5 Things I learned from Ernestine Sheperd

At 77 years old, Ernestine Shepherd holds the Guinness World Record as the World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder. I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Shepherd a few years ago and while my first impression was “Wow, is she gorgeous!” I was most struck that her inner beauty far surpasses her impressive physique.  If Sports Illustrated is looking for its next cover model, she’s got my vote! So inspired am I by more » Read more

Five Signs You’re Too Nice to Race Like a B*!@#

A couple months ago when I was sidelined by an injury and couldn’t run, much less race, I voiced some of my frustrations to a friend. I was trying to explain how running is one of the few things in life that I do solely for me–an area where I can focus on myself and my goals and give that annoying overly-competitive part of me an acceptable outlet. But it more » Read more

5 Things That Are Harder for Runners to Do in the Summer

Yeah, it’s the summer! No more complaining about each run producing a load of laundry! We forgot about Yaktrax! It’s the time of year when all we really need is to cover our naughty bits, throw on a pair of shoes and go. Even though we don’t have to track down a safe ice-free route or find some other idiot willing to brave sub-zero wind chills to keep us company more » Read more

5 Running Books I Want to Read

TGIF, right? Aside from running, one of my favorite weekend leisure activities is reading. Unfortunately, my to-read list is longer than my available time! I’m torn between five running books and just don’t know which one is most worth investing my precious free minutes each day. So for this Friday 5, I’m going to “Ask the Audience”  and get y’all to help me decide what’s next in the queue. Which more » Read more

Five Ways to Welcome Summer

  American author Tom Robbins once wrote that summer weather can often feel like “an obscene phone call from nature.” He’s got that right!  Like a lot of you, my Baton Rouge running group and I “got the call” from nature a few weeks ago. We’ve officially gone into summer survival mode: we will run outside no matter how hot/humid it gets, but we recognize that we have to take more » Read more

Five Maya Angelou Quotes to Inspire Your Training

I know that when Maya Angelou was writing she had no idea that I would use her elegant words to help a runner achieve her racing goals, but upon her death last week, I realized just how inspirational she was to my running life.  I have learned many lessons in the process of reading her work and now, to celebrate her life and her great contributions to this world, it more » Read more

5 Ways to Keep Allergies at Bay When the Pollen Counts Soar

There are so many great things about late spring-early summer running.  To name a few: warm, long days without the slog of summer humidity.  Secure footing after months of dodging patches of black ice and deep mounds of snow.  The start of racing season.  The blast of colorful vegetation that is springtime … and the watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing that for many of us is part and parcel more » Read more

5 #YesAllWomenRunners Tweets

A little less than a week ago, 22 year-old Elliot Rodger, after penning a 100+ page woman-hating manifesto fueled by his inability to get laid, went on a shooting rampage as an apparent attempt to exact revenge on womankind who have rejected him and the men who he felt didn’t deserve the sexual attention Rodger coveted. In reaction to this atrocious event, women on Twitter began penning poignant tweets documenting more » Read more

5 Ways The End of Pregnancy is Like the End of a Marathon

At about 4 weeks before my due date, I’m gearing up for the final push and getting ready for the biggest finish line of my life –  you know, the one with the stirrups and IVs, the hospital gown and that itty bitty newborn that’s all mine (oh, and my husband’s!) who might look like an alien for the first few days, but he’ll be the cutest gosh darn thing more » Read more

5 Ways to Speed Sprained Ankle Recovery

POP! OWWW! As your body hits the ground after you fall off of a rock while cross training, and you know damn well your ankle is badly sprained, you can’t help but being pissed. At least I couldn’t. Hi, my name is Molasses, and I have a problem. No, it’s not alcohol. I can drink just fine, thankyouverymuch. It’s the sprained ankle that sidelined me just after I decided to more » Read more