Feeding My Soul with a Trail

There isn’t much fall in Central Texas, but the flame leaf sumac smoldered bronze, rust, and gold against the green of Ashe junipers and wayward ligustrum. That November morning wasn’t even cold. More like muggy with a faint patina of mist. There hadn’t been any real rain but as we’d stopped to assess the fork… Continue reading Feeding My Soul with a Trail

Austin’s Runners Make Lasting Connections

If Austin is a small town in a big city, then our running community must be a quirky little neighborhood. Or a bar, full of memorable characters, where everybody knows your name. Back in the day, that bar would’ve been called RunTex. When I first became a runner in the late 90’s, I gravitated toward… Continue reading Austin’s Runners Make Lasting Connections

BlogHer 2017 Went A Lot Like My First Marathon

It’s Saturday night, BlogHer 2017’s final hurrah. Some valuable final content may be getting slung. The crowd could be gathered in the giant keynote hall for the wrap-up session, where it’s possible Serena Williams is passing out diamond tennis bracelets and hugs, a panel of publishing houses are handing out book contracts, and everyone’s raising… Continue reading BlogHer 2017 Went A Lot Like My First Marathon

An Introvert’s Guide to Escaping the Dreaded Partner Workout

The coach rasped out the evening’s workout: “We’ve got 6 x 400s tonight. Find a partner your pace….” The rest faded into oblivion as those three terrifying words ricocheted around my brain, building into a roaring crescendo. FIND. A. PARTNER.  Oh, hell no. Not tonight. Not on an evening when I was lucky to have made it to… Continue reading An Introvert’s Guide to Escaping the Dreaded Partner Workout

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?

Too Tired to Run Means Something’s Wrong

What I’m about to reveal feels like some sort of dirty confession. You see, my body recently screamed at me: “These workouts are wiping you out!” So I listened. Over the last six months, my exercise has gradually dwindled, reduced from multiple-times-a-day fun to an “I don’t know if I can make it through today” energy suck.… Continue reading Too Tired to Run Means Something’s Wrong

Morning Runs and Big Sky

Can you fall in love with the sky? For the last five days, I’ve spent my  mornings outdoors in northwestern Nebraska, running and walking. Exploring. Not in the big cities commonly associated with the state, but small towns–Gering, Crawford, Alliance. The settings varied: patchworks of lush neighborhood lawns, historic parade grounds and horse barns, striated… Continue reading Morning Runs and Big Sky

Revisiting 3M Half Marathon to Get Back on My Feet

“Run a race I’m proud of” was scrawled at the top of the page, my goal for the week of Feb. 6–12, 2000. That Sunday, I was running what would be the longest race of my life—13.1 miles–at Austin’s 3M Half Marathon. I was petrified of failure. Today, I signed up to run 3M again this… Continue reading Revisiting 3M Half Marathon to Get Back on My Feet

Beating Austin’s Heat with the Perfect Pool Workout

I’m feeling a little guilty these days. You see, I’ve stepped out on my yoga class. I confess—it’s hard to stay with one workout for an extended period of time. After three years of boxing, I needed a change. My true fitness love, running, has had to morph from road to trail to keep me… Continue reading Beating Austin’s Heat with the Perfect Pool Workout