The First Time

The first event I ever ran in was a 5k in the summer of 2008. It was called the “Love Your Body 5k” and was part of a larger women’s only event that held the same title, and was sponsored by a local radio station. As I pulled into the park, I remember being nervous [...]

She’s Simply Amazing Podcast

https://shes-simply-amazing.simplecast.com/episodes/amy-thackeray-on-resilience-after-trauma A few months ago I had to opportunity to share a little bit more of my healing journey. It's my hope that by being very personal, open and honest, there might be something in any of my experiences that could help another individual who's struggling. A special thanks to Carrie Brinton for her efforts [...]

Growing into the Ultra-Marathon

Winter in Utah's high desert climate is really challenging for me. For years I used to hide away from all the cold, wind and snow and pass my days inside on the treadmill. Every year when summer faded and fall's beauty swiftly left, I would struggle with seasonal depression. In 2016, I hit a tipping [...]

Enduring Well…

As I mentioned previously, the Timp half-marathon was one of my planned summer racing events. Saturday morning began early with my thoughts focused on the people I was running for. I woke up at 3:00am to get ready when I received a Facebook notification that my husband’s aunt, NaTel had passed away only 2 hours [...]

A Pleasant Surprise

A few weeks ago, Coach Paul and I had a discussion about the remainder of my summer racing season. With my next marathon about 70 days away, it's important to find the balance between training and racing. I found out last fall just how delicate that balance can be when I ran 3-half marathons, three [...]

The Alternative Route

I've been dealing with Crohn's Disease since 2002. I've gone the immune-suppressing medicine route (Prednisone, Pentasa, Imuran and Entocort) but I hate the side effects these meds have on my body. (Blood work every 6-8 weeks, constant upper respiratory infection, insomnia, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, to name just a few) In late 2006 I [...]

Squaw Peak 50

In February 2018, when I finally earned my BQ marathon time, I considered what my long term running goals might be. I had been running for over 10-years and had pondered the idea of an ultra-marathon for a while, as it intrigued me. I knew what running a marathon felt like, but what about an [...]

The 2019 Boston Marathon

Late on the evening Friday, April 12th, my family and I boarded a plane for Boston, Massachusetts. It was a very late redeye flight, but the kids and I were excited to go. For 1 year, 1 month and 19 days- after my qualifying race at the Phoenix marathon in Mesa, Arizona- I had anticipated [...]