Posts Tagged ‘ Fitness ’

What Would Betty Do Logo On the First Day of the Last Year of My 30s

I’m 39 today, which strikes me as odd. This is the last year of my 30s. That’s bizarre, right? I mean, there are still days where I don’t feel like I know anything more than I knew at 19. But the best news is that I’m just one year away from moving up one age […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: A Little Love for the Back of the Pack

On Saturday, we had our first official Team in Training run of the season, and my first as a captain. My IT band was griping at me, so I cut my pace back and opted to do only 2 miles (the half marathoners’ distance) as opposed to the 4 I had planned to crank out […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: The Five Stages of (Running) Grief

We spent the weekend in Southern California, which meant a 7-hour drive south on Thursday afternoon (solo, with a 5-year-old), a side trip to San Diego on Sunday (1.5 hours down, 2 hours back), and a return trip on Monday (8 hours). I was desperate for a Tuesday trail run to get me up and […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: So I Went For a Hike

After several weeks of missing class due to my viral malise,* my Zumba buddy graciously invited me to accompany her and another mom on a Monday morning hike. It’s a reasonable trail with moderate elevation gain on the top of a breezy but not too windy hill. It quickly became obvious that we hadn’t really […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: When the Plan Falls Apart

Sometimes, the best-laid plans fall apart. Dear Betty, I’ve carefully plotted out a training calendar that will get me ready for my upcoming 10k. I meticulously wrote each day’s workout on my calendar. And now, 16 days into the plan, I’ve only followed the calendar twice (unless you count my rest days; I’ve done both […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Turning off the Running

It was Saturday night and I was tucking in the Tiny Kitchen Assistant. He reached up and started pushing imaginary buttons on my forehead — beep boop beep. When I asked him what he was doing, he told me that he was turning off my running so I wouldn’t be gone when he woke up […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: What’s in Your Handbag?

This was the most entertaining and surprising question that I’ve been asked lately. To the front of the queue with you! Dear Betty, I love The Hairpin column, “What’s Actually in Your Handbag Right Now?” So… what’s in there? – Curious in Columbus I should probably start by saying that it depends on the season. […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Read This

Over the past year, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about running, fitness and nutrition. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. FYI, the hyperlinked titles will take you to Amazon.com, while the cover images will send you to Powells.com. Run Like a Mother Sure, Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: So I Wear Skirts

Those who know me will know that my conversion to running skirts is less than a year old, when fellow tall girls¬†Dimity and Sara¬†convinced me to ditch my capri tights. I wore capris in all weather, even my hottest summer workouts, because I’ve never been comfortable in shorts. When I buy pants, I look for […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Change: Taking Training to a New Level

Last year, I wrote about the first of my two-part visit to the Human Performance Center at UCSF and drooling on their treadmill. Combined with the new Garmin Forerunner 405 with heart rate monitor that I scored on deep discount at Amazon, it’s given me an entirely new perspective on my training. It turns out […] Read More