In My Time of Dying

“In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home”

Death…funny how someone can say something out of the blue make you stop and think about it sometimes. I was driving my mother somewhere the day after I got back from Italy and out of no where she says to me, “The cemetery called. You need to pick out your headstone.” Ummm…Wha-whaat? Continue reading

Finding My Pace in Italy

I just came back from a two week trip to Italy. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a dear friend of mine but I never found the time to go. With everything that has happened this year, this little vacation was exactly what I needed. This trip wasn’t meant for sight-seeing as I did the tourist thing the last time I went, but instead, it was just to get away, spend time with my friend, and clear the noise in my head. I got my training in, made new life long friends, and fell in love. Continue reading

Closing a Chapter and Letting It Be

PREFACE – This was written on 2/13/15. I wasn’t ready to publish this until now. My blog about running has always included my personal triumphs and struggles not only with running, but through my personal journey. And while I’ve captured glimpses of my personal life in my writings, I don’t think I’ve ever bared so much. To put yourself out there for the world to pass judgement on you is scary. So, why do it? Because I’m not the only one out there going through stuff like this. And if it helps someone not feel alone, then it’s worth being vulnerable just for a moment.  Continue reading

Winter Training is Over! – Let the Rain Wash Over Me

Well, sort of. We had our last long training run with the group today, but most of the group wasn’t there. It was cold and rainy and most folks did their own thing. I, however, needed this run. It’s been weeks since I had a good trail run and while I was “meh” about the rain initially, I looked forward to the cleansing I was going to get from Mother Nature. We still have a few runs scheduled through to the HAT RUN 50K race day this coming weekend, but I’ll be going out on my own as I concentrate on the North Face 50-Miler coming up next month. Continue reading