Tag: Race

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…

Lazy train

I’ve been “training” since January. I say “training” with quotation marks because this time around training has been different.  I’ve never known training like this and I’m a little conflicted about it.   It’s safe to say that most athletes know that training for any long distance event is a delicate balance of training and recovery, in fact it’s fair to…

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.…

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…

Ice Age Trail 50 – 2015

“Two more up and downs and we’re there!” I said to Dean, but mostly I was telling myself. I picked Dean up around mile 32 after a tough climb out to Emma Carlin. I couldn’t run downhills anymore. “It doesn’t even matter anymore,” he replied. But it did. After the roller coaster day I’ve had and the pain I had…

Lakefront 50k Race Report

LakeFront 50k – Race Report In December of 2014 I had two hernias repaired. After my surgery, I decided that the Lakefront 50k along Chicago’s Lakefront path would be a good race to build up some mileage. Even though most of my larger late spring races would be trails, I liked the idea of a nice flat road race. I…

Fox Cities Marathon – 2014

I’m still so excited about how well things went at the Fox Cities Marathon.  The race could not have gone smoother for me.  After a busy day photographing a good friends’ wedding, Steve and I headed to Appleton.  We arrived a little late but got settled and checked in pretty quick.  We sat down together and ate burritos that we…

Ice Age Trail 50 -2014

I can still feel the energy buzzing around from last weekend’s race.  Looking back I have to admit this was my strongest run to date. In the days leading up to the race I was anxious but still confident. I knew I could complete the 50 miles but I didn’t know what to expect when it came to time.  The…