Well, Hello Officer!

We had just made the almighty climb up the infamous Windhaven Hill. My body was fatigued to say the least. I, of course, was the last one up and the guys had been sitting there a few minutes waiting. I arrived  (finally!) and circled around to find my place again in the back of the pack.  “Alright, let’s go! Jules …

Julie SimonWell, Hello Officer!

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, …

Julie SimonA little piece of home

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 …

Julie SimonLetting go of Boston 2015

It Happens for a Reason

This past weekend I was suppose to be in riveting Lawrence, Kansas to compete in my first half ironman. Well, God had other plans for me – teaching moments, character building events and other opportunities which kept me right here me in Dallas. Surprisingly, I entered this weekend with a sense of calmness I haven’t seen before from myself. I …

Julie SimonIt Happens for a Reason

What I’m reading this week…

There is so much great information out on the web for athletes.  I find myself getting lost on Facebook and Twitter not because I’m stalking my high school buddies or in awe of what my neighbors are doing on Saturday afternoon — but, because of the inspiring athletes I see in the groups I’ve joined.  Because of the new and …

Julie SimonWhat I’m reading this week…

It will be worth it.

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” This weekend was hard.  By Saturday afternoon I hit a wall of exhaustion, dehydration, and that combination spun me into migraine madness.  Damn. Friday night I headed to Lone Star High School with the Frisco Running Club to support this years Relay …

Julie SimonIt will be worth it.

Looking the Part | PlayTri

After a few long rides I was certain I needed new bike accessories to look the part – even if I was a still a very “average”, well let’s be honest, “below average” cyclist.  You still need to look awesome, right? 😉So, after Saturdays ride I grabbed Paul from the home office and told him to wrap it up because …

Julie SimonLooking the Part | PlayTri

Conquering Windhaven

As we approached the holiday weekend everyone would ask, “What are your plans for the long weekend?” With a sigh and a smirk I would reply, “Training of course!” And, that’s exactly what I did…. It may be slow, but I’m getting back in the game!   After a tiring and somewhat emotional week leaving the Y, my hopes weren’t high for …

Julie SimonConquering Windhaven

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 …

Julie SimonEnd of an Era

Distance PR on the QR

This weekend I went for my first 50 mile ride ever. (53 miles to be exact – yes, I’m counting those 3). On Friday I got the sweetest text messages again from the guys encouraging me to get out and do my best. “Don’t wuss out – you better be there. We’re going 50.” I literally replied, “I’ll go until …

Julie SimonDistance PR on the QR