I finally got my booster…

Timing my third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was tricky. I needed my flu vaccine by the end of October as a requirement for work, and that took priority. And I needed to space out vaccines to accommodate my race schedule, as I ran my virtual marathon the weekend before Halloween, and coached the RichmondContinue reading “I finally got my booster…”

The Cult of Personality

If you are of a certain age, you might remember this song: a delightfully vibrant rock song from the band Living Colour released in 1988. If you don’t know this song, follow the link, because it’s just as relevant today as it was then. But honestly, this is also a catchy title to entice youContinue reading “The Cult of Personality”

The Power of Guilt

Guilt. What a powerful emotion and manipulative tool.  The first time I remember feeling this, I was probably around 4 years old. We went to a Kaybee Toy store in the mall, and I saw a sticker on the floor. I picked it up and kept it. I don’t think I ever told anyone thatContinue reading “The Power of Guilt”

What does it mean to be an athlete?

Webster’s dictionary defines an athlete as a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina. “Trained or skilled in exercises” also sounds a lot like my career as a physical therapist, describing at least part of what I do on a daily basis.  One vestige ofContinue reading “What does it mean to be an athlete?”

Richmond Marathon 2021 Race Recap

Richmond Marathon 2021 Race Recap It’s often said that if you want to restore your faith in humanity, go spectate a marathon. This couldn’t be more true! After last year’s discouraging race year with so many live events canceled due to the pandemic, it was awesome to have the Richmond marathon, half marathon, and 8kContinue reading “Richmond Marathon 2021 Race Recap”

Gift Guide for your Favorite Runner: 2021

With the holidays around the corner, you may be wondering what to get that special runner in your life. I’m putting out this info early because of current supply chain issues that continue due to the pandemic, so this way, you’ll be prepared! Whether it’s the latest gadget, new gear, or stocking stuffers, I’ve gatheredContinue reading “Gift Guide for your Favorite Runner: 2021”

The thing about omens…

Do you believe in omens?  I do believe that the universe sends us signs at times to guide us to make better choices. And if I really trusted these initial signs, maybe I wouldn’t have married my husband. Hear me out on this… After my husband proposed, we set to planning our nuptials. We traveledContinue reading “The thing about omens…”

The Church of the Sunday Long Run

One of the few things in life that is certain is change. One of the biggest changes in my adult life that I could thankfully control is my decision to leave the church. As far as wellness is concerned, some might consider leaving organized religion a ding in my spiritual journey. However, I’ve found itContinue reading “The Church of the Sunday Long Run”

After the Marathon: All the Feels

Your race is done! Congratulations! You are now a part of the one percent of people who have ever completed a marathon! Let’s talk about what you may feel the moments and days after the culmination of your hard work.  First, you are happy the race is over, and you may even feel shocked thatContinue reading “After the Marathon: All the Feels”

Running a Marathon for the First Time? Think of it like preparing for childbirth. 

Especially for my first time marathoners, I jokingly tell them to think about the race like childbirth. I had an entire conversation about this with some of my runners on our 18 miler, with lots of giggles and agreement! Sure, go in with some expectations of how you would like to run the race, butContinue reading “Running a Marathon for the First Time? Think of it like preparing for childbirth. “