2022: My Yearly Running Rundown

February was a good build up month to get ready for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. I ran the Austin Half as a pacing practice for Boston and raced the February Freeze 5 mile (I usually run the 2 mile, but decided to change it up).

Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge (Part 1)

I completed the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge back in 2017 before I started writing this blog. The races were two weeks apart and I had an amazing experience. My experience was just as incredible this past week.

Berlin to Boston: My Fall Marathon Adventures

Because of the pandemic, my Fall racing schedule turned out to be two World Majors two weeks apart. I wouldn’t have chosen this challenge, but I sure wasn’t going to back down from it. So, this is a recap of my Fall 2021 Berlin Marathon and Boston Marathon experiences. Let’s back up a bit to this summer.
I trained through the hot Texas heat with the hope that at least the rescheduled Boston would happen on October 11th. It seemed very promising, so that became my goal race. Berlin was very late to the party with their announcements. I waited and waited for word that the race was even going to happen, what the Covid protocols would be and just about any news in general. Nothing was really definite until late July/early August. When it seemed like there was actually a possibility of both happening, I finally booked hotels and flights and planned for a PR in Berlin and a solid time in Boston. Spoiler alert: neither of those happened 😦

Coming Full Circle: Irving Half Marathon Race Recap

Eleven years ago, I signed up for my very first half marathon after working up to the distance through the West Texas Running Club races since my first 5k in April of 2009. I found a great little half marathon in Irving, TX called Heels and Hills. Sadly, it is no longer around. I was 41 years old and really knew nothing about racing long distances. There was a training plan in the back of one of my favorite books, Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham and I followed it to to the letter. I didn’t know what a gel was, didn’t carry water, didn’t know what a pacer was or what a good finish time was… nothing, but I ran pretty well! I managed a 1:59:13 and was overwhelmed with emotion when I crossed that finish line. What had just happened? How could I have pushed my body to finish 13.1 miles?! Little did I know that was just the beginning of my foray into long distances!

Rolling with the Punches: Panther City Half Marathon Recap

Half marathon #30 was certainly a memorable one for sure! I was so excited to finally run another live race and then the snowpocalypse came and no races could happen the weekend of February 21st. Luckily, both of my races were only postponed until the following weekend. Not so luckily, I lost money on an Airbnb reservation and had to scramble to find a new one (more to come on that).

2020: Learning To Take NOTHING For Granted

Well, 2020 was not the year I thought it was going to be. It wasn’t the year ANYONE thought it was going to be. Races canceled, PR dreams shattered, travel plans destroyed and on and on… But, these are really trivial problems compared to the devastating losses all over the world. Family members lost, jobs gone, no food on the table… So yes, I am disappointed yes, I have grieved yes, I still feel resentment, but I’m healthy, I’m alive, my family is well, I can still run, I am still employed. I CAN count my blessings!

Happy 2021: Texas Marathon Race Recap

Here we are! 2020 is history and we are beginning a new chapter called 2021. It’s always a great feeling to have 365 new days in front of you to fill up with whatever you decide to do. Mine will be filled with lots of running, that’s for sure!

These are a Few of My Favorite Things… 20 of my favorite running things

Happy new decade to all! It has been a while since I have written a post that wasn’t a race recap, so I thought it might be fun in honor of the year 2020 to list 20 of my favorite running things. I may do another with 20 more in the future. We’ll start with these 20 in no particular order.

My Year of Running: 2019 Edition

Here we are at the end of another year. I’m not sad to see this year end. It hasn’t been as stressful as 2018, but it has had its trials for sure. On the other hand, running in 2019 has been quite an adventure. Let’s take a little journey through this past year and see just how far I have come.

Marathon #33 is a Wrap: Athens Marathon Race Recap

We ran the first 5k somewhat downhill and then we turned to circle around the Tomb of the Athenians. There wasn’t much to see, just a sign and patch of grass, but the smell of Cyprus was lovely.

As we came back around the loop, the sun started to peek out from behind the clouds. Uh oh it was getting hotter

Revel Big Cottonwood Race Recap: BQ #3

There was one more mile to go and I was determined to finish this race. I glanced down at my watch which said I still had a projected finish time of 3:45 so I took off. As I approached the finish line, I started giving high fives to the spectators who were waiting at the finish. Just before I crossed the line, I yelled at the top of my lungs “BQ” and everyone cheered. The announcer said “Now that’s the way you finish a race!” I did it! I qualified for Boston AGAIN but this time with a bigger cushion.

My Summer Recap and Exciting Fall Plans

My last entry here was way back in June! Why was that? Probably because this summer has not brought that many exciting experiences for me this year. But that’s ok, because I have a great Fall planned. Read on for more info…

Revel Rockies Race Recap: An Unexpected BQ!

I signed up for this race (my 31st marathon) to redeem myself from my last race – Revel Mt. Charleston about a month ago. Because I have now run that race 3 times, I didn’t recap it in my blog. Mt. Charleston 2019 didn’t go so well mainly due to the heat, so I decided to sign up for Revel Rockies right afterwards to see what I could do.

10 Years Running! It’s My RUNniversary!

Picture it: April 18th, 2009. I woke up and made my egg white sandwich, put on my Casa Theta 5k T-Shirt, laced up my Nike Lunar Glides, drove to the Texas Tech Campus, lined up at the starting line and took off. This was the day of my very first 5K race. This was the day I consider to be my transformation into “runner.”