Back to School…Back to Pics


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats Here we are, in the midst of back-to-school time.  Some of our kids started school within the past few weeks, while some still have another few days or a week to go before they step back into the […]

Crack of Dawn


I have not blogged about running in a very long time because most of my running miles take place in my basement on my treadmill during the very early morning hours.  I am very grateful to have a high-quality treadmill and a space to use it without waking up my children.  Last week was a very […]

The Home Stretch


As I sit in my OB’s office, approaching the last two months of my pregnancy, I can’t help but have mixed emotions. I’m dancing a fine line between pure excitement and sadness knowing this most likely will be my last hoorah. I’ve come to call this amazing practice home, and the nurses all welcome me […]

Running Migraines: Looking for Solutions

"Migraine" by Sasha Wolff from Grand Rapids - Can't Concentrate: 14/365. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

So here’s the deal, I’ve been getting migraines after I run, and I need some help figuring out why. It happens under various circumstances- morning, evening, hot days, cool days, when I’ve only had water to drink and when I’ve been chugging Gatorade, and even when I’m well rested or exhausted. The main instigators seem […]

The End of Summer


It’s officially the end of summer.  My boys started school on August 12th (so much for Labor Day being the unofficial end of summer) and the calendar on August 12th reminded me only 10 more weeks until the Jeannie half marathon; my next long race.  So even though it is still plenty hot and humid […]

Aprylle’s Story


Every now and then, I hear some amazing story about an athlete doing something unthinkable.  You know the type of stories I am referring to – Scott Jurek breaking the Appalachian Trail thru-hike record, Paula Radcliffe finishing a marathon in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.  These are tales of true inspiration. Recently, I heard […]

4 is the New 3


My current running schedule consists of one long run per week, three boot camp classes and a couple of shorter runs scattered about, depending on how much time I have available. For as long as I can remember my go-to short run has been three miles. Before I started running half marathons, three miles was basically […]

Rise and Grind

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It has arrived. It is upon us. The dreaded routine of the back-to-school year. I don’t know about you, but I have been in the denial phase of this time of year for months. Nope, not doing it. Not ready, no. Just. No. Ok, fine. There are some things in life we just have to […]