The Permission to Be

I ran today. I tentatively started running again a couple weeks ago. I’m not sure what started it, but I do remember driving home from work one evening when I felt it. That familiar urge to move faster than I could walk bubbled up inside me. I wanted my breath to be heavy and labored. […]

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Just Call Me The Streak

When I was a little girl, one of our favorite outings was to go to Baskin-Robbins to get ice cream. Now mind you these were the days when the thought of a store offering 32 flavors was mind-boggling. Before Baskin-Robbins arrived in Baton Rouge, we were limited to the regular flavors of Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla […]

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Ready to RUN!!

This week is the last week of my Fit Camp series. What should have been 12 weeks turned in to 13 when I took a week off in February to vacation in the Upper Peninsula. Reflecting back on why I invested my time, energy and dollars into this, I have met my goals. I was […]

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The Rhythm of a Michigan Winter

There is a rhythm to winter in Michigan. Snow is not an everyday occurrence. In my opinion, every day seems remarkably different in its personality. The temperatures rise and fall, and there are three overarching rhythms that rule our weather. And you need a bunch of different kinds of footwear! The winter season causes our […]

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Hitting All My Marks

“Wish me luck,” I said to my coworkers as I was leaving. “I have to run tonight.”  “You are running outside in this?” my coworker said. “Better you than me.” I knew it was cold. I didn’t know it was raining, sleeting and spitting snow until I walked out the door. Ugh… do I really […]

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Chicago From a Window Seat

A man on the streetcorner amplifies his voice through a bullhorn. “Jesus loves you,” he screams to no one in particular. A taxi horn toot-toots. Shoppers swarm across the bridge wearing dark coats, bright hats and multi-colored gloves as if it’s a uniform. The wound on my back throbs. I should have bandaged it I […]

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My Trusty Rides

I’m not sure what month I purchased them. Sometime last fall, I committed to running again and walked over to Connected Soles, the running store two blocks from my house. The shoe specialist offered me some choices, and I ended up with a pair of purple Saucony Rides. They felt so comfy on my feet […]

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Taking the Path of More Resistance

I mapped out my 11-miler for Sunday morning. I just could NOT do another circular run around my house. During the week I have to stay close to save time, but why on earth would I trace the same steps again when I have the freedom to roam? I traced a beautiful route online through […]

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The Great “I Am”

I still struggle calling myself a runner. I use the walk/run method, and there is a strong inclination of serious runners to turn up their noses at walk breaks. Never mind the fact that they might walk at points when they are running long distances. I run in intervals throughout my race, so for some […]

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The Challenge Revisited

“I could never do that,” non-running friends say when I tell them I’m running an endurance race. “Well, of course not,” I tell them. “I couldn’t do it either if I hadn’t trained all summer. That’s the magic of long distance running. If you just keep increasing gradually, taking one step at a time, your […]

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