Against the Wind

I’ve spent all week preparing for my upcoming marathon in every way I know how. I’ve been carb-loading. (“Why yes, deli man, I will top my bagel with a slice of French toast.”) I’ve been staying off my legs. (“Sorry, pregnant lady, I kind of need this subway seat myself.”) I’ve been memorizing the courseContinue reading “Against the Wind”

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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”

Practice Makes Perfect

I’ve received a lot of well-meaning advice as my inaugural marathon approaches (“Walk through the water stations!” “Don’t weave during the first half!” “Have a friend join you at mile 22!”) as well as some less-than-constructive suggestions (“Don’t run an f-ing marathon!”) but the tip that’s been most often recited to me by marathoners andContinue reading “Practice Makes Perfect”

Taper Crazies

As the second week of October comes to a close, the sounds of autumn are acutely apparent, especially when your friends are as hipster-smug as mine. “I love it when the leaves change colors.” “This pumpkin-spiced latte is delicious.” “Let’s go apple picking in upstate New York, carve organic gourds from the Union Square farmersContinue reading “Taper Crazies”

You’re as Cold as Ice

Most everything that begins with the word ‘ice’ is A-OK in my book. Ice cream? Yes, please. An ice cold beer? Hook me up. 90s hip hop classic ‘Ice Ice Baby?’ Two times the fun. The newest addition to the list: post-run ice baths. Ice baths get mixed reviews from the distance running community, withContinue reading “You’re as Cold as Ice”

Partner in Crime

I may be a single woman, but with the population of my adopted city approaching 8.3 million, I am rarely – if ever – alone. Pop into Fairway for a gallon of milk and I’m confronted with thousands of my gourmand neighbors. Lay in bed at night and I’m serenaded by the homeless guy onContinue reading “Partner in Crime”

Three’s a Crowd

It’s been said that bad news comes in threes, and when it comes to loops of Central Park, I can personally corroborate that that is, in fact, the case. One 6-mile loop is positively sublime, navigating the park-goer past such noteworthy landmarks as the Loeb Boathouse, the Sheep’s Meadow and the Tavern on the Green.Continue reading “Three’s a Crowd”

Is Marathon Training Bad for You?

“You’re training for a marathon? Isn’t that bad for you?” It’s a question I’ve heard dozens of times, and it usually comes from the same lips that just smoked a pack of cigarettes or threw back three tequila shots or ate an entire KFC family meal, alone. Go on, pinnacle of health – I thinkContinue reading “Is Marathon Training Bad for You?”

Time Flies Like an Arrow (Fruit Flies Like a Banana)

As I made my way to the subway this morning without a line of sweat beading my upper lip for the first time since April (eat your heart out, boys), I was left in utter disbelief at how quickly this summer has passed me by. It seems just yesterday I was trading in my spandexContinue reading “Time Flies Like an Arrow (Fruit Flies Like a Banana)”

I’ll Take the Long Road

If every evil villain subplot in the history of Hollywood has taught me anything, it’s that there’s always an easy way and a hard way, and the hard way makes for significantly better entertainment. (Spoiler alerts ahead, although, honestly, you really should have seen all these movies by now.) Why destroy Gotham in one fellContinue reading “I’ll Take the Long Road”