The Plan So Far: Speed Work

The Plan So Far: Speed Work

I’m pretty sure Satan could just set up shop on a track or next to a treadmill with a runner doing speed work and make a killing.  I did 7 x quarter mile repeats at 5k pace this week and I mean I was promising myself a range of things I could never possibly deliver … Continue reading

Working Out to Music, Yo.

Sometimes, my playlist just tells me what to do. You can’t run to “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner and not start out nice and easy then end nice and rough. Because like runners, Tina doesn’t do anything nice and easy, she likes it nice and rough. But have you ever tried jumping every time Kriss … Continue reading

Objectifying the Men

Runners are funny people. At a local 5k on Sunday that had a Super Bowl theme, I ended up having to run 2 miles to get to the race and then wait in a slow moving, long line to pick up my bib. (I hate race day pick up because I’d rather just have my … Continue reading

My Pal Hal

My Pal Hal

After a solid month of doing whatever, I’ve transitioned back into having something vaguely akin to structure. This week, I started prepping for the spring with a training plan. I’ve tried a lot of different plans, including Galloway and Run Less, Run Faster.  Hal Higdon has proven to be my go-to plan, though, and I … Continue reading

Have your ever…

Have your ever…

Body says: “I think I might be dying, this effort level is insane.” Mind says: “Totally experiencing that breakthrough right now, I’m pretty sure I’m running my fastest miles ever, go me!” Watch says: “Try slowest mile ever, bitch.” And then you just stop and stare at the watch for a second wondering, “Wait, no, … Continue reading

Planning for the future

I don’t usually plan vacations very far out or to new destinations. I mean, generally speaking my vacation time goes towards a) going home to New Jersey for the holidays; b) going to Disney; or c) visiting my parents while they snowbird in Florida. Honestly, vacations cost a lot now between taking annual leave and … Continue reading

Treadmill Dance Party

I have been really enjoying going to the gym in my building’s basement and running on the treadmill.  Weird mind trick: Sometimes, I just feel like “ugh, going 4 miles away is sooooo far” and for some reason just being in the same place doing 4 miles makes it seem shorter to me. Lately, though, … Continue reading

runDi$ney

A lot of people have noted that the price for a runDisney race has increased dramatically over the last few years. (BUT DOUBLE CHARACTER STOPS!) $40-$50 per race over a 3 year period without any real improvement in amenities, swag, or other tangible things runners can point to and say “Well, now at least I … Continue reading

No Plan No Problem

No Plan No Problem

I’m in a nice, comfortable spot right now where I’m basically doing whatever I want with regard to working out. My workouts thus far have been multifaceted–I do stuff for 10 minutes then change to something else when I get bored. Intervals on the treadmill followed by weights. 250-500 meter intervals on the erg with … Continue reading