Gerbil time.

The dreaded cardio machine.

A friend preparing for an ultra marathon recently lamented her plight online. She needed to get in a 24 mile training run, but there was a wind chill warning, and the roads were treacherous for runners and drivers alike after yet another round of snow. Running inside on a treadmill was unacceptable, “Treadmills are for […]

Celebrate Fiercely


Green designer and architect (and author of the seminal Cradle to Cradle) William McDonough once said “It’s not about survival of the fittest.  It’s about those who celebrate the most being the evolutionary winners.  Nature is all about fierce celebration.” Celebrate fiercely. Those words are on my mind today as I watch the snow come […]

Everything I know about Blizzards I learned from Little House on the Prairie

Ma makes it back to the house from doing the chores, Illustration by Garth Williams from On the Banks of Plum Creek.

With the winds howling and shaking the house and today’s blizzard looming large on everyone’s consciousness, I started thinking about winter storms and blizzards in particular and our human response to what nature can dish out. Like many children of the 70’s, I grew up reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie […]

2014 Recap, and a look ahead to 2015

Finishing up the Wildlands race.

2014 was a great year in running and getting grounded. I was fortunate to spend the year more or less fully engaged in my body, feeling alive and well and as uncrazy as possible in this crazy busy world. I’ve already written about many of these experiences, but its kind of fun to see them […]

10 things I learned in Utah


At the beginning of November I traveled to Moab Utah to run a half marathon on trails in the desert. This event was to be the culmination of my running season and was what I had been looking forward to all year. It was a four day jet setting trip that seemed totally rational and […]

Cadillac. Moonlight. Magic.

The moon, photo courtesy of Rob Thomas.

There’s nothing like kick starting your running habit by jumping off the couch and doing a nearly 10 mile run up and down the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard. At night. In the winter. The last 6 weeks have been a rest period for me. Rest initiated by a taper for my last […]


We got our pie ratio (pie to adult) up to 0.47 this year. I call that progress.

This morning I woke up in bed next to my husband, the big dog stretched out on the far side of his body, the little dog curled in the hollow behind my knees, the young cat slotted into the narrow gap between our bodies, and the old cat in her position of choice on the […]

Running your course


Tomorrow will mark a week with this cold. It started last Thursday afternoon as I sat in that conference up at UMaine, got worse on Friday, so much worse that I actually tried the wearing wet socks bed thing Friday night. Saturday I met up with my girlfriends for a hike and dinner around the […]