Category: Michigan

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…

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,…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

An Excellent Plan B

My long run…. My weekend did not work out as planned. I wanted to go to a bonfire Saturday night, so I did my long run Saturday morning. I was exhausted, as usual, but I took a long nap to get ready for a…

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