A friend and I were talking about signing up for races the other day. She was frustrated — stuck in a dry spell, with no desire to train for a goal or sign up for a race. As a result, she felt she was meandering through workouts, running without purpose, and losing fitness. I disagreed. “It’s… Continue reading When You’re Just Not Into That Workout
There’s a fresh cup of coffee, ready and steaming. My work station is full of natural light. Notes are neatly arranged for easy reference, pens and scratch paper within reach. The house is clean, yard work done, to-do list organized. All conditions are go for my work session. And yet… I stare out the window, the… Continue reading Loving the Work but Loathing the Laptop
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)
Ah, summer. One of life’s greatest pleasures is checking out from the daily grind and spending quality time at the beach. I’ve been very lucky this year, hopping from one vacation to the next: fishing on the Texas coast and enjoying the good life on St. John, USVI. By the time summer ends, I’ll have had… Continue reading 5 Truths (and 5 Tips) about Working Out on Vacation
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
Fate, luck, opportunity, chance, divine intervention–I struggle with how to name the many intersections of people, places, and events that make the hair on my arms raise. For me, this is currently about career. Where am I going next? In her best seller Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg described moving along a career arc as climbing on a… Continue reading How Woo Woo Are You?
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
As someone who’s signed up for a race based on the medal/charm/cool jacket/belt buckle, I have to laugh at this “instant gratification” cartoon. Basically, it’s poking fun at runners who are fixated on the swag. For some, participating in events can be all about the stuff: wearing the race T-shirt, adding another medal to the collection, getting that M-dot… Continue reading A Belated Valentine for A Motivational Award
Here we are, nearing the end of January and the waning of many a New Year’s resolution. According to statistics from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64 percent of those who made a 2014 New Year’s resolution were still going strong one month later. Six months on down the road, that number dropped… Continue reading How Do You Find Motivation When Success Doesn’t Seem to be Coming?
This is my training journal, so I try to keep my entries less diary-like and really focused on those things that are running/workout related. Since I’ve been injured, it’s been about the recovery process, which I consider part of training. And I’ve come to a very real realization over the last year: My friends are… Continue reading Recovery with a Little Help from My Friends