My Thanksgiving this year…unlike any other

My Thanksgiving this year...unlike any other

My family and I flew to Texas to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s parents and family.  My father-in-law was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas before moving to Alaska before my husband was born (over 30 years ago).  Most of his family (2 brothers + 2 sisters and their families) still live in or within […]

2012 Race Calendar

With only one month left of 2011, I finally had the opportunity to sit and write down all the races I’ve mentally signed up to run for 2012.  I’m not sure if it’s too ambitious. I haven’t done an Ironman (IM) before, so I don’t know what toll the training and race itself will take on […]

Thanksgiving Day Run

Thanksgiving Day Run

My son, husband, and I flew to Austin, Texas on Monday to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s parents and family.  The entire week was wonderful – lots of time to relax, eat delicious Mexican food, and spend valuable time with my in-laws and extended family.One of the best parts of the whole trip was that […]

What I’m Thankful for this year

What I'm Thankful for this year

“Life right now, in this very moment, is all anyone can be sure of. So live it well. ” – Chas YouseyI find myself preoccupied and concerned with too many extraneous details (errands that need to be run or what others think of things I say or do), that I sometimes fail to stop to […]

My First Ultra

My First Ultra

My husband, son, and I made our way into the city at 630am Saturday morning.  I stopped at NYRR’s office to pick up my race bib and t-shirt and was able to sit in the car with them only 100 feet from the start line until 15 min before the race started.  This allowed me […]

Goals for Knickerbocker 60k

Goals for Knickerbocker 60k

Tomorrow is my first ultra.  I am competing in the Knickerbocker 60k in Central Park.  The course includes a short out and back (totaling 1.5 miles) and then 9x 4-mile loops of the park’s inner loop (thankfully, it does NOT include the arduous upper or lower portions of the park). Here is a link of […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 2 – the 1st Trimester

Running through Pregnancy - Part 2 - the 1st Trimester

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. The first trimester started off great. I was running 6x days/wk, anywhere from 4-10 mi/day and 45-50 mi/wk.   But by week 8, I started to feel extremely tired, out of breath, and achy when I was running.  I constantly felt like I needed to […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 1

Running through Pregnancy - Part 1

This is the first in a series that I am writing dedicated to running during pregnancy.  They will discuss what I experienced and learned from my successful “run” through pregnancy, some tips and advice as you and your baby continue to grow, and clothing options (if you are like me and don’t want to spend […]

Why don’t friends with kids have time?

Why don't friends with kids have time?

When my 10 month old son was born, I didn’t talk on the phone (except brief conversations with my husband, mom, or sisters), browse the internet (Facebook), or watch TV when he was awake.  I wanted all of my time and attention to be devoted to him.  I left phone calls, tv shows, and chores […]

NYC Marathon – Experience of a Lifetime (Part 3) The Race within a Race

NYC Marathon - Experience of a Lifetime (Part 3) The Race within a Race

Before I go into a detailed race report for the NYC Marathon last Sunday, there are are a couple of things to say: 1. I am a very competitive person when it comes to running.  But NOT with other people.  I never show up to a race and look around and say, “I want to […]

Running in Freedom

Running in Freedom

On Nov 11, 2008, I was heading out for my daily afternoon run.  I was building my base for training for the 2009 Boston Marathon. I ate my pre-run snack of whole wheat bread and peanut butter about 90 min before I left.  I laced up my Mizuno Wave Alchemy sneakers.  I turned on my […]

Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway (CLOSED)

Sparkly Soul Headband Giveaway (CLOSED)

I did a product review on Sparkly Soul last month.  Here it is in case you missed it!! I would consider myself to be a (fairly) serious runner.  My running shoes, clothes, and accessories need to be functional.  No matter how cute that running skirt is, I’ll never justify wearing it if I’m going to be pulling […]

NYC Marathon – the Experience of a Lifetime (part 2)

NYC Marathon - the Experience of a Lifetime (part 2)

Once we started running on the Verrazano Bridge, the nervousness and doubt I had been struggling with the last few days quickly gave way to excitement for what we were getting ready to experience.   Running across the bridge with just 4 other people was one of the most surreal moments in my life.  As […]

Best part of the NYC Marathon

Best part of the NYC Marathon

In the weeks leading up the NYC Marathon, two of the questions I was asked the most were What motivates you to run? and What will you be thinking about while you are running to the finish line?  Both answers were the same – I looked forward to my 10 month old son, AJ, and my husband, […]

NYC Marathon – the Experience of a Lifetime (part 1)

NYC Marathon - the Experience of a Lifetime (part 1)

I plan on writing a few posts about the NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov 6.  The first couple will be about the events before and after the marathon, one will deal with running the marathon (splits, how I felt, etc), and another will be a recap of the experience of participating in the Foot Locker […]

Doubt

You would think that by taking a few days off from running or having an easy week I would  feel confident and relaxed about my upcoming race.  It actually has the opposite effect on me. Instead of a happy, relaxed week, I begin to second guess my training.  I should have done more speed work.I […]

Fun Run with Ryan Hall, Bobby Curtis, and Bart Yasso!

Fun Run with Ryan Hall, Bobby Curtis, and Bart Yasso!

One of the coolest things about running marathons is that you run the same course as Olympians and elite athletes.  You have the same start line.  You cross the same finish line.  Spectators along the course cheer just as loud for us as they do for the elites that passed already. Nothing is different. Well, except […]

Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack Review and Giveaway!

Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack Review and Giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED!!! I was turned onto Petunia Picklebottom (PPB) by my cousin who swore that all of my diaper bag problems would be solved if I tried a PPB Boxy Backpack.  At the time I was using a designer diaper bag that looked great – but had NO functionality.  It was impossible to get things […]

Media Day

Media Day

Today was such a fun, exciting day!  For almost 3 hours, my mom, my son, AJ, and I were able to experience what it (almost) feels like to be an elite runner or a VIP running the marathon during race week. The other individuals participating in the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (FL5BC) and I were […]

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