I’ve always been an evening runner. Sure, I did my long weekend training runs in the mornings—the sooner they’re over, the sooner brunch happens—but during the week, waking up early enough to fit in 4 miles before work was just too painful. For one, I used to settle into my cubicle before 8 a.m. And then there’s that […]
Not long ago, I was griping about the dark days of running. Whether you go in the morning (um, what’s your secret?) or at night, like me, the short winter days mean you’ll be sweating it out sans sun for a few months. Now, as the sunset edges later day by day, I’ve found peace in the dusky evening sky.
Tonight I ran past a digital sign that flashed the temperature (37 WHOLE DEGREES) and wondered why I didn’t see any other runners taking advantage of this good fortune. Probably because it had been raining all day, or because monster piles of melting snow create their own hazards.
I’ve never been a big New Year’s resolution maker. It’s not that I don’t vow to amp up my reading or become a more patient person, it’s just that I worry I’ll jinx those goals by labeling them as resolutions. But as I went for my first run of 2016, I started thinking about my running hopes for the year.
This was a fantastic year for me—it felt like a fresh start. I started a new position at work, moved into a new apartment, met my new nephew and started dating somebody new and wonderful. Oh, and I ran the Chicago Marathon for the first time! I could wax poetic about all the good times with family and friends or jaw-droppingly good food I ate, but instead I’ll just share five simple but wonderful things I did in 2015.
One Scrabble victory, two pies and countless hours of relaxation later, my Thanksgiving holiday has come to an end. This was the first year I didn’t travel home to spend it with my family. Instead I headed to small-town Wisconsin to celebrate with my boyfriend’s parents and grandparents.
Before running on winter days, I always have the same battle with myself. First I make every excuse for why I should stay in, then I talk myself into braving the elements. Join my inner dialogue as I outline the 10 stages of running in the cold.
Every Friday, Angela at Happy Fit Mama spreads the good vibes with a roundup of five great things from her week. Friday the 13th seems like the perfect day to join in and share the positivity, so here I go…
As a freeze baby and worrywart, there are many things I dislike about winter, such as driving in snow, getting numb fingers while biking and leaving my apartment in general. I know it’s not quite wintertime yet, but my least favorite part of the season comes early… darkness. Everyone gets a little mopier this time […]
During slow work weeks, it’s the weird little triggers of joy that give me perspective and keep me smiling. Because it’s finally Friday, here are a handful of small but delightful things that got me through the week…