Helpful tips, making time for your run

For the first time, I am not teaching summer school.  I love it! I have so much time to do the things I love.  Balancing family time and running is much, much less of a challenge.  This is NOT the case during the school year.  During the school year I am balancing work, coaching, running and most importantly family time.  It isn’t always perfectly balanced.  Thankfully, with lots of support from my husband, we make it work.  I get to do all of the things that I love so much, including running.

I have goals, big goals.  I don’t want to toe the line on race day unprepared.  For me, running is a daily priority.  It’s not the most important thing on the list, but almost everyday I can find some time to run. I do this through deliberate planning and communication.  I am able to accomplish this with an amazing supportive husband. I try to be very cognizant of how my running affects my family time and their personal time.

Here are some helpful tips for making time for your run, each day.Read More »


Global Running Day! Let’s Celebrate!

It’s Global Run Day! What a great day to enjoy running and friends.  Getting back into running has changed my life.  I know, it sounds cheesy.  It really has though. Running has taught me so many lessons, challenged me in new ways and taked me on amazing adventures with some pretty amazing people.  Running has given me a sense of pride and a positive relationship with a healthy lifestyle. 

So get out and celebrate! HOW? 

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Weekly Recap-5/29-6/4

Happy Monday Everyone! It’s really, really easy for my to wake up happy on a Monday when it’s summer break time.  This is the first summer I haven’t worked summer school and I am absolutely loving every minute of it.  My routine is img_3216pretty awesome; eat, run, swim, sleep and repeat.  Throw in some additional time with my family and friends and I am already feeling super refreshed.  I love that I have this time to really train harder and focus on some non-running aspects of my training.  Adding in more strength training twice a week and yoga to begin with.  

Here was how my week went

Monday-7.2 miles at 8:05 pace, total time 58:30 Read More »

It’s Giveaway Time! (Closed)

Congrats to Margaret for winning the RunCanvas Giveaway!  We will be contacting you via Facebook.  

Have a great day,  stick around for more Runcanvas Giveaways 

Let’s kick off this new training cycle with a Giveaway! Like RUNcanvas Facebook Page to enter! I have some goodies to help you get your training of to a great start!  

Giveaway prize incudes Heart Rate Monitor watch, Glass Hydration Bottle, Hand towel, Running Belt and Foam Roller.   Click here to enter

All you have to do for a chance to WIN, is follow the RUNcanvas Facebook page!  Everybody who is already following RUNcanvas on Facebook is automatically entered to win 

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My next journey

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I have had a bit of a lull after Boston. To be honest, I had some lingering disappointment.

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I found myself happy with my performance for the day. Yet, still disappointed, I put so much time and effort into the race and fell short. The marathon can be a bit of a wild beast. Unlike shorter distances, so much can go right but if one tiny element (weather, fueling, hydration, pacing, ect.) is off it can cause your whole day to fall apart.Read More »

Post Season Reset

You may, or may not have noticed.  Runcanvas has taken a much needed two week break.  Sometimes we need a moment to step back, relax and reset.  Runcanvas will be back, in full force next week. Until then, check out this awesome guest post by Zolts Running. 

Boston Finish

Photo by the Boston Globe (link to

If you are at all like me, you are already planning your fall race schedule and contemplating new goals for them even though the spring racing season isn’t quite over. Or, perhaps you just ran a PR in your goal race and are already plotting your next attempt. While this can be both exciting and productive, it is also important to prepare to take a step or two back to rest and reflect on how things went this season before getting too hung up on where to go next. This will help prevent injury and burnout later.Read More »

Training in the summer heat


It’s starting to get warm around here, and I love it! I love warm summer time and the warm weather that comes with it.  It helps that as a teacher, I don’t work.  I enjoy training in this weather as well.  I will take hot summer weather over cold winter weather any day. Training in the heat definitely comes with its own troubles and challenges, so you need to take steps to ensure your training safely.  The good news is, heat training can have additional training benefits.

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How does heat affect your run?

When you run in the heat, you are probably aware that your body perspires more. The perspiration isn’t what cools you down, but the evaporation of sweat. *Nerd Alert* Middle School Science Lesson* Sweat is a liquid.  As those liquid molecules heat up on the surface of our skin, they begin to move more rapidly.  Heat is energy. The heat from your body is transferred to those droplets of sweat on the surface of your skin.  The increased energy begins to break the bonds that hold the liquid together and the liquid changes states of matter, from a liquid to a gas.  This is evaporation.  As the sweat evaporates, the heat (energy) is removed and your body cools. Humidity levels can impact how quickly that sweat evaporates, slowing down the cooling process.Read More »