I never played sports in school, and I was never one for exercise as a child and pre-teen. However, now that I look back on all that running has taught me, I understand the benefits of sports. They're not just about being active and getting outside -- they're about the lessons you learn along the … Continue reading Five life lessons you’ll learn from running
I ate meat on Friday for the first time in over four years, willingly and knowingly. French onion soup and a chicken Caesar salad for lunch, and lasagna with meat sauce for dinner. I ate chicken enchiladas yesterday for lunch. Needless to say, I'm no longer a vegetarian. I've been thinking about eating meat again for … Continue reading The ex-vegetarian: Coming out as an omnivore
In May, I posted a picture of me on Instagram crossing the finish line at the Bolder Boulder with the caption: "Nothing else in life will ever give you this feeling." Today, however, I learned differently. I summited my first 14ers today -- Grays and Torreys -- after a month of training hikes, gear buying and … Continue reading When a break from running takes you to 14,000 feet and new realizations!
Runner's World always inspires me to train harder and try new things. My August 2016 issue featured a column entitled "Downward-Dog Days" by Peter Sagal. The article spoke to me because Sagal, much like me, always considered yoga to "boring and easy" and all about "inner peace and spirituality." Things that runners don't typically seek. … Continue reading The marathoner meets the yoga mat
You tell anyone you meet that you're training for a marathon. When getting my blood pressure and heartbeat measured at the doctor a few weeks ago, I casually bragged, "I'm sure they're great; I'm training for a marathon." I was overjoyed when my doctor confirmed that I had the heart of a runner. And it's … Continue reading You know you’re training for a marathon when …
I'm not moving from the third grade to the fourth grade. I'm not playing townsperson No. 3 in the school play. I'm not getting a meaningless new title at work. I'm not finally at 1,000 followers on Instagram. I'm making the time each day to work toward a goal. I'm pushing through when my body … Continue reading 3 reasons to support the runner in your life
Runners, you know the routine: get up early to fit in your miles, do some quick stretches afterward, then hop in the shower and get on with the day. You're busy and have miles and miles to cover, so you often rise before dawn. Sometimes, though, it's good to let the sun wake up first. … Continue reading 8 tips for the sleepy runner
Running an ultra-marathon? Running a marathon? Running 10ks? Running 5ks? Being part of a running club? Setting PRs? Winning races? Running every day? Running just to run? What makes someone a runner? There's no single answer to this question; there shouldn't be one. Runners come in many varieties ... and many shades of neon. A … Continue reading What makes someone a runner?
A few weeks ago, my IT band flared up. Even though I successfully beat IT band syndrome last summer, I was scared. I couldn't image taking another two months off of running and going through the daily grind of physical therapy exercises again. Even though I knew that I should take time off -- because … Continue reading 10 things every injured runner needs to hear