"Is it a loop or an out-and-back?" The constant question for any runner when planning a route. If you asked me which one I prefer...it's a tough call. My answer would likely vary day to day. Are there enough cross streets to form a loop? (Or more likely a strangely shaped polygon.) Do I want … Continue reading When planning a run, use your resources
For the past 4.5 years the National Eating Disorder Awareness week has meant the world to me. It's one week out of the year where there seems to be at least a few more people talking about what myself and thousands of others struggle with day in and day out. There is a little more … Continue reading Wrapping up NEDA week with my first ever talk on body positivity
It's raining. A description of the weather, yes, but the all time best excuse for skipping a run. I can't count the number of times I have opened my eyes on a Saturday morning only to roll over again when I hear the familiar patter of rain on the roof or decided during a rainy … Continue reading Run conquers Rain
I used to say I loved running on the roads, and the busy ones were my favorite. The roads that other people complained were too noisy, had too much exhaust and too many stop lights, those were my top picks. Cars rushing by felt like a challenge to go faster, the constant breeze kept the sweat … Continue reading Trails on trails on trails
For everyone out there (like me) who follows Runner's World on nearly every social media platform, you're probably well aware of their #RWRunStreak. If you don't or aren't, here's the short version... Runner's World encourages everyone to run at least one mile each day between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This year that is 40 … Continue reading When you can’t join the run streak
With three days until the Philadelphia marathon the nerves have begun to set in for the over 30,000 runners preparing for the weekends three races (or at least they have for me). Everyone is continually asking: "Do you feel ready?", "Are you excited?", "Do you have a goal?" "What are you wearing?" My answers...I did, … Continue reading Taper? Or fall off a cliff? Conquering the doubt before race time.
The more the merrier. True of potlucks (because you get more food), true of brothers (not once have I been asked to mow the lawn), true of apples (because then you know it's fall) and definitely true of runners (even if it means you get stepped on half a dozen times in the first mile … Continue reading Running together: We finally did it
On Monday I received a package. No, it wasn't another jar of peanut butter (although for an update, I am already on jar four of the 15 I was given), but it was something that for me is just as good. The Hartford Marathon race packet: long sleeve T-shirt, racing bib number, directions on race … Continue reading There’s a toilet at the end of this race
I've reached that point in marathon training. That point could be many things...like incredible amounts of soreness (my roommates could tell you I'm always complaining about it), or when runs start to take up not one but many hours of your day, or when you go to bed at 9pm on a Friday night because you decide waking … Continue reading That point in marathon training
And I've reached that point in marathon training where each week requires a multi-hour adventure and more than 36 hours of vast quantities of food consumption.
"And I'll have a chocolate brownie sundae as well please," I said to the woman behind the cash register at Ithaca's best known ice cream parlor, Purity. "Three in a row, wow, are you three ice cream buddies" the woman asked as my receipt was printing. "Sort of," I laughed, as a smile spread across my … Continue reading The more miles, the merrier