Category: running

Racing Ups and Downs

I haven’t run a half marathon in 6 1/2 years. My last race was the Nike Women’s Half in DC, and I did it because I wanted the Tiffany necklace reward at the end served up on silver platters by firefighters in tuxedos. It was my personal best, but then I decided to focus on the full marathon where I didn’t have to run … Read More Racing Ups and Downs

Rain and Pain

I heard the rain pouring down the spouts this morning just before dawn, and I groaned as my brain attempted to highjack my 20-miler today. Maybe I could take tomorrow off and do it then? What about the treadmill at the gym? I already did one 20-miler. Is it critical to do two? Maybe the rain will stop later… And I told all of … Read More Rain and Pain

The Twenty Train

I dragged my broken parts and my disappointments out of bed this morning and packed them up to carry with me on this 20 mile training run. I found my groove early on and my pace was comfortable and consistent without too much monitoring. The miles flew beneath my feet like magic. Up and down the forgotten hills of this old route, I gradually … Read More The Twenty Train

Saved by the Bell

I ran 18 miles today, unassisted. I encouraged myself out the door this morning, carried all of my own water, and did not come home to a “great job” or ice cold water waiting. I stretched in agony down to my feet to untie my shoes, made my way upstairs for a shower, and sat on the floor to blow dry my hair afterward … Read More Saved by the Bell

Saint Saturday

The Universe brought church to the countryside on a brilliant Saturday afternoon this week and filled my soul with everything reverent and good. First, an hour of yoga practice, then the holy five. The first mile was exhilarating. The sun warmed my bones and my heart danced all the way into the first tiny town. I raised a hand to halt traffic at the … Read More Saint Saturday