On Becoming a Runner: The first twenty minutes are the hardest

After my medically-induced running hiatus this winter into spring, I am starting to run again, and it is SO painful. My body is woefully out of shape. It reminds me of starting running, and I wanted to share some pearls of wisdom: (1) You DO have a runner’s body Some body types are naturally faster…

On setbacks and finding snapping turtles in duck ponds

I write this while coughing, asthmatically. Setbacks. All. These. Setbacks. When you get them clustered together it feels like a great voice in the sky saying, Just give up, Maryann! And, Sit on the couch and eat chocolate, Deborah, until the pain goes away! And, well, these options are rather alluring until you realize the long-term effects. Last night,…

Motivation Monday: Meet Pete

One of the things I love most about running is meeting and being inspired by other runners. Meet Pete Hynd, who has made an incredible journey over the past few years. Pete overcame addiction to become an accomplished runner and an all around inspiring guy, finishing the NYC Marathon this past November and raising an impressive $4,633.00 for…

On motivation and introducing Princess

I think sometimes Fitness Bloggers talk about motivation like it’s something that just magically happens. Maybe they have a magical Fitness Motivation Fairy come and bless them? But I can tell you that there is certainly no magical fairy over here. Sometimes I wake up and I’m ready for my day. And sometimes I wake up…

Run 2016k in 2016

This year, I am challenging myself, my friend and family, my followers on Facebook and Twitter, random people walking down the street, that lady in the grocery store who just asked where the milk was… EVERYBODY, to run 2016 kilometers in the year 2016 (#run2016in2016). It’s about 24 miles a week, which is very do-able…