Myself, Michelle and Jess will be taking over Fitness Magazine’s instagram account on Monday April 21! Jess and I will be running the race and taking pictures at Athlete’s Village, along the course, and at the finish – while Michelle will be spectating and sending you what she is seeing from the sidelines. The three of […]

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Reading through the entries for the Saucony 26Strong marathon team has been amazing. Literally, I wish I could pick all of you, or have a blog post monthly where you all shared these types of stories – it’s so motivating and inspiring to me. I don’t love the word INSPIRE as silly as that sounds. […]

Boston Snez 2

After what felt like a couple of month hiatus from sharing my randomness on this blog {really it was about two weeks – so short no one even noticed I was gone – ha} – I officially feel back and ready to share! At the beginning of April my mom {@misslesleyruns on twitter and instagram} was interviewed […]

March 1

In a world that doesn’t often make sense I’d like the weather to – I know – I know – there are bigger issues. It’s been REALLY nice all week and now we are supposed to see a 30 degree temperature drop in one day. I can’t handle this - please get it together mother nature – […]


Making room for new spring colors! All tri-blend shirts, men’s, sweatshirts, and blue/yellow 50/50 blend shirts are on sale! Quantities are limited. All sales final and no adjustments on previous purchases. www.dreambigrunlong.com

IRTB Group Photo

This month’s playlist is dominated by club tracks. Fitz & The Tantrums appeared in last month’s Top 10 and have returned this month with the only rock song to make the cut. Apart from that, everything else is straight from the dancefloor: a fierce new single from Kylie Minogue, a riff on Instagram culture from The Chainsmokers, and a collaboration […]

5K Feb 2014

It’s taking me a little bit to adjust to my new normal. I’ve made some mistakes and I’ve slipped up a couple of times but for the most part I’m on track. One slip up led to a raging headache with in 10 minutes and I vowed to REALLY take to heart that I can’t eat […]

Feb 1

The littles are home again, this time from an ice storm rather than a snow storm. I love how beautiful ice makes everything look, but it is really destructive. I swear I have spent a good portion of the winter outside trying to get snow and ice off the bending bushes in our backyard. I […]

Yoga Runners

I recently did the 7 minutes with Sima Hip Openers you tube video and highly recommend it. Sima suggested I try this video out pre or post run. I’ve done it post run and felt a difference the next day! I’m NOT a yogi but I am on my way to feeling more confident when […]

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Saturday’s 13 miler was the type of run that makes you remember each and every reason why you fell in love with running in the first place. It was not easy and it certainly was not fast but it was beautiful and it was OUTSIDE. After spending what feels like weeks upon weeks on the treadmill […]

Happy Mommy 2

Day 5 Food: Roasted Beets Basmati Brown Rice Rice Cakes Peach Jelly Corn Chips {not on the allergy diet at all but I wanted them and I don’t feel bad about it since I’m not allergic to corn} Salad Mix Juiced Carrots Juiced Beets Chicken Shortly after I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I […]


Day 4 food was pretty much the exact same as the previous 3 days. Roasted Sweet Potatoes Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad Mix Roasted Beets Basmati Brown Rice Beef I didn’t workout or run on Sunday. I hung around most of the day, napped and recovered from staying out too late the night before. I still felt […]

Kids jan

I made it through day one of the allergy elimination diet my allergist put me on. This is a victory in my book. It’s a struggle for me not to eat certain foods I am drawn too and certainly a struggle to not have caffeine of any kind. Yesterdays food consisted of: Dried Peaches Fresh […]


I want to write out a long post right now, not so much for anyone other than myself – but I need coffee – so a long post and all the details is not happening BUT I need to vent. I have emotions I want to process and this is one of the best ways […]

Last Chance Arm Warmers

Saucony has a great sale section on their website called LAST CHANCE. My favorite lightweight pink arm warmers are in this section as well as some of my favorite running shoes - Kinvara, Kinvara Trail, Ride and Type A5. Check it out if you are in need of some new gear or shoes and don’t want to […]

