Running a marathon is all consuming, they say – I am they, as I’ve written about this often (here for example). 26.2 is out of reach for the casual athlete, so preparing for race day requires a high level of preparation. Over the course of several months, the longest weekly run gradually increases in distance, … Continue reading All Consuming
Let’s Try This Again
I’m running 20 miles tomorrow. I’ve been here before – many times – but this time feels different. The last time I covered this distance was 2019 on my final long run of Eugene Marathon training, where I infamously injured my foot. I legitimately didn’t know if I could ever run this far again, and … Continue reading Let’s Try This Again
Yesterday I had a good run – a really good run. It was the kind of run where mind, body and weather all cooperate. The kind of run where you dressed exactly right for the temperature. The kind of run where the only other people out are friendly or have cute dogs (or both). The … Continue reading Next Steps
What Comes Next?
It's been two and a half weeks since Chicago, which in 2018 time means it feels like 84 years. The marathon was somehow yesterday and also a lifetime ago, and I've spent the last 18 days reflecting on the ups and downs of a notoriously flat race. A destination race is wonderful way to visit … Continue reading What Comes Next?
Letting Go of Letting Go
I had a draft I was ready to post tonight about letting go. It was lovely. I wrote about the seasons and how fall is the time of letting go, and how I was working to let go of expectations about speed and body image. You would have loved it. But after reading about Kavanaugh's … Continue reading Letting Go of Letting Go
Time is the most precious resource we have. Now that I'm in the thick of marathon training, time has become as much a challenge as the distance. For starters, scheduling is no small feat -- carving out enough hours every week not only to run but also to hydrate, stretch, strength train, meal plan, rest, recover, … Continue reading You Belong
Running is repetitive -- meditative, even. Left foot, right foot. Breathe in, breathe out. There's a pre-run routine and a post-run routine. There's a set menu of foods to be eaten at certain times. There's a calm sense of knowing that comes with having favorite shoes, favorite trails, favorite neighborhood loops where when we return … Continue reading Unplanned Spontaneity
Knowing When to Quit
Running really has just two basic rules: Don't be an idiot. Don't be a hero. Any advice I could offer on running falls into one of these two buckets. It's incredibly important to make smart choices about your health, your training, your surroundings. It's equally important to make sure that those choices are rooted in … Continue reading Knowing When to Quit
Birds of a Feather
Running is a solitary sport. Both the successes and the failures are yours alone, and the point is to push your personal limits. It's just you and the road. No one can run the miles for you. While there are any number of community running groups or potential running buddies, the logistics of finding a … Continue reading Birds of a Feather
Keep Showing Up
There's a magic and prestige to the Boston Marathon that's hard to articulate. It's an exclusive club that's technically possible for mere mortals to join, but every year gets more competitive, so even the people who meet the criteria on paper still may not be fast enough to win the lottery and actually run the … Continue reading Keep Showing Up