Wedding Planning’s the New Marathon

Whenever I catch up with friends and family this year, I’m asked one of the following questions: How is wedding planning going? Are you and Ben liking the new Queens apartment? Why did your dog move to Hawaii without you? And then there’s the follow-up question everyone who reads this blog inevitably asks next: WillContinue reading “Wedding Planning’s the New Marathon”

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The Big Day

This past weekend marked a significant milestone that’s been enthusiastically circled on my calendar for months. No, I’m not talking about watching my little brother marry the woman he loves. And no, I’m not talking about getting the angels back together. And no, I’m not talking about spending 48 hours with the cutest ring bearerContinue reading “The Big Day”

The Land of Milk and Honey

I used to think my favorite food was butter. As a small child, I vividly remember sitting in front of an open refrigerator with my hand in the Land O’ Lakes, scooping palm full after palm full into my open mouth. And you wonder how I became a husky 5th grader. It’s true though. SweetContinue reading “The Land of Milk and Honey”

Ever So Much More Than Twenty

At the risk of sounding like a Buzzfeed listicle, the signs that I’m no longer in my early- or even mid-20s are frightfully abundant. I get excited when people cancel plans so I can be in bed by 9:30 p.m. Those rare nights I do stay out late drinking (also known as weddings), I stickContinue reading “Ever So Much More Than Twenty”

Greece Is the Word, Is the Word That You Heard

Ask any marathon training coach and she’ll tell you the same thing: running is just one part of the preparation equation. Diet, cross training and rest also play a crucial role in the 20 weeks leading up to the big race, and in true Captain Planet style, only by their powers combined is a marathonerContinue reading “Greece Is the Word, Is the Word That You Heard”

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”

City of Brotherly Run

American gold medalist Frank Shorter once said that you’re not ready to run another marathon until you’ve forgotten the last one. If the Internet had existed in the 70s, he also would have said that you’re not ready to write your marathon recap blog post until you’re once again able to walk down stairs, soContinue reading “City of Brotherly Run”

Out of My Hands

I’m what you might call the kind of person who likes to be in control. I like to make game plans. I like to set schedules. I like to analyze progress, meet milestones and prepare for every possible outcome so I’m never flying blind. That’s why tapering for a marathon is so gosh darn difficultContinue reading “Out of My Hands”

Ill Will

I’ve run my 20-miler. I’ve finished my final track workout. I’ve bought my train ticket, booked my hotel room and selected my outfit for the Philadelphia marathon. Only one more thing to check off my list before the big morning just 10 days away: catch a debilitating head cold. Check. That’s right, folks. With lessContinue reading “Ill Will”