How DO You Train to Run a Half Marathon?

Right now…I’ll level with you…I can barely run a good mile. A half marathon is 13.1 miles, exactly half the distance of a full marathon, which is 26.2. I chose a half marathon for my goal for several reasons, but among them was that the training runs for a half are much less time consumingContinue reading “How DO You Train to Run a Half Marathon?”

Morning Exercise and Quality Sleep – A Powerful Connection

Does it matter WHEN you exercise? Well, when you get down to it, if you’re really pressed for time ANY time you can fit in your workout is better than missing it, but there’s some really powerful reasons why working out early is better for your body. Especially if you’re struggling to get good, DEEPContinue reading “Morning Exercise and Quality Sleep – A Powerful Connection”

What a Difference a Year Makes!

Facebook reminded me yesterday that it was one year ago this week that I went back to work after surgery on my neck. I had suffered for almost a year from nerve pain and it had gotten to the point all I could do was lay as still as possible in my bed…and even thenContinue reading “What a Difference a Year Makes!”

Sweating the Stress Out and How Working Out Helps me Lose Weight (Hint…it’s not about calories burned!)

It’s been a stressful week…month…year? Ok, let’s just settle on that it’s been particularly stressful this week. My husband just had cancer surgery yesterday and, while he’s thankfully doing really well, that does make for a stressful and emotional time. Today, I had one of those mornings where it just seems like everything I didContinue reading “Sweating the Stress Out and How Working Out Helps me Lose Weight (Hint…it’s not about calories burned!)”

But…What Do You EAT?!

I’m down 15lbs from my starting weight and I’ve put on quite a bit of muscle. I’m really happy with my progress! I’ve had a couple of people ask what I’m eating, so I thought it might be helpful to write a post about just that. Please, keep in mind, that this is what isContinue reading “But…What Do You EAT?!”

4 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Start with Running if Your Goal is to be a Runner, or Why I’m Not Running Much Yet

These days, I’m training a lot, but running very little more than an occasional fun run of a few blocks. This might seem counter-intuitive considering I plan on running a half marathon in about a year and a half, but there is some method to my madness and let me share it with you ifContinue reading “4 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Start with Running if Your Goal is to be a Runner, or Why I’m Not Running Much Yet”

Have You Edited Yourself Out of the Picture?

If you look at my family’s pictures over the past 10 years or so, you’ll notice something is missing…me. I used so many excuses to avoid being in front of the camera. After all, somebody has to take the picture, right? The truth is, though…I didn’t want to be seen. I was afraid to beContinue reading “Have You Edited Yourself Out of the Picture?”

The First Time I Prayed…It Was While I Was Running

Growing up, I’d never been really religious. Even through most of my 20’s, I flirted with different belief systems, but nothing ever really “stuck.” I was agnostic, not sure what I believed, but pretty much feeling like I was on my own. That is, until I was in my early 30’s a single mother ofContinue reading “The First Time I Prayed…It Was While I Was Running”

Why You Need Cross Training

The FIRST time I took up running…I just ran. I put on my shoes and slowly upped my mileage, but pretty much, running was my thing and I wasn’t really interested in other activities. I’ve known people who are similar with whatever sport they enjoy most, particularly cyclists. It’s very easy to find something thatContinue reading “Why You Need Cross Training”