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,…

Runner Profile – Aisha O’Donnell

While we were running, Aisha said, “Sometimes, you just have to do things that scare you.” She wasn’t talking about running when she said it, but it seems an apt motto for her running career. Aisha is a proud recent resident of Burlington, NJ, and has been instrumental in starting the Burlington Running Club. The…

Runner Profile – Rachel Kane

Rachel is a runner and yogi from South Jersey who is relatively new to the sport. We talked about how she got into running and her upcoming race plans. After Sunday’s interview and track training session with Darren, meeting with Rachel for an easy pace four miler was back into my comfort zone. Rachel is…

Runner Profile – Darren Robinson

Darren took me through a track workout on a brisk February morning, and then we sat and chatted about his running and athletic career and future goals. Before I tell you about Darren, I should tell you a little thing about me: I was not in the least bit athletic until I hit my early…

Runner Profile – James Schissler

I forced James to stop moving and sit down so he could tell me about the Fallen Officer Challenge he is doing this February and his 2017 goals. James Schissler is the lead instructor at South Jersey OCR (SJOCR) located at the I Love Kickboxing location in East Greenwich, NJ.  I first stumbled into SJOCR…

Runner Profile – Jen Nichols

I met with Jen and we talked cheating on your running shoes, mommy guilt, and injury recovery. I first became acquainted with Jen through the Run856 Facebook group, of which she is a moderator. I’ve met Jen a few times, usually doing 5@5, running in West Deptford or Woodbury in the wee hours of the…