Feeling Like a Fraud: Imposter Syndrome and Running

Yesterday, on my way out of the gym, I held the door for another woman who was also on her way out. “Thank you!” she said,  “And by the way, you run REALLY fast!” I didn’t know how to respond so I nervously laughed and said, “Oh! Thanks, but–” She interrupted, “I saw you run 7.5 on the treadmill and I think I would blackout if I ran that fast!” more » Read more

Mile Training: Spend Time on Speed

Speed-work: we do it to train for every race distance. It’s our chance to practice running at our target race pace, taking on the challenge in small pieces before stringing it together into a race on our big day. I thought I had plenty of experience with hard speed workouts training for the 5K and the10K, but I was completely unprepared for mile race speed-work. For mile training, speed work more » Read more

On Making Comparisons: Your Mileage May Vary

This week, I posted my first training log with a little bit of hesitation. You might look at my training and think it’s a lot. But sadly, I look at it and think it doesn’t compare to what my peers are doing. It’s the Internet’s fault. I’ll be scrolling through other runners’ Twitter, Instagram, or blogs and suddenly come across posts/photos/workouts that make me feel really bad about myself. How can more » Read more

The Mindful Competitive Runner

The mindfulness movement has been around for ages, but it’s only recently that it’s made its way into the mainstream. Mindfulness is defined as intentional awareness, or intentionally paying attention to the environment around you. It involves observing your environment through the five senses and more importantly, not judging the thoughts and feelings as good or bad as they occur. Instead of reacting to a thought or feeling, we learn through mindfulness to more » Read more

Are You Sabotaging Your Race by Falling Victim to Race Day Woes?

I recently found myself standing on the starting line of the 44th annual Portland Marathon. Along the journey to that moment, I did all the right things. I signed up with a coach and followed her workouts to a tee. I pushed myself to hit paces in my workouts that I used to think were unreachable. I believed I was capable of running a 3:25 marathon, which would be a ten minute PR. more » Read more

Why The Pros Are Pros and How YOU Can Learn to Think Like One

Professional athletes have to handle immense amounts of pressure and stress. In fact, at the most recent Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, many American athletes with high expectations didn’t fair as well as they had originally planned. In particular, Molly Huddle had arguably the biggest heartbreak in the 10,000 meters after she failed to run through the finish line thus allowing fellow American Emily Infeld to nab the more » Read more

Every Runner Needs to Find Her Inner Monster

Like most little kids, I was afraid of monsters. The Wicked Witch of the West would give me nightmares for days. And don’t get me started on those flying monkeys! I made the mistake of believing my brother when he told me Chuckie was just an ugly looking doll and what bad things could a doll do? I’ll let you cringe at that one for a second…. But, I’ve learned, more » Read more

How to Train for Badwater: Extra Everything

It’s been no surprise to me that people are curious about Badwater – and even more curious about how one even begins to train for it.  There’s certainly not the wealth of “couch to Badwater” training programs that there are for the 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances; even my non-runner friends who are able to get their heads around 100-milers have been stymied anew by this latest adventure of mine.  Extra more » Read more

Fake It Until You Make It

Together, we’ve taken a big leap: we’ve resolved to dream big and to stop being embarrassed about it. Yeah! But that is just a first step to realizing our big goals. Ladies (and you 2 gentlemen readers), we have more work to do to become the runners we dream of becoming. Today I’m going to put on my self-help guru hat and discuss how the power of positive thinking can more » Read more

Hypnosis and Running: Are You In?

When you hear the word “hypnosis,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it an image of being on stage before thousands doing the chicken dance in your underwear? Is it an image of an old man with white hair dangling a pocket watch in front of you and droning, “you are getting sleepy, very, very sleepy…” While clichés of hypnosis may make it seem like a silly party trick, it is actually more » Read more

Find Success In the Chase: Learning From Mistakes in Marathon Training

61 baby! That’s was magic number for Pittsburgh. On May 3rd, I pinned on the first elite bib of my life: F61. It was a race that didn’t come together. In fact, I didn’t even end up finishing. But this article isn’t about that race; I already wrote about that. Often, I’m realizing, the best part of running isn’t necessarily achieving a goal time in a race, although that is pretty more » Read more

Readers’ Roundtable: Are You Competitive? If not, why not?

I had to delete Words With Friends from my phone.  My competitive nature didn’t allow me to go easy on anyone who wasn’t as formidable as I, and when I did find worthy opponents I would…well to put it mildly, I’d get shouty when I wasn’t winning. It’s pretty rare that a mid-30’s mid-packer like me will be vying for even the most humble award, so I don’t generally consider more » Read more

Make Both Performance and Process Goals to Achieve Running Success

This week I begin a 15 week training cycle for the Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, to be held on June 14th, 2015 in Iowa. I happened to stumble across this marathon when doing a Google search for “spring marathons in Iowa.” Why Iowa? A good friend of mine lives there and I thought it would be nice to come visit and run somewhere new. This will be just the third more » Read more

The Champion Mindset

A few weeks ago, I ran the Canton Fall Classic 10K and ran as well as I’ve ever run in my life. Though my time was a significant PR, and I am proud of that, the biggest breakthrough was a mental one. You see, for the first time ever in a race I “went there.” You know that place, the impossible, painful, air-sucking, muscle-burning place of exhaustion. I went there, more » Read more

Quieting the Quakes: How to Deal with Pre-Race Anxiety

Recently I ran my fall goal race, the Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K, and I experienced a full-blown case of pre-race anxiety.  Starting about a week before the race, every time I thought about it I felt sweaty and sick to my stomach.  Though I always feel somewhat anxious in the days leading up to a race, this race lead-up was particularly bad because for the first time I was racing with more » Read more