In memory of my friend Melissa, who was taken from us all too soon. Every day I train and race, I think of you by my side (or rather, ahead of me, kicking my butt)!

My life is an experiment.  Since I ran my first marathon in 1990, I have been fascinated with what athletic challenges my body responds to, what changes in my training can have on the outcome and how I can measure my performance.  Luckily, as technology and science have evolved, so too have my training techniques.  Where I was once elusively a runner, trotting around Central Park in cotton shorts and t-shirts, I am now a cross-trainer, mindful of what I eat and how much I sleep. I have a variety of tools that I use to monitor every step, heartbeat and calorie (well, maybe not every calorie…).  This blog is an effort to track the training approaches I’ve tried, the people I’ve worked with and the results I’ve seen (or not).

I hope you join me on my journey. Thanks for reading.

See below or the sidebar on the right for ongoing musings about training, racing and life in the “fitness” lane.

My 10th Marathon

I might be in the minority, but I thoroughly enjoy watching marathons on television. I love listening to the commentators tell the stories of the athletes and the history of the event. On Monday, I watched as over 30,000 runners in Boston achieved their goals of...

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Snow is my friend

For the past few weeks, I’ve  been questioning why I live in the Northeast. Snow days are not what they used to be when I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts.  I have fond memories of the Blizzard of ’78 (I know, I’m dating myself) where we missed at least 2 weeks...

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It’s Easy Being Green

As an athlete and an adult, I know the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables. Though it is hard to get all the daily servings into my day.  A little known secret is that I am a pretty basic, bland eater. When I go out to eat, I often pick the item on the...

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The Power of the Popsicle

Group dynamics, self-confidence and frozen juice on a stick A few mothers and I (all triathletes) decided it would be fun to get our 9-10 year-old daughters to attempt their first open water swim. All five girls are confident swimmers and three of them were on a local...

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How to make your training plan stick

Recently I was talking with a writer from Runner’s World about finding more time to run. As we talked, the conversation evolved into planning more efficient workouts and building them into your weekly schedule, despite all of the activities fighting for your time....

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