Running Favorites Blog

Running wisdom I wish I'd known from the beginning

Introducing Running Favorites to the Run Oregon Blog

Below is a blog post I wrote introducing RunningFavorites.com to the Run Oregon Blog community on December 21, 2014.  The original post can be found here. Thanks for being here as a reader!  Hopefully you can learn something new and helpful about Running...

The Case for Slowing Down

In high school, I thought every run (warmup, cool down, recovery) was a race.  Pace – preferably a very quick pace – was critical.  I would religiously track each second of my runs, stopping my watch for a few seconds if I had to pause before crossing a...

Why I Can’t Skimp on Strength Training

About three years ago I was doing a long trail run with friends. Among the group was our friend, Jeannette, an elite 2:32 marathoner who went on to compete in the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon. At the time, I was running 30-35 miles a week and was plagued with...

It’s All About the Shoes

Last fall, I trained for a series of cross country races that culminated in competing with my team at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon on December 14, 2013.  After my training cycle, I took a solid nine days off from training. On my second or...

How Intuitive Eating Elevates My Quality of Life

When I was 15, I became preoccupied with the fear of getting fat. I became obsessed with counting fat grams and knew the fat content in almost every food imaginable.  I strictly monitored my activity level and remember driving home from cross country practice one day...

Looking Back on Boston

Time has flown. It’s hard to believe it’s been four weeks since the Boston Marathon.  Running the 2014 Boston Marathon was a privilege, a singular experience. Here’s a little (or a long) post about my Boston experience. My friend, Susie, planted the...

Running a marathon soon? Prevent blisters!

For the last few months, I’ve been training for the Boston marathon, which is now only days away!  A few Saturdays ago, I met some friends for a marathon simulation workout on lovely Sauvie Island just outside of Portland, Oregon.  The plan was to run 20-22...

The Exercise that Eliminated 18 Years of Knee Pain

I started running when I joined my junior high track team way back in the spring of 1995.  Within a year, I developed  knee pain that was so severe I had to stick to soft surfaces and couldn’t run two days in a row.  My doctor diagnosed me with mild pronation...

My New Favorite Rolling Tool – MobilityWOD Super Nova

Check out my favorite new rolling tool, the MobilityWOD Supernova from Rogue Fitness.  It’s about the size of a softball, is quite dense like a la crosse ball, and has grooves, divots, and points all the way around it.  Because of the little points everywhere,...