Thou Shalt Not Run

I have a knack for getting injured doing the most boring, mundane tasks in life. First it was my back (bulging disc while making the bed) in October 2015. Most recently it was another critical to running body part: my knee. The day after the Philadelphia Marathon (November, 2016), I was at my in-law’s house,…

More Epic Sh*t. Or, Millinocket.

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(Note:  All of the photos taken on race day were taken by other people.  My phones, and my fake GoPro, all froze.  Many thanks to you who took photos – other runners, and Photography By Mike and Far North Photography – for the beautiful photos.) You know the story of Stone…

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…

Race Recap: Philadelphia Marathon

Fresh off the Richmond Marathon on November 12, 2016, I headed home to Cayman to wash clothes, repack, kiss my cat Mendoza and pick up my husband before heading back to the US for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20, 2016. For the first time (and likely not the last), I ran marathons in back…

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…

Race Recap: Anthem Richmond Marathon

It’s been a while since I’ve written here, and to be honest, once I started the travels for my last couple races, I just didn’t have the time or the right device to do the few blog posts I planned to do justice. So my apologies for the delay, but I hope you enjoy reading…

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.…

An Olympic effort

Last Sunday, I got up early to watch the women’s marathon in the Olympics; today, I got up early to watch the men’s marathon. Never in a million years did I think that I would be the person who would sit on the edge of their seat watching hours (!) of people running. But there…

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,…