Today starts a new month. While I truly believe that every moment can be a new beginning, there’s something about flipping the calendar page. A fresh start. I try to set goals for myself each month. A lot of times they are health related - “girl, stay hydrated.” Or run all the miles. For the… Continue reading Grateful for Octobers
I deleted my Facebook and Snapchat apps from my phone at the beginning of this month. I don’t miss them at all... well, okay, I kinda miss the silly filters on Snapchat. I definitely don’t miss the feeling of being constantly connected. I haven’t written a blog since the beginning of this month. I have… Continue reading Today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present.
In 2015 I set a goal to run one race every month. I did it, although technically my "race" for March was an at home race. (These days, in the times of COVID, we'd call that a "virtual race".) I did it again in 2016, 2017 and 2018. I had a four year streak of… Continue reading A Change Will Do You Good
This one is a doozy, y’all, so as the famous line in my favorite movie goes: “Hold on to your butts.” I grew up like an only child, even though I’m not. I have a brother and a sister. By the time I came along, though, my brother was in high school and my sister… Continue reading Somewhere I Belong
People ask me all the time about my best race experiences. I have too many great races to talk about that I usually have to lump them in different categories. I don't often get asked about my least favorite races, or my worst races. Now I can confidently say that the virtual half marathon I… Continue reading Race Recap: Martian Invasion of Races Virtual Half Marathon 2020
I love my birthday, and anyone who knows me is nodding their head in agreement right now. It's a running joke at my work that my coworker asks me, "Gosh, when is your birthday again?" or "Hmm, July 29th, nothing special happening that day." This past Christmas she got me a book called "All About… Continue reading It’s my birthday!
I don't think that anyone is surprised anymore when a running event gets canceled. I know I'm not surprised - I'm expecting it at this point - but it doesn't take away from the fact that every time it happens, there's still some let down. It is still disappointing. It is a reminder of the… Continue reading Marathon Training 2020 – Another one bites the dust…
ICYMI: I started a vlog on YouTube about my marathon training! For those who don't follow the marathon racing world, fall is a big time for races in the midwest. Some popular races, such as the Chicago Marathon, Detroit Marathon, New York City Marathon and Indy Monumental Marathon happen in October and November. Those big… Continue reading Marathon Training 2020 – What do you wanna know?
If you've been keeping up with my posts, you know that I have been making "lemonade out of lemons" (foreshadowing... stay tuned) with this COVID, stay at home, quarantine situation we have going on. I have taken the time to figure out what type of training, what type of running works best for me without… Continue reading Marathon Training 2020 – Finding Inspiration
Depending on how you ask that question, what word you emphasize, it can elicit different meanings. What are YOU training for? Emphasizing the "you", maybe the question is being directed at a specific person versus a group, or distinguishing from one person to another. Or, if asked with a snarky, sarcastic tone, it could be… Continue reading What are you training for?
Lessons learned & silver linings. Sometimes it seems like March 11th was another lifetime ago. The reality is that it was a little over 100 days ago, which really isn't long in the grand scheme of things. It feels like a lifetime ago because so much is different now. What used to be normal feels… Continue reading Living in a Pandemic
When 2020 started, or as my sister would say "in the before times", my goal for this year was to see if I could run a marathon in 5 hours or less. It was a steep, but not unreasonable goal for me. My current best marathon was at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November 2019… Continue reading Race Recap: Covid 25k
In 2018 and 2019, I participated in the Still I Run May Run Streak to break the stigma surrounding mental health. The world is a very different place in May 2020, and the need to raise awareness about mental health, the need for mental health care, and suicide prevention may be more important than ever.… Continue reading I’m going streaking… run streaking for mental health!
Two months ago, COVID-19 was barely on my radar. Then, suddenly, it was all I heard about and seemed like all I talked about. I knew things would be changing, but I had no idea how much or in what ways. There were some things that I expected - like concerts and races being postponed… Continue reading Adjusting to the New Normal
The last time I posted as about my alcohol free journey - I was 60 days alcohol free at that moment, as I write to you today I am 94 days alcohol free. A) I'm pretty freakin' proud of this accomplishment and B) I'm pretty freakin' bummed that I haven't written anything in a month.… Continue reading A Stay at Home Update from RD on the Run