2015 Boston Marathon Race Report

  First up… Qualifying After qualifying for Boston by 31 seconds in 2013,  I was excited at the idea of qualifying, but as soon as I finished the Lost Dutchman Marathon I was already pretty sure I’d miss out on racing Boston.  31 seconds isn’t much wiggle room when it comes to qualifying, but I figured I had a slight chance.  Then the bombings took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon, just two months after I qualified.  The groundswell of support for Boston in the Continue reading →

Race Report – Tucson Marathon

The Tucson Marathon – Sunday, December 7th, 2014 Since May, Tucson was my scheduled ‘A’ race for 2014.  As a program director for our local Galloway Training Program, I decided to make this the target race for our group and began recruiting others to join me in either the half or full marathon that weekend.  I made sure everything I did fit into the training schedule so I had no excuses not to hit my goal.  After BQing in 2013 but missing the registration cut-off, I wanted Continue reading →

2014 Chicago Marathon Race Report

Plans for running this year’s Chicago Marathon started several months ago, back when the race announced it was not only accepting lottery registrations, but also time qualifiers for the first time.  The men’s cut off is 3:15, and having qualified for the Boston Marathon with a 3:09 but missing the roll down, I had a ticket into Chicago.  (Mindy was in the same boat regarding Boston, so she too would be running Chicago! It was nice to know that we would be able to register Continue reading →

Race Report – Arizona Road Racers Summer Series

Yep, you read that correctly … a summer series … in Arizona. I’ve participated in the Arizona Road Racers Summer Series for the last 4 summers and really look forward to it each year.  It’s a great way to keep me accountable through the hot months, it’s very affordable, the races are well run and there’s a competitive field that comes out to participate.  I also greatly appreciate their friendliness to families/young runners – anyone under 18 gets to run free if they purchase the Continue reading →

Safety Reminder – A Dedication to Steph

Just over a year ago I got the devastating news that a friend and coworker was struck by a car while out on a run.  She, along with a friend, were running in their neighborhood as they normally did.  They were running on the sidewalk, theoretically safe from vehicular traffic, when tragedy struck.  A driver, distracted by something, jumped the curb.  Stephanie’s legs were crushed in the accident and she suffered such a traumatic brain injury she was taken off life support within a day.  Continue reading →

Race Report – Bryce Canyon 50k

31 miles – 6,000 ft elevation gain (at 7,000-9,000 ft) – 80% of this done on a single track trail through the back country of Bryce Canyon – 9 hours to finish … Sounds awesome! How could I say no when my running buddy, Leilah, came up with the idea of us running the Bryce Canyon Ultra? About the time she and I were deciding to register, my mom told me she was hoping to get up to Utah this summer to visit my grandma.  I told Continue reading →

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race Report

This past Memorial Day weekend Mindy and I took part in the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon in Ojai, California.  This race has been on our radar since last year when we happened to see it on an online race calendar.  The race was sold out last year by the time we happened to learn about it, and we were determined not to miss out this year!  We were watching online registration for a few weeks, and while working the logistics of the weekend, the race Continue reading →

Lessons and Confessions

Stress … we all battle with it in different ways on various levels throughout our lives.  This past weekend I learned what an impact it can have on the body when you don’t adequately deal with it.  We’ll just say, despite my grand intentions, my body decided it wasn’t going to race Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. Before getting into it – I want to start by saying I love my life and am grateful for the amazing people and opportunities I have.  In no way do Continue reading →

Race Report – Labor of Love 50k

We have wanted to do a 50k for a while now, and ideally we wanted to find a race we could use as a last long run before tapering for Mountains 2 Beach Marathon (held over Memorial Day Weekend).  Sifting through the various race calendars online, we found the Labor of Love 50k held just outside of Las Vegas, a short drive away from home.  In addition to fitting our time frame, Labor of Love is also sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, sponsors of yours truly.  Continue reading →

Why I runDisney (cont.)

(part 1) Why I runDisney (and wanted my students to, too!) On November 27, 2013 – runDisney posted a blog entitled, ‘Why Do You Run Disney?‘ On December 12th, I responded by posting this video to Instagram – my main message being that I runDisney to show my students anything is possible if they work hard and believe in themselves.  This is a mantra I started as I was training for my last marathon.  It’s a message I hope to teach all my students and one I feel fits Continue reading →

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