Category Archives: training

Working on working out

I skip strength training on my workout schedule, unless my coach physically arrives at my house, slams my body on the ground, and starts barking orders. Somedays, she drags me kicking and screaming out into the road and makes me do lunges from one house to another.  Continue reading

Tracking Time

Eleven months ago today, I woke up single and self-employed for the first time ever. In the words of the great Groucho Marx:

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

I ramped up my running only about 7 months ago, and I haven’t kept track of every mile or minute. Still, I’ve racked up more than 121 hours of running, according to the stats I did manage to record on Daily Mile, and I’ve logged more than 535 miles. Continue reading

How to Enjoy Running

Last night I got an email from a friend, which started like this:

How do you enjoy running? I want to like it, but I don’t.

Actually, I get asked this question fairly frequently, so I thought I’d answer it here. Continue reading

Hawk Hundred Eve

The two-week taper makes me feel week and soft. Or maybe it’s the lack of sore muscles talking, because my short taper-length runs have felt fabulous for my feet and mood. My calf has healed, and I feel like I have more energy. Hopefully this carries over through tomorrow, my first trail marathon.

Sometimes I need to run alone.

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What Condition My Condition Is In

Before my first 5k a few years ago, I over prepared. I thought about nutrition, sleep, and so on. My race partner and I even carb loaded, for crying out loud. After I got a few races under my belt, I kicked back and comfortably settled into the not-preparing-enough category. Somewhere in between those two extremes lies the level of prep I need. Continue reading

Clowns vs. Mimes

Much better training this week, despite the heat, humidity, and my ongoing sore calf. I’m still babying it a little so it doesn’t get worse before the marathon next weekend. As it is now, I might have some mild pain throughout the entire marathon, but I shouldn’t be miserable. Now to focus on eating more-better! Continue reading

Training Ups & Downs & Back Up Agains

Rarely do I have a week in which my training matches what is on my official training schedule. Okay, maybe never. Like a running pirate, I consider my schedule to be more of a set of “guidelines” than rules. Still, my actual mileage is usually pretty close to scheduled miles. Last week, however, not so much. Continue reading

From 1 block to 1 marathon in less than 1 year

Ready to run

In 2010, I was a 39-year-old, unhappily married mother of a teenager, and I wanted to run away from home. So one day I walked out the front door, popped on my headset, and started running. And I made it about a block. Continue reading

Ready, Set, Run

Long story short: I started running at age 39.

Now I’m 42 and beginning to feel like a runner. On Saturday, August 18, 2012, I ran 25 miles on the Clinton Lake trails in Lawrence, Kansas. I ran with Gary, a well-known local trail runner and experienced ultra marathoner. On our run, Gary told me that I needed to start keeping a running diary and writing race reports. So here it is, my official running blog: Continue reading