In less than two weeks, I will be running my 6th marathon. It is hard to believe that the taper is already here. I feel super prepared and also not prepared at all simultaneously. I have put in the work. I followed my training plan. I felt great running my longest run last weekend of… Continue reading It’s Taper Time!
You Can Love Yourself & Change Yourself at the Same Time
Trigger warning: body image, weight gain, weight loss, depression, suicide, death, grief I find myself hesitant to write about certain topics. Topics that could be controversial, topics that may be triggering to readers, topics that I don't know a whole lot about. Okay, let's just say that I am hesitant to write about almost anything… Continue reading You Can Love Yourself & Change Yourself at the Same Time
June & July 2021 Training Recap
Where has the time gone!? I haven't updated my blog since the end of June and suddenly it is already August. My running mileage has been pretty consistent over the last few months. I have varied back and forth on what kind of cross training I am doing. Recent Garmin badge challenges have helped me… Continue reading June & July 2021 Training Recap
“What Do I Eat Before and After Running?”
I sat down to eat my pre-long run breakfast this morning and was inspired to write about this topic: "What do I eat before running?" After my run as I prepared my post-run nutrition, I thought, "I should write about what to eat after a run, too." As a dietitian who runs, I get asked… Continue reading “What Do I Eat Before and After Running?”
May 2021 Training Recap
For the last few years, I have participated in the Still I Run May Run Streak for Mental Health Awareness. Each time I have done it, I have thought that there would be no way I could run or walk at least a mile every single day in May. And every year I have made… Continue reading May 2021 Training Recap
My Running for Mental Health Journey
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that saw mental health as a part of overall health. When I was a freshman in high school, my mom realized that when I said "I didn't feel good" and wanted to stay home from school that my mental health was what needed attention, and… Continue reading My Running for Mental Health Journey
April 2021 Training Recap
If there’s a common theme for 2020 and 2021, it is that my training will not go as planned. In November I started a marathon training plan in hopes of running Little Rock. When that race got postponed, I took a break, and then started to train for a half marathon. That race ended up… Continue reading April 2021 Training Recap
March 2021 Training Recap
February was a difficult month for me. All of the struggles of 2020 seemed to come to a head and it effected every aspect of my life... including running. Towards the end of the month, however, I got back on track and I started March strong. I owe some of this to the wonderfully motivating… Continue reading March 2021 Training Recap
February 2020 Training Recap
I was supposed to be running my 6th marathon today. As I start writing this, it is 7am - I’m sure I would be at the race, anticipating the 8am start. The current weather in Little Rock, Arkansas is 36°F, partly cloudy, with barely any wind. By start time it is supposed to already be… Continue reading February 2020 Training Recap
Hydration Challenge Update #2: Should I Drink Sports Drinks?
January is half over already, can you believe it?! I've been tracking my fluid intakes this month and experimenting with hydration during my training. One of the things I have experimented with is using a sports drink on my longer workouts. Over the years I have varied back and forth with whether or not I… Continue reading Hydration Challenge Update #2: Should I Drink Sports Drinks?
November and December 2020 Training Recap
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
Hydration Challenge Update #1: What’s My Sweat Rate?
I chose to focus on hydration as my first challenge in 2021. My goal is to drink 85oz fluids daily and try to get at least 20oz water as part of my fluids each day. I have been tracking what I drink in my planner and at the end of the day I add up… Continue reading Hydration Challenge Update #1: What’s My Sweat Rate?
2020 Running Year in Review
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
Bring on the challenges!
In 2020 "challenges" were what kept me going. I was part of a challenge group on Facebook that focused on running, but also offered other monthly challenges to support running. For example, there were challenges to complete other forms of movement, to eat fruits and vegetables, to hydrate adequately, to sleep better, etc. Mixed in… Continue reading Bring on the challenges!
Reviving a tradition.
On January 1, 2021 at midnight instead of popping a bottle of champagne, I will be logging onto my computer to register for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. Over the last weeks, Detroit Free Press Marathon has been releasing information about their 2021 plan. Up until these announcements, I had sworn off signing up for… Continue reading Reviving a tradition.