The other day due to kids sports schedules and rain showers I ended up running later in the evening. I haven’t run with the sun setting in quite some time. 

Typically I am running earlier in the day with the sunrise. 

I didn’t want to stop to take a picture and by the time I finished the sun was pretty low. 

This is what I thought of as I ran into the setting sun!

Run streak day 251!

Great morning for a run!

I’m not sure if it was the roosters crowing as I started my run or the rising sun. 

Maybe the cool temperature or the nine hours of sleep I got. 

Maybe it’s the relief of not having marathon training held over my head. After two soccer games today as well as a trip to Target, Costco, and Kroger there definitely wasn’t time for a long run. 

All I know is that my run today was back on pace where it should be! I loved every minute of it!

Run streak day 240!!!

Mixed bag of emotions

Today I have been feeling a great sense of relief along with a feeling of guilt and sadness. I officially changed from the Columbus marathon to the Columbus half marathon. 

As I was getting ready to run this morning I took a look at my training calendar for the next 8 weeks and I began to wonder how I was going to fit it all in. 
Not only does my plan call for four weekends of pretty high mileage, between three of my kids we have soccer tournaments, many other league soccer games, as well as cross country meets. I started to panic and realize it would be difficult to fit it all in. 

I have run three marathons previously, but the timing of those and the less intensive training plans allowed me to run and still live my busy life. 

My decision ultimately boiled down to the fact that my family is the most important thing to me. If I tried to squeeze my long runs in on tournament weekends or any weekend for that matter, I would never see my husband and kids. If I changed my training around to fit life right now I didn’t feel I would be trained well enough for how I want to approach this race. 

As I went out for my run early this morning I made the decision to switch from the full to the half. As I ran, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. 

Shortly after returning I told my husband and immediately made the official change online. I wanted to do it before I changed my mind. As the day has gone on I have felt relief, but at the same time a little sad and almost guilty that I am not running the full. I know it was the right decision for me and my family. 

I will be back for another marathon maybe in the spring, OR super wishful thinking that my husband will send me to Disney in January! (There are still bibs for the marathon).  A GIRL CAN DREAM!

200 down! How many more to go!?!?

Back on December 27, 2014 I started my run streak. My goal was to run at least 1 mile a day for 365 days. I set this goal as part of an online running group.  One of the members of the group is going to purchase jackets with the group name Magic Milers if you complete the challenge. 

When I first started out on this venture I thought it would be a daunting task, but I also thought it was possible to complete. As days turned into weeks I became impressed with myself for keeping up with my goal. 

July 14, 2015 marked day 200 of my run streak!  I almost can’t believe I have made it this far.  There were days in late April where I had some allergy related asthma issues and barely ran the minimum 1 mile, but I did it!  I have run in rain, snow, hot, and cold. I have run in the very early morning hours of 1 AM and the last hours of the day 11 PM. 

In the past 200 days I have run 858 miles. I have a new 5k PR: 25:50, a new half marathon PR: 1:54:39, and a new marathon PR: 4:15:22!

People ask me what I am going to do when I get to my 365 days goal. I am not really sure (I have to get there first!), but right now I think I will continue to run!

Here’s to 165 + more days of running


Running on vacation is possible with some planning. Since starting my run streak I have had to make sure I can find a place to run no matter where I am. That is not always easy. I have had to wait in line for a treadmill and sometimes use treadmills that weren’t in the best shape. I prefer to run outside, but sometimes that is not a safe option. 

On our recent trip to Disney World I ran everyday. I ran in the evening, early morning, and even super early morning one day. ( we arrived back at the resort from a day in the parks @ 12:50 AM, so I went for a run since it was technically the next day!) I enjoyed the scenery on my runs and welcomed the change. It was fun to stop and take in my surroundings.  My family even joined me once or twice. 


We ran to New Orleans and back one day


the family that runs together , has fun together! runDisney!


Checking out Hollywood Studios


a view of the Eiffel Tower


The wonderful views help with the pace!



Do you run while on vacation?

Do you run on a treadmill or venture out?


That got your attention, didn’t it!?!?  I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I haven’t gone to join a naked running team. Although some people enjoy exercising in the buff. Yesterday was actually World Naked Bike Ride Day also known as Bare if you dare. I was going to post a picture to go along, but I couldn’t find any that seemed appropriate!

In all seriousness,  I have still been running I just haven’t had time to blog. The last few weeks were spent ending up the school year! As well as packing for and going to the best place in the World for vacation. 

My streak is up to 171 days. I can’t believe I am almost to the halfway mark!

As far as the naked part goes, I have been wearing my Garmin when I run and on the days I only run a mile I don’t know my pace or time until I am finished. In the running world that is known as running naked. 

Have a great evening and I hope to get back to the regularly scheduled blogging since its summer!



This was my recovery week. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be. My body in general was tired, but not too bad. 

I also had some new shoes to try out this week. Brian bought me the New Balance Zante fresh foams and they are awesome!


I opted to sleep in and skip Yogalates. My body was tired and needed the extra sleep. 

1 mile run. This was rough, I think I looked like an old lady when I took off. 9:10 pace


Strength and conditioning. Lisa subbed which always means a good class, thankfully it focused mainly on our upper body. We did run outside some, but my legs were feeling pretty good for the short runs. 

