It has been well over a year since I did one of these. I guess you could call 2020 sort of a "rebuilding" year for me. With so many races canceled and plans changing constantly, I felt uninspired. I honestly thought, "Why bother with boring my followers with numbers and stats with no fun race… Continue reading November and December 2020 Training Recap
This year in review may not look like many others that I have written, and that is okay. I don't have any awesome running adventures with friends to reminisce about. There aren't many races or personal bests to share. Even though it is different, 2020 was not a waste of a year for running. I… Continue reading 2020 Running Year in Review
I think we can all agree that 2020 was not our year. And I am not hearing anyone saying, "2021 is going to be the best year ever!" I think we are all afraid to jinx ourselves. I know that I am. And part of me is a little superstitious about setting goals because of… Continue reading My Running Goals for 2021
Today marks one month since a childhood friend of mine lost her daughter and her husband in a drunk driving accident. My previous post, "I am so angry" was my reaction to this senseless tragedy. It was me putting my grief into words. A few weeks after I wrote that post, I pulled out my… Continue reading Grief.
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
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
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
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