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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

Kaleidoscopic Utah and thoughts on solo travel


 Arches – pretty but crowded. Besides being a beautiful course, a major reason I wanted to run the St George Marathon was so I could work in some parks before and after. Over the years, I’ve visited many of Utah’s phenomenal vistas, but I still wanted to cross off a few “biggies” from my wish list. The ironic thing about Utah is that you are never done; its crayon-box landscapes and special, secret places leave you hungry for more. Now, I want to return, stay in one area and do some serious, focused hikes. On traveling solo I made this road trip alone […]

Paris running routes and French running terms

Paris running routes

Even I can’t believe I’ve been visiting Paris pretty regularly for 35 years now. Over the years, I’ve explored some fantastic running routes in the City of Light and wanted to share them with you in this slightly overdue post. You can bookmark it if you are traveling to France for work or vacation and want to plan some runs.

Rest day: Random Paris observations

Random Paris Observations

With respect to running, after about a week in Paris, my body started to scream “oncle!” At the end of the spring season when my body was already beaten up, putting in running mileage plus 3-5 solid hours of walking each day was proving to be too much. Toss in a helping of serious jet lag and it added up to accumulated fatigue. My gastroc started to light up, plus my hamstrings felt like they were housing bowling balls, and I just felt sizzled.

Soon fall marathon training will begin. Keeping my eyes on the future, I need to back off on the running now so my body can heal. It is a bit of a bummer because I love running on vacation, especially in Paris where there are so many beautiful routes and vistas. But at the same time, it’s also nice thing because it gives me a hall pass to slack off for a bit. Since I take very good care of myself in terms of exercise and nutrition, many signs have indicated that it’s time to spend time in the City of Light nurturing my soul.

Perfect segue for a “rest day” post – a post that really has nothing to do with running….

The life-changing magic of tidying up your running gear

organizing running gear

About 2 years ago, I read Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and no hyperbole: it really was a life-changing book and it really was a one-time reorganization. After reading it, I donated, sold or discarded roughly 50% of my possessions. I tossed items that were worn, donated items that were still good but that I had no use for, and sold or consigned items, like clothing that I no longer wore….

Although I had Kondo-ed my running gear, racing and blogging means you are constantly accruing new, some useful, some not. … I decided to embark on an expedition to clean out my 3 drawers of running gear. 

Iceland: running, rainbows and revelations


I’m just back from 8 days in Iceland. I’m just back from 8 days in

I’m just back from 8 days in Iceland. Words are not sufficient to describe the incredible amount of natural majesty and wonder crammed into a country roughly the size of Ohio. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, this post contains lots of them.