First-time Marathoner Explains it All: Top Five Best Things about Running

Running is hard. It takes time and patience to get to a point where it’s actually fun. But once you get there, it’s such a relief to be able to lace up and go for an easy run after a stressful day. I used to have a handbook of excuses to get out of runningContinue reading “First-time Marathoner Explains it All: Top Five Best Things about Running”

First-time Marathoner Explains it All: Working the Camera During Your Race

I’m no model, but my background in theater and figure skating have both taught me how to soak up the spotlight – this includes feeling comfortable in front of the camera. So, how do you work the camera during a race? How do you keep the photographers from picking up on the fact you haven’tContinue reading “First-time Marathoner Explains it All: Working the Camera During Your Race”

First-time Marathoner Explains it All: Race Etiquette

Race etiquette isn’t usually mentioned at local races, so how can we possibly expect new runners to know that raising your hand prior to slowing down isn’t a request for a high-five? Learning proper race etiquette not only helps your race go more smoothly, it can also help keep you and other runners safe fromContinue reading “First-time Marathoner Explains it All: Race Etiquette”

So You Registered for A Marathon…

So, you registered for a marathon. Now what? I signed up for my first marathon – the one at Wal Disney World in January. I’ve never gone more than 13.1 miles at once, but something, somewhere in my little ambitious mind was like, “Let’s see what happens when we run 26.2 miles in one day.”Continue reading “So You Registered for A Marathon…”

Figure Skating 101: Blades

Figure skating is a beautiful sport – it’s like ballet on ice. Only the skaters wear knives on their feet and run the risk of getting “ice burn” on any exposed skin. Growing up on the ice, I’ve encountered many questions from non-skaters. The most popular one? Are the blades sharp? Yes – the bladesContinue reading “Figure Skating 101: Blades”

So You Registered for A Marathon: The Dreadmill

Living in Florida has its perks. The summers (early May until late October), however, are not one of them. Between the Love Bugs, spiders large enough to eat a mid-sized cat, humidity thick enough to drown you, and the fear of your flip-flops melting to a Publix parking lot, let’s just say running outside isContinue reading “So You Registered for A Marathon: The Dreadmill”

Training for A 10K

*Disclaimer: I am not a professional athlete or doctor – these posts are solely based on my experience. All athletes are different and experiences vary. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or need medical attention, please see a physician. My experience training for a 10K First – I did my first 10K as a virtualContinue reading “Training for A 10K”

An Ode to: Spiders

I hate spiders. Let’s get that out there up front. So, why would someone with self-diagnosed arachnophobia move to USA’s spider central? Like I’ve said before: I make bad decisions. Spider season sucks. In New Jersey, we had a “spider season,” which was usually from around June through late September. This was a time whereContinue reading “An Ode to: Spiders”

Chasing Dopey: Why I Run

Why run when you hate it? Good question. It’s more of a love-hate relationship. I only hate running leading up to the run and during. I love it when I can tap the little end “button” on my watch and check it off my training list. Okay. Untrue, but honestly – the act of runningContinue reading “Chasing Dopey: Why I Run”

The Pee and The Plastic

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve said anything about the cats. So, here we are. As I type, Maggie is passed out beside me, snoring. Her brother is curled up in a Chewy box by the TV. A sweet, beautiful, serene moment. However, I left out the sheets of plastic drop cloths in theirContinue reading “The Pee and The Plastic”