A few thoughts as we wrap up 2016…

The year 2016 has been interesting to say the least. And I know that I'm not the only one who is ready to kick this old crusty year to the curb and see what 2017 has to offer. Because for all of it's ups and downs - and let's face it, there have been some pretty tremendous down this year - it has also been a year when the dust settled on my own personal upheaval and brought some exciting twists … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Bucket List For 2016

The end of 2015 is fast approaching which means that a bright shiny 2016 is just a few days away. While your busy scratching out the same old hum-drum New Year's Resolutions - lose weight, save money, eat more veggies - you might want to take a look at some more interesting ideas. The folks that created this infographic titled it the ultimate bucket list for over 50s, but I think it's just … [Read more...]

Big News! And A Great Green Holiday Giveaway

First the big news: I am moving! After 12+ years in our current home in Virginia, my husband and I are packing up the kiddos (and dogs and cats,) and heading to Pennsylvania. I won't lie. This whole process has been bittersweet. My husband got a great new job that he is very excited about, this is a new part of the world for all of us that we can't wait to explore, and PA offers a lot of … [Read more...]

How to bond with your kids over books

Like many parents, I love, love, love reading to and with my kids. But I will also be the first to confess that sometimes, life just gets in the way of reading time. That's because more often than not, we save our family reading time for the end of the day when we are all tired and ready to crash. Lisa Cohn and her six-year old son Michael, are pros at the family reading scene. The two have … [Read more...]

The A-Z of Getting Fit With Your Kids

Looking for fun news ways to get your kids up and moving each day? Exercise doesn't have to be a drag. But I know how hard it can be to get kids out the door when all they really want is to continue their slug-fest on the sofa. Some kids can't wait for an excuse to get outside and run around. But others need a little more encouragement, and that's cool too. The key is to make it fun and … [Read more...]

Race Review: Emerald Isle Marathon

Last weekend, I ran North Carolina's innaugural Emerald Isle Marathon. I was nervous about running a first-time race because I know there is a steep learning curve when it comes to things like making sure there is enough water at the water stations and porta potties at the start line. But my worries were for naught, because it was pretty clear early on that the race directors and volunteers in … [Read more...]

Which city is the cleanest in the world?

How clean is your city? Think it's one of the cleanest in the world? The research team at Hassle Blog put together this inforgraphic of the cleanest cities in every continent in the world. Way to go Chicago! It's a good bucket list of cities worth visiting as well as a guideline for other cities looking to improve their "clean" cred. Did your favorite city make the list? Hassle.com – The … [Read more...]

Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It's all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds - found in chocolate - are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a … [Read more...]

Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

It's here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here's a little backstory: On November … [Read more...]

Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

Have you found that your skirt size has creeped up over the years? Your risk for developing breast cancer might be increasing right along with your skirt size. Researchers at the Gynecological Cancer Research Center at University College London, recently completed a study on over 93,000 British women. The women were all over age 50 at the onset of the study between 2005 and 2010, and none had a … [Read more...]

How to pick the perfect running shoe

by Amby Burfoot In the market for a new running shoe?  Your first stop should be to seek out the advice of an expert at your local running store.  They can watch you run, examine your current pair, and talk to your about your running goals - and injury history - to determine the running shoes that would work best for you. You can also use this guide, created by running legend Amby Burfoot, … [Read more...]

Race report: Potomac River Run Marathon

It has been less than 24 hours since I completed the Potomac River Run Marathon in Carderock, Maryland.  So while the pain is still fresh in my quads - and my ego- I figured I would sort out the thoughts in my head by hammering it all out on the keyboard. Some of you may remember my announcement last week that I was hoping for a PR at this race.  As you may have guessed, I did not accomplish … [Read more...]

Solar water heating – what’s in it for you?

Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. … [Read more...]

You signed up for WHAT?

It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that's on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on … [Read more...]

11 going on 13.1

This summer, my eldest daughter - at the ripe old age of 11 - will attempt to complete her first half-marathon. She is not new to running.  She has run numerous 5K and 8K races and in 2012 ran her first 10K at 10 years old. She is also not the youngest person to ever attempt the half-marathon.  You probably caught the news last year of the 6-year-old who ran the Showdown Half Marathon in … [Read more...]