Go Big or Go Home

They say, “Go big or go home.” Four days out from my goal marathon – the one I hope to go from a solid mid-packer to a sub-three marathoner, the one for which I ran multiple 80 mile weeks and way too many miles at 6:52 pace – it’s too late to go home. So, all I can do is go big.  Of course, when you go big, even when 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 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

The Smart Runner Girl’s Guide to SMART Goals

All of the World Cup craziness lately has me thinking about goals. In soccer, it’s easy to see whether or not you’ve achieved your goal: your team wins, the crowd goes crazy (or in the case of the U.S. your team loses to Germany and the crowd still goes crazy), and the commentators infamously scream, “GOOAAAAL!” But how can runners achieve that same sense of pride if we don’t win more » Read more

Pick Me up at Target, Please

Pick me up at Target, please. It’s what I should have said to someone as I was heading out for my morning 10.5 mile run. But honestly, I did not think it was going to be a problem. It was my final run of my 52nd year. All I expected was a lot of introspection, retrospection, and celebration of the end of another year. That is so NOT what happened. 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

Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?

Why do I do this to myself? I don’t think I know a single runner who hasn’t asked herself this question at some point during her running career. For all the post-PR elation and the super fun group runs, there are many low points during training and racing that make us question our sanity for choosing to allocate our precious time to the endeavor of getting faster. I am most more » Read more

Running Without the Race

Imagine running 40+ miles per week, completing tempo runs, speed intervals, and long runs in preparation for…nothing. You’re not training for anything because you don’t race.  Runners who don’t race? What a concept! I recently read a Runner’s World article that profiled several runners who don’t race. As someone who tends to get burned out on the pressure of following training plans and the constant pursuit of PRs, I found this concept more » Read more

Marathon Mania is Setting In

[Editor's Note: Mint wrote this a week ago, and she's running her marathon as you read this. Go, Mint, go!] It’s true.  I am checking weather forecasts, race time predictors and pace charts.  I am thinking about my racing shoes and my race day wardrobe.  I’ve ordered some gels and have restocked my Bodyglide supply.  It’s almost race time,  baby.  And I can’t wait. This is a very newfound feeling, which more » Read more

5 Pre-Race Anxieties I NEED to Get Off My Chest

When, at the beginning of a training cycle, I plug my training plan into my calendar and take an overview of the weeks about a month out from the race, I know it’s going to get tough.  I know I’m going to have to take things one day at a time and accept the plan as it comes.  It won’t be so bad, I think, I’ll be ready for it more » Read more