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Running out of Time

Running out of Time

There is no doubt that the last 5 months have been one large dumpster fire. The uncertainty of jobs, health, schools, and general well being has been overwhelming to most. I feel as though my...

It Seems that I miss Suffering

It Seems that I miss Suffering

This is a crazy time we are living in. I am just as busy, runners need to run. As a run coach being there for my clients is my job, one I do not take lightly. This is a very uncertain time for so...

In a time of solitude

In a time of solitude

In a time where solitude was once sought, it seems that's all we have. We are told that we are to stay in or near our homes, 6ft away from another person who isn't in your household, and most of the...

Kindness

It's a week before Christmas, we have no snow and the temps are mild. A good number of us are trying to do it all; run groups, cookie exchanges, office parties, gift swaps, Christmas shopping,...

Mountain Lakes 100 recap

Mountain Lakes 100 recap

I am now a week since the race. I am still having a hard time putting together the words.I've been in a writing slump all summer, I didn't do a race recap of Titletown Ultra 8 hr, or Standhope Ultra...

MadCity 100K Recap

This race each year turns out to be the litmus test of my winter fitness, or I like to think that's how it is going to be. Last year I went into the race with zero expectations and still pulled out...

Run Across WI

Run Across WI

Part I: The Why.One of the most asked questions over the past few days has been: "How did you choose to run across WI?" There isn't a concrete answer for that, it really was as simple as, no one had...

A bittersweet beginning

A bittersweet beginning

As I sit here almost a week after my 35th birthday, I can't help but to smile. In doing so I almost feel guilty. There is no secret that last year was a rough go for me in many aspects of my life. I...

Skipping Rocks

Skipping Rocks

Spending time with my siblings is almost always a good time. Today was no exception.We had this day planned for months, a holiday weekend where my sister would visit from Minnesota, we would visit...

Vermont 2018 race recap

Vermont 2018 race recap

This post has taken longer to write than others. I feel as though I have told the story 100 times already. I feel this race also sort of flew under the radar, in a storytelling sort of way. But,...

Let us get real

Let us get real

We all talk about being "real," we encourage each other to show our true selves, show the grit, the pain, the heartache. That's a bunch of bullshit. We say it like we are going to open up our shell....

The sun is shining on a dark time

The sun is shining on a dark time

A year ago this day started like every other, it was Monday so it was an off day from running. I am sure I slept in and drank a few cups of coffee before heading into the bakery for my shift.I am on...

All the running things!

All the running things!

Wowza,What a whirlwind few months!! First news is becoming a Timex athlete. I am honored to be their first branch outside of triathalons and into running.In early march I was fortunate to attend...

The Birthday That Wasn’t

Something that we all wish for is to have some alone time. Is this something that we truly crave? Do we want to be alone? Being alone is scary, its uncomfortable. It can also be liberating and...

Wasatch 100 recap

You must know by now that I completed this hard and unforgiving race. Before the race started I was baffled about the challenging course, knowing there was no qualifier to enter and why someone...

Vermont 100 recap

Vermont 100 recap

What a ride. July 15-16 the Vermont 100 miler. Finishing in 23:41:47 earning the big buckle. A sub 24 hour finish was my B goal.Back up a bit. The previous weekend is when the whirlwind trip...

Chippewa 50K recap

Chippewa 50K recap

There are many things that i could think about that might have caused a bad race. i would drive myself crazy thinking about all the things that i did or didn't do to feel so shitty on race day.Roger...

Having a cup of coffee with Fear.

Having a cup of coffee with Fear.

There are things that happen to us. Do they happen for a reason? Would the outcome be the same if x hadn't happened? Would I be where I am today if I chose path y instead?Thinking about the outcomes...

#Birdstrike

#Birdstrike

As much as I try I will never be able to put into words the feeling and experience of the weekend. I agreed to this journey without hesitation and without much knowledge. Lesko asked if I would be...

John Dick 50K recap

I have to say that there is nothing like this race. Last year I didn't decide until the morning of that I wanted to do this. I needed a longer run to get me on track for my 100K in April so it was...

Fall 50 Recap

This race has been on my yearly schedule for the past 5 years. It has been my fall goal race. This year it was in the back of my mind all year, but still not sure if it was going to actually happen....

Leadville 100 recap

here we go.100 miles or 528,000 feet, 28 hours 55 minutes and 46 seconds. That is how far and how long I ran between Saturday and Sunday. Today is Wednesday and i am finally home after the 16 hour...

