At my first XC speed session, I dug in and got to the top of the bleachers, my chest fully heaving. Was it possible to have a heart attack at age 15?
I dragged my feet across the top row and shuffled down the next set of steps, trying to catch my breath when suddenly Coach’s voice roared:
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING? It’s time to PUSH! SPRINT down those steps! Come on, this is the EASY part. It’s NOT time to rest!! GO! … More It’s Time to Push: Running up that hill
For so many new runners, the 5k (3.1) is their first goal race distance. In fact, the “Couch to 5k” training programs have been a fantastic “gateway” to running for folks interested in getting active. So I feel kind of strange admitting that, after over 30 years of training, running, and racing, I don’t really … More Training for a 5K: Time for a Mindset Change
I’m not a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ kind of gal. I love goal setting, but I don’t like the idea that new goals should be restricted to the first of the year. With one exception: Running goals! I think it’s just the timing; living in the desert Southwest, our winter months are some of the best … More Hello 2020: New Decade, New Year, New Running Goals!
January 4, 2018 Miles run: 0 2018 total: 12.7/2018 Days without spending money: 1/365 <— WOW Fourteen days ago I started a 21 day cleanse – called the Clean Program. This is the third time I’ve done this program; the first time I lost over 25lbs – not in 21 days. The 21 days kickstarted … More Clean vs. Tequila
Miles run: 5 2018 total: 17.7/2018 Days without spending money: 1/365 Behold, the cul-de-sac where I ensure that all of my road runs end on whole number. My neighbors may think I have a screw or two loose. Or maybe they don’t. Who knows?
January 3, 2018 Miles run: 5.7 2018 total: 12.7/2018 Days without spending money: 0/365 Yep, having a tough time with that spending thing. So why am I tracking the number of days that I do not spend money this year? Because I read somewhere, someone saying that this year they were going to only purchase … More Spent: January 3, 2018
January 2, 2018 Miles run: 3 2018 total: 7/2018 Days without spending money: 0/365 Sometimes just a quick check in will do. The run: My legs hate running in the dark, cold of early winter mornings. Got it done. No goals other than getting 3 miles done. Spending: Today was the day to pay bills. … More Daily Check in: January 2, 2018
January 1, 2018 Miles run: 4 2018 total: 4/2018 Days without spending money: 0/365 New Year’s Day goals. Most people at least contemplate the idea for a moment. Some flat-out reject the concept, while on the other end of the spectrum, some place all of their bets on them. I think I’ve spent more time … More Next Goal: Equanimity for 2018 (miles)
I don’t want to sound critical of the whole social running scene. Call me old school, but for me running has always been, first and foremost, a solitary activity. Yes, I loved my cross country running experience back in high school. Yes, I love that my husband has become a solid running partner with whom I … More October 10, 2017: Not running with the cool kids
I never thought I would long for boredom the way I do at this stage in my life. … More September 20, 2016: Chasing boredom