Running in Perfect Harmony

Today I had a full schedule....more

I Will Not Wallow

“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud” – Carl Sandburg Everywhere I turn it seems that I hear about how bad the economy is: which European country is going to default next, what politician has committed which carnal sin, and what percentage of the public is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the dialogue; in fact, I actually like talking about deep, complex issues.  Here’s my problem, I have become weary of the whining, the whimpering, and the wall...more

Leaping Lizards

Plyometrics – explosive muscle training requiring rapid muscle stretching and contracting in order to build strength and endurance.  Hopping and leaping over obstacles or clapping in-between push-ups are common examples of plyometric training. I wondered if she knew she was advising a fifty-year old woman, well fifty-one, but who’s counting?  After eighteen months of nursing an inflamed groin muscle (adductor) on the left side, I decided it was time to break up the methodical mechanics with a new focus on strength.  I had done the physical therapy, developed ...more

Tempting Fate

My blog post yesterday musing on who would carry my water must have tempted fate or angered the water gods....more

Carry My Water?

If you are a runner, you can mark the change of season by whether you map your run from drinking fountain to drinking fountain or whether you are destined to carry your own water.  This weekend, I found myself on a seven mile run and every public drinking fountain had been turned off for the winter.  I had hoped that I had at least another week.  I was saved by the cool weather and the light rain that kept me hydrated enough to complete my training run.  It evoked one of the marathon essential training secrets: train your body to adjust to changing conditions and th...more