Amsterdam Half Marathon

The day finally came: 7 months in planning, 6 months and another half marathon in training, the decision to do the half instead of the full, a plane trip, a visit to the 1928 Olympic stadium, a day to adjust to the time, and here it was…the Amsterdam Half Marathon! The weather forecast was for…

Preparing for Amsterdam

My half marathon in Amsterdam is less than 2 weeks away and, unlike my trepidation before the Chicago run in July, I am feeling very ready for this run. For this training, I didn’t just focus on building my mileage, I included at least one speed-work workout each week and interspersed 5K races periodically.  The…

Almond Date Energy Nuggets – Back in Training

My distance training break has ended and I am back to building up for the Amsterdam Half Marathon.  While I was on “break” I decided to have some “fun” and do speed drills.  If I wasn’t going long, I would go fast.  I was focused on increasing speed without injury – the two often had…

Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

I have always hated running. I hated it as a kid; I would get side stitches and I was slow.  I hated it as a teen; I would get side stitches and I was slow.  I hated it as an adult; no side stitches, but my knee injuries always flared up and I would get…

Passover Granola and the Start of Marathon Training

Hands down, this granola is my family’s favorite thing I make for Passover.  Even though it makes 2 quarts, I usually have to make it at least twice to get us through the week. The original version of this recipe comes from a book my mother got back in the 80’s “Cooking Kosher Naturally” by…

Garden and Life Planning

Garden Planning It is time to plan out the garden for 2013.  Such a fun, hopeful activity!  In the garden already are strawberries, rhubarb, onions and garlic (this is the first year I am growing garlic, they seem to be very happy so far, even in snow). The early garden will be planted in March….