Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope yours was full of family, food, and fun!  I know mine was – it was a great day.  I spent the day at my parents house with my Mom, Dad, my sister, and her boyfriend.  Just a small gathering, but sometimes that’s all you need!  It was a little strange this year, because it was the first holiday we didn’t celebrate in my childhood home (my parents moved… Read More

With the colder weather, I’ve been craving soup lately.  So I made one of my favorites, a recipe I got from my Mom (who makes the best soups!).  It’s healthy, filling, and super easy to make.  It made a perfect post-ride lunch today! Sweet Potato Turkey Minestrone Soup Ingredients 1 lb ground turkey* 1/2 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced carrots 3.4c thin sliced celery 3 cups chicken broth (or water) 2… Read More

It’s been a beautiful fall weekend in Boston!  Yesterday, my Sister, my Mom, and I headed out to the Middlesex Fells for a hike. The Fells runs through Malden, Medford, Stoneham, Melrose, and Winchester, and is only about 5 miles from my apartment.  It’s a great, easy getaway from the city.  There are a number of trails that go around a reservoir and Spot Pond, and they are great for running, hiking,… Read More

First, updates… Lots of stuff has been happening since I last posted in August!  I’ve been busy with a new project at work, started my fall semester class, and had some fun weekends in Newport, Maine, and of course in Boston!  In terms of training, I recovered from Timberman 70.3 and started getting ready for half marathon training.   Additionally, I began really thinking seriously about where I wanted to go with triathlons. I had… Read More

So I promised a half marathon race report, but I am hijacking this post to share my thoughts about the NYC Marathon that will be run on Sunday.  I know a lot of people are writing about this, and I wanted to share my opinion. As I expect many runners do, I have conflicting feelings about if they should hold the race this weekend.  At first, I was thinking, of course they… Read More

I orginally wrote this on the old simplykait.com, but I wanted to repost it so it could be accessed from the updated site!  I wrote this last year in the middle of a really low-point for me  in my running life, when I was dealing with injury after injury.  Although I am healthy now, I know a lot of runners who are dealing with injuries and I can totally sympathize with the… Read More

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I signed up for this race, and it finally happened this past weekend! Last September, I decided to sign up for Timberman Ironman 70.3 at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire as my goal race for 2012. At this point, I didn’t even have a bike, and I had been back in the pool for only a couple of weeks! I have to say,… Read More

OK, I’m over 1 month late on this race recap, but better late than never, right?  In June, a bunch of CRCers headed up to New Hampshire to run and volunteer at the Mt Washington Road Race.   Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the Northeast, and the run takes place on the auto road that winds up to the top of the peak.  The race is 7.6 miles long and… Read More

June 6 is National Running Day!   I am celebrating with a double – got in an easy shakeout run this morning, and I’m going on a run with my sister after work! Why I run: Endorphins!  Running makes me feel good.  I get more of an endorphin rush running than during any other forms of exercise (Runner’s high!) It’s easy.  Running requires very little equipment (just running shoes!), and can be done anywhere. It… Read More

I completed my first triathlon!  Overall, I can say it went smoothly and successfully.  I had a lot of fun, and was happy with my final times and finishing place.  Here’s the full race recap… Day Before The day before the triathlon, I woke up rested and energized from 11 hours of sleep (catching up from lack of sleep during the week).  I had an appointment in the morning, so I headed… Read More

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