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”

The Surprising Appeal of Endurance Sports

I recently read an article by Brad Stulberg, author of the column Science of Performance in Outside Magazine and of the book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success in which he discusses the popularity of endurance sports among knowledge workers. Running USA surveys conducted in 2015 andContinue reading “The Surprising Appeal of Endurance Sports”

Progress isn’t Linear

A fitness routine, just like life itself, is a process. There are good days, bad days, and everything in between. It is not a linear progression. Oh, how I wish life would get a little bit better every day, day after day. But life doesn’t work like that and neither does a fitness routine. AContinue reading “Progress isn’t Linear”

Should you Go Far or Go Fast?

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for weight loss. However, many people believe that being more active can help you lose weight since burning more calories can help to shed pounds.  If you are walking or running in order to lose weight, how can maximize your calorie burn? Should you focus on distance or on speed?Continue reading “Should you Go Far or Go Fast?”

Stability in a Crazy World

According to Sakyong Mipham, “When people say meditation makes them calm, they are often referring to this stability of the mind. A stable mind creates the foundation for a happier and more contented person.” Likewise, a stable body can create the foundation for a happier and more contented runner, hiker, and walker. One of theContinue reading “Stability in a Crazy World”

Confucius’s Thoughts on Running

Confucius said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” This has been my mantra ever since I started running.  Actually, I started running by walking, and then by walking a half marathon. And then I started running because walking was taking too long, or at least thatContinue reading “Confucius’s Thoughts on Running”

Staying Injury-Free

As you increase mileage, you may find that you start to experience aches and pains. Many people conclude at this point that running longer distances just is not achievable. If I had a quarter for every person who told me that running marathons would kill my knees, I’d be a multi-millionaire! I am happy toContinue reading “Staying Injury-Free”

Built for Speed

Many of you are already training for Niagra Falls. Yay! We are going to have so much fun! And by now you have reached the part of the training plan that calls for speed work. In the plan for this week, it calls for a long run of “4mi with 2*800m”.  800 meters is equivalentContinue reading “Built for Speed”

Breathing Comfortably while Running

A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Tampa, FL at the Gasparilla Distance Challenge: a 5K, 8K, 15K and half marathon over two days for a total of 30.4 miles. The weather was perfect (50’s, not too humid, and sunny!) and the course along Tampa Bay was beautiful. We also picked up 5Continue reading “Breathing Comfortably while Running”

Running is Good for your Brain

I don’t know about you, but the cancellation of all these events due to COVID-19 certainly is making me depressed.  I hope the measures our government is taking will help get the situation under control. In the meantime, do you know what is the best way to fight this depression?  Get outside and take aContinue reading “Running is Good for your Brain”