Writing is Racing

Right now, I’m a fish out of water.  I’m floundering. I’m gasping for breath even though I’m hardly moving at all. Too much stillness allows thoughts to zoom through my head.   Thoughts that have no business being there. Thoughts that do more harm than good.  Too much sitting is not relaxing, is not calming, is not restful.  Too much sitting is anxiety-provoking, is unsettling, is infuriating. … Continue reading Writing is Racing

When a Runner Can’t Run

When a runner can’t run, she is not her best self. When a runner can’t run, her body is restless. Her legs are restless. Her mind is restless.  Nothing quells the restless like running does. When a runner can’t run, she sometimes gets pissy about people posting about running. Braggy braggarts! But, this only lasts a minute, until she remembers that not being happy for them will … Continue reading When a Runner Can’t Run

Three Dirty Wash Cloths Can Put A Parent With Anxiety and Depression Over The Edge

Laundry is not a chore I mind doing. It’s something I can do while I’m doing other things around the house.  It doesn’t require me to get my hands dirty.  It’s not too physically demanding, except when I lug the basket up and down the stairs, but then I can pretend I’m getting some cardio in.  I like the way our detergent smells. I like … Continue reading Three Dirty Wash Cloths Can Put A Parent With Anxiety and Depression Over The Edge

The Purposeful Marathoner (The Purposeful Person)

This time around I set out with the intention of running a marathon again.  For awhile there, I didn’t think I’d be able to make it. I felt too weak.  Too tired.  Too busy.  But, I decided that I wanted it, so I found a way to make it work.   I’m not the skinniest.  I’m not the strongest. I’m not the fastest.  But, I do not … Continue reading The Purposeful Marathoner (The Purposeful Person)

14 Life Lessons Running Teaches You

Jogging isn’t just a workout.  This is one of the big keys to understanding why runners always talk about running, even to those who couldn’t care less about running.  For most of us, the trot itself is a life coach.  It paves the path for processing and understanding our existence. Here are a few examples of what I mean: 1.  Plans are needed to reach big … Continue reading 14 Life Lessons Running Teaches You

5 Things Spouses of Runners Need to Know

1.  Yes, they really need all of that gear.  You don’t realize all of the places that chafe and rub until you’re starting to rack up the miles.  Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.  Rubbing that’s not even noticed at mile three can turn into a deep red burning patch of inflamed skin by mile eight.  Depending on the temperature, different weights and … Continue reading 5 Things Spouses of Runners Need to Know

Running Parallels Life: It’s Never Easy

I have a friend who has dozens of half-marathons and several full marathons under her belt.  She is tall and thin and gorgeous and smart and is one of those people who might give the impression that running is effortless for her. Old Me thought that for her, running was easy. Old Me never considered the possibility of being able to run a half-marathon myself, and most definitely not a … Continue reading Running Parallels Life: It’s Never Easy

The Accidental Marathoner

Originally posted on A Morning Grouch:
I have two Mes. Real me is caring and giving and kind.  Real me is never bored, because there is always someone to love or something to create or something to enjoy.  Real Me relishes weekends, family, friends and manically pursuing hobbies.  Real Me even loves horribly gray days and days when the basement floods and days when a baking dish explodes in the kitchen because… Continue reading The Accidental Marathoner

Parenting: Reasons To Panic #1 – Jogging With Baby

So, I’m trying to get back into shape.  Pre-baby shape.  Which I’m quite sure is a fairy tale notion.  My core is a disaster.  My pelvis is broken.  (Full disclosure: It’s really NOT.  It’s just offset enough to FEEL like it’s broken and there’s nothing that can be done except steroid injections, which I haven’t yet tried, but am quite sure I will have to … Continue reading Parenting: Reasons To Panic #1 – Jogging With Baby