5 Frights You Might Encounter When Running in the Dark

Whether you run early or late, this time of year you’ll probably be doing some miles in the dark. If you don’t have lighted streets, your puny little headlamp is about enough to keep you from running into a wall, but otherwise isn’t all that good about lighting your way. Instead, you have to hope there aren’t scary things lurking around the corners. Since today is the spookiest of all more » Read more

5 Hazards of Bringing Small Children to the Local Running Store

The other day I stopped at my LRS (Local Running Store) to pick up a new pair of trainers with my youngest daughter. She’s 22 months and I’m lucky she has cute chubby cheeks and red springy curls, because maybe I can go back to the LRS again. I don’t know what it is, but every time I bring my kids with me to the LRS, havoc ensues. I swear more » Read more

5 Cheers No Runner Wants to Hear

Last Saturday, as I ran the Blue Ox Marathon in Bemidji, I was coming up a particularly steep hill (the course is actually just one big hill, if I’m being candid), and the race volunteer at the top said, “this is the last hill!”  Having run enough marathons to know better than to believe everything I hear from the marathon sidelines, I said, “Don’t say that if it isn’t true!” more » Read more

5 Mid-Run Potty Spots

Is there any runner on Earth who has not found herself, at one point or another, in the middle of a run wishing a bathroom would appear RIGHT NOW! You frantically scan the horizon for port-a-potties or civilization and, at last resort, a secluded spot where passing motorists won’t see your butt. A year ago, Salty wrote a post about the secluded last resort spots. But before using Salty’s tips, try more » Read more

5 Places You Didn’t Know You Could Chafe

It’s October and that means we are right smack in the middle of marathon season. I, myself, entered The Akron Marathon last week at the last minute. To my surprise, I did not blister or have any bathroom problems nor did I have any thigh rubbing thanks to good ol’ Vaseline. However, I did not know until after the race that there were some other places I should’ve greased up. more » Read more

5 People You Might (Literally) Run into on the Track

Yeah, it’s fall! Is it just me or is fall the best season for running? All the great marathons happen in the fall (Boston, not withstanding). The heat of the summer is gone. The trails are strewn with beautiful leaves. And that cross-country smell is in the air. But one thing about the fall that might be kind of a pain in the you-know-what? All the people you meet in more » Read more

5 Lessons from Kids About Running

Becoming a mom three years ago was a life changing experience. I’d like to say that I savor every moment, but that’s not true. Many days I’m frazzled and counting down the minutes until I can sit on the couch with a bowl of ice cream. But sometimes, like now, I sit back and realize how cool it is to be someone’s mom; for every lesson I teach my kids, more » Read more

5 Ways to Run Through a Rut

So, while Catnip was writing a post about staying motivated while pregnant and Salty was asking why we do this to ourselves, I was sitting around and considering the fact that I’ve had no motivation to run over the course of the last month. Or two. So I started to wonder what it takes to break out of a running rut. And then I started wondering if it really mattered more » Read more

5 Ways that Picking a Training Plan is like Naming a Baby

Hanson? No. Daniels? No. Galloway? No. Pfitzinger? Definitely no! Lately, I’ve been reminded about the ways that choosing a training plan is similar to the indecisiveness I had about choosing names for my children. Thankfully, this decision doesn’t need to be put on a legal document or stick with me for life. I don’t have to wonder what future classmates or employers will make of my choice. But still, a more » Read more

5 Signs It’s Time to Throw Out That Pair of Old Running Shorts

I admit that I still run in shorts I bought in 2005. I will go even further and admit I should probably not go out in public in these shorts and that they’re more suited for the trash bin than the light of day. But I have a hard time with that. I wore one such pair for the Boston Marathon! I can’t throw those away! Another, younger, although equally 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

5 Reasons 13 Year Olds Rule 13.1

Tomorrow, my oldest son and two of his friends are running their first half marathon, the Madison Mini Marathon. Admittedly, I am about as geeked out about this as you can possibly imagine.  These boys have trained for 14 weeks for this race.  They ran short, long, easy, hard, hills, heat, cool temps.  They met up to run and navigated their way through camps and family vacations.  They are ready more » Read more

5 Marathon Videos to Get Your Heart Racing

Fall marathoners, it’s been tough staying motivated to get through the miles in the heat, let me tell ya.  But I’ve got just the thing to get you revved up for a strong long run this weekend; marathon videos! I know Americans often don’t think of running first when they think of exciting sports TV, but considering how hard we runners work toward our races and how much energy and more » Read more

5 Ways Running is RUINING YOUR LIFE!!!

Ahh, infotainment!  I’ve always detested “human interest” pieces in the news; they’re so often transparent ploys to manipulate the audience into associating the news organization with emotional high ground, and they wind up blurring the lines between real, factual news and gelatinous informational flatulence. I hold infotainment responsible for convincing non-runners that we are ruining our lives by pursuing a hobby that keeps us happy and fit, a position that’s more » Read more

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