Whole30: A Runner’s Review

Whole30 is supposed to be good for a whole host of things — curbing your cravings, breaking your bloat, advancing your alliteration (apparently) — but it’s not particularly known for enhancing one’s athletic abilities.   That shouldn’t come as a surprise — runners primarily fuel their training with carbs, and Whole30 is at its coreContinue reading “Whole30: A Runner’s Review”

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Leaving Your Mark

Hey there, injury prone comrades! Shout if you’ve ever had any of the following sidelining ailments: The one where pain on the underside of the kneecap flares when sitting still or walking down stairs (i.e. runner’s knee) The one where the ligaments along the arch of the foot feel tight and achy (i.e. plantar fasciitis)Continue reading “Leaving Your Mark”

Choice Words

Anything can sound impressive if you add enough adjectives. Take my student newspaper, for example. We weren’t the oldest newspaper in the country. We weren’t the oldest college newspaper in the country. Heck, we weren’t even the oldest college newspaper published on a weekly basis in the country. But we were the oldest continuously-published collegeContinue reading “Choice Words”

Fifty Minutes

Despite cautionary tales of shin splints, achy backs and a lifetime of knee pain, most runners irrefutably know that our sport generally changes us for the better. Run for two weeks and feel your legs strengthen and posture improve. Run for six months and marvel at your increased lung capacity, endurance and speed. Run forContinue reading “Fifty Minutes”

History Lesson

When I reflect back on my formative years, it becomes clear that earlier versions of me made some pretty terrible judgment calls. My 2006 self believed driving from Maine to Orlando overnight was a wise travel decision. My 1995 self thought “party dude” Michelangelo would make the best Ninja Turtle husband. My 1991 self dressedContinue reading “History Lesson”

Perspective

A lot has changed in my life since this same month last year. I’ve run a marathon. My brother has adopted a puppy. I’ve traveled to India and Brazil, I’m dating someone new, and heart-throb Seal is back on the market. (Those last two items may or may not be related.) But you know whatContinue reading “Perspective”

Guest Post: My Long Term Relationship with Running

Note from the real RiledUpRunner: Below is a guest post from my girl Meredith, who you might remember from that time I went to Austin, Texas, and gained 45 delicious pounds. You may also remember her from that time she threw me an “Anne no longer has mono!” celebration dubbed AnniePalooza, the time she letContinue reading “Guest Post: My Long Term Relationship with Running”

The End of an Era

Everyone warned me this day was coming. The day I’d wake up, lace up my racing shoes, power my way through a course and – despite all my efforts – walk away without a PR. After managing 19 consecutive personal bests – or a new individual record for every year Miley Cyrus has been aliveContinue reading “The End of an Era”

Run Like a Girl

This morning, I ran the NYRR New York Mini 10K – a race launched 40 years ago as the first ever women’s only road race. Established in the early years of the running revolution as a daintier alternative to the men’s only half marathon, the Mini 10K (originally called the “Miniskirt 10K,” according to legend)Continue reading “Run Like a Girl”

Weekend Warrior

It’s both startling and invigorating how quickly the world around us can change. But don’t believe me. Just ask Central Park. A lush and silent oasis at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, the Sheep’s Meadow was almost unrecognizable by the time I returned with picnic in tow seven short hours later. The songbirds had been replacedContinue reading “Weekend Warrior”