covid-19

Adjusting to the New Normal

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

Goals for 2020, Keeping It Real

My Alcohol Free Journey

I have been alcohol free for 60 days. It all started with something called "Dry January". A friend of mine had gone one month alcohol free (or "AF" as she called it) earlier in 2019. She decided to start 2020 off sober and posted on her Facebook asking if anyone was interested in joining and… Continue reading My Alcohol Free Journey

Running, Training Recap

July 2019 Training Recap

Here we are, halfway through August, and I am just getting around to writing my July training recap. I also am realizing that I have slacked on updating my blog lately. I haven't done race recaps for any of the races that I ran in July. I haven't shared my thoughts on anything in a… Continue reading July 2019 Training Recap

Goals for 2019, Race Recaps, Running

Race Recap: Greater Midland Dow RunWalk 10k 2019

After accomplishing a couple of incredible PRs in the half marathon distance, I decided to "seek discomfort" (as my friend Katelyn puts it) and push to get a 10k PR. The 10k is my least favorite race distance. It is too short to take it easy, and a long distance to go all out. It… Continue reading Race Recap: Greater Midland Dow RunWalk 10k 2019

Goals for 2019

My Ideas, Goals and Dreams for 2019

Every year I set goals for myself... and although I find that putting it in writing makes a goal real, sometimes I'm too hard on myself when I don't hit them. So instead I'm going to write down ideas... some may really be goals, maybe they're just wishes and dreams... for what may come in… Continue reading My Ideas, Goals and Dreams for 2019

Goals for 2018, Race Recaps, Running

Race Recap: Dashing Through the Snow & Fire 5k 2018

For the first time in a few years I won't be running our local Christmas 5k. And since I have been keeping my "run a race every month" streak going strong for almost four years now, I wasn't going to let December bring me down! December races are a little challenging to find... apparently not… Continue reading Race Recap: Dashing Through the Snow & Fire 5k 2018

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Goals for 2018, Race Recaps, Running

2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 6

Alright guys, I promise - this is the last part of the story of my best marathon yet! After the split, things feel pretty desolate for a while on the course, but this year wasn't so bad. I had quite a few marathoners in my sights, and the girl that had commented "I wish they'd… Continue reading 2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 6

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Goals for 2018, Race Recaps, Running

2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 5

I am hoping that by now you are feeling close to the same feeling felt by many as they stand in their corrals on race day. Waiting for their corral to be called and the announcer to hype them up to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles starting in 3... 2... 1... Except this year, when… Continue reading 2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 5

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Goals for 2018, Race Recaps, Running

2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 4

Hey guys, welcome back! Thanks for sticking with me as I recap my 2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon experience in a multi-part blog series. Today's blog is about the expo, night before the race, and morning of! After working at the information booth with my fellow race ambassadors, Christine and I took off to… Continue reading 2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 4

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Goals for 2018, Race Recaps, Running

2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 2

Hey readers! Welcome back - thanks for reading the first part of my 2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap yesterday. Today I bring you part 2 - getting to all of the pre-race events! Friday night before race weekend was probably the most stressed that I was leading up to the race. My… Continue reading 2018 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Race Recap Part 2

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Goals for 2018, Running, Training Recap

September 2018 Training Recap

I have so many feelings about September 2018. It had some serious highs and some major lows. It started off on a high note with my best friend completing her first olympic triathlon and winning her age group, then a half marathon PR for me a week later, hit a low when a running friend… Continue reading September 2018 Training Recap

Race Recaps, Running

Race Recap: Bruckelaufe 5k 2018

One of my worst habits prior to races is checking the weather forecast incessantly for days... even weeks... before the race. I do this even though I live in Michigan and I know that the weather is likely to change about 800 times from the first time I look until race day. The forecast for… Continue reading Race Recap: Bruckelaufe 5k 2018

Running

Marathon Training: The good, the bad, the ugly.

I have followed different training plans for each one of my marathons. For the first three marathons that I have run I have done some sort of hybrid of multiple plans or I have adjusted the plans according to my progress. I suffered some sort of injury for my first three marathons. Knock on wood...… Continue reading Marathon Training: The good, the bad, the ugly.

Race Recaps, Running

Race Recap: Capital City River Run Half Marathon Relay 2018

This weekend I did two things I had never done before: ran as part of a relay team and ran a race in a tutu. The Capital City River Run was not really on my radar this year, since I had already planned to run a half marathon at Run For Your Heart and I… Continue reading Race Recap: Capital City River Run Half Marathon Relay 2018

Keeping It Real

The Need for “Right Now”

Last week my best friend Paula sent me a post from a girl in her triathlon group on Facebook. Melissa (Instagram: @trirunatlgirl) posted a picture of her riding her tri bike at around 200lbs and another of her riding at her current weight after losing 70+lbs. While the picture was certainly inspiring on its own,… Continue reading The Need for “Right Now”