on the way home. I wished I’d started it sooner as it was such an engaging read, but I had no time… Read More »

“Getting Real About Running” and Workouts week of 2.5

You know those books that stick with you? It doesn’t happen with every book for me, but generally when it does it’s a sign of a good book. This time, I’m not sure. The book in question is Gordon Bakoulis’ Getting Real About Running: Expert Advice on Being a Committed Athlete and that is basically the… Read More »

Runners High meets #NYRRGridiron

Can you have a 48 hour runners’ high? That seems to be where this is going. This is also super long so TL;DR: I “raced” my first race today, and it was AH-MA-ZING! Rewinding… This was a(nother) weird week. After Saturdays runs, I walked and went to the gym to use the bike on Sunday… Read More »

#GoTheDist January 2018

My goals have been all over the place and as a result, January feels completely unfocused. For this year’s Run the Year challenge I decided solely to track running miles. I’m unclear if the 780 goal is doable, but it’s realistic, so I’m going to stick with it. This is why when #GoTheDist came back… Read More »

13.1 thoughts

“keep that smile! you are a half marathoner!“ from a Facebook messenger chat with a friend and former colleague turned (not my) running coach. The smile hasn’t gone anywhere in 48 hours. It honestly took until Monday for the you are a half marathoner! feeling to hit and for me to realize I did it.… Read More »

Training, week of 1.7

I already talked about how I marked my one year running anniversary. How did I mark the first half of the week after my running anniversary? Injured. I actually don’t think it was Saturday’s 7.77 miles so much as the 1.3 mile warmup on Friday in bad shoes. Luckily, it doesn’t appear to be a… Read More »

One year running anniversary

Yep, today is a year to the day since this little whim started. And like was true in March, I truly ran away from I can’t. I knew I wanted to mark it somehow today, but wasn’t sure exactly. There was a since cancelled NYRR 10K that I thought about, but couldn’t commit to due… Read More »

December 2017: Struggling

(I was originally writing this over the course of a week to post on 1/1, but I decided there was enough meat that would drown out a year-end recap). When I came back from the Christmas long weekend, I knew I was in trouble goal wise. As has become custom, when I start the month’s… Read More »

2018 Goals

Like 2017, I’m setting goals for 2018 before 2017 is done. I’m a little nervous about December, but I’ve made my peace with falling slightly below goal as I will far exceed December 2016 and that’s what this is all about. More on December later. Thanks to this little adventure of running, 2017’s goals have… Read More »

Mile High Run Club: Mental edition

I knew I wanted to work out tonight and didn’t have the attention span to stay on the treadmill at the gym. So I checked Mile High Run Club’s schedule and saw there was something called a Jingle Bell Jog on the calendar for 7PM. It was The Distance, which I did not like the… Read More »

A learning week

Lots of learning No matter what kind of exercise I’m doing, December is a challenge. Not so much because of the holidays, but because work is peak crazy then due to our annual fundraiser. So my only priority last week was to get a run in. It was a challenge, but not the one I… Read More »

Winter Running: #TedCorbitt15K Chapter

I DID IT! The middle facial expression cracks me off because I look like I was miserable, but I had so much fun. And yes, I take responsibility for the snow. I got a text Friday night that they’d make the decision about the race at 6 AM and like Poland Spring, I was half… Read More »

Workouts, Week of 11.27

Between the 2,017 and November recaps, I almost missed this one. I can’t really say this week went as planned as I didn’t have an exact plan, but it went well. Tuesday, I hit the gym with a plan to focus on hills, and that’s what I did while simultaneously trying out a new pair… Read More »

2,017 Miles, Done!

When Caryn first told me about the Run the Year challenge late December/early January, I was curious but knew I’d need to pair up because there was “no way” I could do it on my own. I was just coming off my best ever year for #GoTheDist and I was worried about duplicating that. With… Read More »

Review: Runner’s World Race Everything

How do you know a book is going to take you on a wild adventure? I’d say a subhead like that one is a good indicator! Oddly, Antarctica was on my bucket list back when this was actually a travel blog, so in some ways this has come full circle. I really love all that… Read More »