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 …

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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

Vibram Settles

At this point you have probably heard about the Vibram 5 Fingers lawsuit that has come to fruition with a $375 million class action suit.   Now, let’s back up a second – the results you get from minimal footwear have less to do with the “shoes” and everything to do with how you use them. Even when you continually …

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BRICK’d

A few weeks ago Paul and I ordered Chinese (don’t worry it was steamed veggies not fat balls!) and I received a very appropriate fortune cookie “Time heals all wounds. Keep your chin up”  At the time I thought, “BS, I have been trying to keep my chin up and give this calf all the time in world to heal, …

Julie SimonBRICK’d

The FitBit Phenomena

It’s 8:30pm (my midnight) and I’m running up and down the stairs in my pajamas trying to get those last 500 steps to reach my daily FitBit goal. (And, don’t judge, but I’m probably waving my Fitbit hand trying to get a few extra too … shhh!)  All this last minute work is to stay at the top of my FitBit …

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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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Julie Trail

Last week I took a tour of Frisco with my Leadership class – we learned about the new development coming to our city, how the buildings we have now came to be and even a few historic spots still around today! As the tour continued, the A/C on the city bus became louder and louder. Eventually, the guides voice became similar …

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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 …

Julie SimonAmerica Takes Boston!