Working For It

I was recently talking to a friend about how one of her friends runs long distances even when he’s not in training and runs marathons on whims. I immediately blurted out “I wish I could do that, but I’m one of those runners that has to work to be a runner.” At first, this made me feel a little uncomfortable, but the more I think about it, the more it’s helped me to understand how and why I run. Continue reading Working For It

40th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Sunday, May 21, 2017
~60°F, 7am, Downtown Cleveland

This race was going to be one for the books from the minute we registered. We knew that after the craziness of last year, no matter what happened the 40th Cleveland Marathon would be a different race. Continue reading 40th Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

My PIIT28 Experience

2017 has been a little strange for me as far as my workouts go. I’ve struggled to get back into weight lifting and stay consistent with a fitness routine, so I decided to kick my butt into gear with PIIT28. After a lot of research and thought, I purchased PIIT28 1.0 and started the program after my annual 10 mile race in April. I knew that trying a new (and likely difficult) workout during half marathon training was kind of crazy and risky, so I tried to keep my head on straight during the 4 weeks leading up to the Cleveland half marathon and my last PIIT20 1.0 workout. Here are some thoughts and feelings from the journey. Continue reading My PIIT28 Experience

Running With Manners

Manners aren’t something you think of when you think about running. When I hear “manners,” I think of remembering my “pleases” and “thank yous” or all of the table manners like “no elbows on the table” and “remember your napkin on your lap.” But, there is a such thing as running manners! Continue reading Running With Manners

My Reaction to Buzzfeed’s Marathon in 10 Weeks Video

It’s no secret that I cry when I see positive and inspiring running content/events…and it’s no secret that I am having a tough training season this time around. I usually tell myself that if I can get through a tough training run, it’ll all be worth it in the end. I know that I feel good at finish lines regardless and I know that there will be minor bumps in training, but sometimes it’s just HARD. For whatever reason (I’ve speculated that it could be different shoes, running form issues, a lazy January and February, or setbacks from my two falls in one week; I just don’t know what is bringing me down), this training season has been so hard on me and I Ran A Marathon With Only Ten Weeks Of Training made me feel better about everything I’ve been going through mentally. Continue reading My Reaction to Buzzfeed’s Marathon in 10 Weeks Video

Training Check-in

Writing this, I’m about to finish up my 4th week of training for my 6th Cleveland Half Marathon. When this is posted, I’ll be a couple of days into my 5th week and, who knows, maybe I’ll feel a little different by then, but this is how I feel now. Continue reading Training Check-in