Let Me Reach Out!

Let Me Reach Out!

This is another one of those weeks where I struggled to figure out what I’m going to say here. I have lots of ideas of things that I want to write about, but some weeks none of my ideas seem appropriate. Like many parents, I am shaken by another school shooting. 29 mass shootings so far this year, the 18th at a school. I ran hard yesterday morning. Running relieves stress.

“Not just exercise, but a way to get in touch with and reclaim myself in an often fragmenting world, running also serves as a powerful antidote to clinical depression, a metaphor for the creative process, and, in its most profound moments, a spiritual practice.” – Poet Alison Townsend

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How running supports a longer life

How running supports a longer life

Running helps you live longer. While this could be subject for debate, a fascinating TED Talk I saw recently (“The Secret to Living Longer May Be Your Social Life”), solidified my position that running does indeed help you live longer, although not for the reasons we might think. Psychologist Susan Pinter illustrated how social integration – or social interaction – is the key secret to longevity. Read more

Will Running a Marathon Make You Wealthier?

Will Running a Marathon Make You Wealthier?

We often talk about the connection between the mind and the body. A couple weeks ago I wrote about the power of visualization. I also know from my research and my own experience that training the mind is just as important as training the body.  But when mind and body are working together and you’re achieving great results, what’s the real payoff? In other words, how does that affect your bottom line? Or will running a marathon make you wealthier? Read more

Marathon Training Week 1

Marathon Training Week 1

The first week of the year signified the beginning of official marathon training for me. I am registered for the New Jersey Marathon on April 29….week 17 of 2018. I started the year running. Literally. My boyfriend and I ran the New York Road Runner’s Midnight Run in Central Park which goes off at the stroke of midnight. It’s was 10 degrees (#yesthatsfahrenheit) but it was a spectacular experience! Complete with fireworks and (frozen) sparkling cider at the fluid stations, I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year. It’s a race that was on my “bucket list” for a long time and I am so glad I finally decided to do it (and even better – that I had someone special to do it with). Read more

What’s your vision for 2018?

What’s your vision for 2018?

The second half of 2012 marked a comeback for me after herniated disks sidelined me for close to a year. Months of physical therapy gave way to a very patient approach to running again. I gradually increased mileage until I felt comfortable entering a 5k and over the course of the next six months made my way back up to a 10-mile race in early December. All the while I visualized myself as a strong, capable runner, accomplishing each milestone. Read more