1 mile run @ 8:25 pace



3 mile run @ 9:26 pace. It was so hot tonight!


Strength and conditioning

I was so tired after work and was putting off my run. I took a short nap and then laid with my legs up the wall for about 10 minutes. I got up and felt  so freshed.


I even had some partners for my run and for the first time that I can remember, I beat Emma! 1 mile run @ 8:03 pace



 Ladies Rock Dayton  4 mile race @ 8:22 pace


1 mile run @ 8:01 pace


4 mile run @ 8:25 pace

This weeks workouts were a nice and relaxing. Now it’s time to get back into gear with my runs for my next half marathon at the end of June. 

Weekly mileage 15 miles 

May mileage 43 miles

Run streak 135 days!


The weekend started off with the Ladies Rock Dayton 4 miler with some friends. The three of us are running a half marathon at the end of June, so this was a fun warm up race. 


This is a new race and it didn’t disappoint. The swag bag was full of goodies. There were chocolates, a healing salve, useful coupons, drink koozie, a bag, and a nice Brooks race shirt. 


The course was on a bike path along the Great Miami River and wound through Carillon Historical Park where it finished. It was about 85 degrees, but there was a nice breeze so it didn’t feel too hot. 

At the finish line we received an awesome beer glass and a drink ticket. 



The after party was one of the best I have been to. They had a bartender, and a spread of food that included hummus, pretzel chips, donuts, veggies and dip, bagels and cream cheese, cookies, and some great healthy red velvet and cookie dough dips! I forgot to take any pictures of the food, but it was yummy!

They announced the overall top three winners and then the announced the overall Masters winner. Imagine my surprise when they called my name!  I was shocked to be on stage! The prize bag and bouquet of flowers was amazing!



I ended up finishing 12th overall, 1st overall in the Masters division, 2nd in my age group. How did I end up 2nd in the 40 + Masters age group and still win overall Masters you ask? The overall winner was the 41 year old winner of my age group and you can’t win two prizes! The “old” girls really did ROCK this race!

This was such a fun race and a great time with friends. I can’t wait to run it again next year!


Oops! I guess I have been slacking on my recaps. Actually I knew I hadn’t posted, I just wasn’t feeling the workouts the last few weeks and writing about it at the time was making me relive a not so great workouts. I guess the whole tapering business messes with my head. It does seem to work well with my body though, but more about that later. 



1 mile run @ 7:26 pace


Strength and Conditioning

5 miles @ 8:32 pace



6 mile run @ 8:45 pace


Strengh and Conditioning 

5 mile run @ 8:48 pace


1 mile run @ 7:53 pace


7 mile run @ 9:20 pace


4 mile run @ 8:14 pace



1 mile run @ 8:21 pace


Strength and Conditioning

4 mile run @ 8:24 pace


5 mile run @ 8:43 pace


Strength and Conditioning

1 mile run @ 8:04 pace

Yoga sculpt. This is a new class at a local studio. It is a great class that I will have to try again now that marathon training is over. It was yoga with weights and a little bit of cardio. It was a great workout. 


4 mile run @ 8:17 pace


3 mile run @ 8:32 pace


8 miles @ 8:48 pace




1 mile run @ 8:01 pace


3 miles @ 8:33 pace



4 mile run @ 8:56 pace


3 mile run @ 9:02 pace


1 mile run @ 8:12 pace


1 mile run @ 8:00 pace



26.2 miles @ 9:44 pace (race recap coming soon)

So I guess I actually missed three weeks in there.  

April mileage 148 miles!

May mileage 28 miles

Run streak 130 days


This week started out much better than last week. I felt pretty good for the most part. By FRIDAY, my cough was back with a vengeance and my weekend runs didn’t go quite as planned. I think that is why I held off on posting this, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get my full last long run in. I have come to realize I am as prepared distance wise as I can be. And I just need to move on. 


No Yogalates today. I was pretty tired today and decided to just sleep in. 

1 mile run outside @ 7:26 pace. This run started out great and then two dogs came running up on me. They looked threatening (to me!) and thanks to 3 wonderful neighbors who came to my rescue as well as a random guy in his car trying to corral the dogs I was able to finally continue on my way. I did encounter the dogs again as I was almost finished with my run, but I was able to divert them. 


Strength and Conditioning

Courtney subbed for Mike so we actually did Tabata. 

5 mile run outside  @ 8:32 pace. 



Lisa subbed for Courtney and it was a Tabata style class. 

6 mile run outside @ 8:44 pace. 


Strength and Conditioning

Mike kicked our butt today. 

5 mile run outside @ 8:48 pace. 


1 mile run outside @ 7:54 pace. 


I switched my run with Sunday due to impending rain. I had to run late in the afternoon because Alex had a soccer tournament. 

I had 20 planned, a few miles in I decided to change to 12 because I was coughing all day and really congested. I ended up stopping at 7 and made the “call of shame” to Brian to pick me up. 7 miles outside @ 9:21 pace. I ended up doing a breathing treatment afterwards. My body was exhausted. 


4 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:14 pace. 

Weekly mileage 29 miles

Monthly mileage 82 miles

Yearly mileage 501 miles 

Run Streak 114 days

I was really disappointed in myself for not running my 20 miles, but I know that my health is more important. I also know I have recently done some long runs and I will be fine fitness wise come race day. Here’s to the last two weeks of marathon training!