The mileage is ticking up for Boston Marathon training. I’ve done 14, 15 and 16 miles in the past month. These runs feel epic by my baseline run standards (6-8 miles), but when you realize that the longest one of those is still comes up 10 miles short of a marathon, it’s kind of humbling. … More Surviving the Not-Longest Runs (and Becoming a Better Citizen & Coach)
What would make a person run up a steep hill as hard as she can? I’ve had time to think about this as I run up steep hills as hard as I can. My list includes: Zombies A tsunami A marathon in 12 weeks I do a handful of hill running workouts in my marathon … More The Love/Hate of Hill Intervals
Late December brought some serious downtime for me. Slightly inconvenient, since my Boston Marathon training was just getting going. But not to worry. No, I was not packing any worry on my trip to Southern California. Situations like that call for, and I counsel this frequently, Going with the Flow. Sometimes the best cross training … More Training (of a sort) in Joshua Tree, Laguna Beach, Palm Springs
Monday December 12, 2016. And just like that…I am launched. 18 weeks to Boston Marathon. Though I’ve been running steadily 2-3 times a week over the past couple of months, today was the first day I officially began my ramp up to Boston (April 17th). In the past couple of months, I’ve been running free–no pace … More First Steps on the Road to Boston
Well kids, the NYC marathon was every bit as mind-blowing as it was billed. One week later, I’m looking back in awe of it knowing I’ll probably make it to the end of my days with that still sitting high on my list of transcendent experiences. I’ve been floating all week– spiritually anyway, my physical … More Big Run Done! 26.2 Miles Through the 5 Boroughs
Running gear is laid out. I’ve packed my Gu and Metro card, made my meet-up plan with David, thought through my transit plan for getting to the Staten Island ferry by 7am. Traded texts with other runners and well-wishing friends. I’m ready. I can feel myself on the verge of letting go of all this … More Eve of the Run
I was at the check out stand at Pharmaca about to swipe my card for a bottle of Tranquil Sleep melatonin supplement when I realized that the one other item on my shopping list for the day was coffee. With this clever nudge from the cosmos I was persuaded to take a closer look at … More My Revealing Shopping List
It was after dark and a little chilly, coming in past Bellingham’s Victorian storefronts and through the salt air to Boundary Bay Brewery. So happy to be done! 130 miles all told. A long ass way. And I do mean ass. They set the Chuckanut Century ride up in two big loops, each 62 miles. … More Part Two of the Broken Ironman: Ride Done!
Tomorrow morning around 7am, I launch on Part Two of the Broken Ironman, the double metric century bike ride. 200K equals 124 miles, a good 40 miles longer than the longest training ride I’ve done. It’s the Chuckanut Century out of Bellingham, Washington. It’s gorgeous up here and the weather is perfect. I’m feeling a … More Big Ride Eve
I swam like an eagle (i.e.; technique wasn’t pretty), but the elements and experience were epically gorgeous. Seattle did its meteorological thing on Wednesday morning and brought a sudden cool, cloudy and very windy couple of hours that coincided perfectly with our swim event–the Puget Sound Blood Center’s Swim For Life. My crossing (somewhere between … More Part One of the Broken Ironman: Swim Done!