What My Family Ate Last Week (Wk 2)

barbecued brisket

My cooking schedule did not go exactly as planned this week.  I had forgotten that my husband was going to be away Thur-Sun to play in a hockey tournament with some of his friends (aka reliving their college glory days!!) so I postponed some of those meals until this week! Monday AND Tuesday: (Leftovers and […]

Do you Dream…


…of running a certain race?   Maybe it’s one of the marathon majors – NYC, Boston, Chicago, Berlin, or London. Maybe it’s a race that is touted to be a “beautiful” course – Big Sur, Honolulu.  Maybe it’s in a part of the world that you hope to travel to one day – Paris, S. […]

Superbowl Challenge


After the great participation and feedback for the NFC Championship Challenge that Pavement Runner and I organized, we decided to host a similar challenge for the Superbowl on February 5th. Since Pavement Runner’s  49ers were defeated by the Giants (btw, he is now rooting for the Giants!!), I had to find another friend to host the challenge with […]

What My Family Ate Last Week

Ready to eat!

My post last week “Spicing” up Dinner discussed how I am making an effort to meal plan and add variety to my family’s nightly meals.  This is my first post detailing what my family ate last week.  So without further adieu, here it is: Monday: Stuffed Peppers: DE-LICIOUS recipe that Victoria from Victoria Runs posted on […]

How to Become a Better Runner


It’s a known fact that you can often become a better runner by increasing your mileage and incorporating speed, tempo, and long runs into your training. But, perhaps the best way to become a better runner is simply by learning.  Learning from your own experiences in races and training as well as from friends and […]

“Spicing” up Dinner

Source: Naturalmamas.com

I officially started meal planning this week.  It was a loooooong time coming. It came on the heels of several weeks where my husband, 1 year-old son, and I had the same 5-6 things over and over again. I was in a cooking rut – my desire to cook was non-existent and as a result, […]

NFC Championship Challenge (Updated – with Participants!)


When I was in high school, my basketball coach used to make us run sprints and suicides after a game for the number of turnovers we had, (if we lost) the number of points we lost by, the number of points over 35 that the other team scored… It really made every possession count during the game. […]

Sparkly Soul Headbands Giveaway Winner!

sparkly soul

The Winner of the SPARKLY SOUL INC Headbands giveaway is…. Entry #138 (earliest entry is #1, last entry is #174) The winner has one week to contact me and claim their prize before a backup winner is selected!  Please email me at michele.king1021@gmail.com Thank you to everyone who participated and helped spread the word about […]

The “core” of my marathon training


This was a conversation between me and my husband two weeks after I ran my first ultra in November: Me: I don’t think I’m in very good shape right now. Hubby (with a look of bewilderment): You just ran a 37.2 mile race and finished with a 9:10 pace.  I would say you are in […]

Marathons + Moderation

Me and my boys

———- This was a guest post on A Healthy, Happier Bear’s Blog (Jan 11, 2012) —————- Hello Healthy, Happier Bear Readers!  When Ashley asked me to be a guest blogger on her awesome blog, I was ecstatic!  I am a newbie blogger (just over 3 months) and really love “meeting” other runners through the virtual […]

Envisioning Success on a Long Run

Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Amy Hastings, Desiree Davila

I always do my long runs outside.  I have never been a fan of logging countless boring miles on the treadmill.  That is, until yesterday. I try to minimize my time away from my son and husband as best as I can (especially on the weekends) – I’ll run early in the morning before they […]

Sparkly Soul Headbands Review + Giveaway! ————————-CLOSED——————————


Hey Everyone! I decided to do a 2nd review of Sparkly Soul Headbands…BUT, I wanted to try doing a video this time =)   Check out what I had to say about Sparkly Soul Headbands: Read my previous review. I mentioned that I had a huge pile of headbands that never measured up to my expectations […]

2012 Olympic Marathon Trials

Source: http://www.teamusa.org/

The 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials are being held this weekend in Houston, TX, the day before the 2012 Houston Marathon.  It promises to be one of the most exciting races in years.  This is the first time that both the men’s and women’s race will be held in the same city, on the same day! […]

You’ll never understand how much you’ve taught me, my son

Moments after you were born

Dear AJ, Happy 1st birthday!   I know you are too young to read or even understand this letter, but I wanted to say a few things to you before time passes and my memory fades. Can you really be a year old already!?!  I feel like you were just born – I remember delivering you as […]

What’s better than two PRs in one day?

Me and my son

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I started doing speedwork again (Here is my post in case you missed it).  As of Christmas week, there is a treadmill in our apartment.  It prevents me from making excuses.  There’s nothing getting in my way of what I’m supposed to do now except me. So, for […]

Push-ups for Patriots

The Military Intelligence Company I deployed to Iraq with in 2007

After 6 years in the US Army and 3 deployments to Iraq, I have had to say goodbye to many friends, classmates, and colleagues.   I’m not sure what an accurate number would be – but suffice to say it’s a lot.  Too many.  When you live and breathe the Army and the overseas campaigns, it’s […]

Pushing the pace on long runs?

60k in November

When I was training for the NYC Marathon and my first ultra this summer/fall, I completed all my long runs at an easy pace.  NYC would be my first marathon after giving birth and since I hadn’t completed long runs consistently in over a year, my goal was to get the miles in without worrying […]

Hardest part of being deployed

Hanging out with Curt Schilling!

What’s the hardest part of being deployed? This is almost always one of the first questions asked of me when I bring up my military background. As a Captain in the US Army who deployed three times to Iraq, it is a fairly easy answer: the last few weeks prior to departing the US. I would […]

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