The Sound of Winter

The Big Sable River The wind from the lake whips and wooshes around the corner of my house. Hurricanes from Louisiana days flash through my mind, but there is no pitter patter of raindrops. The squish squish of my boots squeak through the snow drowning out the silence of the snowfall. My heart beats with … Continue reading The Sound of Winter

The Year to Connect

Jessica challenged me to think of a word for 2019. I've already been telling my team that "flexibility" is our word for 2019. We have numerous new initiatives that will require flexibility in the way we deliver training and in our design. In my personal life, however, I think I'm flexible enough. I can bend … Continue reading The Year to Connect

That First Michigan Snow

Ashok sprinted out the door into the snow this morning. She leaped a few times, tucked her butt to pee and then sprinted back in with a grin on her face. The first snow is always a happy surprise. If you live in Michigan, you know it's coming. It's as much a given as the … Continue reading That First Michigan Snow

Running Through the Stars

For some reason, the city of St. Joseph isn't turning on the street lights about half the time in my neighborhood. It's a little irritating when I have to run early because it's really dark out. But I'm loving running amid the nighttime sky. The stars are amazing here in rural Michigan, and without the … Continue reading Running Through the Stars

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 … Continue reading The Challenge Revisited

Surf’s Up!

I got out tonight for my first run since my race rehearsal Saturday. Oh, my joints were creaky. I cursed the whole first interval as my brain begged me to give up this sport. The saving grace was the strong, cool breeze that reminded me that the hot, steamy runs of the last few weeks … Continue reading Surf’s Up!

The Shoulder Season

Chicago was sweltering yesterday. I kept thinking myself in January bundled up in sweaters and hats trying to keep warm as the north wind howled down the Chicago River. But still I sweated. In and out of the AC, my friend Nancy and I meandered trying to appreciate the warmth of summer but keep from … Continue reading The Shoulder Season

Sunday Night Check-In: Racing, Friends and Sand

I drove up to Dewitt Mi on Friday night to stay with my new friend Michelle who was going to run The Legend with me on Saturday. She lived in an adorable historical home in downtown Dewitt. We didn't have a lot of time to visit before bed but we took a short walk downtown … Continue reading Sunday Night Check-In: Racing, Friends and Sand

Sunday Night Check-In: Running, Blueberries and Open Windows

When I got off work Friday it was 70 degrees. I was so damn happy that I decided to wait until the evening to run. I packed up Ashok and headed to Grand Mere to try out my new trail running map supplied by the retired cross-country coach on our backpack last weekend. It did … Continue reading Sunday Night Check-In: Running, Blueberries and Open Windows

On the Shores of Gitche Gumee

I'm not sure when I first learned of the Pictured Rocks. I'm quite sure I didn't know it was in Michigan. Michigan, was, to me, the land of auto-makers, industrial plants and a burned-out Detroit. But I do remember seeing a picture of the magnificent sandstone cliffs at some point in my life and longing … Continue reading On the Shores of Gitche Gumee