Ginkgo Tries a Tri

Cyclists are so quick to tell us runners we should try cycling: it’s easier on the knees, they say. I’ve heard this for several years while working as a staff partner for a popular long-distance bike race. I just wrote it off as a recruitment technique, but I think there’s some method to the madness after last weekend. In fact, I took it up a notch and added in another more » Read more

Racing with a Stroller

This Saturday, I ventured out to semi-race my first 5k equipped with a jogging stroller and a 23 pound 11 month-old. My take-away from the experience? Racing while pushing a stroller is a completely different animal from racing without one! However, racing with the stroller can be great way to enjoy the camaraderie of a race and share the experience with your little one. Bonus: you can race without a baby sitter! more » Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter Running with Babies and Pets

Oh baby, it’s cold outside. Like, realllly cold outside.  We are talking snot icicles. Snowy eyelash mascara. 5 layers of running clothes and a sexy gaiter face mask. Yea, it’s winter in the northeast! As of this writing it was 6 degrees with about 4 inches blanketing the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Icy patches made my 3 miler a bit treacherous. In a few days another clipper is supposed to more » Read more

Moms RUN This Town Might Just Be the Running Group for You

When I had my first son last June, I coincidentally noticed a Facebook Group called ‘Moms RUN This Town‘ on my sidebar. Because I was curious and trying to meet as many new moms as possible as I wiped the sleep from my eyes and the spit up from my shoulders and clicked on the link. I’m so glad I did, because I now have a group to run with more » Read more

Flying Feather #Run4Wine Race Recap

My hubs was ‘on call’ for Thanksgiving so we weren’t able to travel to our usual destination (Cleveland) , meaning we could partake in the Columbus Flying Feather 4 miler on Thanksgiving morening. One of my favorite parts? The free sangria for every participant at the end! No need to place in the top three for a store-bought pumpkin pie at this race. No siree. Free wine for EVERYONE! We more » Read more

Ginkgo’s First Postpartum Half Marathon

If you kept up with my posts last spring and summer, you may have realized that my world has been flipped and turned upside down as of late. Our first son, Connor, was born on June 22, 2014, and my priorities, including my running, have all changed significantly in the past couple of months. Finding time to train with a four month old isn’t exactly an easy task and functioning more » Read more

Running and Breastfeeding: Mastitis

About a year ago, Salty wrote a information-laden post about breastfeeding and training: Got Milk? Running and Breastfeeding . Since that post appeared, I’ve had my own baby and have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past three months, which has brought me back to reading this post several times. I want to ensure that my milk supply and quality are not being affected by my desire to train for a half more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 9.28.14

Squeezed in many 2 and 3 mile runs in the wee hours of the morning this week; which was all my schedule really allowed since Sam was ‘on-call’ and had class several nights this week…with a newborn and busy, busy hubby, running took a backseat. Otto (our pup), of course, enjoyed it because it meant he ran with me most mornings. I was able to get in a quality 10-miler more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 9.21.14

This week wasn’t up-to-par in terms of planned mileage. I came down with a second bout of mastitis from breastfeeding and was out for the count from Wednesday through Saturday. Blerg! More on that to come…anyways, here’s what I managed despite it. Sunday: 6 miles tempo Monday: 3 miles at 5 a.m.! Tuesday: Didn’t get much sleep and was planning on going with the New Albany crew but decided to more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 9.14.14

Sunday – 6 miles before heading out to watch my mom walk in the New Albany Walking Classic. Monday – First day back to work and dropping off Connor to daycare. What an emotional day! I went for a hard 3 miles at 4:30 a.m. to get my mind ready for the day. There was a bright and beautiful full moon. Tuesday – 4 miles with Otto Wednesday  – 3 more » Read more

Achieve the Perfect Long Run for Your Marathon or Half Marathon!

It’s been a while since we’ve visited the long run, and since many of us are getting into fall racing season it’s time! Most of us know long runs are important, but we also have some newbies among us who need a little background on the fundamentals of good half and full marathon training. Weather you’ve run a bazillion of them or are sweating about your first, this post is more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 8.31.14

More group runs with Columbus Moms Run this Town! Early, early (we’re talking 4:45 a.m.), but lots of fun and outside of my comfort zone and more focus on the sociability of running aspect. They motivate me to keep on trucking despite 2 am breastfeeding sessions and leaky boobs…you know, all that fun ‘mom’ stuff. Monday 8.25 – 3 miles easy, recovery from 10 miler Tuesday 8.26 – 4.5 miles more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 8.24.14

This week was all about going outside of my comfort zone. Not necessarily in miles run. Not necessarily in pushing my pace or getting on the track to do intervals. Rather, to begin making running more ‘social’ again and check in on the reality of why I am doing it. I have to be honest with myself and make sure I’m not becoming a running machine simply to maintain a more » Read more

5 Post-Long Run Flapjack Recipes

Runner’s World recently posted an article about those flaky, syrupy, delightfully light yet sinful delicacies. Pancakes. Griddle Cakes. Hot Cakes. Flapjacks. Whatever you like to call them. I’m not a huge fan of breakfast foods (eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls and the like are not my favorite; it takes a while for my body to wake up and heavy items like such usually result in some immediate GI discomfort for this more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 8.17.14

This week has been a super exciting one! We welcomed our little niece, Cameron Eliza Lindamood, on Tuesday! Family has been in town and there have been lots of hospital visits (My sister had to stay a few extra days. She had a c-section since the little babe decided to be breech!). Besides one big spill on Thursday’s run complete with big old cuts and scrapes that look really sexy more » Read more