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The Athletic Bookworm Library


I’m going to make this the standing page for all the books that we’re reading as a club, and a few that really are serious favorites of mine that we haven’t read as a group, but I think are worth picking up. (I’ll update …





Walk the Walk… Literally


Of everything that I’ve done for myself in the last few years, whether it’s yoga in the morning, strength training, shifting to a healthier diet… I’ve tried a lot of ‘good for me’ things. I regularly train, whether for an event or for the …





Being Tired—When Fatigue Is Holding You (Me!) Back


Fatigued? A little overwhelmed? A little underwhelmed? Feeling “off”? Yep. “Do you ever think maybe we’re rushing too much?” I asked Peter as I tried not to grump at him from the passenger seat of our van, as we ran a few minutes behind …




Attention Runners: You Have the Right to Recover


Confession: I am bad at recovering, especially from working out, but honestly, from life in general. (Ask Peter—he could tell you that there’s been maybe 2 days this year where I wasn’t using a weekend day or holiday to ‘catch up on a couple …





Picking the Perfect Running Mantra


Ever start a run and feel a little… less than motivated? (Of course you have. Everyone does.) You may need a running mantra. So, while podcasts and kick-ass playlists are awesome, they won’t do you much good when it comes to race day, and …






Recovery Tools You Need for Traveling


If you’re a cyclist, runner or triathlete who ever travels for racing or training, or honestly, even on vacation or business in general, you know that recovering from a plane ride can be brutal, and recovering post-race when you have a flight the next …





Running Safety Tips from a Self-Defense Pro


Running can be scary, especially as a woman. It’s not something I love admitting, but it is the truth. Sometimes, when I’m running in a city or town early in the morning, or in the woods mid-afternoon, I freak myself out and get a …





The Best Smartwatch for Every Type of Cyclist


Over at Bicycling magazine, we spend A LOT of time in the office debating various new electronics (in addition to every other type of bike gear, of course). So, when my editor asked me to do a roundup of which smartwatch would work best …








12 Rad Cycling Women You Need to Follow on Instagram


Looking for some inspiration to put in long miles or explore new places on your bike? When I was assigned a piece rounding up rad female cyclists for Bicycling, I was super stoked: it offered me a chance to spend some time trolling Instagram, …







Fast Tips for Carry-On Packing


So, I was packing for a 12 day trip that goes from 40 to 100 degree weather, all different climates and things I’m doing (running, working at races, going to fancy dinners, attending a trade show, hanging out… the list is insane.). And OK, …






5 Tips on Optimizing Natural Sunscreen for Runners


This post for MapMyRun was super fun to research because to be honest, it’s something I haven’t thought a ton about, but really really should given my family’s propensity towards skin cancer, the amount of time I spend outside, the breakouts I get from …




“Back to School” Resolutions: 2017 Edition


You guys know I’m a huge fan of resolutions. I make them a couple times a year: New Years, birthdays occasionally, and always, always, always, for Back to School. My fondest summer memories involve floating in the ocean at the beach with my sister …




The Best Endurance Sports Video Blogs


This article for Outside mag on sports info video channels was super fun to research, because who doesn’t love watching a bunch of how-to videos and getting amazing tips and advice as part of a day’s work? I looked at a bunch of video …





Super-Easy Funky DIY Bookends


For years, I’ve been seeing Pinterest-y craft projects that involved spray-painting animal/dinosaur figurines, and I always thought they looked super cool. I also figured that in real life, they would not come out as actually cool. But, over last weekend, I went on a …





How to Fuel for Ironman: Video


I already chatted about Ironman nutrition over here a couple weeks ago, but I’m working on some new video content and wanted to share my fueling story, but in a different way. So if you’re more of a video watcher/listener, check this out to …




On Training for Open Water Confidence and Competence


So, you’re triathlon-curious but terrified of the swim? Turns out, you’re in the same boat as pretty much every other triathlete ever, including the ones with a swim background. Most of us grew up swimming in pools or playing in lakes and oceans, but …




How Fitness Experts Stay In Shape While On Vacation


August is almost over but I know plenty of people who have blow-out long weekends and vacations planned for this last burst of summer and Labor Day weekend. I also know plenty of people—myself included—who are about to hit the busy season for work …









How To Stay Motivated To Work Out This Summer


If you’re anything like me, the last month of summer gets hectic: family vacations, friends hosting parties/barbecues/weddings, ice cream, margaritas… The list goes on. And for me this August in particular, staying motivated to stay healthy/active/training has been a little tougher since we already …








10 Things I Learned From Racing an Ironman


This piece on Ironman was so much fun to write for Bicycling, because it let me think about the whole year of training—and race day! A lot of practical stuff in here, like what to wear and choosing the right gear, but also some …






8 Pro Tips to Keep You Cool for a Summertime Run


Writing this article was hella helpful in the last couple months of training for Ironman… It’s not always easy to practice what I preach with this stuff, but I knew that the run and staying hydrated was going to be a limiter for me …






Long Drive Packing Strategies for Stuffed Cars and Vans


Another month, another long drive: this one was a 4 day excursion from Ontario to Alberta, crossing through the Badlands. It wasn’t a leisurely drive, it was a race to get out to Canmore as soon as possible while staying reasonably healthy. We had …




Should Every Runner Be Deep Water Running?


