Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Quick: list your top five “quintessentially American cities.” By “quintessentially American,” I mean that people outside the United States would also unhesitatingly  produce these names (whether or not they–or their American counterpoints–could locate or recognize corresponding states). I bet good money Boston made your Top Five. “The Cradle of Liberty” is chock full of American… Continue reading Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

New Sidewalks to Make a More Walkable Cherrywood

An avid trail runner, I travel by my own two feet whenever possible. Nine years ago, when my husband and I were deciding where to relocate within Austin, walkability was a primary concern. We settled on Cherrywood, an established neighborhood in central east Austin, where three different grocery stores, numerous parks, banks, the public library,… Continue reading New Sidewalks to Make a More Walkable Cherrywood

If The Locals Say It’s Hot, Is It Hot?

Yesterday, I got all huffy when the hotel concierge said: “Madam, are you sure you want to do that? It is, oh, a 25- or 30-minute walk from here, maybe longer. And that is only part of the way.” Later, I relayed the exchange to my husband, grousing that the 20-something young man obviously thought… Continue reading If The Locals Say It’s Hot, Is It Hot?

Compression Socks and Compassion

One of the things that came along with my running timeline on Wednesday was the importance of getting my swelling under control. I’d never really thought too much about swelling. Other than puffiness in fingers or general body bloating around my period or my face swelling with an allergic reaction, I’ve never really had anything… Continue reading Compression Socks and Compassion

Recovery with a Little Help from My Friends

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

Balance, Proprioception, and Reclaiming Ten Percent!!

In the spirit of my new training regime, I am celebrating every gain. We measured today, and I have 10 percent more flexibility in my ankle than the last time we measured. Woohooo! The physiology of recovery is interesting. The thing that I am most working on is balance. As explained to me by my… Continue reading Balance, Proprioception, and Reclaiming Ten Percent!!

I Should Be Doing Other Things (or Life Gets in the Way)

It’s crazy these days; I’m running non-stop from one things to another, seemingly always behind. Lots of what I have to do simply takes time. Despite everything, I’m taking just a few minutes to post. It’ll make me feel refreshed, like I had some “me” time. I went to physical therapy today. That was really… Continue reading I Should Be Doing Other Things (or Life Gets in the Way)