Tag: Race

Titletown Ultra Series – 8 hours in the furnace

So I haven’t been writing. Imagine that, this blog has always been a flurry of posts. Some month’s would be great, others not so great. Yet here I am trying again. I guess that’s something I also take into other parts of my life, like running and ultra running. Sometimes I’m not the greatest at planning and executing those plans,…

Oh 2017

Maybe it’s silly to reflect on another year gone, we should live everyday as a new day instead of falling into the same habits but we are only human right? Well, in 2017 I learned to let myself just BE human. It’s always a growth process.   I’m part of a few running groups on Facebook one member thought it…

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…