NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s that time of the year again. November is National Novel Writers Month which means all over the country, would-be authors get an extra push and write at least 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. It sounds crazy but it can be done. The numbers work out to about 1700 words every day…

How fast do gorillas crawl?

It takes a special person to decide to do something that’s never been done before. Call it a stunt, call it crazy, but when someone decides to break away and follow their own path, it is brave. There are no guide books for what you will encounter on the journey and how to react to each situation….

NYC Marathon Lawsuit

I got an email today that puzzled and excited me. It came from the NYRR (New York Road Runners) group, the organization that runs the New York City Marathon. For several years, I have applied to get into the lottery. If you don’t know, there are way more people applying to run than they can allow…

Big Weekend, Bigger Week

I saw this awesome quote and picture on Instagram.   “You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” Setting goals and talking about them are one thing. But the act of working on them is quite another feat….

Running In The Rain: Good or Bad?

Rain can derail your outdoor plans. Plan an outdoor event and you’ll be watching the forecast like a hawk and probably planning a backup indoor venue too. But what if instead of a fancy dinner party, you’ve scheduled a long run, something on the order of an hour or two of running, to prepare for…

Conspiracy Theory

Remember my post a couple weeks ago about the Universe conspiring to give you the things you need? I’ve been on a little running hiatus, not running as often as I probably should, choosing instead to do short intense workouts at home. But earlier today, I was thinking about how great I felt at least…

You’re Almost There

Some runners enter a race because they have a shot at winning. Have you ever watched one of Usain Bolt’s races? If you have, you’ll notice his confidence – at every point in the race, he is pretty sure he will win so his focus is on winning. At the 2013 ING NYC marathon, there…

Running Helps

Running helps. Running helps me help others. A couple weeks ago, I decided to start a running group at my church. When I started running a few years ago, it was just fun for me because I wanted to get out and exercise. I had tried gym-ing with my friends and even though we had…

Fartlek Isn’t Just A Funny Word

I needed to run today: to clear my body of the remnants of a super-strong cough medicine to raise my metabolism sufficiently to get rid of my illness to just throw myself back into running after the cold To accomplish all this, I decided to do some speedwork a.k.a. FARTLEKS. For those outside the running community,…

Procrastinators Don’t Run Marathons

Procrastinators don’t run marathons.  One of my struggles and one of the things I am working on overcoming this year, is my tendency to procrastinate. Sometimes, i put things off until the absolute last minute. And sometimes I start working on the project just as quickly as I know I have to do it. And…

Nine Months And A Train

The conductor announced “All Aboard!” and the train doors closed. She wasn’t on the wrong train but she wasn’t on the right train either. In fact, she didn’t know where she was going. It was Sunday afternoon, the day before President’s Day and she was siting on the Amtrak train, bound for Albany, or some…

Why I Feel The Way I Do

This is what I had for lunch yesterday. This is what I ate when I felt hungry enough to eat a burger and fries and onion rings. This is what I ate when I felt scared by the weather and just wanted something warm and filling. This is what I ate when I missed my…