Thursday, February 26, 2015


I feel as though you can tell a lot about a person from both the gifts they ask for and the gifts they receive.  A couple years ago, when the chair of the Advisory Board at my daughters' school stepped down, we gave her a beautiful crystal vase.  She's a lovely woman who appreciates the finer things in life and the gift was perfect for her.  I happen to be the new chair of the board and I was not afraid to let the head of school know that, while I thought the vase was stunning, she should not feel obligated to give me the same thing when I resign.  She laughed as she told me that was good to know and then proceeded to ask, joking I think, what I might like to have instead.  "Oh, I don't know", I responded, "maybe a new pair of running shoes or a gift certificate from my favorite running store?"  She continued to laugh about this so I just chuckled along with her, not sure whether I should let her know that I was totally serious.  (I didn't)  This year, for my 40th birthday, my husband gave me a 4 day trip to France that we are going to take this summer in lieu of a big party.  Mon Dieu!  My parents generously gave me financial support to attend a running camp out in Washington State in August.  The rest of my family and several of my friends gave me some wonderful treats as well; things such as jewelry, books and coffee cards.  So what does this say about me?  Well, I guess it says that I'm an avid runner who likes to travel, enjoys getting dolled up once in a while but also appreciates the simple things in life like a good cup of joe.  I'll take that.  On Saturday, my daughter is turning 8.  Want to know what's on her list this year?

~ A new racing helmet  She is on the ski team up at Cannon and while they don't actually race in the U8 program, there's no reason not to look the part, right?  We gave it to her a few weeks ago so she could start looking cool earlier in the season.

~ A silver heart locket  She claims that she'd like to put photos of her family and all of her friends in it.  I'm not quite sure how she's going to make that happen, but I totally support the idea.

~ Books  Specifically joke books (so she can tell them) and books on magic (so she can trick people).

~  Snackeez  She has wanted one of these for years.  Very random, but why not?

and, last but definitely not least,

~ an Assist Reacher.  Oh yes, you heard me correctly.  She wants one of those reaching sticks that helps you grab things from high places often marketed toward older people in need of an extra hand.  Don't ask.  I have no idea.

So what does this say about Grace?  Hmmm.  I guess it says that she's a sporty and witty little lady who has a solid appreciation for things that make life more organized and convenient and who definitely beats to her own drum.  You go, Grace.  May you always stay this way.


Today, in honor of Grace's upcoming birthday, we're giving away some headphones from Yurbuds.  These babies are the best things since sliced bread....a truly perfect gift.  The sound is incredible, the fit is snug and comfortable, and they never, ever fall out.  What does it say about you if you want some new Yurbuds?  It says you like to rock out in some way, shape or form and when you do, if you happen to be wearing headphones, you want the experience to be freaking awesome.  Done and done.  We're going to keep this one short and sweet.  If you want these bad boys, just comment below.  Tell us....What is the one gift you have received (and you can't say your children) that best describes who you are?  That's it.  Grace and I will pick 2 winners via at the end of day on Sunday and post it on Monday.  Good luck, have fun and rock on.

Listen to this:
Run - COIN  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


"Without music, life is a journey through a desert."
~ Pat Conroy

Here's to another great year of music.  Happy listening!*

*Note: Scroll down to view and listen to this playlist w/ Spotify.  (Updated weekly)

