Why I’m Breaking Up With My Gym

First off, It’s not them, it’s me… 😉 I love the gym I’ve been a part of. I joined when my youngest was less than a year.  Mainly for the childcare.  This was at the beginning of my running journey, and I would never have gotten any miles in otherwise.  For almost three years now, I’ve had the gym treadmill to turn to when the weather was bad, or when my kids were home and I couldn’t go out to {Read More}

Marathon Training 1/19 – 1/26

    Blue Ridge Marathon Training – Week 4 4 Weeks into my “official” training for my next marathon, and I haven’t done a weekly recap yet.  So, I figured it was about time!   Besides, I think I need that extra “push” in the coming weeks, because I have been going easy on myself up until now.  With snow days, and having things come up, I’ve skipped a few runs, and my weekly mileage is way below where it {Read More}

My 2015 Goals

It is now two weeks into the new year, and I have been thinking quite a bit about what my goals for this year are.  I think I finally have a good start now to where I would like my running journey to go in 2015. Here are my top 5 goals for this year: First, I have a few race goals.  I would like to run a marathon under 4:20.  My last marathon, I ran in 4:35, and really {Read More}

2014 My Year in Review

And just like that, another year is gone… But what a great year it was!! So much has happened since January 1st 2014.  Like 2 marathons, a new blog and 1200 miles! In January, I started training for my first marathon!  I thought it was a crazy idea, and didn’t really have a lot of confidence that I would be able to finish! In the spring, I ran a few local races. I got a PR at the Monument Ave {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

Still looking for that perfect gift for a runner in your life?  Well, look no further!  I have put together  a quick list of some of my favorite running items, and a few things that are on my own running wish list. 1. First off, winter running gear!  Sometimes it is hard to get out when its freezing outside.  But new winter gear is guaranteed to motivate a runner to bundle up get some miles in. Whether its gloves, ear warmers, {Read More}

2014 Richmond Marathon Recap

  Well here it is, a few days after my marathon and I’m finally getting around to writing my recap. What a fantastic weekend! It began on Friday afternoon when we hopped in the car and headed to Richmond.  We had kind of a late start, and arrived at the expo just before they started closing up.  We took a quick tour of the booths, grabbed our packets and t shirts with out any problems, and headed back to my Sister-In-Law, {Read More}

26 Celebrity Marathoners

It’s Race Weekend! Later today, I’ll head down to Richmond to run 26.2 miles.  With marathons on the brain, I’ve put together a list of 26 famous celebrities that can also call themselves Marathoners! 1. First on the list can be none other than Oprah!  Arguably the most famous celebrity marathoner.  She ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1994, with a time of 4:29:20.  (My ultimate goal for this marathon? Beat Oprah!) 2. My favorite New Kid on the Block, Joey McIntyre {Read More}

Week 15 of Richmond Marathon Training

or “Why I Don’t Run in the Dark!” I’ve finished my last week of training before the Richmond Marathon Race week! Wednesday: I didn’t think I would get my run in, so when the opportunity came to run in the evening, against my better judgement I put on some blaze orange, and went out with my husband for a 3.5 mile run.  (Seriously, I am such a scaredy cat.  If he wasn’t with me, I wouldn’t have even thought of going {Read More}

Week 14 of Richmond Marathon Training and a New 5K PR

This was my first week of tapering before the Richmond Marathon,  and so far, so good.  I’v actually enjoyed the slight break from a crazy number of miles.  (I’m sure by the end of next week, I’ll be a little insane)  😉 Monday – A rest day, after my 22 mile run on Sunday Tuesday – 10 miles on the treadmill, would end up being my longest run this week. When there’s nothing exciting to take a picture of, I {Read More}

5 Essentials for a Long Run

Running is supposed to be simple; lace your shoes, and get out there.   And for the most part, this holds true. However, with my longer runs, I find myself constantly trying to figure out what I need to carry with me.  I know, I’m probably way over thinking things, but I have put a lot of thought and “trial and error” into what I carry with me.  I think I’ve finally figured it out. So maybe I can save you {Read More}