Category: Julia’s Training and Racing

Julia’s very first Half Ironman – Part II

Before packing for a triathlon race I always make a list about two pages long of what I need to put in my bags. First there’s all the swimming gear: several pairs of goggles (so I can choose), a wetsuit, flip flops, earplugs, Vaseline, sunscreen. Moving onto the bike we have a helmet, bike shoes…… [Read More]

Julia’s very first Half Ironman – Part I

A few years ago when I realized that time slipping like sand through an hourglass was not just a proverbial saying, I decided that I wanted to start doing things that I had always dreamed about doing but had never gotten around to. I intended to celebrate each and every year of my life with… [Read More]

Conference with Wayne Dyer

I have one of those lists of things that I hope one day do in my lifetime. They even have websites for them with various numbers attached. I’ve seen 37, 43 and 100. You just need to think of things you want to accomplish. Mine include cycling across the United States,  owning a house on… [Read More]

Early Morning Runs

This morning I woke up at 4.59 am to go running. I know, ugh, that’s what I thought too. But I had an appointment with a group of  friends that I had to keep. We were all going to run a race the town called  RUN 5.30. I don’t even want to call it a… [Read More]

Superstar Usain Bolt

Two weeks ago Europe began the 2011 athletic track season in Rome with the Golden Gala meeting. I’ve been going to this annual event since 1998. I just love watching REAL LIVE ATHLETES do their thing. There’s always a point halfway through the evening when they have running and jumping and throwing all going on… [Read More]

A word on motivation in sports

When we last left our heroine she was diligently preparing for a Half Ironman Triathlon in the town of Pescara. She knew she only had 8 weeks to train for it, which if you’re going to complete a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, and a 21km run all in one shot, fifty-six days is… [Read More]

A day in the life of a running addict

6.00 am Wake up. Think to how crazy you are that you’re actually getting up on a Saturday at six in the morning. Six in the morning! Make coffee, oatmeal, boil an egg and cut up some fruit. It’s going to be a long day and you’ll need your energy to last for hours. Remember… [Read More]

May day! May day!

One day last Fall I was pondering 2011… “Mmmm Julia, now what are you going to do for your 2011 challenge?” In the last few years I’ve come accustomed to doing an athletic event a year  that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Last year it was swimming the Messina Strait, and… [Read More]

Mediterranean Cruise

Last summer my editor from Correre, the Italian running magazine that I write for, interrupted my nap on the hammock at our beach house with a phone call. He never calls, but when he does all his conversations are quick and to the point. “We’re organizing a cruise for runners in the Mediterrenean next spring…. [Read More]

Barcelona

I spent the weekend in Barcelona, Spain, running a marathon. Yes, number 32 is now in the books! The weather was perfect and the race course was scenic and beautiful and I felt like I really knew this city, a place I had never been to until last December. Shauna and I have a “Barcelona… [Read More]