How To Taper For A Last Minute Race

How To Taper For A Last Minute Race

  When I ran that last-minute 10K in May, I started thinking about how to taper for a last-minute race. That is, if I’m even supposed to taper? Not everyone sets up and plans a race calendar every year. Most people don’t even train specifically for the races they register for, even when signed up in advance. […]

Race Today (!!)/Weekly Workout Recap

pre-race pizza

    I’m ready for today’s 10K race! Somehow I got lucky with the weather forecast. The rain seems to be holding off until the afternoon! Just morning clouds, temps in the high 50’s, and calm winds expected during the race — um, perfect. Although I didn’t register until yesterday morning at the race expo […]

TOL – Chocolate Covered Apples, Taper & New Shoes

chocolate caramel apple

  I had this amazingly chocolatey chocolate covered apple the other night. It was so delicious that I think it’s on my list of best chocolate-covered apples ever. Why I loved it: It had a super thick coating of good tasting chocolate. The chocolate sprinkles were a really nice addition in flavor and texture. There was […]

Long Island Half Marathon Training Week #7

long island half marathon training week 7

  And just like that I am down to the last week of my training plan with Laura which means it’s taper time. Wow! I am still trying not to look ahead just yet to next Sunday’s weather forecast. However, since it is already popping up in the weekly forecast on my phone, I can’t avoid […]

weekly workout recap 10/5 – 10/11

weekly workout recap

  Sometimes they call the week after a race a reverse taper week because you slowly ease your way back into your regular running and workout routine, allowing your body to recover from the stress associated with running a race. I noticed that I was not at all as fatigued/sore as I have been after some of my […]

Taper Strategies Q & A Style

Taper Week Strategies Q &A Style

  Just so you know, I am completely ignoring the weather forecast for the weekend which is talking about the possibility of tropical storm rain for my half marathon on Saturday. I can’t even talk about it. Since this is my taper week, I found it fitting to enlist the help of another one of […]

workout recap 9/21 – 9/27

Pro Compression Calf Sleeves

  Friday night at dinner I was asked how many miles I was planning to run in the morning. “Oh, only ten miles.” To us runners, the word “only” preceding a distance like ten miles when you normally run longer sounds proper, to the average human, it sounds bizarre. Anyway, my calves, which were super tight […]

Half Marathon Training Focuses

hershey half marathon

    The half marathon is my most favorite race distance. I don’t run a ton of races each year so the ones that I do run mean a whole lot to me. With my next half quickly approaching (October 3rd!) I am really trying to focus during this “training” period because I do believe […]

I Was Sick/Taper Week/LI Half Today

bakery cookies

  I did not intend to skip Friday’s post but I also didn’t intend to get sick Thursday night! Oh. My. Goodness. I caught a hint of my son’s stomach virus which is bad any time of the year BUT ESPECIALLY HORRENDOUS three days before a half marathon! I am feeling better now but it was not fun. Not […]

WIAW- Taper Week & Yesterday’s Eats


  Over the next few days, I will focus  more on carbs (if that’s even possible considering I LIVE ON CARBS) and slowly reduce my vegetable intake leading up to Sunday’s half marathon. Recent grocery store race food/taper week purchases but let’s be real here, I eat these foods anyway! Watermelon has become an important part of my […]

Reader Questions Answered! Part Two

reader questions answered

  Last month I dedicated a post to answering some of the common reader questions that I received by email. I have a few more questions which recently came in on great topics so let’s get to answering them today! You eat oatmeal every single morning but what brand of oatmeal do you buy and which type of […]

Weekly Workout Recap 10/13/14-10/19/14

runner's world half and festival

  Good morning from Bethlehem, PA! I am just finishing up my coffee and then it’s time to head to the start of the half marathon. If you haven’t been paying attention, I am at the Runner’s World Half & Festival to run the Hat Trick (5k, 10k, and half). I have so much to […]