Monthly Archives: September 2013

Get Your Feet in Shape: Part Two

First of all, I’m so excited that Birkenstocks were all over the runways during the recent Fashion Week in NYC. According to this fashionista article, Birkenstocks will be “hotter than ever” next spring/summer. J.Crew already partnered with Birkenstock to offer a men’s line (what about women’s??). The article suggests that the classic two-strap Arizona in […]

Get Your Feet in Shape: Part One

I would say there’s not enough attention given to the feet when running or marathon training. The training is so much about leg strengthening, stretching and endurance. There’s only so much time in a day and I think feet are too often neglected. With my brief plantar fasciitis incident, I researched a lot about foot […]

Matt’s Guest Blog: Rock n Roll Philadelphia

The Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon marked the first competitive long race that I had run since last April (June’s 5k excluded). It’s impossible to replicate race day energy during training runs, so it was great to be back in a race environment. My only other half marathon experience was the Rock n Roll […]

The Farthest I Have Ever Run

I was hoping that the successful half marathon the week before had eliminated my pre-run jitters that have shown up since my injuries. Not really. I guess it’ll just take time. So I was a little nervous for the 15 mile run. I had initially planned to drop back to 10 miles this week but […]

Mike’s RnR Philly Recap

Pre-race The 8:00am start time for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly race was ideal for a number of reasons.  First, this is the same start time as the Richmond marathon, so this race served as a good dress rehearsal to set my morning pre-race routine.  The only difference is that we are staying very close […]

Philadelphia Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon Re-cap

Pre-Race: I woke up a little after 4 am with my stomach gurgling a lot with nerves. I usually don’t get nervous before races but this race was different since I hadn’t trained or run much at all. I kept worrying that I wouldn’t be able to finish or that I’d hurt myself again. I […]

Re-cap: The Day Before Philadelphia Rock ‘n Roll Half

Before driving up to Philadelphia, Mike and I had a delicious breakfast of bagel sandwiches in Canal Park by our house. We had lunch in Reading Terminal in Philadelphia, directly across from the Convention Center where the Expo was. It was hard to resist the Philly Cheesesteaks, ice cream and other delicious food and opt […]

Birkenstocks are the Best Sandals

I have a confession – I love wearing my very out-of-style Birkenstocks around our house. They are the most comfortable shoes! And more comfortable than even going barefoot. Especially with my calf issues and now plantar fasciitis, I really don’t want to take my Birks off. After accidentally leaving our house once wearing them (AH!), […]

I Really Do Enjoy Treadmill Running

I know it sounds weird. I really enjoy treadmill running. However, I do need to be watching a tv (on mute with captions) and be listening to music at the same time. I’ve gotten pretty good at reading US Weekly, as well, while running on the treadmill. I just think it can be so relaxing […]

Plantar Fasciitis and Rethinking the Marathon

The arch in my left foot felt strange on Sunday night. When I woke up on Monday, the bottoms of both feet, but mainly my left, hurt badly. Oh no. Oh no. I was pretty sure it was the first sign of plantar fasciitis. No google result for “arch pain runner” turned up anything besides […]