Fall training is here!

Are you looking at the fall race schedule? Are you looking to do your first half or full marathon? Lucky for you I am starting a group training program in August! I am proud to be partnering...

All that can happen in 5 years

All the racing, all the miles, all the medals would not have been possible without a choice I made 5 years ago today.My life without a doubt would be inherently different. I wouldn't know what it...

My first 100K- going the distance

Entering the land of the unknown can be scary and also exhilarating. Saturdays' adventure was no exception. Attempting a new race distance and with the unpredictable weather we have had, everything...

John Dick Memorial Crusty 50K recap

This was supposed to be a training run and in most ways it was.The night before was like most nights before a long run or sometimes a race. I had to download new music, check the course, get my...

Today is OK

There once was a time when missing a run would be the end of the world. I would be bitchy, irritable, and just plain pissed. The plan is the plan, you have to stick to it or else. Or else what? Are...

Who wants to #getcut?

Jan. 5, 2016Whew, it's been 2 days since the GetCut Program at Pat's Gym has ended. I am at a loss, something is missing. I had grown accustomed to getting up and meeting my workout buddies 6 days a...

FALL 50 RECAP

Sunday October 25, 20158:17:50 was my official time for the Door County Fall 50 National Championship solo race. Technically I am the 7th fastest woman in the country in the 50 mile road race. Did I...

life isn’t fair

There are things in life that just aren't fair. That is a fact. I was reminded of that yesterday as I tried to help some people in need.My husband and I saw three clearly homeless people and a dog...

Boston Strong

The Boston marathon is today. Today an American male won for the first time in almost 30 years. Records were broken all over the womens field. An amazing day for the race and the town itself.This...

Winter has been long

Sunday March 23, 2014When the sun shines and the weather is warm after an impossible winter you can only help but to smile.  A kind of smile that not only lights up your face but your whole being....

It’s amazing what a smile can do.

Door County Fall 50.This is a race that I have had mix feelings about.  Excited, terrified, unsure, confident, and confused.  Knowing the struggle that I endured last year, I was not...

The person you’re not

Wednesday April 17th, 2013 Today. I am home. Why do I feel like such a stranger here? Why am I seeing things so differently now? I feel out of place. Why is the norm to put on that brave face and...

things coming to an end?

Saturday March 23, 2013The sun was shining, the wind calm. There was no alarm, and a warm cat in my bed. At the leisurely hour of 8:30 a.m. I finally got out of the cocoon I had made throughout the...

8 weeks my friends

Sunday February 17it's getting closer and closer to the big day. today was a long steady distance kinda day. real slow run. right around mile 7 i got a huge pain in my shin, like a shin splint....

The new year is upon us

Saturday January 19, 2013So tomorrow ends week 3 of training for Boston! The weather has been nice for the most part, not much snow and milder temps. Today was in the mid 40's, but tomorrow the high...

It’s that time of year again…

Tuesday December 25th (aka Christmas)Last year about this time I got what every runner dreams of getting. my very own Garmin  with most of the bells and whistles. i have used it pretty much...

Fall 50, the good and the bad

Sunday October 21, 2012Let me tell you something. Yesterday was a day I will never forget. I have spent many days training and thinking about it.I have spent 114 hours, logged 736.41 miles, and...

i found a little something today

Sunday September 23Today was the last long run of my training cycle for the 50 miler in about 4 weeks. I ran 29 miles, the plan was to run 30 but i chose to run a flat easier last 8 miles than...

much much better

Sunday August 5So I ran my second half of my b2b runs today. I had 24 on the schedule, i ran 24.3!!! i learned a couple things after my run yesterday. I started 2 hours earlier, had water dropped...

I have finally hit the wall.

Saturday August 4Today was the start of my back to back weekend long runs. i set my plan to run a new course, it measured at 21.43, my goal was to do 20, that extra 1.43 will be easy i told myself....

Top of the World

Monday July 30So this is my RR from a little 10 miler I did on Saturday. Its a local race and I did this one last year. When I ran this race last year it was my first race of any real significant...

It’s like a Sauna

Monday july 2Hydration is key. the temps around here have been in the 90's consistently with no break in the future. My mornings have been starting between 4 and 5am to get my run in before the heat...

Marathon Madness

TuesdayFinally, the moment you have all been waiting for..... my RR! First off I was not training for this marathon specifically as you may know. i was supposed to run the previous week here in...

