Category Archives: Cross training


If one word summarizes the last year and a half for me, it’s transition.  In that time I’ve left a job where I’d worked for nearly 14 years, launched my own business, moved in with my man, and–in the past two months alone–sold my condo and moved 500 miles from Washington, DC (my home of […]

How to Run a 3:10 Marathon

Okay, so maybe we all can’t run a 3:10 marathon.  I’m 99.999% sure I never will, in this life or even my next one. But 26-year-old Mollie Zapata, a dear friend and my “running inspiration,” did just that at DC’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, finishing 8th overall among women and second in her age group. […]

A Healthier You in 2013

It’s that time of year again.  No matter what your fitness achievements were in 2012, you’re undoubtably looking back and thinking, “I could have done better.” But what better time than the New Year to recommit to new fitness goals and carve out a plan for the coming year? Follow these ten tips for a […]

Do you need an “off season”?

We hear the term all the time in relation to professional athletes– the “off season.”  But could an average Jane or Joe who works out regularly–and perhaps participates in the occasional triathlon and/or cycling/running event–benefit from an off season too? If you stress your body on a regular basis in any way, the answer is […]

Home-for-the-Holidays Workout!

The holidays are here, and if you’re like me, that means travel–travel away from home, your favorite gym classes, familiar running paths, bike riding routes, and pool. Maybe you’re going somewhere where you can’t easily run outside or find a gym.  If so, don’t despair!  There are quick and easy workouts you can do in […]

Inspirational Fitness 3: Lina’s Fantastic 330-mile Bike Camping Adventure

Lina’s back from her inspirational 330 mile bike trip from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC and agreed to share the details.  All her careful planning paid off:  she survived rain and warmer-than-expected weather, rode the whole way without equipment failure or injury, built up a hearty appetite but never went hungry, and successfully found places […]

Inspirational Fitness Part 2: Great Fall Fun

Fall is officially upon us, and those nice cool days seem to scream “get outside!” If you needed some inspiration, check out these ideas for enjoying the great outdoors in the Washington, DC area (and beyond)–from casual afternoon activities to events that will get your blood pumping. Running Races There are few more thorough resources […]

Inspirational Fitness: Lina’s Mega Ride!

The weather is wonderful here in DC after a long hot summer, making it the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with long bike rides, hikes, and runs. This week, dedicated spinner Lina Khan inspires us with details of her upcoming 330 mile bike trip from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC. Want to plan a multi-day cycling […]

Post Cleanse: I see fake food everywhere!!

I did it!  I survived the cleanse:  ten days of eating nothing but “real,” unprocessed food (so no dairy, meat, gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, or alcohol). The first question I’ve been getting: “Was it hard?” As I mentioned in my last post, the hardest part was finding the time and energy to shop for and cook real […]

What are you doing wrong?

Going too easy? Not allowing your body the time it needs to recover? No weight training in your routine? Or maybe you’ve fallen for the low-carb or no-carb diet craze? This week’s post comes courtesy of Outside Magazine which recently featured a great checklist on the twelve most common fitness mistakes and how to correct them. […]