Running year in review: 2017

2017 running year in review

Here we are at the last day of 2017. I’m usually not sentimental about New Year’s, partly because there are so many different ones during a given “year:” Rosh Hashannah (Jewish), Lunar (Chinese), Tet (Vietnamese), and Nowruz (Persian New Year, aka the first day of Spring), etc. The way I see it, there are plenty of opportunities to reflect and make a fresh start. But 2017 was a particularly good year for me: personally, professionally, socially and athletically, so I’m a little sad to see it go. At the same time, I’m excited to explore new challenges in 2018. Here’s […]

Running logs: My last 2 weeks of workouts

winter running

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I hope everyone had a nice holiday. Mine was simply awesome. Like everyone, I was busy baking, shopping and wrapping gifts, but despite the festivities, I somehow managed to squeak in 2 great weeks of workouts. Running and exercising proved to be my stress relief.After 3 weeks of planned Prehab Not Rehab, I felt strong and rested. Right now, I’ve been concentrating on rebuilding my base to a level that feels good for me – around 40-50 miles per week, while throwing in a bit of strength, cross-training and some speed work to stay fresh. […]

December 2017 StrideBox Review

stridebox sticker

Press sample Time for the final StrideBox review of 2017! StrideBox is a subscription box for runners, filled with the latest useful gadgets, gizmos and snacks. The value usually exceeds the $15 box price so you are getting more than your money’s worth. Each box also comes with a cute motivational sticker (this month’s says “I’m sorry for what I said while I was running!”) plus a recipe and a workout. It’s the perfect gift for the runner or athlete in your life. This month, StrideBox is offering some nifty discounts for my readers. Use these codes when you check out: […]

Winter running – random thoughts, tips, and tricks

Running in the cold

Running is truly an all-season sport. As long as you have the right gear and mindset, you should be able to run in relative comfort whether you are facing a sweltering summer day or a frigidly cold winter morning  –with minor adjustments in extreme weather. Here are a few random thoughts. The first truly cold run will suck. The first run in the cold – say, when the “real-feel” temperature dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit– is a cruel shock to the system. It takes time for your body to adapt to colder temperatures. Give it a few days. Dress the […]

My third “Prehab Not Rehab” week recap

running Xmas ornament

Since my first 2 weeks of “Prehab Not Rehab” worked out so well, I decided to enjoy an additional week of downtime, despite the fact that I’ve been itching to run more. It’s more natural for a Type A person like me to do more, work harder and run longer than it is for me to rest, recover and do less. But if I’ve learned one thing (the hard way) over the past 7 years, it’s that rest and recovery and necessary. I am in this running thing for the long haul, not just for a season or a year. So […]

Recipe: Infinitely modular Asian-Inspired Soup

Asian Modular Soup

The other day, an unmistakable winter-sneak-preview chill tinged the air, and I craved a huge bowl of noodle soup – the comforting, flavorful kind that I usually get from my friendly neighborhood Malaysian, Japanese or Vietnamese restaurant. So what’s a nice Polish girl to do, besides order take out? Do a pantry raid and DIY, of course. Since this recipe is modular, you can take it in any direction you want. You can go Southeast Asian by adding coconut milk, bruised lemongrass and Thai curry paste to the broth. Or you can remain austere, as I did, and stick to […]

2 weeks of “Prehab not Rehab”

Dynise track stride

This Sunday marked two weeks of my “Prehab Not Rehab” training segment. The idea is that you proactively take time off or reduce your workout load in order to properly rest and recover. Contrast this with the reactive way most runners operate. We  ignore our niggles and fatique, keep exercising at a high level, and then we have no choice but to take time off, go physical therapy, have surgery or all of the above. Meb Keflezighi made “Prehab Not Rehab” famous. Practicing restraint is one reason why he has enjoyed a decades-long running career. After the St George Marathon, where […]

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

2017 Runners Holiday Gift Guide

Press samples and purchased by me The holidays are looming large. Not sure what to get the runner in your life? I hope this 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners provides some inspiration. McDavid Compression Arm Sleeves  Arm sleeves are an incredibly useful part of any runners kit. I use them between seasons when it’s too warm for a short sleeve top but too chilly to run in a singlet. If you get too warm, you can roll them down to wristband length. I also love them  for racing, when you want to wear the bare minimum but need to […]

November 2017 StrideBox review plus discount code

It’s time for the November StrideBox review– this month’s box abounds with good stuff that’s just right for autumn. And the nice folks at Stridebox are giving my readers two discount codes. Use them when you check out. VanillaAndZag10 for 10% off gift orders VanillaAndZag5 for $5 off of the first payment for other subscriptions. In case you didn’t know, StrideBox is a subscription box for runners. For $15 a month, you get a sampling of the latest gadgets, gizmos and nutrition for runners. The value almost always exceeds the price, as it does this month. It’s a great way to try out new […]

If you do one thing today, make a gratitude list

Choose grateful

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I am profoundly grateful this year. For the first time in about a decade, my life is truly opening up and blossoming in ways I never before imagined were possible. We all have ebbs and flows of sadness and happiness in this life, of productivity and stillness, of growth and of rest. Weathering the storms and staying centered remains a constant challenge. But once the storms and stillnesses pass by, you emerge stronger Studies have shown that gratitude is beneficial for your health. In my personal experience, I’ve found that it’s just a simpler, less stressful way […]