To Marathon, Or Not to Marathon? How Do You Know You’re Ready to Run 26.2?

That is the question. I recently had an epic run, during which I broke through my mileage plateau without suffering any immediate ill effects, I can’t help but wonder if I should just go ahead and do it. I know darn well I can run a half-marathon, albeit maybe slower than I would like, but could I run a marathon this coming February? I have plenty of time between now more » Read more

Racing Your First Half Marathon

Finishing is nice, but you love racing. You’ve got some 5k and 10k races under your belt and you think you might be ready to take the next step and try a half marathon. 13.1 miles can seem daunting if you’ve never raced that far before, and with good reason–pushing yourself for that many miles is tough to get used to! Lucky for you, the half is a very accessible more » Read more

LSD Explained: Long Runs for Beginners

As many of us (me included) start a new training cycle for Spring races, it means that it’s time for some LSD! No no, not that kind…duh.  I’m talking about those “long runs” you hear all the hardcore running nerds talk about, which is also referred to as “Long Slow Distance,” abbreviated as LSD. Personally, long runs are my favorite parts of the training cycle.  In my jam-packed life, my more » Read more

5 Things You Should Never Tell Beginner Running Friends

It’s January, which means it’s the time of year when of our non-running friends are making grand plans to get fit. For many of us Salties, it’s the time of year when our non-running friends start asking us for help and advice as they decide that This Year is when they’re finally going to Get Into Running and actually finish that beginners program they’ve started a dozen times. At times more » Read more

Trying to get my groove back.

Dear Santa: I confess.  I’ve been naughty.  My slippers have seen more action than my running shoes.  Instead of my former schedule of five days running and two days off, I’ve done the opposite. I wish I could blame it on pain and discomfort; on the physical difficulties of my recent surgery being much worse than I had anticipated.  This is most certainly not the case though.   Read more

Running Hopes for the Holidays

A new month is here and it’s time to get back to a workout routine!  After my surgery, the superglue has peeled off and stitches have dissolved.  My bellybutton still feels weird, but I plan to start out slow.  Black Friday deals allowed us to get a treadmill, so if the winter ever kicks in to the worst CO has to offer, I’m prepared!  And my work schedule is crazy more » Read more

Fartleks for Beginners

Beginning runners – have you stagnated at a specific mile pace? Are you bored with your easy runs, the routes or the routine? Perhaps you are just looking for something new to spice up your running? Well, look no further than the fartlek. Maybe you’ve heard this word bandied about and wondered why any runner might to do anything that’s pronounced fart lick. Despite what the syllables mean in English, more » Read more

Another Safety Reminder

On October 5th, 10 year old Jessica Ridgeway went missing in the Denver suburb where we live.  I’m not sure I will ever forget the picture to the left.  It was the image used on most of the “Missing” signs that were distributed all over the area.  Some were posters-sized. There was even a huge banner with this picture displayed at the camp set-up to organize search parties.  One day, more » Read more

My First Race! Going Ape in Record Time

I’m not going to lie.  When I woke-up race morning, I was ready to chicken out.  I cried…and cried…and told my husband I didn’t want to do it; I didn’t want to go.  He wasn’t going to have any of that!  He told me I’d be more upset with myself if I didn’t do it.  The anxiety was high but it had more to do with being in a crowd more » Read more