Race Recap: Islamorada Half-Marathon

Sometimes, you really just need to get away.

I probably wouldn’t have taken this trip if Beast Pacing didn’t send out a call asking for pacers for the Islamorada Half-Marathon. First of all, I didn’t know about it. I’ve really only heard of Islamorada (which I found out is not pronounced eee-lamorada with a Spanish “I” but is pronounced with the long “I”) from seeing it advertised in post-holiday season winter get-away commercials and from the Netflix show Bloodline. Second, I’ve almost gotten to the point where I don’t know how to plan a vacation that doesn’t have a race in there somewhere, including a vacation to just get away. Sometimes you need a reason to get the things done. Continue reading “Race Recap: Islamorada Half-Marathon”

Running and Reading: December 5 – 11, 2016

This week: Maple water, Solid Core, pelvic floor dysfunction, White Elephant gifts, Ryan Lochte, the Florida Keys, and choosing joy.

1) For 6 years, I had the honor of working for two United States Senators on Capitol Hill and, to this day, they were some of the best days of my life for all the people I met, the work I did, and the privilege to serve my country. I was pleased to see Roll Call‘s piece on the Women’s Congressional Staff Association, of which I was a board member, because it highlights the true sense of bipartisanship and women supporting each other in our work for an institution that is largely underrepresented by women. Brava, WCSA, and keep up the tremendous work! Continue reading “Running and Reading: December 5 – 11, 2016”

Race Recap: Rehoboth Seashore Half-Marathon

Photo Credit: Rehoboth Beach Running Company
Photo Credit: Rehoboth Beach Running Company
The Rehoboth Seashore Marathon and Half-Marathon has been on my race wish list for quite a while. I’ve never run it because I always have a big city marathon on deck for the past several years– Chicago in 2014, Baltimore in 2015, and New York City in 2016. Quite honestly, after this weekend, I’m wondering why I waited so long to run this race. Continue reading “Race Recap: Rehoboth Seashore Half-Marathon”

Running and Reading: November 28 – December 4, 2016

First run-commute of the winter off-season! ❄️

1) Here’s something no one ever told you about being a grown-up: you will have days of endless nothing, where you will feel like you are drowning in your own apathy, irresponsibility, negligence, and exhaustion, but you will also have no idea what to do first, second, or next. “To Anyone Who Thinks They Are Falling Behind In Life” is a freeing reminder that timing really is the key to success. Continue reading “Running and Reading: November 28 – December 4, 2016”

Holiday Gifts for That Runner Who…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when your social media feeds and magazine subscriptions are chock full of “holiday gift guides for runners!” And, while I can probably speak for every runner when I say that you can’t really go wrong with buying us runners anything associated with the sport, sometimes you need a breath of fresh air in your gift-giving or you just need that one gift that has the “it” factor. Below are my ideas, custom-made for that runner in your life who also does something else. Continue reading “Holiday Gifts for That Runner Who…”

Running and Reading: November 21 – 27, 2016

1) Welcome to Black Friday and the official start of the 2016 Holiday season, and there are lots of deals out there for runners and fitness nerds. It’s nearly impossible to list all of the deals that are out there, but here are a few resources just in case your head is spinning like mine. And be sure to look in your area for local running store “Small Business Saturday” deals. Continue reading “Running and Reading: November 21 – 27, 2016”

Running and Reading: November 14 – 20, 2016

1) Have you ever considered using a mail-order genetic testing kit to find out, among other things, your ideal diet and genetic propensity to excel at athletics? These kits are fairly new to the market of “personalized medicine” (or least their sudden availability through both modern and conventional over-the-counter methods has made them seem new), but as one reader who tried over 5 concluded, they can sometimes be as confusing, overwhelming, and contradictory as healthcare management plans themselves seem to the average healthcare consumer. There’s a real opportunity to refine these tests based on what the consumer is looking to find out, so until then, I’ll just keep eating avocados and fish and hope for the best. Continue reading “Running and Reading: November 14 – 20, 2016”

6 DC-Area Turkey Trots To Consider Running This Thanksgiving

I’m just going to say this because I know I’m not the only one out there thinking it: How on earth did Thanksgiving 2016 get here so fast!?!?! Maybe it’s the unseasonable warmth that has blanketed 2016 in complacency or perhaps we’ve all been a little too disconnected from reality thanks to a blistering Presidential campaign and (for some) election. Whatever the reason, we are very much overdue for a day of gratitude and giving thanks. Continue reading “6 DC-Area Turkey Trots To Consider Running This Thanksgiving”

Running and Reading: October 31 – November 6, 2016

1) Runners World published a special report titled “Running While Female,” which sheds light on the frequency and type of harassment that women experience while running and includes a survey comparing both mens’ and womens’ experiences with mid-run harassment. Not surprisingly, the results couldn’t be further apart: 43% of women have been harassed mid-run compared to just 4% of men. Social media comments on Runners World’s Facebook account as well as those of Fitness Magazine and New York Daily News indicate that some men have had their eyes truly opened by this report while others continue to blame those being harassed for their own harassment or assault. Continue reading “Running and Reading: October 31 – November 6, 2016”