Running in Riga

IMG_0133Naturally, one of my first orders of business upon arriving in Latvia was to figure out where I can run. To my delight, there is no shortage of running paths in Riga, and even more exciting is that Riga has quite a large running community. I had been a bit worried that a woman running, often alone, and sometimes with a dog, might be a strange sight here, but it is not. I am surrounded by runners everywhere I go, and M. and I have already found quite a few trails during our first week here. They have provided the perfect avenue (literally!) for exploring the city on foot. Continue reading →

30 miles, 24 hours

There’s nothing quite like a training effort gone wrong – or incomplete, as the case may be – to crush one’s confidence as an important race sits on the horizon. But sometimes, exhaustion wins.

The JFK 50 Mile Run, my final race of the year, is only 16 days away. It is the country’s largest ultramarathon, with nearly 2,000 participants. It began in 1963 as one of a series of 50 mile runs around the country …Continue reading →

Hoping for Steam at Steamtown

Scranton, PA


It’s that time again.

My legs are heavy, I feel fat, and I just finished a run that should have felt easy but didn’t.

This is not good. Not good at all.

 A week from today, M. and I will be heading to Scranton, Pennsylvania… not to pay homage to the Dunder Mifflin gang from The Office, but for the Steamtown Marathon. It will be my 18th marathon, and I feel …Continue reading →

Trust the Training

With four days to go until the Austin Marathon, I am feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety. The weather is looking great, I get to spend quality time with dear friends, and there will be good old fashioned Texas barbecue to look forward to after the race on Sunday night.

I finished my last interval workout this morning: 4 x 400m at 6:40-ish mile pace on the cinder track in the local park here in Matamoros. It was cold and rainy with 25 mile-per-hour winds. I didn’t exactly …Continue reading →

Pre-Race Jitters

With only twenty-one days remaining until I toe the starting line at next month’s Austin Marathon, I am finishing up my training cycle, getting ready to start my taper, and feeling the usual pre-race jitters starting to creep their way in. I’ve had a great training cycle overall, thanks in large part to much cooler temperatures than we had last summer. I’ve also made a concrete effort to include a proper warm-up and cool-down with every run, and have added some much needed speed workouts. Continue reading →