Summer Running!

It’s hot outside! Many runners are beginning or are in the midst of training for fall marathons and races, and bringing more miles into training when in the midst of summer heat and humidity can present a challenge to new and experienced athletes alike.  My top four tips to keep the you mind and body …

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Looking at your first race this spring or summer?

I was so glad to talk with the folks at SuperFeet about running your first marathon. Check out these tips and get ready for spring and summer racing!

Spring running!

If you’re like me, the longer days and warmer temperatures have me itching to be outside and running.  Spring races are popping up on the calendar left and right, and the long-term thinkers are outlining their fall marathon schedules. Spring is an awesome time to be training - we’re out of the icy, dark months …

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January = Cold(s)

January has been cold for me. As in, one cold after another. It’s hard to avoid illness with two small children who seem to pick up every germ around from friends, school, and play school. While our house has happily avoided major illness, these smaller, but still vicious and surprisingly long-lived sicknesses keep me on …

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The Training Journal Part 4: Training Troubleshooting & Goal Setting

As we round out our 4 part training journal focus, and, as we approach the end of the year, it is common to use this time not only in holiday excitement, but also as a period to look back over the year, find highs and lows in our athletics, professions, and lives. We have in …

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The Training Journal Part 3: Motivation & Confidence

One of the less obvious but most powerful reasons to keep a training journal is the motivation that can be derived from the journal.  Both the practice of physically writing down your hard work, and the later reflection back upon this compiled work you've done are wonderful confidence builders. Many of us have busy lives, …

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The Training Journal Part 2: Beginning Training Analysis

The goal of tracking and monitoring your training data and results is to increase your training effectiveness and efficiency. Over the past 2 weeks, you've hopefully been getting into the habit of entering your training into your journal. With (potentially) just two weeks of entry, you can already begin to see valuable information about your …

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Fall Project: The Training Journal

Fall marathon season is upon us, and many runners are in the midst of their heavy training cycles. One must balance mileage, training paces, proper nutrition, adequate rest and recovery, and maintain motivation to succeed. One of the lesser-talked about tools in the runners' toolbox is the training journal, the utility of which I'll be …

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Giving my training log some love

Visiting with this dear friend (my training log) to assess the week's work, and strategize for the week ahead. The year has been plagued by injury and illness, but this past month has seen some serious progress. I'm excited, since I finally am at the stage where running feels good *most* of the time! And …

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This summer, my running goals were to return to running consistently and to build mileage while paying attention to my running “pre-hab” & rehab exercises. As it turns out, plans shift and I’m now wearing a [very fashionable] splint shoe on my left foot, and haven’t run a step in 10 days. I have had …

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