You must Do-Duluth

There has yet to come a time when I go somewhere for a race, and just say "Meh"....  Grandmas Marathon in Duluth, MN was defiantly not one of those times.  From the moment we began the decent flying in and all of the green trees, and beautiful view of Lake Superior, I fell in love!
Grandmas Marathon had come with high ratings and one of the best to run in Minnesota.  Memories of childhood visits to Minnesota were centered around my Grandparents.  So this one had a special connection for me in remembrance of my Grandmother in Minnesota.  We spent summers and other opportunities up at the family cabin and relaxing at my grandparents house.  It always seemed to bring the family together.  So I was overjoyed when I told my cousins I was coming to run the race and they came out to see me!!!

We went to the race expo, saw the vehicle with all of the runners names printed on it which was really neat.  Then we walked around for a bit doing some exploring.  This is the third Statue of…

Revel in it ALL!

When I was in fresh out of high school I remember taking a weekend trip with some friends to Denver.  We spent time eating at great restaurants and relishing in the wonderful city.  I fell in love.  Since then I just always knew someday (still in progress) that I'd end up living in Colorado.

There are some great marathons to run in Colorado but I set on Revel Rockies.  Known for its fast finish times and mostly downhill (extremely downhill) course, I figured I'd give it a shot.  My friend Jaime (pictured below) has actually ran it and won the women's overall category for this race so I picked her brain and got tips on training for this race.

Downhill racing is MUCH different than any other race.  When someone says "oh that's easy because its all downhill", while the exertion factor may be less, the recovery for me was almost unbearable.  I've never had such a tough time recovering from a race than this one.  The first half started off great and I actual…

Time to breathe

It's been a while since I've posted.  Part of me was overwhelmed with life and all of its glory, some of me was just starting to reevaluate my priorities, desires, and goals for life.

For those that follow me I do want to let you know my project is still very much alive and going.  I'm happy to say that I'm now at 11 marathon completions, and number 12 is less than 3 weeks away.  For those that know me, I fundraise for a particular group that I am very passionate about, and this upcoming race is for them again.

Thanks for those of you that checked in on me during my absence from posting.  I defiantly plan to share with you my hiccups that I've encountered since racing in June, as well as the highlights.

For now, I'm defiantly enjoying the colder weather.  Running in the cold has always been my preference.  Even when it's freezing outside, I love putting on my hoodie and gloves to enjoy the cold.

Well, this weekend I'll have more time to send you guys s…

Ultra and Trail running made known to me!

One of the things I love the most about running is how it gives me the ability to put my worries in a jar on the shelf, and wait to deal with them when I return.  This time of the year is always exciting as the kids are finishing up with school, summer temperatures invite outdoor activities, baseball is in the air, and getting out for a run doesn't require 10 extra pounds of cold weather running gear.

If you've been following me you know that I just recently finished the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April.  This one touches my heart and you can read more about why in my previous blog post.  In addition, I was able to help fund-raise $1500 for my sons club baseball team!  What an amazing event that was.
Now with the summer in full swing and the mountains calling, one of my dear friends registered for the Jemez Mountain 50 Mile Trail Run.  Now let me tell you... I LOVE to run, and really, I'll run anywhere, but I typically plan …

Run To Remember

The road ahead has many miles, races, time, and love.  My registration for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon went in months ago.  I had the opportunity to run this half marathon race a couple years back and it has resonated with me as one of the most heartfelt and emotionally intense runs I've done.

Many people my age and older recall the tragic day when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in downtown Oklahoma City.  This occurred on April 19, 1995.  I was in 7th grade and I recall being in my teachers class room for lunch and she was talking on the phone.  Clearly she was in shock by the information she was receiving about the bombing.  We had TVs in our classrooms and she later put on the news which gave us the general information.  My tender age didn't quite wrap my head around it all.  I proceeded with my day and later went home.

It wasn't until my mom approached me when I got home in a very cautious, almost frightened tone.  She began by asking if I had…