Running in the cold & surviving a dip into the red zone

Last Saturday, the weather said “feels like 5 degrees” Fahrenheit, and the weather app mentioned a “wind advisory.” Did that stop me from bundling up and meeting my Run Minnesota Polar Bear run group at 8 am to run 10 miles? Sure didn’t!  Run gear for the cold I followed the run gear chart that … Read more

Open your heart

I’m wearing the ZIO XT heart monitor for the week and yesterday at the Chocoholic Frolic 10K, I left my newly discovered run-walk-run method of 45 seconds running, 15 seconds walking, in the dust. I ran with effort for more than 35 minutes without walking. Mile 1, I did in 11:14. Mile 2, I did … Read more

Run disappointment strikes

I ran my third half marathon race of 2022 last Sunday, September 11th, the Jeff Winters City of Lakes Half Marathon, put on by Run Minnesota.  Time goal not met Much to my chagrin, I did not meet my time goal. In fact, starting at mile 7 all the way through until the end of … Read more

City of Lakes Race Plan

Don’t plan it all. Let life surprise you a little. -Julia Alvarez I am a planner. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know this. I take great comfort in having a plan and having little goals to keep me moving forward on big goals I’ve created for myself.  Relax the plan … Read more

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Race Report

It’s been a few years since I’d been up to Duluth, Minnesota and going with three friends made it extra fun this year. Originally there were five of us who planned to race the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 18th. One of us got COVID and she hasn’t recovered enough to run 13.1 miles. … Read more

Biking for diabetes awareness once again

My athletic effort this year has been all about running. Feet pounding the pavement, making sure the hydration, nutrition, clothing choices are all dialed in, meeting new people, long runs every Saturday, intervals/hills and threshold runs to test the limits – all have been the focus. I notice the mantras have had to rise to … Read more

Drawing energy from trees while running Women Run The Cities

The Women Run the Cities 10 mile race was my second of five “A Race” running events that I’m doing in 2022. An “A Race” is a race of top priority. In preparation for doing the race, I sat myself down on Friday, the day before the race, closed my eyes and felt the wind … Read more

Two tasty recipes for plant-based athletes

I’ve mentioned over and over again that 2022 is all about writing, running and finances. On Facebook and Instagram, I seem to only post about my running. I’ve gotten focused.  The thing is, I still LOVE LOVE LOVE cycling the very best. I’ve missed riding my bike. I plan to ride in the Tour de … Read more