My Picks: Top 7 Stretches for Runners

With race day less than one week away, thoughts turn to recovery and preparation. Hopefully, the training that I’ve been able to fit in with my injury-altered schedule has been enough to cross the finish line on Sunday! No matter how much running, cross training and strength training I’ve been able to finish, beating myself to the ground this week won’t help me finish any faster. :) So this week, I have a few short runs ...continue reading

My First Half-Marathon Training Injury—And How I’m Fixing It!

I have a confession to make: I’ve been skipping several of my training runs lately. In fact, I haven’t ran a step since last Saturday. Yes, nine days ago! But I haven’t been slacking on purpose: I’ve been laid up with a malfunctioning foot. :( The story begins just over two weeks ago during a triumphant seven miler. See, I only had six miles on the agenda, but was feeling so good, I talked myself into busting through the half race ...continue reading

Fitness Face-Off: Treadmill vs. Outdoor Workouts

Most diehard runners would scold me, but so far, I’ve done the majority of my training runs indoors on the comfort of a treadmill. Why? You can’t beat the convenience of being able to walk down one flight of stairs and a hallway to find the gym. Plus, there are these other awesome factors: The console can hold my keys, water bottle and iPhone (for music) rather than me. My fingers, toes and nose stay at a temperature where I ...continue reading

The “Time Flies When You’re On a Run” Treadmill Workout

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all able to enjoy some quality time with loved ones and a few bites of dark chocolate. :) Last Wednesday, 8 p.m. rolled around and I hadn’t done anything about the 3.5 miles on my training plan for the day and was feeling a little less-than-motivated. I was a bit tight from the run the day before, but had a restorative yoga session in the books the next day if I knocked this ...continue reading

Plotting Out My Half-Marathon Training Plan

As I mentioned last week, my half-marathon training starts soon! I’ve consulted several seasoned racers and training programs, and believe I’ve found a schedule that will work well and will have me feeling fairly prepared by race day. (At least as much as possible as someone can be who has never run more than 10 miles in one session before!) Right now, here’s the general game plan: Walk/run or run (including one long ...continue reading

My Latest Fitness Experiment: Running a Half-Marathon!

My apologies for the longer than planned blogging hiatus. Time ran away with me! But I’m back and here to tell you that something else is running: Me. Eek! As of last Monday, I am signed up to participate in the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon on April 15.  Since retiring my high school cross country spikes, I’ve been a very inconsistent runner. I discovered that I preferred to do almost any other form of exercise more, so ...continue reading