Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The winter seems to be full of acceptable excuses not to workout. The days are shorter. The Central Park water fountains don’t work. Bathing suit season is still several months away. House of Cards won’t watch itself. And of course, the most tangible excuse to skip winter workouts of all: the world outside my apartment todayContinue reading “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

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At Rest

Some experts say that following a marathon, you should rest one full day for every mile you ran, meaning 26 days of recovery. Others say you should rest one full day for every kilometer you ran, meaning 42 days of recovery. I say you should rest one full day for every dog photo you snapped at Thanksgiving the week after the marathon, meaning — let’s be honestContinue reading “At Rest”

Faking It

I self-identify as a lot of things, but my level of actual participation in some categories would suggest my membership is tenuous as best. Case in point: I call myself an “avid reader,” but the last book I read before this past weekend was teen filth Divergent. I call myself an “active blogger,” but youContinue reading “Faking It”

Goaling, Goaling, Gone

They tell you to shoot for the moon because if you miss, you’ll still be among the stars. I’ve seen Gravity, though, and I know overshooting the moon didn’t work out so well for Mr. Clooney. Likewise, overshooting when it comes to fitness goals is a dangerous endeavor. At best, setting a lofty goal andContinue reading “Goaling, Goaling, Gone”

Give It a Rest

I’m good at a lot of things (read: coloring, banter, modesty) but I’m aware there exist some gaping holes in my education as a citizen of the world. I never learned state capitals, for example, or to swim the butterfly. I never learned to ski or to patiently cook rice. I never learned to doContinue reading “Give It a Rest”

Novice No More

Since retiring my XL lounge-pants three years ago and committing myself to the sport of running, I’ve run 37 road races, two sub-4:00 marathons, thousands of miles and nearly out of goldendoodle photos to populate this blog. I wouldn’t call myself a running expert, per se — I only claim expertise in such indisputable areasContinue reading “Novice No More”

Rule Breaker

I tend to think of rules as falling into two distinct categories: the unbreakable vow variety of Severus-Narcissa fame and the bendable, grey-area ones that are more like suggestions than hard and fast canon. Deciding which rules are breakable and which have some flexibility is a very individual choice, but for me, the line fallsContinue reading “Rule Breaker”

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

I don’t know much about orbits – unless you’re talking about the 1990s fad soda that I so desperately wanted to drink/chew – but my limited planetary background tells me the world has started spinning faster. From take-out dinners edging out home-cooked meals to online holiday shopping replacing an entire day at the mall toContinue reading “Slow Down, You Move Too Fast”

It’s Gonna Take Time/A Whole Lot of Precious Time

Any journalist worth her weight in ink knows clichés have no place in quality prose, but there’s a reason these overused phrases have such staying power: they oftentimes ring true. Ever come on too strong and scared a would-be suitor away? Remember that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Felt let down after your plansContinue reading “It’s Gonna Take Time/A Whole Lot of Precious Time”