Sweat. When you workout, the goal or at least end result should be sweat and lots of it. As the toxins freefall down that imperfect canvas that is your body, you smile; exhausted. A good workout should leave you tired but invigorated, dripping but enthusiastic and, most importantly, contemplative but empowered. So what is your... Continue Reading →
Are you a runner?
Do you consider yourself a runner? Before you answer, take a moment to think. Do you enjoy the physical action of running? Do you define yourself as a runner to friends, on your Facebook profile or through subscriptions to Runner's World? Do you frequently sign up for 5Ks, 10Ks, 10-milers, half-marathons or marathons? Back to... Continue Reading →
An Unexpected Journey
Isn't it funny how the past, once it is behind us, looks so very rosy? It's crazy how events that came before tend to be remembered like a fleeting dream, destined to be seen in a stream of exuberant flashes. For me, 2012 is that dream. Though over, I will remember 2012 quite fondly. It... Continue Reading →
The Good Samarathon
It was mile 25 and I was in pain. My legs were inflamed by all the powers of the underworld, my stomach carried a ticking "GU" bomb, and my will had all but evaporated at mile 22. My first, and assuredly last, marathon was nearing completion, but every step forward felt pointless. Even though I... Continue Reading →
If a stranger witnesses you in the midst of a long run, which you do they see? Do they see a George Costanza 'serenity now' version of you that is calm, relaxed and powerful or do they see a fatigued, slumped over rolling sack of potatoes that looks ready to burst any instant? Or, if... Continue Reading →
Today, I ran with the Amish. That is not a typo, I literally ran with Amish runners in the 3rd annual 'Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon' in the heart of Amish country in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The race is semi-famous due to an article in Runners World published on the event titled 'Running with the Amish.'... Continue Reading →
Today was a running failure. According to my marathon training schedule, courtesy of About.com, I was supposed to run 12 miles today but sadly, that did not happen. I would like to blame someone/thing/place, but as Charles Jones always says, "no one is a failure until they blame somebody else." Suffice to say, I don't... Continue Reading →
Late to bed, early to rise?
A study over here, A study over there, All the studies everywhere, Say getting sleep makes you oh so fair! I know sleep is wonderful but apparently I'm terrible at getting it. I never fall asleep during movies, naps avoid me like the plague, I can't feel asleep if I go to be too early... Continue Reading →
Have you ever read or at least seen the cover of the popular magazine Runner's World? I am not currently a subscriber but I have leafed through multiple issues and I am fully aware that it is a well edited, thoroughly intriguing magazine that covers a plethora of running-related issues in interesting fashion. And yet,... Continue Reading →