I’ve Been Streaking, and It’s Been Great!

Sharing my thoughts about my January run streak. Ah, January. The new year, with a fresh beginning and hopefully with a few aspirational goals to motivate. With the month almost over, I’m taking some time to reflect on my new year’s journey thus far. Personally, I chose to do a run streak for the monthContinue reading “I’ve Been Streaking, and It’s Been Great!”

I Broke Down and Cried on my 10 Mile Run Yesterday

Sometimes runs are necessarily cathartic. I’d kind of been dreading this run: the first double-digit run of my first ever spring marathon training cycle. I’m used to training for a fall marathon, leading a very organized team of runners with a very prominent non-profit and with lots of support.  This run was lonely. I wasContinue reading “I Broke Down and Cried on my 10 Mile Run Yesterday”

What’s Your Running Mantra?

Positive self-talk matters in fitness. It’s January. That means gyms are packed with everyone super motivated to pursue new years’ resolutions and streets are a bit more crowded than usual with runners and walkers alike. If you are new to your fitness journey, sometimes it’s challenging to feel like you even belong in these spaces. Continue reading “What’s Your Running Mantra?”

Frostbite 15k 2023 Race Recap

Richmond Road Runners Club Well, well, well. If it isn’t another race that I said I’d never run again, and yet peer pressure made me sign up to run it this year. Why did I swear I’d avoid this race? I’ll tell you. I ran this race 3 years in a row: 2014, 2015, andContinue reading “Frostbite 15k 2023 Race Recap”

Is Choosing a Vegetarian or Vegan Lifestyle a Trauma Response?

Exploring the connections between diet choices and mental health This story is both scientific and personal. In taking a continuing education course on trauma-informed care as part of my ongoing training as a physical therapist. I was surprised to find a few things listed under some common characteristics and conditions of those who have survivedContinue reading “Is Choosing a Vegetarian or Vegan Lifestyle a Trauma Response?”

Vegan Succotash Chowder

Some ideas for recipes just come to me on a whim, like when I’m on a run. That’s how the idea for this chowder developed.  Succotash was one of those vegetable side dishes I grew up with that I had to learn to love, but once I did, it became a comfort food. Nostalgia canContinue reading “Vegan Succotash Chowder”

A Dozen Life Lessons I Taught My Daughters

My themes of parenthood Motherhood was not something I truly contemplated. I just assumed that I would be one someday. It’s an expected part of life as a woman, at least of one my age. (I’m pushing 50.) That being said, I was lucky enough to give birth to two amazing daughters with an equallyContinue reading “A Dozen Life Lessons I Taught My Daughters”

That’s a Wrap!

My year in running in 2022 Oh, this sport. Running has been a part of my life now for 10 years. For 8 of those, I have run at least one spring half marathon and a fall full marathon. This year was no exception. Adding to my activities were a few leadership roles. And despiteContinue reading “That’s a Wrap!”

On Becoming the Other Side of the Sandwich

When your time in the “middle” of the sandwich generation is running out We lost my father-in-law in October. His passing, although challenging, was expected. It was a slow process that really began 6 years ago when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. We watched helplessly as the disease robbed pieces of him from us bitContinue reading “On Becoming the Other Side of the Sandwich”

The Power of Empathy

Why healthcare providers need this superpower I woke up one morning, looking over toward the bathroom of my apartment. I took a glance at an object that wasn’t supposed to be there: a wheelchair. My overstudied brain suddenly recalled that on that day, I was supposed to be a paraplegic.  The simple task of gettingContinue reading “The Power of Empathy”