Writing

Coarse

I felt irritable and crotchety. This is an excerpt from a piece I wrote last spring... No specific reason, but generally I'm irritatble. I have been consistently exercising, and eating well for the most part. I'm getting enough sleep. The kids are doing as well as can be expected despite the pandemic and limited social… Continue reading Coarse

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Health and Fitness · Writing

Deployments ARE Marathons!

Having a few races under my belt including a marathon, as well as a few deployments - I couldn't help to note some striking similarities. During shore duty, the duty stations where deployments are not a factor, my mind goes to what I call the "shore duty mental bubble". These are the tours where deployments… Continue reading Deployments ARE Marathons!

Dogs · Health and Fitness

Motivation’s Opposite

If yesterday was all about how we stay motivated to be consistent in our workouts, today is the exact opposite. It's been a week. I had appointments all lined up, new clients no-showed, others were late. Some showed up when they didn't have appointments. It's just one of those weeks where you have to laugh and roll… Continue reading Motivation’s Opposite

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

The Question

"Do you love running those long miles?" she asked me in an ongoing text conversation. We do swelfies (sweaty selfies = swelfies) with each other as an accountability check for both of us. It's what battle buddies do! It was a question that hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought to myself, "Wow. I hadn't… Continue reading The Question

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

What Medals and Miles Will Teach You

When I started running, I remember my friends tracking numbers. Things like pace, distance, miles over the year. I remember thinking 300 miles seemed like so many to run over the course of one year. Then I started goal setting. Apps on the smartphone like MapMyRun and RunTracker got the job done, and eventually I got a GPS… Continue reading What Medals and Miles Will Teach You

Health and Fitness · Writing

Dear Running

You have taught me many things since we started this relationship. There are times I don't like you. I've even thought about quitting this whole deal. I've bought new outfits, gadgets, and even shoes to impress you, but you don't care about that stuff. You never criticize when I'm slow, or I'm just not feeling "us". I… Continue reading Dear Running

Family · Health and Fitness

Mishmash and Miscellany

We have rounded out the second week of school in our neck of the woods and it has been busy, as usual. Here's the mishmash rundown... My dear hubby thought what better way to start off the back to school season than with a school of fish?! Eric texts me from the pet store, where he was… Continue reading Mishmash and Miscellany

Family · Health and Fitness

More Miles

"Mom, I want to run one mile a day for a hundred days. Then I will have ran 100 miles!" - Jacob, 6. Be still my beating heart. Out of the blue my son told me this while driving to a haircut appointment. I wasn't asking him to run, I wasn't telling him "Hey, you… Continue reading More Miles

Health and Fitness

Shut Her Up

I set out to run a total of 500 miles in 2014. Late this fall, inspired by my niece, I decided to kick it into high gear and complete a 100 day streak - which would force me to complete my mileage goal. There were days when I really really did not want to get out… Continue reading Shut Her Up

Health and Fitness · Writing

It Was the Best of Times…

In a recent writing prompt, it was asked to describe when the phrase, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" accurately described life. Now. Now is when that phrase is so appropriate. I am on a great running streak, day 73, in fact. I'm almost there in terms of hitting my… Continue reading It Was the Best of Times…