Something Called a Race

I have been in training for the past 4.5 months for the race coming up on Sunday. The weather threatens all my hard work and on the verge on being cancelled. As you can tell I am NOT pleased by...

I am back.

monday May 7Since my last post i have raced another race. This was an 8K race on 4/28 . I planned on shooting for a sub 37, that would have been a PR by 5 minutes! This was an important race for me...

Second Race

Monday April 23, 2012Saturday was the Parkinson's Half Marathon Trail Run. it was the second run of the season for me and was here in my hometown. Rog also ran the race with it being his first ever...

Don’t mind me I’ve been out awhile

Sunday April 15, 2012About a month since I've been here, running like a maniac and got behind. Today was a great day, I had a run with a great friend, a 17 miler to be exact! i beat my previous 17...

it’s a hot one

Sunday 3-18-12I slept in to day till 9 a.m. i can't remember the last time that happened! Not that i am complaining, just shocked! the plan was to get out the door at 8 this morning to beat the...

Happy ST. Pat’s Day!

Saturday 3-17-12yesterday was a rest day, and today is the 10K Shamrock Shuffle. Rog and I are doing this race together, my first race of the season, and his first ever 10K. the plan is to run...

hot hot summer

Thursday 3-15doing the Vilas(Hope) Loop today and I am so excited, out the door again by 7:30 and it is so foggy out. The temperature is high 50's and already humid. Running in the country and early...

Pi day

Wednesday 3-14Happy pi day! I made an apple pie for travis for his math class with 3.14 carved into the top crust! Anyway.....it was in the 50's today and I did the Vilas hope down and back route....

pink shoes again.

Tuesday 3-13i really am having a hard time letting go of the cold weather gear. I am dressing entirely too warm for this weather. Today was mid 40's with a little wind. I wore warmer weather brooks...

New legs!

Monday 3-12Warmer yet today 53 degrees with wind at 11 mph. forgot the picture today, but with my rest day yesterday and my ice bath, I felt like I had a new set of legs, I felt awesome!! I was out...

Ice Ice Baby

Saturday 3-10It has been very windy around here lately. Today the winds are in the upper 20 mph! A weekend with no kids and Roger is gone so I headed out on my run towards Marshall. It is 2 miles in...

Breakin in new shoes.

Friday 3-9-12It was about 25 degrees today and 16 mph winds. I am breaking in a new pair of shoes so that I can wear the yellow ones for race day in May. The shoes that I wear got upgraded to the...

addition

Thursday 3-8-12.Later work start for me today which means i can make up the miles from yesterday!! i did 11 to help make up some ground. I was over 2 miles in when i realized the GPS was still off...

Treadmill Stress

Wednesday 3-7-12Horrible start to my day to say the least. This far in my training there are more mid week longer runs. In order for me to be at work by 10 I need to be out the door by 7 a.m. at the...

minus 2

Tuesday 3-6-12The sun is shinning and the weather is warmer, well 35 degrees anyway. The wind was a bit wicked though causing the strides to be even more challenging. I was running a bit close with...

So that’s what a rest day is?!

Monday 3-5-12Yesterday was supposed to be my long run day, well 12 miles anyway. it was flurrying all day and the wind was wicked. it was about 25 degrees, but looked nasty. I was going in the...

the snow is falling, the snow is falling

Saturday 3-3-12happy Birthday to Roger! Today is my day to workout second in the scheme of things. he does double spin classes on Saturday mornings and i run when he gets home. someone has to keep...

Birthday Weekend

Friday 3-2-12Tomorrow is Roger's birthday! I felt good today, the weather wasn't that bad. mostly cloudy with a sneak peak on sunshine coming through every now and then. The temp was about 30ish and...

Day Off?

Thursday 3-1On the schedule was 6 miles. i did 4 🙁 i was a bit sore this morning and I was strapped for time. Even though it was my day off, I had alot of errands to run. Time kinda stresses me...

Spring in my step

Wednesday 2-29It is Leap Day!! It seems fitting that the day started out in the mid 40's and sunny to cold and sleeting within a couple hours. I thought i would have more time on my hands this...

Work Week

Tuesday 2-28Very excited to run this morning and I really do like running before work. I feel when I have to be at work after I run I go faster or push myself a bit harder. Today was 8 miles with...

