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

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 energy panels

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?

ironman

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...]

1/2 Marathon Training: Week 1

This is me on my mom's bike trainer.

My new training plan started on Monday. But I should probably say Tuesday since my first day was a rest day. It turns out Tuesdays and Thursdays are all two-mile runs, which works out well with Girls on the Run. Wednesdays are cross-training days, which are my personal favorite. I normally like to ride my bike on these days. I just recently tried out Mom's bike trainer. It's pretty hard because … [Read more...]

11 going on 13.1

Emily's 8K

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...]

Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

florida 5K

A few months ago, I embarked on a new journey as a coach for Girls on the Run. If you're not familiar with it, Girls on the Run is an organization that works with girls in grades 3-5 with the ultimate goal of running a 5K. But GOTR is truly more than a running program.  It's a program that teaches girls about health, fitness, self-esteem, community, and real beauty. And it reminds girls how … [Read more...]

Don’t fall for ‘The Natural Effect’

all natural

What do you think of when you see the term, 'natural?'  Healthy?  Organic?  Made from wholesome ingredients? The Google definition for 'natural,' is "existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind."  So it's no wonder that millions of Americans are fooled by the word 'natural' when they see it on food packaging. But the truth is, that the word 'natural' is not regulated on … [Read more...]

Music helps kids with cancer connect and cope

music

  It's hard enough being a teenager these days and trying to relate with family and peers.  Throw a cancer diagnosis into the mix and many teens report feeling overwhelmingly isolated, even within their main support group.  Could music videos break down this wall of isolation for teenagers and young adults with cancer?  A new study suggests that they may help teens cope with their illness … [Read more...]

4 for 40…Mission Accomplished!

Marathon Collage

I did it.  I DID IT!! Last year, around this time, as I was heading into my 40th birthday, I set  goal to run four marathons to commemorate my 40th year.  And despite an injury that sidelined me for two months - and forced me to defer entry into one of my planned marathon runs - I am happy to say that I did it.  Last weekend, I ran the Richmond Marathon and made it my fourth marathon of the … [Read more...]