Last May, 2016, I sat in a room full of strong, capable women and really thought hard about what running means to me. I was at Oiselle‘s Southern Bird Camp held at ZAP Fitness, where professional runners sponsored by Reebok among other brands train. I had come to a challenging place with running, and didn’t … More A look back and ahead, and an ode to the Star-10k
For at least 9 months I’ve been wondering, what happened? Why do I feel this way? I’m so tired, I sometimes feel like I can barely get through the normal day, much less a good workout. When was the last time I even had a good workout, one where I felt like I just crushed … More Runner PSA: check your iron levels!
I’m still not exactly sure how the seed to run an ultra marathon in 2016 was planted in my mind. Having lived in the mountains for so long, and explored them variously in my travels, it makes sense. Similar to when I decided after undergrad that we were going to move abroad to teach English for a year, … More 2016 Eastern Divide Ultra 50k: race recap
I am trying to carefully enter the world of ultra running. It’s something I’ve long been interested in, and sometimes I really regret not pursuing it in my early-mid 20s, before I had the littles. I ran a lot then, but my “long run” usually fell within the range of 5-7 miles, I rarely raced, … More The Politics of Getting “Chicked”
A beautiful, crisp morning met us on the morning of April 16th. It was chilly, but we all knew we’d warm up very quickly on the first climb up Mill Mountain. I ran around downtown, warming up, and was beaming as I saw face after familiar face of some of the wonderful runners that make … More Blue Ridge Marathon: Anthem Star 10k race recap
Okay, so it’s not as dramatic as the title of this blog post, but if you’re a runner that has endured injury, you understand the sentiment. I have been very fortunate in that I have not had many injuries in the 20 years that I’ve been running. The few I have experienced happened very early on in … More Hell hath no fury like a runner injured
I struggled with my training through late January and February. Call it winter malaise, or the fact that our family was hit with the flu/colds hard this winter. Either way, it absolutely and completely sucks. The kind of suckiness that had me second guessing my goals and fitness level, and my approach to training. We … More Beer Mile 2015 recap
A series of fateful occurrences led to my participation in the February 2016 Blue Ridge Outdoors cover shoot. The fortuitous opportunity went way beyond my talents to trail run, because there are plenty more people in our area that are more experienced, faster, and likely more glamorous looking on a trail. I recently joined the RunAbout … More BRO Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes with RunAbout Roanoke
I was having a pretty heavy conversation at work the other day, and one way or another running came up in some form of life analogy. The person with whom I was speaking asked the simple question “why do you do it?” I wavered. Not because I didn’t know what to say, but because a … More Why do we run?
During the month of December 2015, I tried to focus on some proper rest and strength training. It’s always a reflective time of year, when I think back to the things I did right with my running and the things I didn’t. I try to celebrate where I am in this moment, and recognize the room … More Let the 2016 training begin!