Deep water running, WTF? I saw a sign for this at the pool in Collingwood a few weeks ago and was intrigued: I remember deep water running in college when my legs were super cramped and I couldn’t run, but the idea of doing …






All About Collagen, The Newest Super-Ingredient


This was a super fun article to do for Nylon, a deep dive into what the deal with collagen is. I’m a big fan, and it’s been making the rounds in the ‘wellness’ community the last few months. Personally, I dig it because it’s …




Athletic Bookworm Bookclub: The Brave Athlete


Huge thanks to everyone who expressed interest in being part of this first Athletic Bookworm Bookclub. The first book we’re going to tackle is The Brave Athlete, which was the clear winner out of the three options I put out to the group. I’m excited …




How To Wake Up And Not Feel Like Going Right Back To Bed


Monday morning seemed like an appropriate time to link to this article I recently wrote over at Nylon, packed with the morning routines and rituals of fitness and wellness ‘gurus.’ I am morning-routine obsessed, and I love hearing about what other people do every …










Train Like Wonder Woman | A Consummate Athlete's Guide


Resident comic nerd Molly here! So, I went to see Wonder Woman last night, and naturally, as someone who loves the whole Consummate Athlete lifestyle, it got me super motivated to train. And that led to thinking about how to train like Wonder Woman. …





The Pizza Hangover is Real… But How to Move Past It


Recently, I turned 30. This alone is not shocking. What was a shock to my system though, was the morning after celebrating at my favorite pizza spot in Collingwood, Ontario—Pie. Full-on admission: I had a massive meal. The pizzas aren’t tiny, but are technically …




7 Ways to Consistently Run While Traveling


Summer is officially here, and that means SUMMER VACATION! (Cue cheering noises here, and a countdown calendar for us to be done with Ironman so I can truly embrace the doing-whatever-I-want-for-training lifestyle again…) Anyway, for most of us, summer is a great time to …

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On Turning 30 (And Totally Not Freaking Out.)


So, I turn 30 today. That’s a scary thing to write, for someone who still kind of feels like she’s 17. I didn’t think much about the fact that I would be hitting this milestone back when I was, say, 28. But in the …





How to Fuel Your Trail Running


I love writing about all things sports nutrition—hence my book Fuel Your Ride—so being asked to figure out the best food and drink options and tips for trail running over at MapMyRun.com was a blast. I got to chat with some of my favorite …




Got a Bicycling Question? We Probably Have the Answer


I loved writing this piece for Bicycling because it let me do a ton of research into what questions people are asking online—on Reddit’s cycling channel, specifically. The questions were all over the place, so I had to jump around and talk to a …





Summer Travel & Your Training


Summer travel & training. Yikes. This one stresses me out a lot right now. Our travel schedule—ironically, stacked with races, but for me, mostly races I’m doing talks at—makes it really hard to work in the hours needed for IM training. It’s been a …





Check Out the Real Life Shred Girls!


Welcome to the first in a series of what’s going to be a series of regular articles that highlight super cool girls doing amazing things in sport over at Shred-Girls.com, home of The Shred Girls Series! While I love the fictional Lindsay, Ali and …





Getting Started with Bike Commuting


Outside magazine asked me to write about how to get started bike commuting, but with a twist: they wanted to dive into each ‘type’ of bike commuter, which immediately perked me up because it reminded me of fashion magazines I read as a teen …




8 Running Myths You Can Forget


I loved the genius coaches I spoke with and getting to bust through some of these INSANE running myths that people still subscribe to (hellooooo, “I don’t have a runner’s body.”) It’s a really good read (if I do say so myself) to bust …





How To Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine


I loved writing this piece for Nylon because I freaking love Spring Cleaning! (OK, I also love Back to School and New Years Resolutions. Really, anytime I have a good excuse to make a goals list and consider it a fresh start. I’ll be …





Supporting Your Active Lifestyle on a Budget: Gear


I’ve written about the best ways to keep your active clothing expenses under control (quality over quantity here!) and how to budget for a serious need for cheap, healthy eats while on the road. And all of that, by the way, crosses over into saving …




So You Wanna… Learn How To Rock Climb


I’ll confess that I’m not a great climber, by any stretch. That’s why, when Nylon gave me this assignment, I went to an expert: Leslie Timms, one of the top female rock climbers in Canada (and a generally rad person!). We had a blast …




Life, As of Late: May 2017


It’s been a minute since I’ve done a more personal catch-up post on here. (I recently talked about feeling over/underwhelmed, though, which was about as personal as it gets!) But I wanted to pop on to do a bit of a catch up/chattier post …





Your Guide to Running Rain or Shine


I admit, it’s taken me a long time to become more than a fair-weather runner. But being able to bust out a run no matter what the weather makes it a lot easier to stay true to a training plan, and as weather gets …




Fashion Doesn't Have to Be Fancy


We recently had our good friend Charlotte over for a visit (and I am so freaking excited to have her on our podcast!)… In the couple days she was around, she and I got to shred on mountain bikes a few times, chill on the beach, and chat …




So You Wanna Try CrossFit: What You Need to Know


I’ve tried CrossFit on and off over the years and while I think a good CrossFit class is super-dependent on who’s teaching it and it can go horribly, it’s worth trying if you’re looking to get strong and test out the HIIT waters. So, …