Thankful Thoughts

Every year I am thankful for many things – a warm house to come home to, a husband that loves me for me, a supportive family over the miles and friends that “get me” But, this year I want to add the gift of health and running to my list! Seems obvious, (maybe?)  but this is something I had taken …

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When it sucks

We never talk about the workouts that pain us the most and simply “suck.” We never talk about when we want to quit or when those questioning thoughts enter into our heads: “Why the heck do I this to myself? “Why do I wake at the crack of dawn to torture my body for 5 strait hours on Saturday?” “Why keep …

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Break for Buffett

“Jules, how far are you going tomorrow?  Remember to save some energy for Buffett tailgating!”  Said Paul with a giant smile.  Yes, how could I forget – it was one of Paul’s favorite days of the year (next to Simon Olympics).  He was as giddy as a schoolgirl on spring break and had been looking forward to this since … …

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A little piece of home

This week a dear friend from college sent me this Nike tee from Gazelle Sports in Michigan that says, “She Runs the Lakeshore.”   It got me thinking – If I were still “home” would I be running the Michigan Lakeshore?   I think about that all the time.   Would I still be a “runner” if I was still there? And, …

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Letting go of Boston 2015

Almost immediately after I bonked the Virginia Beach Marathon (thanks to that dreaded calf injury almost forcing me to crawl)  I was online looking at the next Boston qualifier. I was hopeful to sign up for a new race that would lead me to next year’s Boston starting line.  Actually, I spent way more time than I’d rather admit trying to find a race that would …

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End of an Era

This week marks the ending of an era as I say good bye to my Town North YMCA family after six years. While this decision was not an easy one, I prayfully and carefully came to this decision after much soul searching.  And, I’m excited to see where the next chapter will take me!   I have trained and taught …

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Sole Sisters

On Sunday April 13th my sister, Jenn, ran her first half marathon. I was so incredibly proud of her and loved watching her add miles and grow as a runner. (Even if she was beating me week after week on FitBit, but that’s another story, another bottle of wine). The Saturday before I was so nervous and excited for her! But, …

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Baby Steps

On Sunday I hit the track. But, don’t get too excited… I was just cleared by the doc to run a mile or two on “soft surfaces” Yep, Big Timer now! 😉Paul went with me and we ran a mile and half around the track at Cobb Middle School. Immediately my calf tensed up – ugh! But, as we continued …

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America Takes Boston!

America takes Boston!  First time since 1983 – Way to go MEB! The day started out cool and crisp out in Hopkinton – sunny and 53 degrees. A “no excuse” kind of day.  The elite women started off first promptly at 9:30am.  Shalane Flanagan set an early pace for the women running with more passion and determination than we’ve ever seen …

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Today we take back Boston! #bostonstrong

Today is the DAY! Runners around the country have trained all year for this very day. Patriots Day. The biggest and most prestigious road race in America is about to start. Some may even call it the amateur Olympics. Today is the Boston Marathon. I loved seeing everyone’s Facebook and Twitter updates this weekend preparing for the big day. Pictures …

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