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 [...]

Reflections of Gratitude

"Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith, it will be worth it in the end...” unknown💗✌️ Exactly one year ago today, I ran the Phoenix Marathon and due to the efforts of an amazing coach, years of hard work and divine assistance, I qualified for the Boston [...]

2018- Year in Review

I'm not much of a "resoluter" as in, "It's a brand New Year, go out and change your life, because this is your time..." Personally, dealing with a compromised immune system and multiple-health challenges doesn't require much more motivation than simple memory recall. When you're not feeling well, you learn to value the days you do. However, [...]

The 5k Cycle

Six-months ago I was training for a marathon and today I am thrilled to run a 5k. In January, this wasn't exactly how I pictured my year. Being an injured athlete takes just as much hard work and effort as being healthy. Finding the delicate balance between recovery and activity is different for everyone. What [...]

Run 4 Fun Trail Run

Scottish scientist Alexander Graham Bell once said, "When one door closes another one opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us..." Bell was not only an amazing engineer and inventor, but his repeated failures gave him great insight [...]

Treatment Tuesday Prep Run

Knowing I will be exclusively cross-training for a while, I opted to get up early and get my day started off right. My muscles were still sore from Saturday's race but the low mileage, slow pace and relatively flat course felt good on the knee. Today brings PRP treatment #1 and the start of my [...]

AF Canyon Run Against Cancer Half- Marathon

A couple of weeks ago when I met with doctors to discuss treatment for my knee, the question was when should I start? Initially I wanted to start immediately, but when I was informed I would need to avoid running for a while, I opted to delay the procedure. I knew I had the AF [...]