April …

April is always an emotionally charged month for me. I have so many memories wrapped into 30 days that have shaped who I am today. New beginnings, frightening events, lessons learned and PR’s earned. So, as I sit (on the bike trainer) on this wet spring morning, I start to reflect … Most recently I came home from the Galveston …

Julie SimonApril …

On the Road

The phone rings scaring me awake – I glance at the clock and its 5:30am CET. I’ve been asleep for just 4.5 hours and it’s time to get up and run. “If you’re gonna go, you need to go now!” I think to myself.  My feet hit the floor and I open the curtains to a bitch black Barcelona morning. …

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Trail Blazing?

I cannot move. Not one muscle. Still. Sunday I woke up and could not straighten my legs to walk – my calves and hammies were so tight I had to move upwards slowly like the old man at the pool. Even my arms ached like I had been to CrossFit. But it wasn’t CrossFit or a triathlon – it was …

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Running down BQ dreams…

Every day I thank God for the gift of running… The gift of being able to do something I love and for literally being able to start each day on the right foot. But more importantly I praise God for the people he has brought into my life through running and triathlon. These friendships are now some of the ones …

Julie SimonRunning down BQ dreams…

It’s New Year’s Day…

It’s New Year’s Day. Everyone is closing the book on 2015 and pressing on to 2016 – excited to have 365 blank open pages. But I’m still struggling a bit looking back at the whirlwind week and the sadness that accompanied our Michigan trip this year. On a recent 28-degree run in Kalamazoo, my sister bundled me up like she would …

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Running uphill…

Running uphill – On the road and in life Some days I’m so overwhelmed, I just want to skip my workout, turn off the alarm and just roll over. Yes, what I wouldn’t do to just stay in my cozy warm bed and not move for an entire day.  Just forget the over-scheduled, fast-paced, digital-crazed world once in awhile! Well, …

Julie SimonRunning uphill…

Cure for the post-race blues?

I’m kind of in a funk today… It’s rainy, dark and cold outside. And perhaps for the first time since February I need a jacket. The chill of fall is in the air and Facebook is blowing up with race updates everywhere – fall running season is definitely underway! I secretly dream of nailing a half marathon and getting back …

Julie SimonCure for the post-race blues?

Ironman Louisville, Part 2

Part Two: Race Day The next morning my alarm went off at 4:30am. I quickly got up and tip toed to the bathroom to get my kit on and start eating! (Which ended up being the key to my day…) Paul, Ash and my sister walked me down to the swim start and body marking where we met up with …

Julie SimonIronman Louisville, Part 2

Ironman Louisville, Part 1

It’s a wrap. Well my Ironman Louisville chapter is closed, but I feel like its a new beginning for me as a triathlete. The day brought many emotions  – nervousness, excitement, frustration, questioning, internal struggles, battles in my head, and even a few tears!  But I’ve found myself closer to knowing “me” than ever before. I was left raw, empty, …

Julie SimonIronman Louisville, Part 1

Always looking up…

As a child I spent countless hours being swept off to football games, softball games, basketball practice – you name it. But, it wasn’t for me. No, it was for my brother and sister. They were the athletes – the real athletes with letterman jackets, college scholarships, traveling teams, all-state recognition, and their name in the Saturday morning paper. They …

Julie SimonAlways looking up…