Sunday’s half marathon reminded me how much I love racing. I love digging deep and pushing myself hard. I love the energy, the running community, the excitement and the feeling of accomplishment. I’m excited with how the race went especially given the fact that I didn’t train that well. Honestly, I think I love running […]

Only one more week. Hard to believe. I’m feeling semi-confident. I know I’ll be able to finish but it’s going to be a challenge. During training, the farthest I have run is 10 miles (in flat Florida), and 13.1 miles on Raleigh’s hilly roads seems daunting right now. I had a good run this weekend! I’m […]

I’m not working off much of a training plan anymore. I’m still trying to get in the long weekend run while doing what I can during the week. With limited time (and energy!) sometimes I struggle with whether it’s best to get mileage in during the week, focus on strength training, do yoga or simply rest […]

I might have overdone it. I need to take my own advice and remember the lessons I learned during other race trainings. Last Saturday, I ran my longest run in over a year – 8 miles! And at a pretty fast pace too. I finally felt mentally ready for the half marathon. Despite my tight calves, I ran […]

One of the things I love most about running is the challenge – both mental and physical. There are countless ways to continually challenge yourself whether it’s by increasing your speed or distance, changing up your route or adjusting to changes in your external environment — a new baby, for example! I’ve run several half marathons over […]

I think it’s safe to say this is my favorite race. We’ve run it the past three years (2014 recap, 2015 recap), even driving up to DC from NC this year and last! It’s worth it. This year, William joined us! What’s so great about it? Besides being very well-run and organized from start to […]

Our baby boy arrived on June 8th! I’m grateful to have had a fast labor and delivery without complications, and to have welcomed a happy, healthy little boy into the world. Mike and I have been soaking up all the special moments over the past two months, and can’t believe how much William has grown […]

It’s been awhile! My last run was the Chick-fil-A Races Series: Ella’s 5K on March 19th when I was 28 weeks pregnant. I didn’t plan on that being my last run. I felt really good during and after the 5K with my run/walk combination. So what happened? I don’t really know. The weather wasn’t great […]

Since many races occur in March and April, I seem to now associate races with the kick-off to spring! After our weekend travel plans changed at the last minute, we decided to run the Chick-fil-A® 5K and 10K in North Raleigh, part of the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series. Officially called “Ella’s Race” in memory of […]

Free mini doughnuts! A big draw for the Sola Hot Mini 5K. You might be wondering what I was thinking. Seven months pregnant and registered for a 5K. What I’ve learned over the past 7 months is that things can change weekly, even daily, and it’s important to be flexible and adaptable. Being a planner, […]