10 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Half-Marathon

My best friend recently ran her first half marathon. The night before, I kept texting her with suggestions and tips. It occurred to me that it might be slightly less annoying if I just wrote it all down in one blog post. I'm certainly no expert in racing, but I WAS a total newbie just a couple of short years ago, and I remember what it feels like to be nervous and to have no idea what to expect on race day. I've picked up a thing or two during 6 half marathons, some from my awesome running friends and some from my own trial and error. So here goes. ...more
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Exercise is Fun?

My daughter Michaela asked me the other day "Mommy, what happens if we don't exercise?". I thought about it for a second and before I could answer, she said "do we die?". Michaela has been concerned about death ever since her grandparent's dog died.No, I said, you don't die (she was relieved). If you don't exercise, you can become unhealthy."But Mommy, we don't exercise". At this point, I launched into an explanation about how they do exercise, like when they are at the park or in the back yard, running around - those things are exercise....more

2 Medals In 2 Days - Take 2

I don't know if you remember this, or for any new followers out there, last year I did theDouble Header 2 half marathons in 2 days. I did it with a friend and it was so much fun. So we both signed up to do it again. She got injured at Boston, and wasn't able to do both races this year. ...more

Fall Half Marathon Training Plan

Oh my gosh half marathon....more

Never Say Never

Back in college, we used to play a little game called “I Never.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it? One person says something they’ve never done and those who have done said thing must drink.It’s an excellent way to learn people’s deepest darkest secrets, thereby creating lifelong friendships based on fear that the horrible things you’ve done could be shared. The game creates way stronger bonds than pinky swearing....more

It's Not the Same Race at All: How the Front of the Pack Differs from the Back of the Pack

This is not the recap I had planned on writing. I adore Runner’s World, that is clearly no secret around here. I’ve had nothing but fantastic experiences with them and their races. But the post I’m about to write isn’t just about the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon. It’s about what I’m unfortunately going to assume is the reality of the majority of races out there. ...more
This is disheartening.  I've only done one 5k & since I was in the first wave of a large race ...more

F^3 Lake Half Marathon [A Race Report]

Well, well, well...SURE, I'll run a half on the Lakefront in Chicago...in JANUARY...during a POLAR VORTEX.  To be fair, the high for the day was about four hours prior to race start time (10:00am)....more

Novice Half Marathon Training Plan

When my niece told me she wanted to run a half marathon in the Fall for the first time, I was ecstatic. I love my niece, and I love running so I was thrilled she wanted to give something I’m passionate about a try. The furthest race she has completed is a 10k, so this will be her biggest running accomplishment by far. I told her I would put together a plan that she could use that would help her ease into her training for her first half marathon and get her across that finish line successfully. She has 13 weeks to train so that is where the number of weeks came from....more

Wine and Dine Half Marathon - will I whine or wine?

Yesterday was National Runners Day and I learned this by receiving an email at 4am from Map my Run. Funny as last year, I would not have even acknowledged this holiday. This year, I think of everything I have accomplished and everything that I will accomplish and give myself a little pat on the back.I take back everything I said the other day about not trusting the Galloway method. Yesterday was week 2 day 2 of our official 10 miler training and I am finally feeling like I am getting on track with this new method....more
I love the idea of a night race.  I had no clue there were so many races out there!more