Saturday, November 8, 2014

Daylight Savings Time: Surviving Decreased Mileage

I don't know how to do this. I do not know how to maintain my weekly mileage when it becomes dark the minute I arrive home from work. I miss the long after work runs, the release from stress that running outside brings. I do manage to hit the treadmill at 4:30 am, but for a short two mile run. I sweat for a few minutes, then race off to work. How do we make it through the winter, maintain fitness and sanity. Advice? I miss this stretch of road....

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Easing into Autumn

 I run this beautiful route near my home, in the Berkshires a few times per week; it changes with the seasons. Now it is at its most gorgeous, as the foliage is beginning to peak, The other day, the light was perfect, sun peaking through the dense trees in one spot, and lighting up the colors on another section of the road. I just had to stop numerous times, to attempt and catch the beauty with my cell phone. These pictures do not do it justice however. I remember, when I am here, exactly why I love to run.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Josh Billings Runaground

I cannot believe I have never run this race. Five hundred teams participate in this bike / canoe / run triathalon. Our team, Berkshire South's Fantastic Four, had a blast and we are gearing up for next year! Twenty-seven mile bike ride, five mile canoe and six mile run, and we finished, all four of us! The motto of the Josh, "To finish is to win." Although the first place finishers completed the course in 2:18;04, and we toddled in at 3:44:13, finishing was winning. Next year...
For more information please visit the website: Josh Billings.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Running Downhill

Uphill takes forever and no matter which direction I run, there always seems to be more up hills than down. Why? I guess because we take longer to run uphill. Downhill I speed up and it is over quickly. Same with life, the harder hills seem to take forever, but once you crest you can cruise down. It all comes down to this: is it worth the climb? If you ski, you might say yes. When I am running full speed down a hill, the wind in my hair and a smile on my face, I say hell yes.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Finally, Spring has arrived. It has been a very long winter here in the Berkshires, a long winter of running on pavement. But today I was finally able to get back to the Applachian Trail, it felt as if I was  home, running through the woods. I had to be more conscious of where I placed my feet, each step, as the roots seemed to grow over the winter. The clocked was stopped as I slowed just to listen to the silence, the squirrel who always sounds like a bear, the songbirds and an occasional breeze. This section of the trail is only a mile, but it is a beautiful mile. I find God when I slow down, when I listen, when I am aware of my breath. It was a very good run indeed.