It’s that time of year! December 1st is here, and for many of us, that means it’s time to launch into full panic mode as we haven’t even started our holiday shopping. For me personally, Black Friday left me a little meh. I bought one gift item online but most of what I saw that day didn’t seem like that much of a deal. Cyber Monday came and went without much luster for me either. And so begins my annual trek to stores both physical and virtual, trying to find just the right gift in just the right size at just the right price. IRead More →

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November is almost over. How can this be? Weren’t we just complaining about the brutal summer heat and humidity? I know I was! Well, it’s the last Friday of the month and I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! Let’s head on over to the Runfessional, shall we? I runfess that today’s Black Friday sales have me feeling kind of…meh. I’m seeing 10% off on many sites. Really? That’s barely a sale. I need at least 30% off to consider it a great deal. And of course if I can layer discount codes, all the better. Right now I’m sitting in my kitchen sipping hot coffee andRead More →

In my last post I talked about the road to Ragnar, which was an adventure in its own right! In this post I will talk about the race experience itself. Our co-ed team was made up of 11 runners. In Van 1 (actually Yukon 1), our runners included Shawn, Andrés, Diana, Erin, and Kelly, with Erin & Kelly’s dad (AKA Van Dad) as the driver. I was in Van 2, along with Captain Angela, Rosie the Narc, Alissa the Bug Lady, Aimee the Airport Evacuee,  and Tina the Rainmaker. Prior to race weekend, the only person I knew was Angela, but you quickly get toRead More →

This is Part One of a Two-Part Series, as there is just so much to tell! This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a 200(ish) mile Ragnar race along the coast of Florida. If you’ve never heard of a Ragnar race, they are a series of road relay races that typically include teams of 12 runners (or six runners for ultra teams) that tag-team it across approximately 200 miles from Point A to Point B. Most of these races are held in the U.S., but there also is one in Canada, and there recently has been a race added in the U.K.Read More →

I can’t say I don’t set goals for myself. In fact, I generally do. But I usually don’t share them publicly. Knowing myself, I’m sure it’s because of the stupid notion that I would rather not put myself out there at all than put myself out there as a failure. Case in point:  The first year I did the Chicago Marathon (2013) I told no one. And by no one, I mean NO ONE. Not even my husband. I didn’t tell him until two weeks before the race, and I literally called my BFF and told her for the very first time immediately after crossingRead More →

And in the blink of an eye, October has come and gone. It seems the older I get (and as of today, I’m another year older), the faster time seems to be flying by. How was your month? Why not pour yourself a nice glass of wine as I reminisce about mine? Some quick stats for the month: Walking/Running:  77.8 miles, including two marathons in two weeks! Biking:  None Gym Workouts:  Nada Wine Consumption:  Onto the reds with the cooler weather upon us. Mostly Pinot Noirs for now, but I’ve also enjoyed a few Merlots and Cabs along the way My running/gym workouts have been waaay down (or non-existent) thisRead More →

As the year winds down (yes, I know we have two full months of 2017 to go!) I am already trying to convince myself to keep running throughout the winter. I made myself that promise last year, and with the brutal Chicago weather, I totally wimped out. I am one of those runners who doesn’t mind running in the heat and humidity at all. In fact, I prefer it to running in the cold. Especially the damp cold. I really hate having to wear multiple layers when I run. Once I start to sweat, I experience a bone-chilling cold that I just can’t seem toRead More →

It’s the last Friday of the month and I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! It’s been a long month, but I still can’t believe it’s almost over! Let’s head on over to the runfessional and see what I’ve been up to this month, shall we? I runfess that with two marathons scheduled two weeks apart in October, I did not train half as hard as I should have over the summer. Of course that’s no surprise to anyone who has followed my progress and even less of a surprise to everyone who knows what a procrastinator I can be. Still, I survived them both and had someRead More →

I am writing this on my flight home from DC, having completed the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) just this afternoon. Exactly two weeks earlier I completed the Chicago Marathon. It’s been a whirlwind two weeks, that’s for sure! You can read my recap of the Chicago Marathon here. At around Mile 20 in Chicago, I started feeling queasy and pretty much walked the remaining 6 miles. For me, no time is worth losing my cookies over. I was on track at the MCM to beat Chicago and maybe even PR; and then, Mile 18… I was able to coordinate the MCM with a business trip toRead More →