My Body is Going Rogue

I turned 52 four months ago and my body is staging a coup.

It reached a crescendo last week. I realized that my normally favorite bra was suddenly irritating the tar out of me and constantly needing readjusted. It wasn't too old and it wasn't stretched out and it was fine probably the day before. I figured I must have gained 10 pounds over night. But then the suddenly

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For People Who Believe They Could Never Be a Runner

Today when I was trying on three different pairs of running shoes with various insole combinations to keep plantar fasciitis away, using different shoelace-tying techniques to maximize support and minimize numbness, looking at the weather forecast to decide what clothing combinations wouldn’t make me shiver or die of heat stroke, deciding whether the water or calories…

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Maybe You Were Born to Run

Bill used to try to convince me that we’re all born to run but I really didn’t buy it. I for one was Exhibit A that some humans are absolutely not born for that. But then we spent time at a few crowded family gatherings and I became a believer.

First it was, sadly, the visitation and memorial service for Bill’s dad, who passed away after Alzheimer’s Disease and eventually pneumonia took over his body. The funeral home was packed. I noticed, and several people commented, that all the little kids were running around, chasing each other, weaving in and out of the groups of adults who were talking. The kids weren’t being loud or causing any trouble. They were just doing what came naturally.

It reminded me of…

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I’ll Start on Monday… Getting the Body You Want Without Trying to Lose Weight

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “muscle weighs more than fat.” And then the comeback that “a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh the same pound.”

Here’s the point: muscle takes up less space than fat. So let’s reprogram ourselves, because the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. We shouldn’t be using it as the indicator of …

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5 Great Newbie Runner Tips I Learned From Ultramarathon Runners

1. Pace yourself: Build training miles and speed slowly.

If you’re at the point of wanting to build, that should mean that you can run 5K’s with no trouble. Maybe you can run four or five miles. The first step is to build a base of 3 – 4 miles about four days a week. Do that for a few weeks. Then start building 10% at a time. We have a detailed program that you can print out. But the basic idea is to start by …

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