Running in the New Year

"So, when was the last time you ran 6 miles?" Gary asked as we pulled into the parking lot for the Lowell First Run, our first race (10k) of 2016, on New Year's morning. It was a valid question, and one whose answer was even sadder than I anticipated. "Uh...that time I ran 8 miles... Continue Reading →

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Year in Review / Looking Ahead

And just like that, it's New Year's Eve. (How did that happen so fast?!) Another year has come and gone, so now I'm supposed to take some time to look back at everything that's happened over the past 365 days and start making plans for my next year of life, right?Well, fuck that. Pretty much... Continue Reading →

Mantra Practice, Week 1

In a departure from the type of things you normally read here, I'd like to write about something a little (okay, a lot) more spiritual this time. (Also in a departure from how things typically go around here, I'm actually writing something. So there's that. My grandmother will be so happy!) If hippie-ish spiritual meditation... Continue Reading →

Rest Week

Last week, I did something I hadn't done in nearly two years: nothing. I didn't run. I didn't get on a bike. I skipped boot camp. I didn't even go to a single yoga class. (Despite the name of this site, I'm not much of a climber these days so I didn't do that, either.)... Continue Reading →

84 Days

I've never liked training plans. Partly because I have a really hard time following them and I typically hate doing things I'm not good at. And partly because I don't like being told what to do—especially when an inanimate object is doing the telling. But mostly it's that first thing. Despite my general distaste for... Continue Reading →

I’m the Worst: Exhibit A

It was a beautiful May morning from what I remember, although I'll admit I've mostly blocked everything about that day from my memory. Gary and I were training for the Pack Monadnock 10 Miler and wanted to do a trial run (ha! get it?) on the course. Since my apartment is basically where the race... Continue Reading →

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