Inner Critics Are My Own Worst Enemies

The good news: my heart is perfectly normal. The bad news: my heart is perfectly normal. Ok, that’s a really flippant, inappropriate answer totally mocking the good fortune of a healthy cardiac system. My sincere apologies to anyone suffering from a horrible heart condition. What renders these results frustrating is that, once again, I’m nowhere closer to… Continue reading Inner Critics Are My Own Worst Enemies

How to Survive Thanksgiving with Politically Opposed Relatives

Did the recent election do a number on your holiday plans? Dreading sharing a table and house with relatives who have strong–and differing–opinions about politics? You’re not alone. According to a recent article in The New York Times, “Political Divides Split Relationships—And Thanksgiving, Too” by Sabrina Tavernise and Katharine Q. Seelye, many American families have taken a political… Continue reading How to Survive Thanksgiving with Politically Opposed Relatives

Is Depression the Cause or Result?

If timing and title has you wondering whether this is another political sob fest to avoid, be not afraid. Proceed to read. Unless, of course, you’re avoiding exercise-related sob fests. Which this will be. See, I’m not working out much because I’m tired as hell and it wears me out to run. And the other day, I… Continue reading Is Depression the Cause or Result?

What Happens In a Sleep Study (Spoiler: It’s Not That Scary)

When I hear “sleep study,” I immediately flash to the lab from “House,” where bored doctors watch a patient who’s lying on a gurney, hooked up to weird wires, through a hospital window. Or something totally scary, a la “The Haunting.”   Now that I’ve done one, however, I know neither scenario could be further from… Continue reading What Happens In a Sleep Study (Spoiler: It’s Not That Scary)

Too Tired to Run Means Something’s Wrong

What I’m about to reveal feels like some sort of dirty confession. You see, my body recently screamed at me: “These workouts are wiping you out!” So I listened. Over the last six months, my exercise has gradually dwindled, reduced from multiple-times-a-day fun to an “I don’t know if I can make it through today” energy suck.… Continue reading Too Tired to Run Means Something’s Wrong

Getting Older and Growing Unwanted Hair

It started with this weird tickling sensation just below my nose. No amount of wiping was clearing away whatever was randomly irritating that skin. I peered into the bathroom mirror–huh, nothing there. A slight turn of head, a squint of my eyes, and a gasp. What the hell?! Growing sideways from inside my left nostril… Continue reading Getting Older and Growing Unwanted Hair

Building a Massage Habit for Athletic Health

At her 2016 SXSW panel, world class runner Sanya Richards-Ross, gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, discussed her training schedule. One detail had my head spinning: “During training, I get four to five massages a week.” YASSSS. It must be good to be queen. The Power of Regular Massage A good massage schedule is… Continue reading Building a Massage Habit for Athletic Health