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What’s Your Run Return?

March 6, 2018 • By

You only do something if the return is worth it, right? Think about why you run and what it gives you. The reason is different for us all. For me, way back when (in the era of DSL and dial up) I started running because my track coach thought I was good at it. It felt good to be recognized for something I’d never thought of as a strength (especially with severe asthma). I kept at it in college and increased my distance to keep my weight stable and be able to eat what I wanted. It’s funny though how that reason has evolved over time.READ MORE


Overtraining: Other Things to Worry About Besides Injury

January 21, 2018 • By

Overtraining. It might be my middle name. Kidding, kind of. I have been running for 20+ years and have had more than 20 injuries, for sure. I bring up the topic because I see it often, I have done it often and I’m working on a race season of staying healthy and training smart. (Pretty sure you are, too)! When most people think of the drawback to overtraining, injury is the first to come to mind. But there are actually some other drawbacks to overtraining you may have experienced or may be experiencing now. Hopefully, you haven’t and are just one of those people who trains smart all the time and your body responds accordingly, but something tells me if you are reading this, then you’ve overtrained or worried you may be about to. (ugh I hate ending sentences in prepositions! But I digress…) Anyhow, the following are other things to consider when you want to push through 8+ days of non stop training….



Pick 3 Ab Workout (no equipment needed)!

April 25, 2017 • By

I posted this the other day on social media but wanted to post it here, also. What is it and how do you do it? There are 15 exercises below and each weekday, I challenge you to pick 3 (one from each section) and perform each exercise for 30 seconds 3x through (30 sec rest in between each set). You can utilize the remainder for a mixup of workouts that can last for several weeks! READ MORE

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What the Fartlek?

March 24, 2017 • By

If you’re new to running or have never incorporated speed, tempo or fartlek running into your workouts you may be unfamiliar with the running lingo. Since dropping down to 3 runs a week, my coach has me focusing on QUALITY over QUANTITY and on my typical tempo day doing a fartlek run instead. Why??? Because I’m trying to get some of my old speed back (rather than build on the speed I already have like I recommend for others who are actually improving), and fartleks are definitely helpful if you are stagnant or getting slower.READ MORE

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Kidney Biopsy Reading

February 17, 2017 • By

I had my biopsy results this past Friday and got as good as news as any.  My nephrologist said the pathologist found ischemic acute tubular necrosis … this sounds bad, but is the most common cause of renal failure and is reversible! READ MORE