In Defense of the Half Marathon

Tell any non-runner that you’re a distance runner and they’ll likely ask, “So have you run a marathon?” Having run two myself, I understand the allure and prestige of the marathon. It’s the only race distance not set by a nice round number, but by an ancient Greek legend. Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles to warn of the Spartans’ arrival and when he finished he kicked the bucket. It’s like the Kleenex more » Read more

So Many Metrics for Runners!

This morning, 57.7 percent of me was water. My resting heart rate was 57. And I averaged 184 steps per minute on my run. Fitness tracking and wearables are a huge market, and you might even have a device on your holiday wish-list. Pretty likely when I mentioned resting HR, you thought about checking yours on the device on your wrist. I’m a data junkie: most of my training is more » Read more

Olive’s Chosen Half Marathon Race Report

When I signed up to run the Chosen Half Marathon, I was burned out with a capital B. I’d finished a string of disappointing races with a string of injuries that left me frustrated and feeling like I’d done a lot of training for nothing. I planned on breaking 1:30 in the San Antonio Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon, but I’d ended up running 1:34 and shuffling through the last more » Read more

Why You Should Include Negative Splits in Your Race Plan

Six years ago, I ran my first marathon. After racing on the track or cross-country, running a road race, particularly one so long, was a shock to my system. I ran like a deer in headlights for the entire 26.2 miles. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In fact, it took me three marathons before I figured out (the hard way) that going out hard as I more » Read more

Pesto’s Fall & Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap

Salties… I am a marathoner! After making it all the way to the taper in my spring training before being diagnosed with a severe tibial stress fracture, training for Indy was much different. This past weekend went off without a hitch, although it was wildly unconventional. This summer (whilst still in a boot) I realized that in order to be successful, to avoid my history of overuse injuries and perhaps most importantly, to more » Read more

Do Runners Really Need Strength Training?

Many of us assume that with all our running we don’t need to add more to our workout routine, that running alone will keep us healthy from head to toe. You might have heard that strength-training can help us avoid injury, but maybe you’ve been lucky enough to escape injury sans strength work. There is another reason that it’s important, though: muscle mass starts to decline as early as age 30. more » Read more

Better Late Than Never: A Chicago Marathon Recap

I believe the amount of time that passes between racing and writing a race recap is an indication of how many emotions you have about said race. Which is why it has taken me just over a month to write my Chicago Marathon recap. Admittedly, I was busy playing Trivia and drinking Bell’s Two Hearted Ale in Ohio with my siblings the following two weeks after the marathon, but I digress. more » Read more

Chicory’s Monumental Marathon 2016 Race Report

To start, my race plan was … non-existent. Coach and I had talked on Wednesday and stepped through a couple of the goal times I had out there. “If you run 3:03 [my original B goal, and four minutes off my spring PR], we’ll sit down and figure out what we need to change. 3:01 would be okay. 2:59:59 is a lot more exciting than 3:00:10, but don’t focus too more » Read more

What Does Sub-Elite Mean?

I’ve been mulling over the words “sub-elite” and “elite.” While most of us have some idea of what an elite runner is, the concept of “sub-elite” is slightly less tangible. There are differences between being received or perceived as elite, identifying as elite, and training like an elite, but no single item on this list necessarily qualifies a runner as being truly elite, does it? What about two items from more » Read more

What’s the Best Race Prediction Calculator?

Setting a race goal can be a daunting process, particularly for marathons. You don’t want to see yourself short and set a goal that will leave you feeling like you could have pushed harder on race day, but you also don’t want to pursue a time so speedy that you crash and burn. So you take a recent race time (bonus points if it’s a half marathon!) and enter it more » Read more

Hope and Running: Why Everything Happens for a Reason

Everything happens for a reason. These are at once the best and the worst words ever. Usually, people say this when things don’t go their way, and they really don’t know what else to say. For me, it was all I had to hold on to ten months ago. It was what kept me going, even though I hated it. One year ago, October 2015, my husband and I found out we more » Read more

How to Customize a Training Plan

These days, runners seem to want personalization. And if you’re one of those people, all of those great running plans in books ranging from Advanced Marathoning to Hanson’s Marathon Method aren’t good enough for you. I hear you! Even though you really loved the Pfitz 55 or the Hanson’s plan, using the same plan you used last year gets old, and you need to up the ante if you want more » Read more

Ski Down? I Prefer to Run Up! Benefits to Training and Racing Outside Your Comfort Zone

To say I enjoy running is an understatement. There is no better way to start my day than on Boston’s Charles River esplanade watching the sun come up and the rowers fly by. It makes me feel alive and clears my head before the day. However, even I feel the need to spice it up once in a while to prevent boredom and what I like to refer to as more » Read more

Best Group Fitness Classes for Runners

Runners notoriously like to run and only run. We have a limited amount of time to work out, after all, and why not spend it doing our favorite form of exercise? A few years ago, I started taking a few group fitness classes a week and fell in love. In fact, I loved them so much that I became an instructor 18 months ago. Group fitness classes are a great more » Read more

Racing with Wheels: Advice for Racing with a Running Stroller

There was a low-key race series I wanted to do that used the same 5K course every Friday night for a month, followed by happy hour specials and drink tickets! With my husband out of town all three weeks, instead of getting a babysitter, I decided to bring the kids with me. They say necessity is the mother of invention and they would be correct. While I’ve trained with the more » Read more