Despite My Fear, I'll Be Cheering at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Editor's Note, 4/16/14: One suspect is in custody after two backpacks left near this year's finish line yesterday were detonated safely. This post was written before those events were reported. The marathon is on Monday. We're having the anniversary of last year’s bombing and subsequent days of confusion and unknowing and “shelter-in-place." The rehashing of all of it has been going on for weeks. I don’t know what TV and local newspapers are doing. I do know that our local NPR station, WBUR, has had nonstop talk of it, at least in the mornings. I know there are art projects and documentaries and Sports Illustrated did a photo shoot at the finish line last Saturday....more
I try not to live in fear as it is not of God.  Terrorists will not win - they will not scare us ...more

Bad Morning for a Car Ride

It was grumpy day here. Not for me; I kept my cool completely, I'm proud to say, calmly trying to get everyone dressed and out the door, despite the lengthy setback when Ben decided a hiding game, in his pajamas, was the better path to follow.Not so, child. I gave up and agreed to send him to daycare in his pajama pants, but then C decided to change his clothes anyway. This, not surprisingly, prompted an outburst in Ben, who ...more

The Running Jacket Review

Winter running season is finally upon us, judging from today's temperatures and the impending nor'easter (the first flakes are starting to fall as I type this) ....more

Taking the Kids to Boston

This weekend I ran another trail race. It was awesome. I froze my ass off until we started running, and then I ran as hard as I could.My husband, meanwhile, on his own with the boys, took them for haircuts. Both of them. Then he took them shopping for some stuff.* All in all, I'd say he did pretty well, considering he's really not on his own with them that often.** ...more

Taking the Kids to Boston

This weekend I ran another trail race. It was awesome. I froze my ass off until we started running, and then I ran as hard as I could.My husband, meanwhile, on his own with the boys, took them for haircuts. Both of them. Then he took them shopping for some stuff.* All in all, I'd say he did pretty well, considering he's really not on his own with them that often.** ...more

Let the Training Begin

I started marathon training today. I didn't mean to.I have been meaning to try to run more, no matter what, and to start thinking about training for Boston 2013. To that end, I bought new shoes, since mine had gotten to the body-shattering point. I was going to write a whole post about it, but then I realized I had done the same thing last February ....more

Let the Training Begin

I started marathon training today. I didn't mean to.I have been meaning to try to run more, no matter what, and to start thinking about training for Boston 2013. To that end, I bought new shoes, since mine had gotten to the body-shattering point. I was going to write a whole post about it, but then I realized I had done the same thing last February ....more

Down with the Wine, Up with the Mileage

I've been in a little funk lately. I'm sure some of it is storm-related; our area fared just fine, except for a few trees, but the sheer amount of energy spent thinking about it, checking in with faraway friends and family, and wondering when the crazy-strong gusts of wind would topple the maples onto our house was exhausting. I spent the day braced for the worst, which (fortunately) never happened ....more

Whooping in the Woods: 5 Trail Runners, 4 Directions

Because I somehow messed up the registration for today's trail race--not just for myself, but essentially for three other people*--we opted for Plan B, a longer trail run in our usual patch of woods, on the most technical trail there.We met, three of us, plus my friend J------ (the fastest runner I know, and by far the fastest mother-runner) and my friend Lei (a very experienced mountaineer) ....more

Will our roof blow off? It's possible.

Max asked, as he was going to sleep tonight, if the storm would blow the roof off of our house, "like in The Magic Schoolbus." He is nervous about the impending Hurricane Sandy. C and I aren't nervous about it, but we have been talking about it and putting all of today's errands and tasks in the context of the high winds and rain we expect."No, of course not," I reassured him. "Our house is sturdy and strong." ...more