I didn’t plan on buying a new pair of running sunglasses. Running sunglasses are not cheap and it’s tough to justify spending around $100 on a second pair that I wouldn’t even wear that much. I’d rather have another pair of nice non-running sunglasses! But I caved partly because I needed a pair ASAP to […]


Everybody believes in a natural, one born with some innate ability or talent. But is that really the case? Is someone really born a natural runner? I never considered myself a runner and I hear people all the time say “I’m not a runner.” I never ran track or played sports. I started running in […]

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After being sick during (and the week after) the Tar Heel 10 Miler and having a bad blister on the ball of my left foot, I wasn’t sure running the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler in DC the following weekend was the best idea. My brother Matt and I registered a few months back […]

Pedicure plus new pair of my favorite sandals/shoes in the world, Birkenstocks!

Since I’ve switched over from my super control, super stable Saucony Omnis to Skechers Stradas, still a stability shoe but more on the neutral side, I’ve developed a callus, then a blood blister (sorry – gross) on the ball of my left foot. I thought developing a callus was just a natural part of running […]


Some races go better than others. The Tar Heel 10 Miler in Chapel Hill last Saturday morning was a rough one for me for several reasons. It’s not ideal to run races on back-to-back weekends, but Mike and I really wanted to run the Tar Heel 10 Miler since we’d heard such great things about […]


In only its second year, the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon has the reputation for being a tough and hilly course. Additionally, many Raleigh-ites haven’t been very excited for Competitor’s Rock ‘n Roll series to come to their city. Since Mike and I moved here, we’ve noticed that most area races are […]


There’s one running shoe brand that really stands out from the rest on Runologie’s sneaker wall. Neither a minimalist nor a maximum-support sneaker, On brand enables you to feel the ground beneath your feet while still providing cushioning through its patented “clouds.” At Runologie‘s demo day last week, the On representative explained the science behind […]

Skechers Stradas

Two different although very related topics. Mike and I finally bought new sneakers a couple of weeks ago after much debate. Buying new sneakers 3 weeks before a half marathon might not be the best idea but I figured I can always wear my old sneakers if my new ones don’t feel broken in enough. […]

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I’ve expressed my love of Picky Bars in an earlier blog post and continue to be impressed by both the product and company. Basically, Picky Bars are a gluten and dairy free bar originally created for athletes with the ideal 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. I can finally run without dealing with stomach issues […]


Tir Na Nog Irish Pub and their nOg Run Club sponsored the annual St. Paddy’s Day 8K and Kilt Run in downtown Raleigh last Saturday afternoon. The Monday night nOg Run Club is one of the largest, if not the largest, run club in the area. The run was heavily promoted leading up to the […]


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