Snowed In (feat. Rivers Cuomo) - Big Data 
Fool For Love - Lord Huron

Rollin' On - Royal Tongues

Freakout! - Mini Mansions

Heart - FLOR



Colors - Genevieve

White Light - Waterstrider

FUNN - Cash + David

Until You Find Me - TeamMate


Hanging Around - Charli XCX - JANUARY SONG


Friday, February 20, 2015


Monday, 5pm
-2, Feels like Temp -29
Every winter, we runners from the New England area tend to bitch and moan a bit (or, in my case, a lot) about having to deal with the evil forces of nature.  This winter, in particular, has been pretty rough.  I know, I know....I say this every year.  But, this year truly is different.  Case in point, I currently have 70 inches of snow in my front yard.  All this said, those of us who sign up for a spring marathon, and not surprisingly there are many, are still going to train in the winter.  We don’t have a choice.  Well, we do, but you know what I mean.  We run inside, we run with ski gear on, we run with spikes on our shoes.  We run.  This week, my family has been up in NH, skiing at Cannon Mountain for our winter break.  We've been doing this for the past 5 years, and every year I find myself fighting my way through the snow and cold, which tends to be monumentally worse than it is down in Boston.  Every year it’s really damn hard to continue to train over break.  Every year I complain and swear off spring marathons.  And every year I do it all over again.  This year is no different.  Until now.  I am sad to say that Old Man Winter has officially taken me down.  The game is over.  Winter has won.  For 3 out of the past 5 days the high has not been above 5℉.  On Monday morning at 6:30am, the temp at Cannon was -17 ℉ with a windchill of -40℉.  Wait what?  Back in January, I wrote a post entitled "still cold" which outlined the reasons that it might be too cold to run outside, 'might' being the key word as I still went, regardless.  But this week?  This week I had to wave the white flag.  Today, I begrudgingly give you the top 10 ways to know that the game, in this case winter vs. runner, is finally over.  When winter has called the final shot and you simply can not run outside.  I honestly never thought it would come to this.  And I keep laughing about it because that’s really all I can do at this point.  That and pray for spring. 


1. When you open the door to go outside you aren't able to breath in.  Literally.
2. Your hair looks like this (see below) within 30 seconds of being out there.

3. Your dog takes one step outside and then turns around and stares at the door to go back in.

~ Lucy, age 14
4. You put on every layer that you own plus your hat, gloves, ski goggles, neckie and hand and foot warmers, because for a brief moment you think you might be able to pull it off, and after taking 3-4 steps you are forced to turn around and go back inside.
5. Your husband puts his hands on your shoulders, looks at you dead on and says, "It's just not going to happen today."
6. You see signs like this everywhere you go:

7. When you tell your children to go outside and get in the car they immediately start to cry.  When you tell them it's so you can take them to the movies, they still don't want to go.
8. You are ready and willing to pay $20 to run inside at a crappy gym on a treadmill from 1982 that shakes with each step because it's all you've got.
9.  You have no indoor running gear so you run 10 miles on the aforementioned treadmill in long underwear bottoms and a cotton tee. (I'll spare you the photo here, but it wasn't pretty)
10. You have tried everything - inside, outside, running in place - and nothing seems to fly.  So you put your feet up and let it go.  For now.

Listen to this:
Snowed In (feat. Rivers Cuomo) - Big Data

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Personally, I think Valentine's Day is little bit ridiculous.  Why do we need a specific day to tell people how much we love them?  Can't we do that all the time?  That said, I'll be the first to admit an extra dose of love and affection every once in a while feels pretty damn good.  Plus, I'm all for a legitimate excuse to eat candy all day.  Well played, Hallmark, well played.  Much to my chagrin, I've been running inside a lot lately, and as a result I have been paying significantly more attention to my music - the lyrics, the song titles, the number of minutes per song, etc.  Anything to keep me distracted.  Turns out, love, the heart and all things related are a common theme in music, regardless of the genre.  When you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  Who doesn't love a good love story?  Throw a good beat behind it and most of us are more than happy to keep listening.  This year, why not run with and/or rock out to some LOVE-related music?  Here's what I've got for you.  Happy Valentine's Day.

RWM Valentine's Day Playlist
Crush - Sleigh Bells  
Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz & Ludacris  
Easy to Love - The Jezebels  
Electric Love - BØRNS  
Elastic Heart - Sia 
Fall for You - Young Galaxy 
Feel the Love - Rudimental 
The Heart That I'm Hearing - Galantis 
Heartbreak Dream - Betty Who 
Hearts - I Break Horses 
Hearts Like Ours - The Naked and Famous  
Heavy Metal Heart - Sky Ferreira 
How Loud Your Heart Gets - Lucius 
Hold On When You Get Love - Stars 
Reckless Love - Bleachers 
Spread a Little Love - Havana Brown  
Tough Love - Jessie Ware 
True Loves - Hooray For Earth  
We Found Love - Rihanna 
Wild Heart - Bleachers 
Fool For Love - Lord Huron