2016’s Race Schedule – I Think I’ve Got It!

So, after the fiasco last month of trying to figure out what 100-miler to sign up for and be able to qualify for Western States, I think I’ve finally got it figured out.

Here is what my schedule looks like so far:

  • January 16th Phunt 50k
  • March 19th HAT Run 50k
  • April 9th North Face Endurance Challenge – DC 50-miler
  • June 11th – Laurel Highlands 70.5 miler (WS qualifier/on wait list)
  • July 9th – Mount Hood 50-miler (in the lottery)
  • September 23rd – Mountain Lakes 100 (registration in February)

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2015 – What a Year!

I usually have no problems with writing my end of year post. It typically flows right through me. But this year, I’ve seem to be plagued with writers block. Do you know when you have so much to say that you just can’t say anything? Well, that’s me. All. Year. Long.

I had a pretty big year in the world of racing. Actually, while I ran less races this year, the races I did run were pretty epic. Continue reading

Back to Training – And it Feels Oh So Good!

It’s been exactly two weeks since I completed the JFK50 miler. Going into the race, I swore that I would take off of running and start back again in January. I was burnt out physically and mentally of non-stop training over the past…well geez…I guess it’s three years now. I was content with giving it a break and was looking forward to it. Continue reading

There’s Nothing Like The First Time

One of the best things about writing this blog and interacting with like-minded running folks on social media is that I get to experience ‘the first time’ over and over again though my readers. My friends Rebekah and Dawn ran their very first half marathon this weekend and I couldn’t have been more proud. Continue reading

Stubborn, Stupid, or Simply Staying Sane?

So this morning I woke up feeling like a million bucks. Decided to go to the gym for a light workout to get the body moving. I had it all planned in my head. Weights today, a bazillion planks, and a couple of easy glute exercises. Then tomorrow, I was going to go for an easy run, maybe walk, maybe walk run, maybe hit the trails, maybe walk and run on the trails. And Sunday I was going to test drive my body and go for a real run on the trails…short, not long, but enough to shake out the staleness of a stiff body. Continue reading

GUEST BLOG: Jamie Hart’s Glass City Marathon Race Recap

Jamie completed his first marathon on April 26th at the Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio. I have featured Jamie before in my Runners Inspiring Runners series and I’m proud to see him accomplish something that a lot of people wouldn’t have thought was possible. He is a fighter and continues to be an inspiration to many people and I’m honored that he accepted my request to be a guest blogger. 

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Goals and dreams start small. As runners we know this, it starts with our first step out the door. Those initial steps whether it is to run for a minute straight, be able to run a mile without stopping, compete in a 5K or just to run to be at peace, alone with our thoughts.  Whatever the initial reason or goal we set out to accomplish, as runners we seem to always strive for more.  The pinnacle of running for most, something that many dream of and even fewer strive for would be to run in a marathon.  It is known as the true endurance test of both mind and body.  Something that after two years of running decided to put myself up to the test and the scene of my journey would take place at Toledo, Ohio’s Glass City Marathon over the weekend. Continue reading

Friday’s Tip of the Week – Hip for Runners (I know I’m a day late)

I know! I know! I was supposed to post this yesterday and life got in the way. My bad! Last Saturday’s long run really played a number on my hips. So I did what I typically do when body body yells at me…I find a way to fine tune that area.

Here is a short video with 10 great exercises for your hips. If you suffer from IT band issues, these exercises should help in that area too.

  • The Clam
  • Lateral Leg Raises
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Donkey Whips
  • Fire Hydrant
  • Hurdle Drill
  • Theraband Balance Drill
  • Standing Hip Flexor
  • Standing Hip Abductor
  • Hip Hikes

Another PlowOn Gum Giveaway!

I just can’t get enough of this stuff and I’m happy to be able to share this sponsored giveaway from PlowOn Gum once again. PlowOn is an energy gum that I use during my training to give me a little boost especially during the long runs. If you missed my previous review, check it out here!

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This giveaway will have THREE prizes!

  • 1 First Place – 1 box of PlowOn Gum
  • 1 Second Place – 6 packs of PlowOn Gum
  • 1 Third Place – 3 packs of PlowOn Gum

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Monday’s Catch Up #LinkyParty (3/3/14)

Monday's Catch Up LinkyParty

A friend of mine who writes for Fit Foodie Runs introduced me to the concept of a LinkyParty. She has been blogging for years and is my go to person when it comes to figuring out the in’s and out’s of blogging. Over the past few months, I have followed and read some pretty amazing blogs and I do try to share them from time to time…also tried to “re-blog” once, but I don’t know if that worked the way I thought it would. In talking with Fit Foodie Runs, I think perhaps a #LinkyParty is the way to go so share some of my favorite posts that I read this week and a great way to share YOUR posts with others. Continue reading