The Ultimate Endurance-Boosting Treadmill Workout

The bad news: The group fitness instructor training that was supposed to take place this weekend was postponed due to an instructor injury. The good news: I guess I’ll have something to look forward to in early 2013! AND that gave me time to try out a new treadmill workout. Since I moved this summer, I’ve become somewhat of a running snob. Either that, or I had O.D.’d on the treadmill during my time in New York. I ...continue reading

Running Awards 2012: PR-Worthy Gear, Eats and More!

It’s five days after the half-marathon and I’m alternating between “I can’t quite believe it” and “wow, now I feel like a lazy slug!” I’m trying to take it easy this week, especially for the sake of my knees, ankles and feet. But when I think back to the fact that I ran 13 miles on Sunday—and how ecstatic I was after I did it—all of my easy mini-workouts this week (and how I feel after ...continue reading

Rock ‘N’ Roll St. Louis Half-Marathon Race Recap

Woohoo—I survived! But let’s rewind a bit… I arrived in St. Louis on Friday evening and enjoyed a tasty dinner with my family at a new restaurant, Sauce on the Side. (If you’re in the area or visiting, check it out! The service was super-friendly, they were very accommodating to special order requests and the Italian food was delicious.) It’s not too often that all five of us—my two older older sisters and both ...continue reading

5 Tips To Make Long Runs Feel Easier

With five weeks of my half-marathon prep successfully complete, I’ve had plenty of time to think about—and try out—different training tricks. At week two or three, stepping outside for a quick run a few days a week after work seems pretty routine. What’s daunting, though, are those longer runs that loom on the weekend, usually beginning around week four. “What if I can’t make it the whole way?” “Will I ...continue reading

Overcoming My Top Two Running Roadblocks

My Saturday morning got off to a great, fairly early start this weekend, as I was determined to finally make it to the free weekly yoga session that’s offered at Gray’s Lake Park in Des Moines. I was in town and had a relatively unscheduled weekend, so it was the perfect time! Storms were supposed to be rolling in, but when I woke up and it was still dry, I grabbed my mat and hit the road. Despite the threatening forecast, ...continue reading

Each participant gets a color packet to toss after the race.

While I’m less than two weeks into my official half-marathon preparations, I’m nearly positive that I’ve already completed my most fun training run. This past Saturday, my sister Sarah and I participated in The Color Run in St. Louis and had an amazing time (as you might be able to see in the above photos. Click on the images to enlarge and see captions explaining each!) We started the 5K in clean white shirts and ...continue reading