Wind is not so friendly

Sunday 2-26Just got back from up north and had to rush out the door to get the run in before I had to get mimi. The wind was very strong today 23 mph! But the temp was 42 degrees, surprisingly the...

Sooooo Bored

Friday 2-24Treadmill run today. it wasn't too bad except the fact that I had to stare at the same spot on the floor or i would loose balance and feel like I was gonna fall. I also felt likt i was...

Thirsty Thursday

Thursday 2-23I forgot to take a picture today, i was in a hurry to get the run over because we were headign to Hayward WI for the American Birkebeiner. It was sunny and mid 20's, great day for a...

Off Day

Wednesday 2-2210 miles today, straight down sprecher 5 and back. I didn't have to work today so I wasn't in a rush, but I still wanted to get out early. Out by 8:30, not too bad. i went out with...

Frosty Tuesday

Tuesday 2-21yesterday was a rest day, not entirely a rest day but a rest day from running nonetheless. I went to a new yoga place. i have heard good things about the place and have always wanted to...

Bye Bye Black Keys

Sunday 2-19Today was 15 miles, I had to look for a new route for today's run since I haven't done a run like that around here yet. I just ended up extending a route that I already do. i felt good...

Back in Black

Saturday 2-18so it was about 30ish and sunny. I thought I was supposed to do 6 miles, but it was only 4. i was ok with that since I am doing 15 tomorrow. There was a 7mph wind at the beginning. the...

Fun Friday

Friday 2-17Today was a little run with my baby! it was mid 30's and cloudy. It was nice to be home even though the run was around the town. Felt good overall and nice to spend some quality time with...

Tweet Tweet

Thursday 2-16Today i get to go home, and I can hardly wait to be in the arms of my love. Kiss my baby girl and tell her I love her. My schedule is a little outta whack. I am usually out the door by...

Don’t Stop Believing

Wednesday 2-15 I ran the same route pretty much as yesterday and I needed to do 10. it was so nice to be out there with the lakes so close and so still, covered with ice and snow. It is so beautiful...

V-DAY

Tuesday 2-14yesterday was a rest day, i didn't even do spin class. I was happy to have the day off from work as well. I got to see my honey at work and have lunch with him. Too bad the rest of the...

Sunday Funday

Sunday 2-12I was still back in my home area and ran the first part of the route I ran yesterday. The plan was to do 14 miles and I wasn't sure if the route that I had planned out was going to be...

a little out line

Thursday 2-9Amelia had forgotten her library books at home today so I knew I was going to do about 4 miles so i decided to drop them off at her school for her on my run. The ladies in the office...

oh wind my dear old friend

Saturday 2-11-12i know it looks like I am about to kill someone here, I felt fine however. I was back in my hometown and I still needed to run. my brother lives right by a cty hwy that leads into...

TGIF?!

Friday 2-10-12This morning looked promising enough if you count out the 20 mph winds and the snow showers. I had the day off and I am looking forward to a nice run. The weather however has made me...

noooo TIME

Wednesday 2-8-12Today i started out with a little hesitation. We had a rough morning that set things back a bit. i had on my radar to do 10 miles. By the time I got out the door I knew that I didn't...

This Wind BLOWS

Tuesday 2-7Today I ran 8 wind filled miles! The temp was about 35, but felt like 20 due to the 15mph winds. So I geared up ready to brace it. This is what makes me a runner, sore and not motivated...

Mmmmmm Manure

Sunday 2-5This morning was full of sunshine, until i was ready to head out for a run, then the clouds made their way into the sky to block the suns warmth from reaching me. Good thing the weather...

Spring in February?!

The Sunshine was a welcome treat today! With the temp being about 40 degrees, who wouldn't want to run? Feeling good, using today as a warm up for tomorrows long run of 13. Sporting the warmer...

Rest Day = Awesome

yesterday was my rest day, i wasn't going to utilize it, but my body needed a bit of a break. Man did I feel it today, I felt soooo good running, it's these days why us runners remember why we do...

Leap on UP

The First of February: on my radar was to do 10 miles. The weather was still warmer, mid 30's and I ran about 9am, so a bit later than I am accustomed to. My plan was to run my normal 8 mile route...

There’s no place like HOME

End of January and Spring feels like it's here already, 50 degrees today! Contemplated wearing shorts and a T for my run, but then i saw that the wind was about 12mph and decided against it. I wore...

City Sucks

My first run in the city! Do you realize how hard it is to run on a city block when you have to stop at every fricken light?! It sucks, thankfully I have the feature enabled on my watch to pause...

