Running two marathons in one day: Chicago, and labor

“Irresponsible”  “9 months pregnant and doing a marathon somehow doesn’t sound safe”  “Pure idiocy and VERY irresponsible”  Photo courtesyChicago Tribune “Putting her baby’s life at risk for her 15 minutes of fame”“Totally selfish” These are a few comments from readers of the hundreds of news articles about Amber Miller, the runner who gave birth hours […]

Fit Mama – Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Question: Which of the following statements about pregnancy is true? You should only exercise very lightly, if at all, during pregnancy. Pregnant women are eating for two – you should take in a lot more calories every day. Running and lifting weights during pregnancy can harm the baby. If you exercise, your heart rate should […]

Crossing the Finish Line

Sunday, June 5, 2011 was a beautiful day for a race. Cool temperatures, clear skies, just the slightest breeze. I woke up with a very nervous husband about to run his first ever half marathon. In a previous post, I described my husband Fran’s terrible illness in December last year, which saw him in a […]

Using Mantras for Success – Repeat as Necessary

There’s such a huge mental aspect to running and training. Have you ever wondered why athletes use mantras in their training – keywords or phrases they speak or think when facing a challenge? Do these kinds of affirmations even work? And how can non-professional athletes begin using positive self-talk, or mantras, in their own training? This article in the Journal of Athletic […]

ING New York City Marathon 2010

The 2010 ING New York City MarathonRunners set off on the Verrazano Bridgefrom Staten Island to Brooklyn  I felt great Marathon morning! I needed to catch the 7am Staten Island Ferry, so the 6am alarm was actually a sleep-in for me. The weather was perfect. Sunny, chilly, and not a breath of wind. The lack […]

Derailed…

Last week I had to cut my planned 15 mile long run to 10 when I experienced some pain in my left hamstring and knee. I did all the right things, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), stayed off it 2 days, then tried out 2 shorter runs which felt fine, before tackling my planned 18-miler […]

NYC Half Marathon

I had so much fun yesterday running the NYC Half Marathon! While I run a lot, and my base mileage is pretty solid, I ran this one for fun. As soon as I found out we would be running through a closed-off Times Square, I wanted in! It was an absolutely perfect day for running. […]