Running the Bend

“Running the Bend” has a double meaning for me. The Esopus Bend, in my home state of New York, is, and probably always will be, my favorite running trail. I love its obscurity; the trail twists sharply throughout its length, keeping steep inclines and declines out of sight until just before you hit them. The best […]

Fear Not

If you’re anything like me, this week you’ll be considering and setting goals for the new year. Generally speaking, I don’t make “resolutions”; I make plans. For example, in previous years, I aspired to: Read a book a week for the year (done) Write a novel (done) Become a pastry chef (done) Read all the way through […]

Going Low

In case I haven’t already mentioned it, I’m in the process of getting my NASM certification for Fitness Nutrition.There’s a lot of crazy, conflicting info out there, and I want to be able to sort through it effectively, not only for myself, but also for others who are equally interested in their health and their […]

Five Ways to Celebrate National Running Day

Today, June 4, is National Running Day! To help you make the most of your celebration, I’ve put together a list of ways you can participate in the festivities. Run long(er). If you typically go out for 3 miles on your run, push forward to 4 or 5. You don’t know how far you can […]

Review: Energems

In every ultramarathon, there is that moment–the cris de fois, the “dark night of the soul,” whatever you want to call it–when everything collapses and you feel you just can’t take one. more. step. If the marathon has a “wall,” then the ultramarathon has an abyss. There is a fatigue that goes beyond anything we […]

Cherry-Berry Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the comfy oversized hoodie of breakfast foods. It’s warm, friendly, cozy. It doesn’t have to look good ~ it just is good. If a bowl of healthy, virtuous, whole-grain breakfast porridge married a sweet, sexy oatmeal cookie loaded with berries and walnuts, this would be their tasty, tasty offspring. It’s soft but not gloppy, so […]

Toenails: Just . . . No

If we’ve known each other for less than an hour, you might not know that last yearish, I had toenail avulsion surgery. If you’ve known me longer than 60 minutes, you’ve probably heard this story, because I suffer PTSD from this most painful experience of my life (trumping TWO natural childbirths and a whole gross […]