DANGER IN FAMILIAR PLACES

A surge of anger saddens my heart with the senseless murder of yet another female jogger here in New York City. Out on her daily run, doing something she loved stopped by an unforeseen assailant, stealing her life in an instant. I had to write this post. Perhaps a reiteration, reiteration, reiteration of the message:…

A Runner’s Praise

Ripples lap and retreat Singing enchanting beats against a whirling breeze Calming my toilsome stride to a gentle glide Carrying me into Dawns’ kaleidoscope Purple, blue, pink and orange Wide-eyed  I give praise for a heavenly sight Another day One more run Through nature’s majesty Just one of God’s creatures pausing  Her daily ritual Giving…

Wounded Soles

Photo: Courtesy of strengthrunning.com After 500 miles of running through rain, snow, rocky trails, and sandy beaches the time has come to say farewell to your old running partner for a newer one. They’re looking rather worn. That smooth cushioning sole is shot, no longer offering you protection against injuries. Sadly enough, it’s hard to…

Morning Cup O’Joe

Photo: Courtesy of myallshores.com.au/dining Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine . . . I can’t do without my morning cup of coffee before I head out for a run. It not only makes me more alert but also improves my running performance. Why wouldn’t it? Caffeine is a psychoactive substance, which stimulates the nervous system splendidly. Coffee has…

Rocking Core

  Core Strength How’s your core? Have you been neglecting the most important part of your musculature?  Abdominal muscles are the center region of your body for a reason.  They are the alpha of all movement and support your frame during running and many workouts. Abdominal muscles are known as the powerhouse because it controls…

SEEING RED

Red is such a powerful color. It’s no surprise the rubescent beetroot (beet) has potent benefits for the life force that course through our body red. Native to the Mediterranean and known as Beta vulgaris, beets have been used medicinally for centuries and became a desired culinary item by chefs in 1800 France. The potent…

Fitness and Mental Creativity

This morning, I sat at my desk, hoping to write before my morning run. But I couldn’t find the words. Most mornings, I’m up at four—a time when lucidity is greatest. It didn’t happen today. Words failed me. So, I closed my laptop and went for a run. As I made my way around Central Park’s…

Mix It Up: Cross-Training

  I woke and strolled to the bathroom, performed my normal ritual before my morning run. I continued to dress, hardly enthusiastic as I normally am to run, but I continued anyway. I tied the laces of my running shoes, drank a glass of water, donned my baseball cap, all the while my mind is…

Mind play: Running Mantras

  You’ve heard that running is 90% mental and 10% physical, although it feels the opposite when you’re on a grueling long run, or any run—tempo, fartlek, intervals. When you feel like you can’t run another lap, your legs feel like steel, and your mind is screaming I can’t do it, using positive affirmations can…

Summer Running

Aww Summer! I love the balmy days when I can shed layers of clothing for a simple sports bra, T-shirt, and shorts. But I dread the heat and excessive sweating, bugs flying in my eyes and nose, and sticking to my skin. I’ve been running most of my life and still find acclimating to summer…