Finding the Point

This is something that I’ve thought about over the last couple of years.  And I’ve mentioned it to a few friends and to Lawrence on more than one occasion. I will preface this by saying that I’ve struggled with low self esteem for a long time.  I’ve often felt like a failure at life.  Like…

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

As I was driving away from the Halloween 5k race back in October, I sent Coach Dino a text and told him I wasn’t very happy with my results.  I finished in 21:08 but didn’t feel like that result reflected the shape I was in.  His response was that he didn’t want to hear it. …

Family Pictures and Mount Vernon

I’m not really sure how we got to Thanksgiving week so quickly.  I feel like school just started and now it’s Thanksgiving.  Which means tomorrow it will be Christmas so I better get my act together! In a rare moment of getting on the ball, we took Christmas card pictures over the weekend, ordered the…

Stomach bugs and tempo runs

It’s been a little rough around here lately.  We have a stomach bug sweeping through the house and so far, Sean, Lauren, and I have been hit with it.  It seems to be the hanging on kind in that even after the initial miserable stomach pain goes away, it hangs around making you feel off. …

My favorite miles

Happy to report that I survived my workout on Saturday.  It reminded me: hard workouts are much better when run with someone else.  Having my brother do the pacing and most of the talking was an enormous help to me.  I checked out our splits each mile but aside from that, didn’t look at my…

A couple 5k pictures and Halloween

I really need to be more aware of photographers when I’m racing. Why yes, this 11 year old did pass me right before the finish line. And no, I didn’t want to hurt him.  That is my, “holy cow this hurts, I never want to run another 5k” face.  But I’m sure his parents were…

5k recap and more thoughts on patience

I talk about patience a lot on this blog because it’s something I really struggle with.  Maybe most people do.  Right now, I just want to be faster.  I want to be back where I was before I fell down the injury rabbit hole almost 2 years ago.  And it’s not like I want to…

Practicing Patience

I’m not a patient person.  So I guess it’s good that running gives me a lot of opportunities to practice it.  Yesterday was a prime example.  I’m not in racing shape right now.  I’m 4 weeks out from the marathon and have done mostly easy miles with a few tempo miles thrown in here and…

Since the marathon

It’s hard to believe I ran Erie three weeks ago.  I was so focused on it for so long, I can’t really figure out how I feel about it.  On the one hand, I’m glad it’s over and that it went well.  On the other, I find myself a little jealous of everyone tapering getting…

Do you really need a coach?

I found a facebook exchange between Dino and I from June 16th.  Less than 3 months out from the marathon and I was still only running 20 consecutive minutes.  I was trying to bargain for more run time and here’s what he said to me: Me: Soooo… do you think I could do more than…

A quick life recap and the Erie Marathon

I’m back!  It’s been a while since I visited this little space of the internet.  Over the past few months, I tried to sit down and write a few posts but just really didn’t feel any desire to do it.  After being injured for so long, there’ve been a few times over the last 2…

Life these days

The past couple of weeks have been flying by.  And even though I’m only running a little bit at this point, I can feel a shift in my attitude.  I had a long time to accept that I couldn’t run, so I’d kind of fallen into a resignation about the whole thing and moved onto…