Just showing up

Just showing up

Worst. Marathon. Ever. was how I described my 11th this past Sunday in social media posts. That wasn’t entirely accurate. It was just my time that was the worst ever and slowest would probably have been a more appropriate word. Because my eleventh marathon was also perhaps the prettiest – and maybe the best reminder of who I am.

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Gratitude: 25 Years Running

Gratitude: 25 Years Running

There have been a couple running milestones I missed commemorating here because I haven’t been as prolific this year as I’ve been in the past. The first was my 25th Runiversary. That is, the 25th Anniversary of the day I started running which passed unceremoniously on March 4th. The second is Global Running Day which happens each year on the 1st Wednesday in June. So, yesterday.

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Let’s add conditioning

Let’s add conditioning

What an honor it was to be interviewed for an article for Women’s Running this month (M. Rodenburg, “5 Tips for Sticking to Running Once the Pandemic is Overwomensrunning.com, April 14, 2021). While the author focuses on those who took up running during the pandemic and want to stick with it, the piece offers appropriate tips for any of us.

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A “How-To” Guide to Running (or Walking) Every Street in (your) Town

A “How-To” Guide to Running (or Walking) Every Street in (your) Town

It may be more challenging to get workouts in right now with gyms closed. Exercising, however, is a necessary tool to maintaining our mental health. Especially important right now. Where I am in northern Illinois, we are again being asked to adhere to some strict guidelines around social distancing including a new “stay-at-home recommendation” which went into effect yesterday. 

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More lessons learned running every street in (a new) town

More lessons learned running every street in (a new) town

Yesterday morning on an 8.5 mile run, I ran nine new streets in Vernon Hills, Illinois and with that concluded my quest to run every street in town. I took on this challenge because without any races on the calendar I needed a way to stay motivated to keep up a regular running schedule. I also wanted to get off the park trails where social distancing was becoming difficult. I started on August 2.

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