Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 3: Foam Rolling

It’s the fitness recovery task we love to hate. Let’s face it: the older we get, the more help we need to recover from our workouts. And our bodies beg the question: why does foam rolling hurt so good?  In Part 1 of this series, we talked about why foam rolling is thought to beContinue reading “Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 3: Foam Rolling”

Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 1

Static vs. Dynamic Stretching vs. Foam Rolling: The Great Debate of Sports As many of us prepare for fall running race season, I wanted to visit this topic to educate my team! This is part one: the why. I love to geek out on the science of things! If you understand it better, you canContinue reading “Flexibility Series for Runners: Part 1”

Ukrop’s Monument 10k 2021: Race Recap!

Once again, Sports Backers has managed to pivot a traditional race due to the pandemic and turn it into something awesome. Normally held in downtown Richmond, starting and ending in Monroe Park adjacent to the VCU campus in late March/early April, this year’s race was delayed a bit. That’s OK, though, because it coincided nicelyContinue reading “Ukrop’s Monument 10k 2021: Race Recap!”

My 2020 in Running and Biking!

Totals:  Running: 772.5 miles Biking: 372.8 miles Races:  Southern Tour Ultra team relay in Wilmington, NC on January 18th One City Half Marathon in Newport News, VA on March 1st Taco Trot Virtual 5k Monument 10k virtual  Marine Corps Marathon virtual Longest run: 26.2 Longest ride: 23.8 That’s it!  The year began in splendid fashionContinue reading “My 2020 in Running and Biking!”

Run Streak Complete!

What did my run streak teach me? For the first time in my life, I have successfully completed a run streak of more than 30 days. Starting on Thanksgiving day, I have run at least one mile, finishing today, New Year’s Day. I averaged almost 17 miles per week. I’ve certainly had weeks with moreContinue reading “Run Streak Complete!”

Another New Year?

It’s the time of the year that we traditionally begin to wind down, reflect, and think about what we want to accomplish in the next year. For most of us, we will bid 2020 a swift farewell. This dumpster fire of a year can’t be finished soon enough. And as nice as it is to thinkContinue reading “Another New Year?”

The Virginia Capital Trail

Last week, I shared my excitement with you for the re-naming of the Ashland to Petersburg Trail, which will now be known as the Fall Line Trail. This is the developing north/south corridor trail in the metro Richmond area, and I can’t wait for it to be finished! Its companion in the RVA is theContinue reading “The Virginia Capital Trail”

Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.

I had an incredibly enjoyable final long run of taper the Sunday before the marathon, spending the first 6 of my planned 8 miles with one of my sole sisters. The marathon training team had 12 on the schedule which I cut, also giving me the opportunity to see the continued evolution of what remainsContinue reading “Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.”

My Name is Ocean

This is my entry into the Sports Backers creative writing contest as part of Bike Walk RVA’s Bike Month, which is celebrated in May. Events were a bit different this year due to the Coronavirus, and this one was a new addition to the program! Word limit was 500, which was challenging! This is myContinue reading “My Name is Ocean”

Biking for Newbies

Do you remember the first time you actually rode a bike without training wheels? It’s a rite of passage for kids. Those first few rides which felt a bit dangerous and thus exhilarating at the same time are so freeing! And the sense of independence that comes from being able to travel to a friend’sContinue reading “Biking for Newbies”