Running from Guilt to Gratitude

I consider running to be a healthy distraction, and I like to run while my kids are at soccer practice so that they don’t feel like I’m asking them to work hard for an hour while I sit around in a lawn chair sipping soda pop and cheering them on. I want them to see me working my body, so that they know even when you’re “old” it’s important to more » Read more

Teaching a Non-Runner Hubby to Race!

My husband doesn’t like running, and that’s an understatement. He’s that guy who played sports in high school, and to him, running was punishment for not completing a tackle or kicking the soccer ball off-sides. We runners turn this around to mean we’re hardcore: “Our sport is your sport’s punishment.” Yes, my husband believes that completely:  on a recent 20-degree morning, with ice-covered sidewalks, he thought there was something wrong more » Read more

The Comeback Series Gets Personal

If you’ve been following along with my comeback from having baby #3, at this point you might be wondering what the heck happened to me. I was updating my logs and then I stopped. I alluded to an injury, but never explained what it was. Today I am going to fill you in. Comebacks are not always linear. There are often ups and downs. Setbacks happen and then are followed more » Read more

The Loneliness of the Competitive Running Mom

There are moments when I’m acutely reminded why it’s so unusual for nursing mothers of three small children to attempt to become elite amateur athletes. Is it just me, or is the time of life when we are parents of small children a time when we actually have every excuse in the book for throwing our hands up and surrendering the fight? To quit the hobbies that make us ourselves. more » Read more

All Marathons Have a Backstory

There’s something about marathons and the training that comes with it when you toe the line. I’ve only done one in my life and it was a long time ago. Back then, the story that came with that marathon was that I was a senior in college, looking to do a marathon because it was the thing to do. When I finished, I cried because I didn’t think I could more » Read more

Love and Marriage…and Long Distance Running.

Long distance relationships are hard, but how about long distance running and relationships? When you’ve got to go out for a 3-hour training run on Sunday and miss quality time at home, how do your loved ones feel? For those of you with a partner at home,  does your training provide your mate with much-needed alone time, or does it put distance between you?  I don’t know if it’s because I’m more » Read more

Incorporate a Little Running into Your Wedding Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! But more importantly, I’m getting married in 2 months. Wait. . .I’m getting married in 2 months?!?!?! This whole wedding thing is starting to get very real (and exciting, of course). My fiance Sam and I have tried to make our wedding day uniquely us.  Our family and friends know all about our hobbies, our quirks and our unique personalities, so we feel incorporating such tidbits into more » Read more

Running Infertile: Two Steps Forward, 100 Steps Back

I sit here in front of a warm fire with a hot cup of coffee, trying as hard as I can not to think about today’s double-header workout.  I can manage the cold, trying as it is, but the icy streets and snow-drift-covered track have presented some unique challenges this past training week.  I purposely wrote my recovery week into the Christmas/New Year holiday, which had the decency to coincide more » Read more

It Doesn’t Always Have to Snow In December

December 9th, 2012. Sunday night, 10:30pm to be exact. It’s 50 degrees and raining in Northeast Ohio. James and I slept in this morning. Coach will not be too happy when he finds out we ran this late, again. It’s a long run, too. Long enough that if I don’t find something to talk about right away, I’m not going to last. It will be three years this Christmas. James and I met more » Read more

Half and Full Marathons for Kids? How Far is Too Far?

As many of you know, I am a huge advocate of youth running.  I actively coach 3rd to 5th grade girls to run 5ks in the Girls on the Run program, and I whole-heartedly encourage my own two boys to train and race.  I think you should too. But how far is too far when it comes to youth endurance running?   Related PostsWinter Vinecki Part II: 7 Marathons in more » Read more