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 →

2014 Laughlin Half Marathon

  This past weekend we headed out to Laughlin, Nevada to have a go at the Laughlin Half Marathon.  It was our first time racing this event, and coincidentally our first time visiting Laughlin.  The race was set for a Saturday morning, so Friday afternoon we loaded up the car and headed out.  We decided to just spend Friday night in Laughlin, opting to head home after the race on Saturday (Mindy preferred not having me stuck in a town with nothing to do but Continue reading →

Why I runDisney

Kris and I have loved participating in runDisney events over the last 7 years! Our first was actually our 2nd 1/2 marathon ever (our first being Rock ‘n’ Roll AZ) and we were hooked on runDisney events immediately!  So far we have done (and if it’s highlighted, we’ve done a blog post on it): 2007 Labor Day Weekend – Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2008 Labor Day Weekend – Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2010 Labor Day Weekend – Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2011 January – Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - Goofy Challenge Continue reading →

Anthem Turkey Trot – Running in Costume!

A few weeks back we decided to run a turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. This in itself is nothing new for Mindy, she has been running the Mesa Turkey Trot for the past few years now and is a veteran of outrunning a stranger dressed in a turkey costume.  I have never had the joy of running a turkey trot, usually due to my work schedule, and occasionally due to my love of sleep.  This year would be different though, because as luck would have Continue reading →

zv7qrnb