Marine Corps Marathon: Week 8

Marine Corps Marathon: Week 8

I think I’ve found a groove, if you will, with training. It only took me 8 weeks. Morning wake ups are rough.  At times, I can’t believe that I used to wake up at 5:00 am to go row in the morning and I never missed a day of it. But the first rule I … Continue reading

Walt Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Walt Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

It’s not the Polynesian anymore, it’s the Polynesian Village Resort or something and it’s today’s topic of conversation. Have you ever wanted to stay in the Tiki Room?  Or perhaps the Jungle Cruise? Then have I got the hotel for you! The Polynesian is my dad’s hotel.  He loves it and if it were his … Continue reading

Surf and Turf: Coxing your run

Surf and Turf: Coxing your run

A lot of online articles about cross training for runners say rowing is a great way to cross train.  Get on an erg, row for 15 minutes, and you’ll feel exhausted and get a good workout in.  Strangely enough, though, the one thing that has actually really helped me and bridged the separation between running … Continue reading

Bridal Showers

Bridal Showers

I’m 2 weeks away from my sister’s bridal shower.  You know how when you have a sibling and you fight with them, they immediately go snitch on you to your mother and then you just sneer at them like, “IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE HEAT STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN!”?  This has more or less … Continue reading

The Psychology of Racing/Running

The Psychology of Racing/Running

Until the NYC marathon, I had believed in progression and improvement.  That if I invested the time and energy and followed the plan, I’d be set. I’d see results.  Maybe I wouldn’t PR exactly, but I wouldn’t crash and burn. Last fall, though, this was not the case.  The Staten Island Half Marathon was a … Continue reading

Can I run a marathon? SHOULD I run a marathon?

Can I run a marathon? SHOULD I run a marathon?

This last week has highlighted that the question one should ask themselves about running a marathon is not “can” I do it, but is there anything else I’d rather do? I’m serious. I ignored the fact that I’m burnt out on running. I ignored that mentally after Dopey and the NYC Marathon my body didn’t … Continue reading

Pearls of Wisdom on Running (from my mom)

Pearls of Wisdom on Running (from my mom)

Disclaimer: I actually do love my mom I just can’t take her out in public too often… This weekend’s pearl of wisdom from my mother on running went something like this… My sister: “Oh, you want to do my workout video with me? It’s only like, 30 minutes, we can do it in the living … Continue reading

The Gym

The Gym

3 miles. I can do three miles on a treadmill.  I can handle it.  Bring it. Wow, I went to the treadmill because it’s so hot outside… but uh, it’s kinda hot in the gym.  Is there air conditioning in here?  It’s hot in the winter, it’s hot in the summer… Why can’t it be … Continue reading

Disneyland Countdown

Disneyland Countdown

It’s almost time to go to Disneyland for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and the Disneyland 5k! To spend time doing fun vacation stuff, like get up before 5:00 am three days in a row to go run around in a costume.  When I stop and think about it, a lot has changed since the … Continue reading

Oh right, fall marathons are bad ideas

Oh right, fall marathons are bad ideas

This is my third year of training for a fall marathon and you’d think I would know better by now. Every summer I tell myself, “oh, summer’s just really hot this year” or “summer was just really hot that year.”  Reality: summer’s really hot every year. It’s summer. Every year I say, “I’m going to … Continue reading