Prague Marathon Training, Week 11

Y’all, after last week, I’ll be the first to say I needed a little physical and mental break. After running my highest mileage week in probably 2 years and feeling that familiar twinge of back pain, I was happy when my coach said this week would be a cut back week. Monday, 3/20/17, barre3 video:Read more


How to Pack for 2 Weeks in New Zealand in a Carry-On

If you’re traveling to New Zealand from the United States, Canada or Europe – hell, pretty much anywhere, let’s be honest – you’ve probably got a longer trip planned. After all, there’s a significant amount of travel time to factor in when you’re headed to New Zealand, so it makes sense to spend at leastRead more


Irrational Thoughts on Hard Workouts

At spin class the other night, I was forced to confront an ugly aspect of my attitude that I had forgotten about. My legs were aching and sore from my run and kickball the day before and teaching barre3 that morning, and I struggled to push myself through spinning. Sweat was pouring off my bodyRead more


Prague Marathon Training, Week 10

Whew! My biggest week so far is in the books, and it was a doozie! I sustained another kickball injury (what the hell is wrong with me?), had some great runs, some terrible runs, and did some solid cross training. Oh, and there was a casual 17 mile run thrown in there somewhere. Monday, 3/13/17,Read more


Upping My Mental Running Game

As I’ve mentioned in my race reports for the Run Hard Half Marathon, Swamp Rabbit Half Marathon and the Green Valley 10-Miler, improving my mental toughness has been a huge focus for me this training cycle. My mental game has always been a weak spot for me when it comes to running (and let’s beRead more


Adventures in Auckland: The Best Day Trips

I know that I haven’t done the best job of telling you all about my trip to New Zealand. To be honest, I’ve found it really challenging to put the experience into words! We did and saw so much over those two weeks that every time I sit down to write about it, I feelRead more