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Growing up I had what seemed to be the perfect family. Two loving parents, three siblings, a dog and a nice house. We were the perfect American dream. It was a shock, yet not a shock when my parents split up after 20 years of marriage. I’ve spent a good portion of the past 10 […]

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How oh how have 6 years of my life gone by this fast? It seems like forever ago I found out I was expecting a little person in my life yet it seems like just yesterday she was born. Last night as I felt some life growing pains of my own, my dearest friend Claire […]

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Hello Monday. Hello First Day of School. Hello 12 miles before the sun rose – 7:40 average. [7+ with my speedy friend] Last week we lost internet and phone because of a mini fiasco with Verizon. Even though I now feel behind on work stuff,  it was the perfect time to lose it. It allowed […]

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Tuesday night I set my alarm for what I consider a *literally insane hour of the morning* When my alarm went off it was surprisingly easy to get out of bed. I was not looking forward to the run, but to the post run bliss. I was looking forwarding to sitting on my front porch […]

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Last Thursday little people and I decided to head the other direction on the trail near our house. The first little bit was downhill which is exactly why I hadn’t wanted to run on it. Downhill in the first part meant that it was going to be straight uphill on the last little bit home. […]

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Making Memories. One of the many things I thought about while on vacation at the Outer Banks was about making memories with my little people. I don’t want this summer to fly by and to ask myself what we did? I want to be able to list fun memories we made and silly things we […]

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I just put little person #1 on the bus for her last day of Kindergarten. I officially become a mom of a soon-to-be 1st grader this afternoon. How am I this old? Where did the time go? I’m not sure how 5+ years have passed since she was born. It seems like a life time ago, […]

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I often come across as someone who is very confident. I am not. I have struggles just like every one else. My mind is not made of steel. The weaker I feel in life the more I pour myself into running. It is not to run away but to rather run towards something. I’ve been […]

Friends Are Like Carbs

I saw this shirt at Madewell [one of my favs] and I find it hilarious….. I don’t know why it has stuck in my head but I keep finishing the sentence….. Friends are like carbs…… Addicting Friends are like carbs…… too many may not be good for you Friends are like carbs…… can’t live with out them […]

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to  me…. Before B & A Marathon 2010 I was a mommy of two. I was training hard to achieve my goal of going sub 3:30 in the marathon. It was not easy. I had to do most of my training on the treadmill, but I was more than determined to realize my dreams. I was […]

4 weeks out from B & A Marathon

It’s not even Friday and it’s sad to say but I’m ready for this week to be over. I’m worn out. Tired. Stressed. Feeling overwhelmed. Run Down. I’m behind on emails, blogging, reviews, you name it. If you are one of those people I owe an email or a call to – this is my […]

26.2 Baby Names

Are you a runner? Want to find the perfect baby name that pays homage to the sport you love? Here are 26.2 suggestions of names related to running. Mile 1: Miles [Marine Corps Marathon mascot] Mile 2: Dash Mile 3: Cadence Mile 4: Chase Mile 5: Molly [Molly Huddle - US  5000m record holder & […]

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Yesterday my alarm went off before 6 am – after hitting snooze a couple of times I dragged myself out of bed. Luckily both boys stayed sleeping while I got Chloe dressed, fed and ready for school. After getting Chloe on the bus Miles woke up. I got him dressed, fed and ready for pre-school. […]

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Each and every day you can be a victim of your circumstances, get down on yourself, complain, be unhappy, or miserable. You can think you have it harder or worse than everyone else OR you can choose to live life in spite of what is wrong and find the good. YOU make the choice whether […]

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Growing up the one sentence I heard the most from both my mother and father was – I love you. When we woke up they said it, when we left for school they said it, when we went to a friends house, when we called them on the phone, or just were going outside to […]

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There are things about me that I wish were different.  As someone who previously suffered from social anxiety I have for the past 7 years or so forced myself into social situations in big groups that I had no desire to be in. I thought that this lack of wanting to be with a large group […]

I Am A Stay At Home Mom

and proud of it…. I’m not here to debate what is harder, working out of the home or being home with your kids. I’ve done both and I think they are each hard for their own different reasons. My self conscious self however has always felt bad when people ask me what I do and […]

I woke up yesterday jazzed about my 10K PR. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m not exactly sure what *it* was but I lost all motivation. The house was a mess, the laundry needed done, the dishes were overflowing the sink, the playroom had so many toys laying on the floor […]

In the past couple of years I have often said – I am JUST a mom when asked what I do for a living. I am not sure why, but JUST a mom always crossed my lips first. Maybe I felt inferior. Maybe I felt judged. I don’t know. It was not until I was […]

At 10:06 am one year ago today my littlest man entered the world. My heart expanded more than I thought possible and I was filled love instantly.I thought my world was complete without him in it.It wasn’t. He is the final piece of my wonderful family puzzle. I love you Colton more than I will ever […]

A year ago this morning I was heading to my doctor’s office for what would become my last appointment of my third pregnancy. I knew in my heart it could be the day that I would go into labor. I was ready for the baby to come because I wanted to meet him. Would he […]

2 more days till #1

I’m not a magician. I think the Lord has blessed me with the gift of running but I don’t think it is because I am now a 3:13 marathoner. I think I was blessed when I ran a 4:20, a 4:56. Running is a gift no matter what your pace is. I share so many […]

I’ll start this post off with some things I am very thankful for:- I have three wonderful, healthy, beautiful children- I have strong legs that help me push these children for miles- I am capable of running- I am not injured and am healthy- I am loved by Christ, despite my flaws With that said….I’m […]

Did you know that you are 13% more likely to get sick the week after you run a marathon than you are any other week? Suppressed immune systems are to blame….. …..for those of us who have ever had the unfortunate luck of getting sick before a big race you know that you do not […]

Do you ever have those days, weeks, months, where it just seems you can never catch up? Overwhelmed – my word for August Every day there are a multitude of things that I want to do for myself.  I want to run, I want to blog, I want to read books, veg out on the […]