I do not like the cold. That’s why I take dressing for a winter run so seriously. These are my deep, dark thoughts about working out in the winter (or any temperature below 50 degrees).

When my alarm goes off and it’s still dark outside

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Happy 2018, friends.

Unlike everyone else, I have not started out the new year with a fitness frenzy. I have run a grand total of ZERO miles in 2018. In fact, my last Strava entry is from Christmas Day; I did a 3-mile jaunt in Kyoto and haven’t hit the pavement since. But sinful as it may be to say:  I love running. (Which means sometimes I hate running and that’s normal.) So I’ve signed up for a few races to make sure I get back on track.

River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

Here’s what I have signed up for so far. Are you registered for any of these? Any must-race events I should get on my calendar?

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Hi guys. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Did you run a Turkey Trot? Tell me about it!

Apologies for my absenteeism. It’s not your fault.

And no, I didn’t forget my WordPress password, I’ve just been a little less tethered to my laptop recently. It felt kind of amazing. But I’m back in action and back to business.

Did anyone take advantage of any Black Friday or Cyber Monday fitness class discounts? I stocked up on SLT and Refine Method.

I tried SLT a while ago (and wrote about it here). Those with excellent memories will note, I didn’t love it. After the NYC Marathon I was in the market for a tough, low-impact workout and SLT fit the bill so I decided to give it another chance.  They also opened a studio on the Upper West Side which put them in my good graces and zone of existence. This time I made sure to try an Intro-level class before diving it. It made a big difference. The teacher moved slowly, explaining every move and the music was muted enough to hear instruction. I didn’t feel out of my element.

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Most training plans include a tapering period 2-3 weeks before a marathon. This means you run less, and slow the eff down in fitness and ideally in life. The theory is the work is done, your strength and endurance are built and it’s too late to try to work on speed. Now it’s time to relax and get/be healthy. The goal is straightforward: Show up to the marathon well-rested and eager to run.

I’ve heard the taper can make you go crazy. Some dub the moody response some runners have “Taper Tantrums.” I figured I’d have some issues here, but it’s not what I predicted. I expected to feel the desire to run more than I was permitted to and to feel frustrated and nervous about the lack of mileage, but au contraire. All I want to do is sit on the couch, forget running, take some naps and eat pretzel croissants from City Bakery. (I’m averaging three a week. Too much?)

wedding photo

I would like to interrupt this complaining with a gratuitous wedding photo!

I ran 4 miles yesterday at a 10-minute per mile pace (on the slow side for me) and it was a workout, not a casual jaunt in the park. Everything feels HARD.  I’m still sore from the 21 mile run. Which was like, 10 days ago. So I’d say things are going only OKAY. I feel DONE.

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Good morning! Let’s kick things off with some great things written by other people.

The things you’ll find on the internet. Evidently there is a secret Facebook group called “the Missing Chins Run Club.” Its 52 members have lost over 4,000 pounds through running and nutrition changes. I think that’s pretty cool.

Got race-day jitters? Cool me too. Robin Arzon, an epic spin instructor at Peloton and impressive runner has some tips on tapering and racing.

I love sports movies and I’m very excited to watch some of the films recommended by Race Pace Jess on her list of running movies to watch while you taper. Anyone with me?

Week 15 recap 

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