It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

That’s right, fellow runners. We are about to enter fall marathon training season! And if you’re lucky, you are part of a marathon training team like mine. There is absolutely no way I could have run any of them without the help of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.  Meeting with my team again eachContinue reading “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

Fall Line Trail Update!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on the progress of the Fall Line Trail! I’m happy to report that the first leg beginning in Ashland is complete! Once finished, the proposed trail will connect the town of Ashland to the city of Petersburg for a distance of 43 miles, spanning through multiple countiesContinue reading “Fall Line Trail Update!”

Blue Ridge Half Marathon 2021: Race Recap

The space between getting ready the morning of a race and starting is usually met with the same thought: this was stupid. It’s a typical race anxiety cycle thought process. This was my mental place before the Blue Ridge Half Marathon. It wasn’t in a bad, angry-with-myself way. This was in a “my friends haveContinue reading “Blue Ridge Half Marathon 2021: Race Recap”

The Power of the Marathon

Ultramarathons aside, in the world of running, the ultimate test of mental strength and physical fitness is the marathon. Why is running the marathon such a powerful testament to a person’s will and mental toughness? One reason: the pain. We’ll revisit this point in a bit.  In my wildest dreams, 26.2 miles is a distanceContinue reading “The Power of the Marathon”

Spring is Really Here!

As I begin to write this, I’m listening to the sound of howling wind, awaiting another round of thunderstorms in Richmond, VA, our first taste of the season. Most of us were also awakened Sunday morning by thunder, lightning, and driving rain, much to the dismay of my poor dog. She doesn’t have panic attacks,Continue reading “Spring is Really Here!”

Race Recap: The Sports Backers Half Marathon

Yesterday, I ran the Sports Backers Half Marathon. We had beautiful weather! My best friend Patty convinced me to sign up a while ago, and, although our winter training did have a few hiccups, we managed to comfortably finish the half in about 3 hours. My PR is 2:21, but I haven’t been training nearlyContinue reading “Race Recap: The Sports Backers Half Marathon”

Is it spring yet? Winter running update…

Yesterday’s run was warm enough to wear shorts and a singlet! 70 degrees at noon. It was beautiful, but I got hot! And the bugs are already out. It’s way too early to be shooing flies. I’m sure we will have a couple more winter revivals before Virginia decides it’s actually spring. She’s fickle likeContinue reading “Is it spring yet? Winter running update…”

Exciting News!

I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ve been selected as an ambassador for the 2021 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! The Blue Ridge Marathon is held in Roanoke, Virginia, and is dubbed the world’s toughest road marathon. It is featured by Race Raves as one of the toughest road races in North America. Like mostContinue reading “Exciting News!”

We had a snow day! (Tips for winter running.)

For the first time since 2018, the Richmond area had an appreciable amount of snow! Now, I follow the meteorologist DT from WxRisk (you can find him on Facebook), and he is usually on point with forecasting, often calling it correctly days before the local meteorologists. Well, this go-round for the east coast Nor’easter, heContinue reading “We had a snow day! (Tips for winter running.)”

My 2020 in Running and Biking!

Totals:  Running: 772.5 miles Biking: 372.8 miles Races:  Southern Tour Ultra team relay in Wilmington, NC on January 18th One City Half Marathon in Newport News, VA on March 1st Taco Trot Virtual 5k Monument 10k virtual  Marine Corps Marathon virtual Longest run: 26.2 Longest ride: 23.8 That’s it!  The year began in splendid fashionContinue reading “My 2020 in Running and Biking!”