Race – Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15k

I made a number of inadvisable decisions on race morning, but that didn’t stop me from having a great run! I did the Philly Hot Chocolate 15k two years ago in 2015 as a training race for my first half marathon. I loved the swag (awesome hooded sweatshirts!) and the distance (longer than a 5k…

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Race – Philly Love Run 2017

I ran the Philly Love Run this past weekend and learned a few lessons along the way. TLDR: Gummy bears and high fives: good. Frozen toes: bad. I signed up for the Love Run late in the game, and it was probably a bit of a foolish thing to do because I had already signed up…

Race – GORUCK Light Philadelphia

It is a bit of a misnomer to call a GORUCK a “race” because a GORUCK really is a team challenge event. Generally, a race report from a GORUCK is called an AAR – after action report (GORUCK has strong military connections and a lot of their lingo and events are influenced by that). That…

Gear – Nathan VaporAiress Hydration Pack

I’ve been searching for a while for a solution to hydration on long runs and at longer events, but couldn’t quite find the right thing.  I finally pulled the trigger on a Nathan VaporAiress hydration pack. Note: I bought this product with my own money and have not been compensated in any way for this…

Runner Profile – Heather Leiser

Having both had our long training run the day before, Heather and I met for a short recovery run. Then, we debated the relative merits of running in a visor versus a hat, as well as the juggling the demands of motherhood and a career with a training schedule. Heather first started running in 2010.…

Gear – DIY Sandbag

Sandbags can be an awesome training tool. When I wanted to add some sandbag work to my repertoire, I didn’t want to shell out money, so I made my own. When I started training for my first GORUCK event, the training plan I was following called for shoulder-to-shoulder presses with a sandbag. I didn’t own…

Runner Profile – Joan Tapken

Joan and I took a laid-back run on a blustery morning, and she talked about how running got her through difficult times in her life and changed her perception of herself. Joan started running in the summer of 2014. She recalls being out on the beach with her good friend Tiffany and they were talking,…