A van pulls over near you in the middle of the night

When else is a van in the dark a good thing?* It’s fun to reminisce with friends from afar who have also competed in a 200-mile relay. My not-too-surprising main takeaway from this year’s experience running in Ragnar Relay Great River: prioritize rest/sleep. Maybe even above showering; certainly above food. Because: hot, hot summer. The van…

Because … reasons

As I round the corner of the suddenly enormous queen-size bed, feeling every inch of the way the blister on my right big toe, the chafe-burns on both thighs and … sore triceps? “Why am I doing this?” It felt like it took several minutes to crawl into bed and get sufficiently reclined for sleep. “You’re…

Stride Rate Foibles

I tend to get greedy when it comes to making changes. Joining a running club while also trying to change my running gait has proven to be mainly … confusing. My marathon is 5+ months away, so I fall into the middle-distance group for training runs. I’ve been working on increasing my stride rate for…

Will I still love running if …

Well, this is turning into a very different sort of March. That is, aside from the heavy snow and the deep, deep desire to beam myself right into July. One up-in-the-air item has been my running goal, this year. After a short winter break from running, I’ve come back to it feeling healthy (hooray!) and…

A best run

Saturday had fully exhausted me: I was at a conference for part of it, managed to injure myself there, then went to a movie and grabbed a few groceries, and even later went out for a quick bite for dinner with Steve. I vowed to sit on the couch all day Sunday; I’d been meaning…

Zesty!

I know what we can do, to make it harder. Convince the legislature to shut down the state, which will shut down the state park, forcing the 25 and 50k trail races to be held at the nearest ski hill. Yeah, that would do it. Beautifully brilliant! Well, it was a solution – a great…

my answer

Over the long holiday weekend I finally made it out to Afton State Park for a run with some friends. The weather was fabulous, as was the companionship and food: this was a gathering of Minnesota trail runners, complete with potluck after the romp through the woods, wetlands and prairie. A good number of these…