What We Want You to Say to Us When We’ve Had a Bad Race

Have you ever raced with a friend who ended the race feeling horribly disappointed about her performance? It’s the worst. What do you say? What can you do to help her feel better? In the moment, when witnessing your friend experience the crushing feeling of defeat, it’s hard to know what to say or do, even though you know the pain she is feeling and have almost certainly felt it more » Read more

Dill and the Revenge Marathon

When you’re a marathoner, you spend months training for your goal race. Race morning finally comes and you know you’ve done everything right for this race. This is going to be your day, your race, your breakthrough! Oh no! Something goes wrong. You cramp up, you drop all of your gels, you don’t sleep the night before, or your gastrointestinal system doesn’t cooperate. You muscle your way through the race and finish, 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. Read more

Negativity and Positive Splits.

Today I ran positive splits, but it was a good thing. Generally when people talk about negatives in running, they are talking about negative splits. For those new to the sport, negative splits refer to running the second half of a training run or race faster than the first. This is generally believed to be a much better way to run than to run a positive split (running slower for more » Read more

Moving On From a Personal Worst

I ran 1:40:54 at the New Orleans Half Marathon last month.  My chip time was 1:40:54, and I recorded that time in my log.  That time is recorded in the race results for the entire world to see.  It was not my best half, and it was far from my goal of 1:30.  In fact, it was the worst half marathon I ever finished.  It was my Personal Worst, or more » Read more

Salty Confidential: How Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Running Performance

Last week, in our Period Post, we told you all about the hormonal craziness that happens during your menstrual cycle. Today I’m going to tell you how all this hormonal craziness affects your running. A quick disclaimer before I get out my hormones and test tubes again, though:  I am not a doctor.  I am not a scientist.  I do not have all of the answers, and none of mine more » Read more

Bad Runs Happen

A few weeks ago, I ventured out one morning for an easy six-mile run that was supposed to include 5 x 25 second strides.  It was the day before a two-mile race; the weather was crisp, but bright and sunny like it always is in Boulder.  My legs felt heavy even before I headed out, but that’s not uncommon; I can usually shake it out within the first mile.  I more » Read more