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!”

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”

A Broadway soundtrack for your everyday life, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

There are two schools of thought when running long distances. The first, is the purist mentality in which running occurs without distraction or disconnect. Runners run and train without headphones. No listening to music. No tuning out with an audiobook or podcast. They just run, with the sounds of traffic, birds, wind in the trees,Continue reading “A Broadway soundtrack for your everyday life, 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”

The Runner’s Reading List

I’m a person who does best with a project. Even when those projects become too big and completely overwhelming, I’d more often rather be doing something than not. I don’t rest very well. I rarely remain idle. I like time by myself to be sure, but I do best when that time is structured andContinue reading “The Runner’s Reading List”

Hitting the wall, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

The first time I trained for a marathon, people warned me about hitting the wall. The feeling would be unlike anything I’d experience, they assured me. One friend who’d recently had a baby said that she knew she could make it through labor because she had broken through the wall in her marathon a fewContinue reading “Hitting the wall, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

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”