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?

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

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

The Inevitable Progress of Injury Recovery

The news at the evening trail workout was pretty grim — one of the regular runners had broken her ankle in a trail race over the weekend. Everyone winced. A friend relayed the doctor’s information about how much recovery time there’d be before she was back on the trail. Discussion ensued. I bit my tongue… Continue reading The Inevitable Progress of Injury Recovery

Finding Workout Motivation at Home

I’ll never forget a phone conversation I had with my husband James, back in the days when he was traveling a lot for work. He’d gone to Brazil on business, keenly looking forward to seeing the sights while there. But he’d called, despondent; his problematic knee hurt so badly, causing him to limp, that people… Continue reading Finding Workout Motivation at Home

Sloppy Work, Sensational Titles–What’s Wrong with Fitness Articles

Cue eye rolling. These are actual titles from a daily blog digest I subscribe to. Google them if they grab you, because I’m not linking. “Top 10 Things You Worry About When Working Out” “18 Moves to Terrifically Toned Inner Thighs” “Don’t Waste Calories at a Bar: 5 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Order at Happy Hour” “This… Continue reading Sloppy Work, Sensational Titles–What’s Wrong with Fitness Articles

Working to Find Courage for a Friend

This is not the post I had planned for today, but sometimes topics come up at the right time to address them. For me, it’s the difficult subject of a friend’s accident. Life can change in an instant. I was just at a talk given by ESPN’s senior vice president Rob King. King was addressing students… Continue reading Working to Find Courage for a Friend

Slaying Demons and Gittin’ Er Done at the Bandera 50K

Yesterday was the 50K out at Bandera. I love Bandera; it is my favorite place in the world to run. When I get in the car to drive out there, my soul is light and I have a big ol’ shit-eating grin on my face. Even when it’s sucky, it’s a great place to run.… Continue reading Slaying Demons and Gittin’ Er Done at the Bandera 50K

More Adventures of the Comeback Trail

Despite my best intentions, I’ve allowed a lot of time to pass since my last entry. Tsk, tsk. But so much is happening–and so fast!–that I’m having a hard time keeping up with the living, much less the recording. There are worse problems. Since Hell’s Hills, I’ve done two more events (The Maze 30K and… Continue reading More Adventures of the Comeback Trail