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

Friends: The Secret to Workout Success

The three of us were paddling along in the lake, talking in the dark. Lindsay had decided that what our pre-dawn aqua jogging session really required was a  pull-behind floating ice chest, something in which to haul the morning beverages that Julie had suggested. Surely Amazon Prime could deliver one to the boat dock before we returned from our… Continue reading Friends: The Secret to Workout Success

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

5 Truths (and 5 Tips) about Working Out on Vacation

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

Yoga — Workout or Supplement (or Both)?

Recently, I posed a question on Facebook. I asked my friends: The reason I asked was that I’ve noticed my yoga practice gradually increasing, while my regularly scheduled workouts remain the same. It came to a head on the day when I realized I had a short road run in the morning, followed by yoga… Continue reading Yoga — Workout or Supplement (or Both)?

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

Training for Recovery

Yesterday, I started a blog entry. It was a recap of some positives and then I’d started on a big discussion of what was frustrating about progress, emotional stuff, ruminating on what was wrong. Fuck that. Today, I start training. I will get to race weight. Because numbers motivate me, my weight is on a… Continue reading Training for Recovery

Getting My Wish: A Boring Race Report

Yesterday, a trail-running friend and I drove out to Warda to do the Wild Hare 50K. I am so happy to report that there was no awful foot pain, freak snowstorm, heat issues, harmonica-playing weirdos, or extreme allergic reactions involved at any point. Everything went right and nothing went wrong. I met all of my… Continue reading Getting My Wish: A Boring Race Report