Ready . . . set . . . train!

After a low-mileage June, July has brought a big change: Marathon training!I'm registered for the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon in October and training started in full-force yesterday with a solo 10-mile run.It was a hilly, humid run but I managed to finish strong, with a 9:30 pace overall. It was a little weird to be running alone, but also just what I needed. I recently started a doTerra essential oils business and my mind has been racing ....more

June recap.

June was one of those months for me. When I was in the thick of it, I didn't feel like writing about it, because I tend to feel like the more life you give anything bad, the worse it is.Now that the month is over, I can say that it was a bit of a stressful one, full of both good and bad stress. Like regular life, right?Anyway, June started great -- Conal turned 7 and that was a happy, happy day ....more

Let's remember the Run to Remember.

So, it has been, I don't know, over 3 weeks since I ran Boston's Run to Remember half marathon. Not a big deal, really, but odd for me because I like to write race reports somewhat soon after the actual races. By now, this race report is old, old news.I guess my reporting is going the way that my training and eventual racing did.Ah, yes ....more

Helloooooo, taper!

Saturday was my last long run before the Run to Remember half marathon in Boston later this month.It was an odd run. Not my greatest run but, believe me, not my worst. It was, however, a run that made me feel like I am ready for the race.I got up ridiculously early in order to meet Janis and Bridget and start our run at 6:30 ....more

Stonyfield yogurt pouches.

I am a fan of organic yogurt for my boys and have long purchased Stonyfield Organic products for them. They love the squeezers for lunch boxes, and I get the quarts for them to eat by the bowlful at home. Sometimes, when I'm feeling zany, I buy the little smoothie bottles ....more

The Spring Runoff 10K.

So far, this here month of May is shaping up to be a good one.On Saturday, I ran a 10K. Not a goal race, not even a race I'd been planning to run. Just a 10K that had been on my mind for a bit and that I decided earlier in the week to run.I went to the race with Bridget and Janis and we met up with Kara at the registration table and set out to run 2 miles before the race started ....more

April miles bring May smiles.

At least that's what I hope.My mileage was up a bit in April, with several quality long runs. I ran 12 miles by myself at 9:30 pace, 13.2 with friends at 10:20 pace, 10 miles by myself at 9:17 pace, and another 10 miles (7.5 with Bridget and 2.5 by myself) at 9:11 pace.Solid runs.Unfortunately, I have not run fast really at all since the Runnin' of the Green race in March. Which probably means that the race I'm popping into tomorrow won't be a PR ....more

All the fun!

It is Spring Break here in upstate New York and that means we're having tons of fun!For me, it started Saturday morning with a 6-mile run with Bridget, Elisa, Janis and Janis' sister-in-law, Caitlin. Easy run with good friends -- such a good way to start the weekend!Then, Saturday night, we had Bridget's birthday bash! It started with a little pre-party at her house: Cheers! ...more

Random rock star.

When you run 12 solo miles on a random Thursday morning, you feel like a rock star.True story.See, it happened to me so I write from experience. Here's what happened: I had 12 miles on the schedule for this weekend. But, as it happens, I have a party to go to Saturday night so I wasn't thrilled about running long that morning -- and I definitely didn't want to run long on Sunday morning!My Thursday morning was open ....more

Strong Running Mama: Diane Montes Harris

Today's Strong Running Mama will prove to you all that you should never give up.For real. Just check out this story Diane Montes Harris is a 46-year-old mother of two (Calvin, 20, and Elaine, 19) who works in sales ....more