The Comparison Challenge

“The most challenging aspect of running right now is__________________.” – this is the prompt posed for this week’s Tuesday on the Run. My most challenging aspect? Not comparing my old runner self to the current one.

After a particularly tough workout recently, I was bemoaning to the RunnersConnect team how paces that “use to be” easy, now are so hard to hit. Everyone was so supportive, but I especially appreciated a note I got from one of the coaches who reminded me to not let comparison – the shoulda’s – take away from the joy of the current journey.


Past times and past achievements can be a great motivator – it’s why we shoot for PRs. However, if you focus only on comparing the current to the past, you can miss the progress being made.

What is your most challenging about aspect of running? Join in with Erika, Marcia and Patty and share.



Prepping for Brooklyn


The beauty of having another race on the horizon is it forces you to not wallow and to quickly get re-focused (if you missed my Philly recap, you can check it out here). So this week was all about turning my attention to the RnR Brooklyn Half … [Continue reading]

2016 RnR Philly Race Recap


(Disclosure: As a member of the Rock'n'Blog team, I received a free race entry and VIP upgrade. As always, all opinions are mine!) On Sunday, I ran the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon - my 10th half marathon! I've been trying to figure … [Continue reading]

Wrapping up Race Week


Happy Monday all! I'm back from Philadelphia and enjoying a much needed rest day after running the RnR Philly half yesterday. I'll have much to say about Sunday in my recap later this week. But for now, I'm joining Holly and Tricia once again for … [Continue reading]

Friday Five – RnR Philly Goals


RnR Philly Race Weekend is here! I'm on a plane to Philadelphia tomorrow morning to run the RnR Philly Half on Sunday. My husband J will be traveling with me, while my kiddos get a "guy's weekend" with my brother. I've got a bunch of errands … [Continue reading]

RnR Philly Week 11 – Back to School Shuffle


I had fully planned to write a couple of posts this week...but then that phenomenon called "back to school" swept through my house leaving a trail of school forms, new schedules, and dazed kids in its wake. Needless to say, it was a bit of … [Continue reading]

RnR Philly Training – Week 10

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Happy Labor Day! I'm taking a quick moment out of what has been an enjoyable and lazy long weekend so far to join Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. I love this link-up as it helps me to stay accountable on my training, and it's such a great … [Continue reading]

Ultimate Coffee – Labor Day Edition

Bugs in the am

Happy Labor Day Weekend! My long run is done and I'm very happy to kick back on my deck and enjoy an iced coffee. It is the first Saturday of the month so, of course, that means it's time for another edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date link-up, … [Continue reading]

Reflecting on Summer Fitness Goals

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With Labor day weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, it seemed like a good time to check in on my summer fitness goals and see how I did. Back in June, I set 5 goals for the summer: Embrace the plan -- Check! I started the … [Continue reading]

Weekly Wrap – Feeling Recharged

Top of Washington

Happy Monday! I'm back from a fun family get-away in the White Mountains. This vacation came at a perfect time as I was really starting to feel fried. We celebrated my husband's birthday, rode the Cog Railroad to the top of Mount Washington, … [Continue reading]