First Run in Minnesnowta

Yesterday was a rest day, mostly out of convenience. We drove from Marquette MI, to Minneapolis MN, about an 8.5 hour drive=awesome. We would not however let the drive hinder us from our exercise....

Nothing Like a Run before a 6 hour car ride

The weather was in the teens Friday and I had to get a run in quickly. Roger and I were headed to northern Mi for a ski race for him. I decided to run 7 miles, the route that i run for 7 is actually...

Today was 5 miles, felt good went a bit off of a regular course. I really like running alongside the hwy way better than in town. It was about 20 degrees, wind at about 5mph but not bad really. Also...

shoo fly

Day 3:So starting the day a little slow and planning on doing 7 miles and only doing 6 due to short time before having to be at work. so i add a mile to tomorrow, simple as that.It was a little...

It’s a new day

yesterday was my first official day of training for my second marathon. I am using a new program this time, the Pfitz 18/55, which is basically an 18 week program peaking at 55 miles per week. I am...

Winter?

Long time my friends.I ran my first full marathon 10/29/11 called the Haunted Hustle. I ran it in 3:52:23, I was shooting for sub 3:45, but it is OK, it was my first after all. I was expecting to...

PArty LiKe It’S 1999

Yesterday was my first half-marathon. This was the race that I have been training for, all my hard work led up to this moment! Up at 5:30am ready with coffee and my granola, ipod charged; race...

hoochie mama

I just had my 10 mile race yesterday and I am pretty happy with the results. I held back a little because I was hesitant of the course going into it blind. I didn't want to "blow my wad" at the...

sooo tired

Sorry about the absence, life has been all over the place. The family and I just got back from the east coast, yes we drove. It took about 16 hours to make the trip. The kids had a great time and...

updated my playlist

Almost back on track with my training schedule, in the last 2 days I ran about 15 miles for the week 24 so that's about where i left off when I hurt my knee. I haven't been stretching like I should...

Rain, Rain Go Away

After taking about a week off, and easing back into the running my knee is feeling better. It is not 100% yet, but I can go 5 miles without it starting to hurt. by next week i hope to back on...

Truly Accepting the Things I Cannot Change

No matter how hard we try there are things that are out of our control. Things that we have no say in, things that happen no matter what. A couple of days ago I got that piece of information that I...

Some Like It Hot

Even though my mind was screaming at me to run, run, run, I had the confirmation that I thought that I needed to rest. That was hard to do, crawling out of my skin actually. I found a sweet lawn...

No Pain No Gain?

What a week! I tried out my new socks for my early week runs and they were cooler, but it seems like they came with a cost. Runners knee! What a sucky thing, I had to stop short of my run on...

Rapture? What Rapture?

Whew! What a weekend!  Lots of live music, and tons of activity. Sometimes there is not enough time in a weekend to get everything done and have quality time together. I made Saturday my...

One Day at a Time

That first drink, the hotness of it slowly going down my throat warming my whole body from the inside out. The taste, the smell, the utter joy of it once it touches my lips. I am sure that I...

running on accident?

I have caught the running itch. I mean I have been training for about 4 months now and just recently I have found that I WANT to go run. On my rest day and my short run days, I just wanna go...

push it reaalll goood

The hot weather is here. So my body has been acclimated to the cooler weather, now I have to get used to the hot weather. I have favorite socks that I wear(not the same pair, but a specific type)...

It’s getting hot in HERE

WHEW!!!Talk about a busy weekend, between the fashion show on friday(which was amazing by the way) and the lovely night out after, Friday ended the week perfectly! The hair, the makeup, the pretty...

Bike Rides and No Bullshit

Yesterday was so beautiful and I got the pleasure to ride my bike around lake monona with Brando. It was my first attempt and really trying not to get lost in the massive city of monona. We made it...

Crazy….Legs

Saturday was my first race. The forecast was saying rain and wind. I really didn't care about the rain, it's the wind. So, as it turned out no rain, but wind aarrgghhh!I think about 20,000 people...

the sun came at just the right time

Upon waking this morning I woke with a sense of urgency, like I was late for something. I turned with the sunshine peeking through the window to see the clock stare at me 6:30am. how lucky was that?...

wandering into unchartered waters

for about 3 months now I have been training for a half marathon. the mini is still not for about 3 more months but I have made huge progress, going from about a 9 minute mile to under 8.the decision...