An October health/wellness routine to showcase the season!

When I’m not training for a race or event, I generally need to plan out a fitness routine that keeps me on track with my health goals without getting bored or burned out. That bored or burned out piece is the real trick as both can lead to ditching a plan long before it’s finishedContinue reading “An October health/wellness routine to showcase the season!”

An easy five day workout rotation to kickstart fall

As we cruise towards the end of summer and start of September, it’s time to starting sliding into the fall routines that make this time of the year so comfy cozy. Give me leggings and a baggy sweater on a Saturday morning…or really all day Saturday…or, let’s be honest, I’ll try and pull off thisContinue reading “An easy five day workout rotation to kickstart fall”

The 11 week marathon experiment – The finish line!

Race day has come and gone, and there’s no other way to categorize the 11 week marathon experiment as a success! While it seemed like a borderline crazy idea 77 days ago, and I had my doubts a few times along the way as the mileage ramped up, I started the race strong, got toContinue reading “The 11 week marathon experiment – The finish line!”

Taper week – in racing and in life

Monday kicked off the double edged sword that is “taper week.” Taper week is the period of time at the end of a training program in which the intensity of the workouts begins to taper off and you give your body optimal rest and nutrition in preparation for the race. The taper week period isContinue reading “Taper week – in racing and in life”

Astronaut syndrome and why we do what we do

I was not a kid who wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up…but I’ll imagine for a moment that I was. Let’s say, as a kid, I wanted to go to the moon. Then as a high school college student, I poured over math and science all in an effort to get intoContinue reading “Astronaut syndrome and why we do what we do”

Halfway home – The 11 week marathon experiment

Six weeks ago, I wrote this post about trying to train for a marathon in 11 weeks. At the time, it was yet to be seen if this was a good idea, bad idea, or really feasible at all. And now, six weeks in, with the whole experience coming into a little better clarity, itContinue reading “Halfway home – The 11 week marathon experiment”

What the FODMAP?, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Recently, I was browsing the grocery store picking up a few things for supper, when I came across a new item on the shelf “butter chicken curry simmer sauce.” Nobody loves a curry as much as my husband, and though I’ll gladly make one from scratch, every now and then it’s nice to have anContinue reading “What the FODMAP?, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

The 11 week marathon experiment

When I ran my last marathon in October of 2014, I was relatively certain I would not need to run another one! I’d run my first, the 2013 Chicago Marathon a year earlier as a personal dare. It was the thing that I kept talking myself out of running. In a surge of adrenaline andContinue reading “The 11 week marathon experiment”

How the fittest I’ve ever been became the unhealthiest I ever was

In the fall of 2012, as I was about to start my second full year of teaching, I also decided that I wanted to run a marathon. I’d run five half marathons at that point, and a couple of triathlons, and it seemed like the next big endurance hurdle to clear. My fall teaching scheduleContinue reading “How the fittest I’ve ever been became the unhealthiest I ever was”

The serving size experiment

Back in the semi-awkward period of self discovery that happened immediately after college graduation, I started running long distances. This culminated in eventually running marathons, and as part of my training, I got very focused on nutrition. When training for a marathon, you obviously need to take in more calories than you would normally, butContinue reading “The serving size experiment”