How to create a marathon playlist

How to create a marathon playlist

I rarely listen to music during my daily runs. Occasionally, I listen to  podcasts during my long run if there’s a particular episode I want to hear or if I am generally bored with my running route (Dear Sugars is my current fave). But that’s the exception, not the rule. I usually like to stay in the moment when I run, be aware of my surroundings and concentrate on what’s going on with my body. Racing is another story. For most races longer than a 5K, I play music. Not only is it motivating to hear words of encouragement blaring […]

Workout log: January 8 to February 4, 2018

Dynise running

Between work, a social life and other obligations, it’s essential that we make running fit into our lives, otherwise it becomes just another thing to cross off our to do lists, and that’s no fun. I’ve been working on maintaining this mentality so far, this year. For the last few months of 2017, I was feeling super burned out, both physically and mentally, and just needed to pull back a bit. I have no problem putting in the hard work – my fine tuning as a runner – and as a person – involves learning to do less, not more, […]

Obsessed AF with my air fryer: 10 tips from a newbie

Meet Air Fryer Tuck

I am not an impulsive person, especially when it comes to household items. I shopped for a TV stand for three years before I found one I really liked. It took me roughly 2 years to choose my couch and bedroom set/mattress.What can I say? Furniture and appliances probably last longer than the average marriage. It’s a big commitment, so you need to choose wisely. Since I abhor clutter, I am also super picky about which small appliances merit a place in my kitchen. I love to cook but only want items that I will actually use and that will […]

January 2018 StrideBox Review

StrideBox Jan 2018

Press sample It’s time for the first StrideBox review of 2018. 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 products, and it makes a great holiday gift for the runner in your life – or for yourself. Here are the contents of the January 2017 box: Health Warrior Chia Bar (Mexican Chocolate): Vegan, gluten free and all proceeds from this bar go to Operation Farm and […]

Viva, Midimalism!

In defense of Midimalism

The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. – The TinyLife In the span of a few decades, we Americans have traded in our penchant for ridiculously oversized, overpriced McMansions (too much room for even the Waltons or the Brady Bunch) for tiny houses. In this current trend, two adults –  often along with a pet and a child or two –  donate most of their worldly possessions, leave said McMansion, and cohabitate in a state of domestic bliss in 300 square feet. Let’s check […]

10 treadmill workouts to get your through 8 more weeks of winter

treadmill workout ideas

Unless the groundhog has a true epiphany on February 2, we are slated for 8 more weeks of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. If you happen to live in the Northeastern United States, like me, it’s been a real doozy this season, with more than our normal allotment of frigid weather, snow and ice. That adds up to a lot of treadmill running.   The treadmill is nicknamed the “dreadmill” or the “hamster wheel” because it can get untenably monotonous. By now, most runners have grown weary of treadmill runs. Let’s face it, watching Dr. Phil, Ray-Ray and the Property Brothers, […]

How to wash your running clothes

How to wash running clothes

Today, I am airing my dirty laundry in public. I run and work out anywhere from 6 to 9 times a week. That adds up to a lot of fitness apparel to launder. For me, it is like a secondary level of my training log. Confronting a hamper full of dirty running clothing is a three-dimensional reminder that I put in the work and sweat. We spend a chunk of our hard-earned money on running gear. We buy the best apparel we can afford and look for apparel properties that make our workouts more pleasurable: moisture-wicking, cold-resistant, heat-resistant, water-resistant, Gore-tex, […]

2017’s last workouts and 2018’s first

Dynise running

Running for me is like a metronome that helps me maintain a steady rhythm during the unpredictable holiday season.  I think the most important thing about running over the holidays is to just get in the miles, period – which I did. Fortunately for me, my cutdown week fell over Christmas. My past two weeks included lots of treadmill miles – as I’m sure is the case for most runners who live in the Northeast US and had to contend with the dangerously frigid temperatures. But I also ran in the snow and in the biting cold. I think it’s […]

#Empties: Avoiding unhealthy ingredients in makeup and personal care products

Avoiding unhealthy ingredients in makeup and personal care products

If you cannot pronounce an ingredient, you probably should not eat it, right? (Butylated hydroxyanisole, anyone? Yum, yum.) I’ve been living this lifestyle since my 20s, and I’m heartened to see that more people are finally saying no to suspect ingredients and Frankenfoods – for themselves, their children and their pets. But what about cosmetics and personal care products? The popular #Empties social media hashtag features photos of the empty cosmetics and personal care items that people used up in the past month. I’ve also jumped on the #Empties bandwagon, inspired by my friend Tina. When you scroll through skads of […]

My famous 3-ingredient vegan chocolate mousse recipe

My vegan chocolate mousse

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This dessert tastes like it took hours to prepare and required Cordon Bleu-like levels of culinary pedigrees.  Shhhhh. It’s no-brainer ease will be our little secret. Your guests will never know what a snap this is to whip up. One of the reason this vegan Chocolate Mousse recipe remains so popular is that it is simple and uses just a few simple ingredients. To get the superior effect, use the best quality dark chocolate you can find. I think a quick sprinkle of fresh orange zest makes the most elegant topper. I made this on Christmas […]