It’s Fitness Month!

Fits close to the body so you’recomfortable running. May is Fitness month, which is as good an excuse as any to incorporate new fitness habits into everyday life. I’ll be posting regularly this month with fitness gear finds, ideas for getting more active, and articles on fitness and wellness. Start by checking out the brand […]

Three Inspiring Stories – the ING New York City Marathon 2011

I am no Amber Miller. Unlike the veteran runner who completed the Chicago Marathon at 39 weeks pregnant, and gave birth later that day, I spent the NYC Marathon Sunday relaxing my 7-month pregnant self on vacation. I was really sad to miss the marathon this year, both as a spectator and as a runner. I’ve […]

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. […]