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 [...]

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 [...]

The Elephant in the Room

Last Saturday a 10-mile run was on the docket as my final "long run" of this marathon training cycle. When a friend mentioned that Emigration Canyon was hosting a 10-mile race and the dates coincided; I opted to sign up and run as a fitting end to my long winter and early spring training. I've [...]

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 [...]

Motivation Monday

Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change and actually doing something about any situation you don't like. Everyone has a turning point, but only you can decide if you're ready to change. These pictures were taken exactly 8 years years apart and feature my oldest and youngest child at the [...]

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 [...]

Revel Mount Charleston Half Marathon

I was born in the desert, so warm sand, sagebrush, dusty rocks and cacti feel like coming home to me. My dad even calls me "Arizona Amy," so any opportunity to visit family or friends AND run a race is a cherished opportunity. Last year while discussing different races, a few running friends shared their [...]