It’s Time for Summer Camp for Grownups Again!

Fall marathon training season starts this weekend Behold! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This weekend will mark the beginning of my 10th training season with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, and my 5th as a coach. I can’t believe it’s been that long! Once the kid who got out of runningContinue reading “It’s Time for Summer Camp for Grownups Again!”

Tips for a Great Runcation

How to prepare for your out-of-town race Are you traveling for a race soon? Runcations, as we call them, can be super fun. But preparing for the big adventure can be stressful! I’m going to share a few things that I’ve learned over my years of running and traveling for races that have helped me!Continue reading “Tips for a Great Runcation”

Where Did my Mojo Go?

Or is it taper madness? It’s taper time in training for my 11th marathon. Up until this point, I’ve been extremely motivated in the process, going on all of my planned runs at the planned mileage.  But now that taper is here, the wheels are falling off. I simply have lost my motivation to run.Continue reading “Where Did my Mojo Go?”

Only Crazy People Run 20 Miles Solo

I guess this makes me crazy It’s peak week in training for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. All of my runs this week have been on my own. This isn’t necessarily bad, but I’ve surprised myself by reaching this point in my running career where knocking out multiple double-digit runs in one week seemsContinue reading “Only Crazy People Run 20 Miles Solo”

What Does it Mean to Be The GOAT?

The greatest of all time Who do you think of when you hear The GOAT?  Simone Biles is the first person I think of when I hear this. In my mind, she truly is the best athlete ever. She makes the sport of artistic gymnastics look easy, but the sport in this day and ageContinue reading “What Does it Mean to Be The GOAT?”

When Running Causes Nightmares

But are double-digit runs finally becoming less intimidating? I’m currently training for my 11th marathon.  I’m also a person with high anxiety. This is both the reason why I run and why running can be so challenging at times.  But it’s not the act of running itself that creates anxiety. That’s simply placing one footContinue reading “When Running Causes Nightmares”

Sometimes the Universe Knows You Need a Running Partner

A partner makes long-run days so much better! Beep… beep… beep… My alarm rudely awakened me at 7:00AM. My body protested, as this is normally my day to sleep in.  “It’s Saturday,” my brain told me. “Why did you wake me up so early?”  I had people counting on me to show up to run,Continue reading “Sometimes the Universe Knows You Need a Running Partner”

Blessed Are Those Who Can Choose their Long Run Day

I was cursed with running in the cold rain My first clue that this weekend’s long run would be terrible appeared during our monthly board meeting for the Richmond Road Runners Club. We had a race scheduled for Sunday, my long run day, and the race directors expressed their dismay about the weather forecast. “What?”Continue reading “Blessed Are Those Who Can Choose their Long Run Day”

I’ve Been Streaking, and It’s Been Great!

Sharing my thoughts about my January run streak. Ah, January. The new year, with a fresh beginning and hopefully with a few aspirational goals to motivate. With the month almost over, I’m taking some time to reflect on my new year’s journey thus far. Personally, I chose to do a run streak for the monthContinue reading “I’ve Been Streaking, and It’s Been Great!”

I Broke Down and Cried on my 10 Mile Run Yesterday

Sometimes runs are necessarily cathartic. I’d kind of been dreading this run: the first double-digit run of my first ever spring marathon training cycle. I’m used to training for a fall marathon, leading a very organized team of runners with a very prominent non-profit and with lots of support.  This run was lonely. I wasContinue reading “I Broke Down and Cried on my 10 Mile Run Yesterday”