Category: Races

Lessons Learned

This year I’ve faced quite a bit of failure in my running life which is something I’ve never been used to.  I feel like running has always come relatively easy to me, however the past few years have been quite turbulent.  Maybe I should reword this, running is not easy, it never has been, but for whatever reason it has…

DNF

DNF – Those pesky letters in that order that runners hate.  They stand for Did Not Finish and that is a runner’s worst nightmare. So how come my first DNF didn’t hurt.  It didn’t fill me with anger, hate and frustration.  Instead it was… easy.   I sat with Andrew and Will in the sun on a picnic table watching…

The ultra life chose me

I didn’t choose the ultra life, the ultra life chose me.   This cannot be more accurate.   I haven’t run an ultra marathon since LAST October.  It seems like so long ago, but in reality it wasn’t that long, time goes way to fast.   When I fell into running, I didn’t plan to become an ultra runner, it…

Milton Independence Day 10k – 2016

Milton Optimists’ 34th Annual Independence Run/Walk – 2016 Oh what fun this was. I was absolutely delighted when coach Kitty sent me a text on July 2nd and asked if I was up for running the Milton 10k as a time trial.  Before I could get too excited she requested that I follow her rules – FOR REAL THIS TIME.…

Her Madison Half Marathon 2016 – Race Report

I woke up early Sunday morning to raindrops, not just a few, a downpour followed by lightning and thunder. “Well,” I said to Andrew, “At least I’m not running 50 miles in this stuff…” Last fall, Door County was exactly 50 miles of this, minus the thunder and lightning. I checked for a storm delay on the Her Madison half…

Boston Marathon 2016 – Race Report

First of all, I’m struggling and having a hard time writing this. I want to tell you I had an amazing trip and that the race was simply magical but only half of that sentence is true.  The trip out to Boston was a good one. I was able to spend lots of time with Andrew and Hailey.  We got…

Door County Fall 50

The Fall 50 is a 50 mile adventure that begins at the northernmost tip of Wisconsin’s peninsula and travels through scenic back roads and little towns on the Western shoreline and finishes up in Sturgeon Bay.  Runners have the option to run all 50 miles solo, in pairs, or as a 5 person relay.  I signed up last year after…

Marquette Marathon – 2015

I went into this race with high expectations. Last year I ran a marathon in 3:30:37 – I wanted to do better. I knew I could do better. Marquette Marathon in the U.P. caught my attention. The course was advertised as a consistent down hill. I figured that with some nice cool weather along with that downhill I could definitely…

Madison Mini

The Madison Mini Marathon in Madison Wisconsin FINALLY fit into my racing schedule!  Madison has always had a special place in my heart.  Since my teenage years I’ve wanted to run away to Madison but timing never seemed to work out well, so I never did.  My initial escape plan was back in 2005 but I wasn’t able to move…

17 Ultra Marathons in 17 months

Back in 2012 I joined the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Competition. It was more like a social community made up of women on a mission to redefine the female athlete.  Before long I was hopelessly addicted to this community.  I loved posting videos and photos of my journey and chatting with other women about their fitness journey. It was truly…