Geeky Interactive Map Fun

If I were given a map and dropped naked in the jungle, the results wouldn’t be pretty. Not because I couldn’t fashion rudimentary garments, craft tools and weapons, or utilize arcane bits of survival wisdom. No, it would be because I’d wander fruitlessly, killed by my lack of basic map skills. Which makes it so surprising that… Continue reading Geeky Interactive Map Fun

Tiny Hands, Big Hearts, Great Times

Sleepy-eyed people, stopping in at Sweetish Hill Bakery one Wednesday morning, were picking up coffee and eyeing tempting treats on their way to work. The three of us huddled over a table off to the side, intently arranging a pair of tiny plastic hands. When we erupted in gales of guffaws, folks gave us some… Continue reading Tiny Hands, Big Hearts, Great Times

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

Thank You for Farting in Yoga

As farts go, it was pretty impressive. There was a bass quality to the sound, a short, trumpeting blast rather than a wimpy, vibrato-y drawn-out whistle. In the quiet yoga studio, all of us studiously working our downward-facing dog, its existence was nearly impossible to ignore. Because I have an inner 15-year-old boy, my first reaction… Continue reading Thank You for Farting in Yoga

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

If The Locals Say It’s Hot, Is It Hot?

Yesterday, I got all huffy when the hotel concierge said: “Madam, are you sure you want to do that? It is, oh, a 25- or 30-minute walk from here, maybe longer. And that is only part of the way.” Later, I relayed the exchange to my husband, grousing that the 20-something young man obviously thought… Continue reading If The Locals Say It’s Hot, Is It Hot?

Real World Blues (aka Post-Event Letdown)

Whenever a vacation ends, I’m always reminded of The Enterprise slowing down from warp speed. The stars quit blurring and gently come back into focus; that high-pitched whine of urgency recedes to the steady hum of cruising speed; life returns to its normal pace. Back to the real world, Scotty. Sigh. If only life after vacation didn’t… Continue reading Real World Blues (aka Post-Event Letdown)

Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary

Even though I didn’t come to exercise until an adult in my 30s with three kids, I’ve got hundreds of workouts under my belt now. I’ve worked with at least eight different running coaches; I’m not sure how many different swim and triathlon coaches; and let’s not even attempt to catalogue how many trainers and… Continue reading Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary