Where will running take me in 2017?

I confess: I’ve been planning my 2017 running calendar for the last six months or so. Yes, I know that means 2016 wasn’t even half over before thoughts were focused on the new year and the future. This is nothing new for me, though. I am a planner; I enjoy researching, anticipating, looking forward to…

I run because I get to

A couple months ago, a company called Fellow Flowers had a special ‘flower it forward’ promotion, where participants would order their flowers to give to someone else as a way to promote the unity and community that is seen in the running circles. I posted the question on my Facebook page, asking people which flower…

After You Cross the Finish Line

In 1998, I spent 79 days backpacking the Appalachian Trail, hiking a total of 1,318 miles from mid-Virginia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. My whole goal for that summer was to climb Mt. Katahdin and have my picture taken with the famed sign that proclaimed that spot as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.…

Lessons from ugly feet

For years, I have been not OK with my feet. When I was younger, I took dance and beat the heck out of my feet. The summer after I graduated from college, I hiked the Appalachian Trail for 2 1/2 months, hiking through rainy days, hot conditions and rough trails. For the last couple years,…

Accepting the challenge

In the last couple weeks, I’ve been in contact with several running friends who are taking on the challenge of their first full marathon, and have been really scared to tell people about it. While I understand the fear of the unknown, it has really stuck with me why we are afraid to announce our…

What do I do now?

My spring marathon season has come to an end, and for all the hinting I’ve done to my husband about how I’d like to run ‘just one more’ in late June/early July, he hasn’t taken the bait and given me the OK to find one. Which means my next ‘race’ (and yes, I use that…

Metric or Miles?

For the first time ever, I will be running 42.195 when I head to Dusseldorf in about 10 days. Yes, I know it is the same as 26.2, but for the first time in my running experience, the course itself will be marked at each kilometer, rather than each mile. I said something to my…

Multiple Marathon Madness

I have been on fire with the whole 26.2 mile distance. Starting with the Marine Corps Marathon (October 2015), I have now completed four marathons in about a five month period of time, and I still have one more to go (Dusseldorf Marathon, 24 April 2016) for the spring. Let’s not even get into my…

All God’s Critters Have a Place in The Choir

When I was much younger, the song ‘All God’s Critters Have a Place in the Choir’ was one that our Sunday School group would sing during morning worship. It was a fun song, perfect for kids to understand that there was a place for all of us no matter our talents, skills and interests. God…

Reaching your goal; a letter to Scott Jurek

Like many people who are either avid hikers of the Appalachian Trail (AT) or are passionate about running, you have heard of Scott Jurek and his mission to break the speed record for hiking the AT (supported). He has until around 5:15pm (eastern) today to do it, and by the map I’m looking at right…