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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]