Stretches: When & How to Use Them

Hello all! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer. Make the most of it, because Fall will be here shortly! I am often asked questions about stretching: when to do it, how to do it, and why to do it. I recently came across the article below and (for practically the firstContinue reading “Stretches: When & How to Use Them”

Get Stronger Part 2: The Plank

You know what you need to feel strong, have stamina, and go the distance? A strong core. Yup. They call it “the core” for a reason, and it’s so important to your whole body! As a matter of fact, the core comprises more of your body than you may realize. It’s not just your abs,Continue reading “Get Stronger Part 2: The Plank”

Get Stronger: All About the Squat

Walking is a great way to increase your cardiovascular fitness. But walking does not necessarily increase your muscle strength, especially if you primarily walk on flat paths. This has become very apparent to me over the past 18 months. In addition to walking, running and hiking, I used to do Crossfit several days a weekContinue reading “Get Stronger: All About the Squat”

The Real Key to Productivity

In an article published in the Wall Street Journal in March 2021, Annemarie Dooling points out how important timeouts are to help the brain reinforce long-term learning and productivity. According to the article, the secret to achieving more each day is finding time to do nothing. Here is her article: How Being More Productive StartsContinue reading “The Real Key to Productivity”

Walking Isn’t a Consolation Prize

I am a member of several online running forums and every few days someone will post: “I’m new to running, what is a good pace?” Or… “I just ran my first 5K in X amount time. Is that a good pace?” These questions come up a lot and I cringe every time. Why? Because whateverContinue reading “Walking Isn’t a Consolation Prize”

Happy Memorial Day

I am always somewhat uncomfortable saying “Happy Memorial Day”. Memorial Day is dedicated to soldiers who left for battle and never came back, which is not something to be especially happy about. However, those brave men and women fought for the freedoms we have today, and of course, that is something to celebrate. As I am ponderingContinue reading “Happy Memorial Day”

A Different Approach to Running

Ladies who ran track or cross country in high school and have participated in my programs have mentioned that my approach to running is completely different that what they learned from their high school coaches. For me, running is about wonder, gratitude, and self-acceptance.   While I participate in many official races (or at leastContinue reading “A Different Approach to Running”

Goldilocks’s Running Shoes

Remember Goldilocks? She broke into the Bear Family’s house, ate their breakfasts, sat in their chairs and then tried out their beds. The first bed was too hard, the second bed was too soft, and the third bed was….well…you know… How are your shoes? Are they just right, or not really? Too hard? Too soft?Continue reading “Goldilocks’s Running Shoes”

How to Prevent Shin Splints

Do your shins throb and ache after your daily run, walk or hike?   If you have shin splints (technically called medial tibial stress syndrome), you might notice tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner side of your shinbone and mild swelling in your lower leg. At first, the pain might stop when you stop exercising.Continue reading “How to Prevent Shin Splints”

5 Tips for Better Sleep Quality

How have you been sleeping lately? I have been feeling more tired than usual lately. So, I have been thinking a lot about how to get not only more hours of sleep, but how to get more quality sleep. My trusty Garmin watch not only tracks my workouts, it also tracks my sleep patterns. ButContinue reading “5 Tips for Better Sleep Quality”