No Pain, No Gain: Unstoppable

We’ve all heard the expression “No Pain, No Gain;” a mantra used to push the body beyond pain. It’s a maxim I used when training for marathons, but not anymore. I’ve learned my lesson. Runners and athletes who think they’re invincible, unstoppable, ignore their body’s signals, believing they can run through the pain, until one…

Every Exhausting Mile

Photo: Courtesy of www.awesomestories.com   A collective buzzing of like-minded souls Thoroughbreds on a mission began centuries ago From the battlefields of Marathon to Athens, Greece An Athenian ritual Played out in the streets The thrill of flight Unison of a thousand feet Strangers sharing tribulations Cheered on by crowds proclaiming support To modern day Pheidippides Testing body,…

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…