Marathons and Dinosaurs and College Trips, oh, my!

Richmond Marathon Weekend 2022 This isn’t a race recap, exactly. I didn’t race this weekend. I was simply there to support everyone who was!  I woke up Sunday feeling sore from hours of walking, running, and standing. My throat hurts a bit from yelling all day. I’m sunburned from spending a couple of hours onContinue reading “Marathons and Dinosaurs and College Trips, oh, my!”

I Ran an Ultra Marathon, but I’m not sure I’m an Ultra Runner

The Conundrum of Facing the Ultra Challenge Again Reflecting on my running journey, the ultra was a test I promised I’d never endure.  “I’m not that crazy!” is what I told myself, my husband, and all of my friends. Of course, I also said that about running a marathon, but I was crazy enough toContinue reading “I Ran an Ultra Marathon, but I’m not sure I’m an Ultra Runner”

Chessie Trail Marathon 2022: Race Recap

“I’ll meet you at the cow!” This is one phrase you may not typically hear from your running partner during a marathon. But we did encounter quite a few of these majestic creatures during the race. They were mostly curious and/or unbothered by our presence.  The cow patties, on the other hand, were not soContinue reading “Chessie Trail Marathon 2022: Race Recap”

A Body in Motion Stays in Motion

Running through post-COVID symptoms and grief My current mantra. The law of inertia: a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest until another force acts upon it.  These last few weeks have been extremely challenging. I’m now 12 weeks post-COVID and am still not back to normal. Sure,Continue reading “A Body in Motion Stays in Motion”

A Glimmer of Hope Post-Covid

Finally, I felt like I had a decent run. Seven weeks post-Covid, I’m still having some issues. I would say about 90% of the time, I have some kind of annoying chest discomfort. On the pain scale, I’d give it a one or two. But I’ve had times when it’s a three. And that’s justContinue reading “A Glimmer of Hope Post-Covid”

Find Your Team

Yesterday, it was my turn to give the “benediction” for our marathon training team. We are the church of the Sunday long run! I had already written it, but then we learned about what happened to Eliza. I had to talk about her. Here’s what I said: Benediction 9/11/22 This week, I know that safetyContinue reading “Find Your Team”

Why does society still blame the victim?

I went for a 7 mile run yesterday, per my marathon training plan. Did I think about safety? I always do. I can’t afford not to. I’m a woman. I also thought about the abduction and death of a female runner as I ran. And I ran alone. On a college campus. And I couldn’tContinue reading “Why does society still blame the victim?”

Are you Ready for Fall Running?

Hallelujah! We are almost done with summer heat and humidity! It seemed especially brutal this year, right? As we watch the days get shorter and the leaves start to turn, it’s finally time to start preparing for cooler temperatures. I can’t wait to go for a run on that first crisp fall day of theContinue reading “Are you Ready for Fall Running?”

Ashland Half Marathon 2022: Race Recap

Running this race 3 weeks post-Covid, I had unrealistic expectations that I’d be pleasantly surprised by my performance. However, my only unexpected blessings came in the form of support from my friends on the course. This race went about how I thought it would. It sucked. I took the entire 3.5 hours, and I wasContinue reading “Ashland Half Marathon 2022: Race Recap”

On filling roles for which I didn’t feel ready…

Everyone feels like a novice at some point in their lives. I’ve been a physical therapist for over 23 years, and there are still times that I don’t feel prepared for certain clinical situations. It keeps me humble. But tackling roles outside of my career that push me out of my comfort zone? That’s aContinue reading “On filling roles for which I didn’t feel ready…”