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Back of the Pack Contemplations
Tuesday, July 04, 2017      5 comments

Walked a 4K today with my husband and daughter. It was fun, but it was hard not to reflect sadly upon how far away I am from the woman who used to run half-marathons and the occasional marathon. Today we were being cheered on for bringing up the... Read more
Wild Things Don't Feel Sorry for Themselves
Friday, June 30, 2017      4 comments

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” ― D.H. Lawrence, The Complete Poems I have been feeling sorry for myself. The autoimmune disorder has ... Read more
Things I Forgot
Thursday, June 23, 2016      4 comments

1. I forgot how much energy a good workout gives me. 2. I forgot what it feels like to know my legs are strong. 3. I forgot about the meditative beat of my breathing and shoes hitting the ground when I run. 4. I forgot that I never needed ... Read more
Five Years Later
Monday, June 20, 2016      6 comments

It has been nearly five years since I was diagnosed with a rheumatoid arthritis-like chronic autoimmune disorder. So, it has been more than five years since I ran regularly. This seems somewhat inconceivable to me as I loved running so much and ... Read more
To Love Running
Monday, July 13, 2015      2 comments

I ran my first race in more than two years on July 4. It was a 4K that welcomed strollers, so I decided to push the kid. I run faster and easier without the stroller but I want to be a good role model for her. Not sure really what I'm modeling w... Read more
The Comeback Plan
Friday, June 12, 2015      2 comments

I had my beautiful daughter on July 10, 2014. I've been somewhat active since then, but my eating habits aren't the best. I am back at my pre-pregnancy weight, but my body is different. I am fine with that honestly. What I miss is being able to ... Read more
Life Adjustments (An Understatement)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014      8 comments

It has been nearly eight months since I posted a blog. Holy moses, that's a long time, especially for someone who once had a log-in streak of about 330 days. I've never really gotten back to running regularly, but I have really good reasons. I s... Read more
The Runner that Didn't Run
Tuesday, June 25, 2013      4 comments

Okay, so I am officially a runner that doesn't run. I've started getting back into it after getting my arthritis under control and I was all signed up and mostly trained for a sprint triathlon this Saturday. Then, I was out walking my dog a... Read more
The Road Back
Friday, May 31, 2013      6 comments

The road back to health and fitness is harder than the first time I did this. When I first started losing weight and getting healthy seven years ago (seven years on SparkPeople! Wow!), it was this amazing rush. I stayed in calorie range (pretty ... Read more
It Is Enough
Friday, April 12, 2013      5 comments

I went running yesterday. I cry pretty much every time I run these days because I am so stinkin' happy that I can actually do it. That only took me two years to bounce back from a sudden onset of what is essentially chronic rheumatoid arthritis.... Read more
Cosmic Justice and Motivation
Thursday, February 14, 2013      5 comments

I don't believe in "finding motivation." When people ask, "how do I get motivated?" I never know quite how to answer because honestly, I don't really believe in motivation. At the end of the day you just have to get up off your butt and move. Or... Read more
The Case of the Demented Flamingo
Wednesday, January 23, 2013      6 comments

That is totally what I look like after going swimming - a demented flamingo. I always get water in my right ear so I have to hop around on one leg, vigorously shaking my head, hoping that the water will come out. Maybe it's more like a flamingo ... Read more
Not Listening!
Friday, January 11, 2013      3 comments

I have succeeded in some things, particularly those related to my health and physical abilities, because I am really not a very good listener. Or perhaps it is more like "selective hearing" as my mother calls it. I didn't listen to the peop... Read more
Big Adventures
Thursday, January 03, 2013      7 comments

I made the move to Colorado in November. It was quite the undertaking but I was definitely ready to go. I started a job at at the University of Colorado Boulder with their Environmental Design program. The campus is gorgeous. I'm convinced it is... Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2012      6 comments

Version 1.0: 0 to 18. Went on a big Alaskan adventure for college for a couple years. Never left. Version 2.0: Ages 18 to 26. Finished college with a GPA that could only be called exceptionally mediocre. Smoked a few cigarettes. Started a m... Read more

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