Rubbing Elbows with Trail Running’s Speedy Elite

Who doesn’t have some type of sports idol? And how many of us would swoon to hang with those admired elite athletes? In trail running, those elites are at the local races, cheering in runners and working aid stations. They’re mingling with the masses, not segregated in a separate start group, clustered in a special VIP… Continue reading Rubbing Elbows with Trail Running’s Speedy Elite

DFL, DNF, or DIM (Does It Matter?) at the Leatherwood Ultra

I should add another three-letter acronym: WTF. I’m quite sure I uttered the phrase a few times during the uphill climbs on the 2016 Leatherwood Ultra course. It also fairly neatly sums up the conflicted feelings I’ve had about writing up this race report. WTF am I supposed to glean from my performance in North… Continue reading DFL, DNF, or DIM (Does It Matter?) at the Leatherwood Ultra

Would You Commit an Endurance Racer’s Ultimate Sin?

There is one aspect to racing guaranteed to bring me to an absolute Tazmanian devil fever-pitch full-on boil. Cheating. In particular, course cutting. My husband chuckled over his coffee because I was in full Taz mode, talking aloud to the  New York Times spread before me. (Clearly, he doesn’t mind this early morning behavior or we wouldn’t… Continue reading Would You Commit an Endurance Racer’s Ultimate Sin?

Going the Distance in Marathons & Marriage

Hubby and I love a date night celebration, and we were out on Friday, dressed to the nines, in full empty nester foodie mode. We were trying one of Austin’s amazing downtown restaurants, Counter3.Five.VII. Yes, it’s a clunky name but it’s illustrative. The seating area is a u-shaped counter, so that diners rub elbows as they… Continue reading Going the Distance in Marathons & Marriage

Working Out My Worth

Good friends say things you really need to hear but don’t necessarily want to. And time to reflect almost always results in making some decisions. The other week, my good friend Dr. Stephanie listened as I talked about writing before saying thoughtfully, “You are the best cheerleader I know. Why don’t you turn some of that on… Continue reading Working Out My Worth

When You’re Just Not Into That Workout

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