Monday ”What Went Well” Report: Bum knee, but not for long!

It had to happen eventually. After a lifetime of running (sometimes at a wildly inappropriate weight for the kind of stress that knees take on a regular basis with all that pounding), I finished my ten-miler last Sunday afternoon and felt…something. No pops, tears, or trauma. Just…something that wasn’t right. So I called the nurse…

Monday: What Went Well – I Survived the Big Fat Italian Wedding

You know My Big Fat Greek Wedding, right? The very fun 2002 Nia Vardalos film about, well, getting very married when you’re very, very Greek? I’m here to report that the Italians are exactly the same as the Greeks. Or, to put it more succinctly, the Italian-Americans are exactly the same as the Greek-Americans when…

I forgot how fast a “quick” workout can go by.

Monday was a busy bee kind of day: lots of places to go and people to see. And then it was 5 p.m., and my workout wasn’t, ahem, done yet. So I put on my running shoes and committed to a workout that was so short (considering my upcoming race goals) that it was going…

Motivation Week! No time to exercise? Try a quickie.

Stardate: June 11, 2014. Location: A high school track in Seattle where my track club meets up on Wednesday evenings. Situation: This workaholic runner wants to get her butt kicked by some long distance intervals. But her coaches have other ideas. Enter the Quickie. The “Quickie” isn’t a workout. It’s a mindset. It’s what happens…

An Ode to National Running Day!

It’s National Running Day, and you know what that means, right? Get out there and run. Even if it’s just for a minute or two. We all ran right out of the box as soon as we could figure out how to do it – I mean, my nearly-two-year-old nephew thinks running is the world’s…

Race Report! Sometimes, you just pop a good one.

The original idea was to find a half-marathon I could sink my teeth into after the Boston Marathon – early June, which still (usually) offers good long-distance running weather in the Pacific Northwest. Then I realized I was definitely not excited about running 13.1 miles competitively so soon after a marathon. (“Competitively” = putting my…

Throwback Week: The Fitness Meme of 2014 (so far).

First published on April 11, 2014. This one says it all. That’s the story, right there. We’re not looking for high-fives or admiration or glowing reviews from our friends when we step out on the town in a great outfit. We know that. When we lace up our running shoes…or pack our spinning outfit in a…

What’s Next? Finding new fitness goals after big achievements.

I love the fact that the Seahawks ended their post-Super Bowl locker room speeches with the cheer “1-2-3-What’s next!” It’s what I’m thinking about on this Thursday morning, three days removed from what I’m sure will go down as the most memorable race in my life. Keep calm and…take it easy. With still-tired legs, there…

The art of the reverse taper: It’s physical, and it’s psychological.

There are a few different ways to approach physical activity. There’s the “I exercise to stay healthy” way, and there’s the “I train for events” way. I’m in “event” mode for the first third of my calendar year because the Boston Marathon is a mainstay of my overall fitness program. Now, I’m transitioning into the…

Boston Marathon 2014: The lessons of the day.

Greetings from a Cambridge, Mass. hotel where I am currently nursing a very sore pair of legs. There is exactly one thing standing between me and my epsom salt bath. This post. So without further ado, here’s a first cut of my top 10 takeaways from the 118th Boston Marathon: