Up Up and Always Away

Up Up and Always Away

This fall has been just crazy. I feel like I have spent more time in other beds the past two months than I have in my own. I had some amazing trips got to see family, friends, run a marathon, go to a wedding, attend a work retreat, and house sit for a beautiful home outside the city, but I’ve realized that the living-out-of-a-suitcase-life is not for me. I would literally come home after a weekend away, barely unpack my suitcase before I had to re-pack for my next trip. For me it was totally exhausting and I am quite honestly so surprised I didn’t ever get sick. Continue reading “Up Up and Always Away”

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Heartbreak + Moving Forward

Heartbreak + Moving Forward

Ah, the 2017 Chicago Marathon, yes. If you have followed my blog since the beginning, you know the Chicago Marathon holds a special place in my heart (last year’s, epic race recap here.) The course holds some of my most memorable race moments and still holds my PR. However, this year, my third time taking on the course, was not quite what I envisioned. It’s taken me a while to process this race and I’ve thought about a lot of things that went wrong, thought about my training, and even questioned if my heart was still in the distance (spoiler, IT IS!) But I am finally ready to get the whole experience down on paper… errr. e-paper. Continue reading “Heartbreak + Moving Forward”

International Running Adventures

International Running Adventures

Oh hey, hi! It’s been a while since I last posted, and really I don’t have any excuses except I really didn’t have much to report on. But after my weekend in Vancouver for SeaWheeze, I have some things to report on! First of all, Vancouver completely blew me away.

Thanks to Lululemon, I was gifted a free entry into its annual half marathon held in Vancouver, BC and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run my first international race and a reason to visit Vancouver.

Race weekend started around 4am Friday morning when I was sleepily waking up for my early flight. My boyfriend, Nick, joined me on this trip across the boarder and went along to cheer me on and visit Vancouver for the first time as well. When we touched ground I was really bummed to see that the rumors were true, and the sky was super hazy as the smoke of forest fires nearby had crept into the air in Vancouver. I know the air quality of Vancouver is said to be one of the best, and I wanted to see the views! It was a bummer that quickly left my mind as I met up with the first of many of my concrete runners crew at the airport to grab a cab together to get downtown. Destination races are so much fun, partly because I get to see my runner friends from all over the country!! Continue reading “International Running Adventures”

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

We came to the start line at the Santa Monica Pier as 10 individual runners. 344 miles through city streets desert heat, and trails only lit by the stars and the moon, we were a family of runners intertwined and connected by this experience forever.

After I first watched a video of the first Speed Project race, I knew this was something I wanted to accomplish. I gravitated to this unsanctioned road race for it’s pure grit, the unknown, and the fact that it sounded so impossible and crazy. So when the call went out last fall to my Concrete Runners crew for willing participants to form a team, there was no doubt it in my mind I wouldn’t be a part of this. I blocked off my calendar and fit this into my finances without question. I knew how draining and exhausting the Hood to Coast 200-mile relay was, but I had no idea what I was about to get myself into by accepting a position on a 10 person team to relay-style-run our way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Continue reading “The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned”

New York City: Run Culture

New York City: Run Culture

Wow, first of all, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I ran the most epic race I’ve ever experienced! I still think back, look at photos, watch videos, and relive the moments that made the New York City Marathon so amazing. But aside from hosting the most amazing marathon races in the world, New York City has a pretty dope running culture and I was lucky enough to really check some cool events out while I was in town. Continue reading “New York City: Run Culture”

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

WOW. For those of you who have never ran or witnessed one of the greatest running events of the year that is the New York City Marathon (in my own opinion and I suspect others too, but I can’t be certain). Let me take this time to tell you a little bit about why this is probably the most epic race in the world. Continue reading “A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle”

Lessons Learned on Course

Lessons Learned on Course

You know that saying “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll be among the stars”? Well, it’s been a few weeks since I crossed the finish line in Chicago and that quote has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about now that the rush of one marathon has settled and I start to reset my focus on the NYC marathon (and beyond) and think about my goals and expectations. Continue reading “Lessons Learned on Course”