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Eighteen Glorious Days Remain: How Will You Use Them?

How to spend your last days of summer before they slip away.

It feels an awful lot like autumn today. Drizzly with a chill in the air, it’s the type of day you’d rather spend lazing about in bed with a steaming cup of something. But you dragged yourself out of the house, and during your morning commute watched as kids, hunched beneath backpacks, raced toward squeaking school buses in the fog…

Rocking and Rolling in Providence

The half marathon in Providence last Sunday reportedly attracted about 5,000 runners.

When a race volunteer tells you the finish line is just around the corner, they’re not lying, but they are being selective with the truth. That’s because they know it would be extremely demoralizing for you to learn the full story: that after slogging through thirteen picturesque miles around the city of Providence, there is chocolate milk, a banana and…

A Perfect Summer Sunday

Spend a few hours kayaking on Ninigret Pond and take in the beauty.

One of the things I love most about Rhode Island is how easy it is to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to a beautiful place. Last Sunday, I joined my sister and her family on a trip to Ninigret Pond. My brother-in-law strapped the kayaks on the top of their car and we piled in and headed down to Charlestown. It…

Rhode Islander Virtually Completes Save the Bay Swim in Italy

Even though Rhode Islander Rick Fleeter is living in Rome, Italy, he found a way to participate in Saturday’s Save the Bay Swim, a 1.7-mile race from Newport to Jamestown within Narragansett Bay.

Even though Rhode Islander Rick Fleeter is living in Rome, Italy, at the moment, he was dead-set on participating in Saturday’s Save the Bay Swim (a 1.7-mile race from Newport to Jamestown within Narragansett Bay; proceeds go toward its preservation). So, he did what any diehard would do- he swam it virtually without leaving the comfort of Italy’s Tyrrhenian Sea!…

Playing Soccer with the New England Revolution

The Revs team invited sports writers and broadcasters (and lifestyle editors like me) to play soccer against each other on the field at Gillette Stadium, while Revs players served as our coaches.

Last week, Rhode Island Monthly lived a few hours in the life of the New England Revolution soccer team at Media Day. The Revs team invited sports writers and broadcasters (and lifestyle editors like me) to play soccer against each other on the field at Gillette Stadium, while Revs players served as our coaches. Rhode Island Monthly intern Victoria Antonelli…

Old-School Ball

Take me out to the vintage ball game!

This past weekend, two baseball teams, the Providence Grays and the Bristol Blues, faced off in an intense double-header on the Bristol Commons. Don’t ask me the details; I had a hard enough time just getting the game straight. No, I’m not the worst American in existence. It wasn’t just any baseball game, it was vintage baseball played 1864-style. The…

What it Feels like to be a Boston Marathon 2012 Finisher

I ran 26.2 miles through eight different towns and cities in eight-eighty-degree heat. It was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, and I am so proud that my hard work and common sense powered me through the Boston Marathon.

I did it! I ran 26.2 miles through eight different towns and cities in eighty-eight-degree heat. It was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, and I am so proud that my hard work and common sense powered me through the Boston Marathon. As many of you know, on Saturday, all registered marathoners received an email from the Boston…

What to Eat Before Running a Marathon

The last few days before the marathon are critical when it comes to nutrition, so I also consulted certified nutritionist and personal trainer Hank Capasso of The Natural Laws of Nutrition and Training out of North Providence, for advice.

The countdown is on and the anxiety is high. I’m finding it hard to concentrate these last few days before I run the Boston Marathon on Monday. I’ve been tapering, which means cutting way back on mileage. This week I’ve only gone on one three-mile run, followed by a four-mile run I will do today and I’ll run only two…

Training for the Boston Marathon on Heartbreak Hill

In my diligent training for the Boston Marathon, I am bound and determined to do everything there is to do to get ready for the big day on April 16.

I’m such a rookie. In my diligent training for the Boston Marathon, I am bound and determined to do everything there is to do to get ready for the big day on April 16. I have the shoes (Asics GT 2160). I have the gels (I swear by Gu Espresso Love). I have the clothing (moisture-wicking spandex and tank by…

The Best Running and Exercise App Ever Invented

Download the Nike+ GPS App and you'll never have to track your miles, pace or calorie burn by hand again.

The best money I ever spent was $1.99. It was on the Nike+ GPS app for my iPhone. I never thought about using my phone as a tool while running, but it is the smartest thing I ever did (not even my Asics GT 2160 running shoes can compare). I learned about the app from a friend who suggested I…