A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Sarah Klein, a reporter with Prevention Magazine, who was writing an article about how to get started running after the age of forty. Since I am a running coach and had treated myself to running my first marathon for my fortieth birthday, she wondered if I would be willing to be interviewed. We set up a time to chat, and this past Friday she notified me that her article, If You’re Over Forty And About To Start Running For The First Time, Here Are Eight Things You Need To Know, had been published. I hope you enjoy it!

Last week was quite a blur and if it weren’t for pictures and my Runner’s World training log, I’m not so sure I would remember any of the specifics. I was happy with both of my weekday runs as my pace seems to sloooowly be getting a tad faster. I’m still a minute per mile slower than during my pre-injury January runs, but all things considered, I shouldn’t complain.


Along with my running, I was good at hitting my weight training sessions; however, my yoga sessions fell a little short. My weekend run was replaced by gardening and with a total of fourteen hours of what I would consider moderate to hard gardening, I was pretty exhausted both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Last night and today my right SI Joint has been complaining so I’m doing cat/cows, bridges, and ice to calm it down. I will lift later today, adjusting my exercises as necessary…

Being outside did give me plenty of time to find some interesting things – like this cicada. This must be the thirteen-year variety because I distinctly remember them being so loud the year after we moved into our current house. While cutting the grass that summer, I could hear the cicadas over the sound of my very loud lawn mower.


This box turtle was hiding under the ankle-high pile of freshly sheered holly leaves, and wasn’t very impressed with my fake turtle when I moved him to safety. He promptly crawled away…


And burrowed in the mulch… I suspect he’s a she, and she was ready to lay eggs.


With the predator keeping a close eye on my back yard all morning, Mrs. Turtle had better bury her eggs very deeply into the ground. Just for the record, I am not very happy that the red-shouldered hawk has chosen our bluebird’s house as his surveying post. I’m nervous that the baby ducklings have hatched and he’s keeping a close eye on the creek for them.


Looking forward to this week, I have a fun little post I’ve been promising for the past couple of years. I actually started it last week by taking pictures for the post and I hope to have it up later this week, perhaps on Wednesday. Stay tuned! Also, time permitting, Friday I’ll be joining Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for her monthly Runfessions linkup.

Here’s a more detailed look at how my workouts went down this past week…


Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included: 

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • Do you enjoy gardening? 
  • When a lack of time causes you to skimp on your workouts, what’s the first to go?
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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