Facing Fears

I know I talk about marathons a lot on here, but ’tis the season! Going into this last marathon, I realized that I did not experience the dread and fear that I used to get. I remember thinking a couple of weeks ago how strange it felt to be confident and ready for marathon #4….

Marathon #4

I knew in January 2017 that I was meant to run a marathon. It is what I am supposed to do, my calling, and my greatest ambition. That month, I crossed the start line at my first marathon, the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon, but I did not finish. At mile 12, after shedding a…

Numbers Aren’t Everything

Numbers aren’t everything.  More and more, runners’ blogs and social media accounts are becoming numbers-focused, with captions and watch faces displaying miles and pace. And I know that for many that it can be motivating. I do enjoy following other people’s progress, and I love being able to witness as someone else chases their goals,…

Advice from a Runner

When I began running in 2013, I could barely run 30 seconds without getting winded, tired, and defeated. I was very hard on myself. I hated to sweat, and it killed me to see other people on treadmills beside me running faster and longer than me. I would beat myself up and compare myself to…

The Not-So-Long Run

Yesterday’s long run turned out not to be long. Not only was it hard to get out of bed and out the door at 5 a.m., but I have also been having some tightness in my knee and hamstring this week. After the 20-mile run last Sunday, we took a few days off to rest,…