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
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?
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
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
“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
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
What follows is everything you’d conceivably want to know about my 2016 Paris Marathon. For those who just want the low down and dirty: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Literally. 2016 Paris Marathon Race Report Pre-Race Details Though I’ve run 24 marathons, I’d never done an international one… Continue reading Love, Paris Marathon Style