Traditions and transitions mark the start of summer

Traditions and transitions mark the start of summer

Last Memorial Day, I talked about 5 great Memorial Day weekend races, and said, “some creative time on your travel apps could get you on the starting line for one each day.” While I didn’t quite do that, I did fulfill my desire to do the Soldier Field 10 Mile again…and continue my Ridgewood Run tradition for one more year. Read more

2018 Chicago Spring Half Marathon Reviewed

2018 Chicago Spring Half Marathon Reviewed

Sunday was the Chicago Spring Half Marathon (and 10k). “Spring” is a relevant term. According to the official race results, the temperature at race time was 59 degrees. They lie. According to my Garmin, it was 46 degrees. While I was running, the wind chill felt closer to 28.

So, I learned a really important lesson about running in Chicago. Even if the calendar says “May,” pack gloves and a hat, and arm warmers, and maybe even rethink shorts and a singlet as being appropriate spring running attire.  All that said, and factoring in that I was 3 weeks post marathon and didn’t do much training in between (and that personally, I had a tough race as a result), it was a nice event. Read more

The Finish Line: Only the End of This Chapter

The Finish Line: Only the End of This Chapter

The 2014 New Jersey Marathon was, by all accounts, easy. I was four years younger than I am now. I was also five pounds lighter (okay, maybe closer to ten).  I was also coming off a year where I had run 13 half marathons, so I started my marathon training with a lot of miles in the bank already. When I started working with a coach, I had a goal to break my previous personal record for the marathon which was 4:11:16. Read more

How to stay on course for the Marathon

How to stay on course for the Marathon

Less than a week to go until showtime! This is when the last 16 weeks are reduced to a mantra: trust your training. There doesn’t seem to be much left that can be done that will get me any more ready for the marathon than I already am.

Last week we discussed the importance of proper rest, nutrition and hydration in the last two weeks, so assuming I’m practicing what I’m preaching (I am!), what else am I doing this week to assure I stay on course? Read more

Spring Break

Spring Break

This is spring break week here, so I’m going to make this brief so I can get back to trying to spend some quality time with my kid. Since she started driving a year ago – and turns 18 later this week – I have to take what time I’m given. Read more