The Right Hat Gives Derby Day Confidence

Mint juleps and the run for the roses may make up sport’s most exciting two minutes, but choosing an outfit for a Kentucky Derby party could spell disaster. Who wears hats these days? Thankfully, I had two local experts to help me dress for my first Kentucky Derby party at Austin’s lovely Hotel Ella. Pick… Continue reading The Right Hat Gives Derby Day Confidence

What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

Answer: They’ve been talking about racism. For the past week, the news has been full of the Obamas’ historic visit to Cuba. In today’s New York Times, a moving article described the powerful impact of the president’s most recent appearance there (“Obama Looks Past Cuba’s Post-Racial Veneer” by Damien Cave). According to Cave’s article, an… Continue reading What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

Are you a book nerd? Book nerds have multiple copies of the same book because the newer edition is just so cool. They wonder why anyone needs a “read 52 books in 52 weeks” challenge. Reading materials pile up everywhere, and “books” constitute an impressive slice of the budget pie graph. Should contact with an actual… Continue reading A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

  While ringing up my purchases, the helpful clerk at BookPeople asked conversationally, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” Sighing wearily, I responded, “Yes, I did. That one book I came to get…and these four others I couldn’t help buying.” Books are my crack. The most successful way to deal with this addiction is… Continue reading The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

Working Out with BlueAvocado’s Re(Zip) Storage Bags

Confession: I am something of a neat freak (which, by the way, is completely different from a clean freak. While I like to put stuff away, my oven doesn’t sparkle and the bathroom grout could use a good once-over with a toothbrush). Everything should have its place, and my heart sings when it encounters an… Continue reading Working Out with BlueAvocado’s Re(Zip) Storage Bags

Making a Change to Zero-Drop Shoes

The other day, I wrote about my gear shopping procrastination and the havoc it wrecked with planning in “Every Runner’s Shoe Rant.” See, I’m just days out from my big trek across the Grand Canyon, and the last thing I wanted was to make changes. Sadly, the shoes I’ve been running in for the last long… Continue reading Making a Change to Zero-Drop Shoes

What Trail Runners Should Know About Trekking Poles

As preparation for my upcoming Grand Canyon trip, I recently purchased something I never thought I’d own — trekking poles. Trail vs. Road Running For years now, I’ve been running on trails. My goal is always to move swiftly through the woods, running whatever the trail allows (meaning, sometimes I go fast and other times, I… Continue reading What Trail Runners Should Know About Trekking Poles

Did Jog Bras Get Bigger? (or Are Stores Just Happy to See Me?)

Evidently, a lot of technology is involved in the restraint of my bosom as I exercise.  A lot of expensive technology. And quite a bit of construction. I had no idea that so much was required to lift, separate, support, and harness my girls on those runs. Frankly, it’s a little intimidating. Buying a First Sports… Continue reading Did Jog Bras Get Bigger? (or Are Stores Just Happy to See Me?)