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…

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:

Boston Marathon 2014: We run today.

In honor of the 2014 Boston Marathon, today I’m posting the email I sent to friends and family on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the day after the 2013 Boston Marathon. I leave for the bus to Hopkinton in 90 minutes. The sun is shining. Run well, everyone. ***** Hello everyone, This email is going out…

Boston Marathon 2014: It’s almost here.

Key marathon ingredient #1: Sleep. After a week of far less exercise than I’m accustomed to, the race is almost here. Today, I’ll pick up my race number and spend some time at the Boston Marathon race expo – the mecca of race expos. My Garmin needs a battery. Maybe I need an extra pair…

Boston Marathon 2014: A last short race before the big kahuna.

Happy Tax Day. You filed your taxes, right? If not, go here now and do it. I’ll wait until you get back. Welcome back. Now let’s talk about using a last short race to tune up for a marathon. I ran the Seahawks 12K on Sunday – eight days before the Boston Marathon. Twelve kilometers is…

Boston Marathon 2014: The Taper Begins

Ah, the marathon taper. A great time to obsess about whether you’re ready to run…to second-guess your training, your nutrition, your rest patterns, your race strategy, and your insomnia…a great place to meet up with your neuroses for a full week before you can do anything about it. And by “do anything about it,” I…

Every race has a lesson. Here’s what I learned yesterday.

So, the news of what happened at yesterday’s half-marathon could be reported two ways. Let’s look behind Door Number One first: “I ran my slowest-ever Mercer Island Half Marathon yesterday and it felt hard the whole way and I was bummed.” Now, let’s look at Door Number Two: “I ran the same time on a…

Fitness Meme of the Week: You Just Get Better

Here’s my nomination for Fitness Meme of the Week: It’s 100% true. The more we work consistently towards our goals, the more attainable those goals become. I’m getting ready for my fifth year at the Mercer Island Half-Marathon on Sunday – one of the finest, if not the finest, half-marathons on the west coast. I…

Sometimes, you just have to conjure up your inner badass.

Anatomy of a weekend headed for workout disaster: Bowling with friends on Friday evening; no sleep on Friday night (I tossed and turned, no idea why); getting up at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning to lead two Weight Watchers meetings; trying to fit in a nap (unsuccessful); giving a talk on getting started with a…