Shaking-up the Shuffle

Even though I've been running for 10 years, I didn't call myself a "runner" until I completed my first half-marathon in March of 2012. Crossing my first half-marathon finish line, I was amazed and overwhelmed that I had actually run 13 miles. I'd been running consistently for over 4 years, but a childhood of physical, [...]

Oh Dark Thirty 🌙

For a long time, I hated running in the dark. I was worried I'd get chased by a dog, hit by a car, trip or fall, and it's disorienting not being able to clearly see where I'm going. Once again through the process of time, running continues to change me. As the seasons shift and [...]

My Friend Johnny

Somedays it feels like I just can't win. I exercise regularly, lift weights, get enough sleep, only drink water and eat clean. Despite all my efforts, some days it just doesn't matter. Today I had 3 different bathroom stops during my run. What gives? I eat super "clean," no alcohol, refined grains or carbs; no [...]

“Plan for Everything Control Nothing…”

Deena Kastor (2004 US Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist) 🇺🇸🥉 Today I was out early as the weather is finally really warming up. If I wait too long to head out for a long run, the heat reminds me of how costly sleeping in can be. Today's workout focused on a negative 10k split. Normally I [...]

Adios April 😀

Today's track workout consisted of 3- mile intervals at a 7-minute pace. Even though speed work is challenging, I enjoy these workouts because they bring quantifiable results. April has been a productive month, with 2 half-marathons completed under 1:40 minutes and 181.5 miles ran over 27 days. 📆 The spring racing season will soon be [...]

May Day 💐🌞🌸

Sometimes while running, you just gotta stop and smell the beautiful spring flowers. 😍 Today was a nice easy run before full body weights. Lifting after a longer-run gives me ample opportunity to reflect on what it really means to finish strong. 🏋🏾‍♂️ If I tell myself I'm tired, and my task is hard, my [...]

Running Therapy 🏃🏻‍♀️💗

Wednesday is always speed work and interval training. Improving speed and racing performance happens long before I lace up my shoes on race day. It starts in my mind and is proven the moment I set foot on the track or at the starting line. My brain and body must work together to create a [...]