Category Archive: Running

Dec 28

My Year of Running: 2016

Pasadena corridor with illuminated lanterns.

If the week goes as planned, I will have run about 1600 miles in 2016. And while that might sound like a lot, it’s less than I was shooting for this year, by a little over 400 miles.  I took ten entire weeks off: two of those weeks were planned; eight of them were attempts… Continue Reading My Year of Running: 2016

Aug 02

A Gut Check?

Dirt path along the top of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher

Yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life. Not really. Yesterday was, however, the first day of my next training cycle in which I gun for the California International Marathon on December 4. I’m distinctly unsure about this race. Partly because I have a nagging shin splint that has been hanging around… Continue Reading A Gut Check?

Feb 15

Roadkill. Or, Marathon #3: Los Angeles

I usually like to include an image to set the tone for the post, but it seemed rather inappropriate to go looking for the kinds of pictures that this post would require: road kill, wreckage, breakdown . . . So no picture. Let’s get one thing out of the way: yesterday was not my day.… Continue Reading Roadkill. Or, Marathon #3: Los Angeles

Apr 16

Paris Marathon Race Report

 “Please remember that you owe it to the fine things inside you to get the most out of them” –Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, in a letter to her husband dated March 1934. The Paris Marathon was on Sunday (12 April 2015). I had entered the lottery for the race a year ago. I registered on April… Continue Reading Paris Marathon Race Report

Apr 04

(Almost) Time for me to Fly

With thanks to REO Speedwagon. It’s almost time for me to fly. I mean that in two ways. The first is literal. I leave for the airport in a couple hours to head to Paris with two of my favorite colleagues, my mother, and 13 great students. We’re going as part of an Americans in… Continue Reading (Almost) Time for me to Fly

Dec 17

Closing the Book: an Update (A Good One)

My 2nd marathon was supposed to have been this past Saturday, but instead of celebrating the conclusion of a 20 week training cycle with a race, I “celebrated” the end of those 20 weeks with another doctor’s appointment yesterday morning. My 6th (with the orthopedist–this does not include the annual visits to the gynocologist, the dermatologist,… Continue Reading Closing the Book: an Update (A Good One)

Oct 07

Towards clarity?

I went back to the doctor this morning for a check-up on my foot. Those of you who have been following the saga know that I was diagnosed with a metatarsal stress fracture seven weeks ago (for an injury that occurred on July 31). The good news is that the stress fracture has mostly healed,… Continue Reading Towards clarity?

Sep 28

A bit of despair.

I am grateful for all the people in my life who care about how I’m doing as my foot heals from a metatarsal stress fracture, which I incurred on July 31, 2015. I’m grateful. I really am. But I’m having a more and more difficult time answering questions about my recovery (or lack thereof). What… Continue Reading A bit of despair.

Sep 16

Some Progress

I had my check-up at the orthopedist this morning, and the good news is that there are visible signs of healing. The weirdness is that the healing is in a different place than we thought it would be, It’s back on the 3rd metatarsal rather than the first. We expected things to be happening over… Continue Reading Some Progress

Sep 06

Chlorine is my jam

  First things first, that photo is not me. I like to think that I look like her when I am swimming, but the truth is, I have no idea. Because I’m swimming, so the only things I am sure of are these: There’s a big black line that runs the length of the pool.… Continue Reading Chlorine is my jam

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