Run hills when training for a race, good for you

On April 24th I’m going to run the longest distance I’ve run since March 2010, when I did the one marathon I’ve ever done. I confess, I’m a bit nervous about the virtual Get In Gear half marathon race that my Team Looking Sharp friend Jenny and I will do in three weeks.  Run-walk-run makes … Read more

Weight loss sucks when you have diabetes

Over the past four months, in the dessert department, I’ve had a grand total of two brownies, one truffle and zero cookies. My eating these past months has been super clean and very healthy. I feel really good about my focus on portion control and food management. I’ve been tracking my calories in MyFitnessPal diligently.  … Read more

Surviving injury setbacks and recovery

Injuries suck. No two ways about it, discovering last week that I had indeed fractured my rib at T10 when I (intentionally) fell off the toilet during early morning colonoscopy prep was shocking and profoundly sad.  The orthopedic doctor I saw compounded my frustration when he insisted I immediately start drinking 3 glasses of skim … Read more

How to dress for winter running and train for a half marathon

This pandemic winter I have discovered I like winter running!  Merino wool magic Purchasing a bunch of merino wool gear has made all the difference. I now own three merino wool tops and a pair of merino wool long underwear, also known as a super warm base layer. Plus I got myself an REI lightweight … Read more

Christmas 2020

Christmas this year will look different than expected for many of us. After all Christmas during a pandemic with a virus that easily spreads between people who are breathing the same air especially when indoors means we must take precautions.  Holiday losses This holiday season is a year of loss. This is a holiday theme … Read more

5 steps to create Winter Fitness Goals to stay fit, healthy and connected

This winter is challenging us all. The US, where I live, is having massive surges in coronavirus deaths and infection rates. The days are short, the sunlight often hides behind gray clouds, and it’s cold and snowy in many parts of this country. It would be easy to give up, curl up and want to … Read more

Lean muscle mass and excellent health

Muscles matter for effective insulin absorption. This sounds obvious, but I’ve often wondered what this means in concrete actionable terms. A few years ago, my brother, who, like me, has type 1 diabetes, mentioned that he intentionally lifted weights with a friend of his and that it resulted in better diabetes control. I confess, it … Read more

Swimming fun with fins

In 7th grade I attended a two week summer swim camp at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York, where my father was the vice president of fundraising. (It wasn’t exactly his title but that’s what he did, raise a lot of money!)  Love of swimming That swim camp was a transformative experience … Read more