For The Love of the Back of the Pack Runner

You know us. We make you feel good as you pass us on the race course. We are the ones who get the most money out of our race fees. We are still persisting, even after most spectators have gone home, and sometimes after all of the post-race food is gone. We run at aContinue reading “For The Love of the Back of the Pack Runner”

New Ambassadorships!

I know I spend a lot of time on my blog discussing events and issues that make me decidedly unhappy, but today I’m going to talk about something that is bringing me some joy right now! Ambassadorships are a fun way to engage with the running community, especially on social media. This is the timeContinue reading “New Ambassadorships!”

Endorphins Make You Happy

One of my favorite movies of all time is Legally Blonde. (I’m blonde. Go figure…) One of my sole sisters and I would routinely quote lines from this movie on any given long run, often during moments of sheer runner’s high, and lightening any effort produced by our runs.  One of our favorite lines? YouContinue reading “Endorphins Make You Happy”

My 2021 In Running!

Yes, 2021 is coming to a close. And although I maybe didn’t accomplish everything I had set out to do this year with my running, I also kept expectations low. After all, we certainly deserve a bit of grace after a pandemic year, especially those of us who are essential workers, including healthcare providers.  I’mContinue reading “My 2021 In Running!”

So Excited!

I’m really happy to share that I will once again represent the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 2022! The event will be April 16, 2022. Announcements for ambassadors were made earlier this week.  Last year’s race was a bit different from their norm due to the pandemic, but it was very well done, and IContinue reading “So Excited!”

I Am an Ultramarathoner!

I returned to Farmville, VA on Saturday, the home of my undergrad alma mater, Longwood University, to do something my college age self could never imagine. I ran my first ultramarathon!  I was definitely not a runner in college. I barely made it to the gym once a semester, just to prove that I wasContinue reading “I Am an Ultramarathoner!”

Tapering. Ultra Style.

When you are preparing for a running race, taper is essential to rebuild and repair your body, restore glycogen stores, and get enough rest to endure the hours on your feet to come. Some runners look forward to taper. Others go a bit nuts. I have definitely had moments of both sets of feelings duringContinue reading “Tapering. Ultra Style.”

Sunday Runday!

Last week was a light running week. As I was adding a new pair of shoes to my Garmin app, I was trying to figure out why I had such a low mileage week and only ran twice. And then I remembered my day and a half dealing with my body’s rather robust immune responseContinue reading “Sunday Runday!”

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?”