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This past weekend I FINALLY took my USATF Level 1 Certification test. I passed  with a 92% {80% is needed to pass the course} and I’m proud to say I am now a RRCA Certified Coach as well as USATF Level 1 Certified Coach! Below are my thoughts if you are thinking of taking the […]

Legs - Running

Five years ago I didn’t know there was such a thing as running blogs. I also didn’t know that people other than your friends and family would stumble upon your blog and start reading it. Call me naïve to the world wide web. In 2012 I started using instagram and loved finding new runners to […]


Today is the last day to place an order and have it arrive in time for Christmas. The USPS website says that the last day to ship a priority mail package and have it arrive is this Saturday 12/21/13. I have however noticed that some of the packages that have already gone out are taking […]


Every December my motivation to train starts to dwindle….. The temperatures outside dip and the treadmill does not seem like a necessary evil just yet. After reading EMZ’s treadmill tips post {http://www.mile-posts.com/2013/12/10-tips-for-beating-treadmill-boredom-runemz.html} - I decided that I had to mix up my treadmill runs to make them bearable and to find my treadmill mojo again. I wanted to […]

Mile Stones 1

Do you have a race bib that you love? Race bib coasters are a fun way to turn a memory into something you can use again! They are one of my favorite gifts for the runner in your life or a great gift to yourself. Allison – the fabulous runner behind Mile Stones took two bibs […]

Saucony Travel Tips

Wanted to share my recent blog post from the Saucony blog!! I’d also love to hear some of your tips for traveling and running! http://blog.saucony.com/inspiration/running-and-traveling/     Saturday I ran 12 miles before the winter storm hit us on Sunday. I don’t know about you but I find winter to be the most challenging season […]

Greatist Article 1

I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting people to help motivate me in my lifelong fitness journey. I was honored to be included in Greatist list of 50 bloggers making a difference and wanted to share it because there are some incredible people on this list. If you are like me and always up […]


I’m not back in the training swing of things, but I am running semi consistently again. Saturday I met up with another semi local blogger, who I happened to meet earlier this summer when we were both on a long run on the same paved trail. 10 miles in 19 degrees went by much faster […]

Vegas 2012 1

 As with any marathon, you know how to prepare better once you have actually completed the race. I’m 4 days out from running Rock N Roll Vegas Marathon for the 2nd time and completing my 26th marathon overall. These are my top 5 tips for making Vegas your best marathon yet! Don’t party too hard […]

To find more workout songs, you can check out the free database at RunHundred.com.  You can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era – to find the music that best fits with your workout! Lady GaGa & R. Kelly – Do What U Want  – 99 BPM Rihanna – What Now (Firebeatz […]

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There are people who run and people who are runners. There are runners who run only to run. There are runners that the simple act of running brings them such immense joy that it no longer is just a run. It’s so much more. For those that don’t know this type of love, they will […]


If you have never run a marathon before you have most likely heard of this thing called THE WALL. Some runners believe that you can’t run a marathon without hitting the wall and others know better. I’ve hit the wall {many times}. I’ve also NOT hit the wall and had great races where I finished 26.2 miles […]

Lagos Enso irtb

Earlier in the summer Lagos Jewelry asked me if I wanted to be part of a charity project where I got to wear a beautiful piece from their new Enso Collection for a month. At the end of that month, the piece would be donated to a charity of my choice {I picked Challenge Athletes […]

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On tap for yesterday was an 8 mile easy run. Easy is usually used to describe a run that is either easy because of pace {slower} or distance {shorter} or both. In terms of what is actually easy for each individual the varies in pace and distance. Using EASY with the word run can be misleading […]

Chloe Birthday 3

  My brain is in a fog this morning. This weekend was filled with so many wonderful things but the lack of sleep and the go go go, combined with eating things that my body reacted with has left me sluggish at best. I have a 6 mile easy run that I need to fit […]