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!”

It Was a Long 5 Miles on the Green Loop of my Ragnar Trail Race

Trail running at night may not be my thing My one and only trail Ragnar relay race was in 2017. It’s an annual event in Richmond held in Pocahontas State Park in April. It was 36 hours of little sleep, lots of running, and time with great friends.  That particular year, Mother Nature decided toContinue reading “It Was a Long 5 Miles on the Green Loop of my Ragnar Trail Race”

Frostbite 15k 2023 Race Recap

Richmond Road Runners Club Well, well, well. If it isn’t another race that I said I’d never run again, and yet peer pressure made me sign up to run it this year. Why did I swear I’d avoid this race? I’ll tell you. I ran this race 3 years in a row: 2014, 2015, andContinue reading “Frostbite 15k 2023 Race Recap”

That’s a Wrap!

My year in running in 2022 Oh, this sport. Running has been a part of my life now for 10 years. For 8 of those, I have run at least one spring half marathon and a fall full marathon. This year was no exception. Adding to my activities were a few leadership roles. And despiteContinue reading “That’s a Wrap!”

Is the Endurance Running Community Elitist?

It depends on who you ask.  I recently wrote an article about inclusion in the Richmond running community that was published in Miles and Minutes, the quarterly magazine for my local run club, which I also help edit.  In my research for this article, I touched on many aspects of inclusion: ableism, fat shaming, ageism,Continue reading “Is the Endurance Running Community Elitist?”

The Spice and Tea Exchange: Williamsburg

A Review My older daughter and I took a trip to Williamsburg to do some holiday shopping. Since we were in town, we had to make our mandatory visit to the Cheese Shop in Merchant’s Square. (Don’t worry. I didn’t suddenly decide to take up dairy again. They sell more than cheese!) As we enjoyedContinue reading “The Spice and Tea Exchange: Williamsburg”

Marathons and Dinosaurs and College Trips, oh, my!

Richmond Marathon Weekend 2022 This isn’t a race recap, exactly. I didn’t race this weekend. I was simply there to support everyone who was!  I woke up Sunday feeling sore from hours of walking, running, and standing. My throat hurts a bit from yelling all day. I’m sunburned from spending a couple of hours onContinue reading “Marathons and Dinosaurs and College Trips, oh, my!”

Pizza and Beer of Richmond (Hanover): Vegan Restaurant Review

After a long day of work for me on a Saturday, and with nothing to cook that made the omnivores in my life happy, we decided to venture out for dinner. My daughter had a craving for Mexican food, but I had another idea. I’d heard from vegan and non-vegan friends that PBR Richmond isContinue reading “Pizza and Beer of Richmond (Hanover): Vegan Restaurant Review”

Devil’s Lettuce: Vegan Restaurant Review

How exciting that the far West End of Richmond has a new all-vegan restaurant! If you read my earlier review of Hurley’s Tavern, this is the vegan comfort food kitchen they built in front of Hurley’s dining room.  The brainchild of chef Janice Rossano, pictured with me above, she’s been envisioning a space like thisContinue reading “Devil’s Lettuce: Vegan Restaurant Review”

A Glimmer of Hope Post-Covid

Finally, I felt like I had a decent run. Seven weeks post-Covid, I’m still having some issues. I would say about 90% of the time, I have some kind of annoying chest discomfort. On the pain scale, I’d give it a one or two. But I’ve had times when it’s a three. And that’s justContinue reading “A Glimmer of Hope Post-Covid”