You Finished a Marathon! Now… What’s Next?

Happy Marathon Monday! Adam and I were discussing the Boston Marathon this morning, and while neither of us ended up tracking the race or watching it online, it’s still been neat to see the results of the elites and some blogging buddies come in. From some of the commentary I’ve seen, though, it looks like I may need to go find video of the final few miles in both the men’s and women’s races… they sounded exciting! The weather today {Read More}

We Are Runners… We Move Forward

I’m not yet ready to write – let alone post – about my marathon on Sunday. The course was 1.5 miles long due to an error in turns at the start, and I planned to write about how I was “outraged” at how the organizers screwed it up. But really, outrage over running a few extra miles? Runners at the Boston finish line voluntarily ran 1.5 extra miles to Mass General to donate blood. And many of us are just {Read More}

There Is No "Why"

I’ve pretty much been shaking all afternoon since I heard the news about Boston. While I didn’t break from work to watch the actual race, this hit me hard enough that I immediately canceled my meetings, headed for a break room, and turned up the volume on CBS’ live coverage. There was limited camera footage of what happened (or at least, limited relevant footage vs aftermath?) so CBS kept this one clip on a loop – and it made me {Read More}

Boston Marathon: Elite Race Recap

I was gearing up to post a weekend recap of all the neat stuff I did, but then I got distracted. It’s Marathon Monday! While I hadn’t made any concrete plans to watch, I ended up catching CBS Boston’s live feed online, and tweeting out updates for those who aren’t in the Northeast and couldn’t watch the video. It was really odd for me not to be in Boston running. I’ve only done one Boston Marathon before, true, but it {Read More}

Race Report: Boston Marathon, Part 2

Click here if you missed part 1 I had been warned by several people (including experienced marathoner Dane Rauschenberg) to do the first few miles at least 10-15 seconds slower than my goal pace. I was very familiar with the second half of the course, having run it backwards and forwards two years prior the morning of the Boston Beer Marathon, but all I knew about the first half was that it was supposed to be lots of downhill. I {Read More}

Race Report: Boston Marathon, Part 1

I got to Boston around 6pm on Saturday night, and took the Silver Line bus followed by the Red Line T to meet up with my friend Kristen, with whom I’d be staying. I was so impressed by the airport’s accessibility via public transit: it takes about 1.5 hours to get home from JFK, but it took only about 30 minutes to get from Boston Logan to the restaurant where Kristen and I were meeting for dinner. Kudos, Boston MTA! {Read More}

Marathon Monday

I spent the day avoiding blogs and the news, because I wanted to be sure to to hear how the Boston Marathon turned out until I had the chance to watch. New York does not celebrate Patriots’ Day (the alternate name for what runners know as Marathon Monday), so I had to work today, but I DVRed the live coverage on Universal Sports and planned to cozy up and watch from bed tonight. Despite not getting into work until 10 {Read More}


I’m currently sitting on the sidewalk outside the Marriott, watching fire trucks pull up and firefighters stream into the building. Around 3:30, a siren started going off in my room. My first thought was, “man, the alarm clock at this hotel is sure annoying.” I then realized it was not, in fact, time to get up, and that it was the fire alarm. I threw on some gym clothes and my new running sneakers – not because I was so {Read More}

I did a morning run!

So I’ve been really slacking on the morning workouts ever since… well, ever since the marathon. I took the week before it off almost completely, which was a big mistake. When I was running it, I felt out of shape like I hadn’t worked out for a week… which I hadn’t. And then I took the week after off, because I was sore and also felt that I deserved a little break. Unfortunately, it is really hard to force yourself {Read More}

Double Day: The Ultimate Absolut(ly) Fit Challenge

A “double” typically refers to two marathons in one weekend. However, since I’m totally hardcore (and certifiably crazy), today is my double day, and I’m doing two marathons in one day! Okay, so one isn’t a running marathon, and the other is me doing a marathon course and not an organized race. But it’s BOSTON, the granddaddy of all marathons, and I actually went further than 26.2 (I haven’t mapped it yet to know exactly how much further). I woke {Read More}