RunTheBluegrass: My Best, Worst Race Ever!

I ran the RunTheBluegrass half marathon last year and pulled off a PR at the time that I was really happy with. When I signed up for the race this year I hoped to improve my time over last year, but had no intention of even trying for a sub 2 hour race on this course. After a pretty awesome run in the Heart Mini Marathon 15k, which is also very hilly, I decided that there was no reason not to try for my sub 2 hour goal for 2014.

There were so many highs and lows during this race that I decided to break out the good and the bad. How can a race be the best and the worst at the same time you might be wondering? Here’s how… Continue reading

Progress is not a straight line

Racing to Get Faster

One of the things that I’ve learned about running is that race day conditions can be a lot different than training runs. You have to stand out in the cold waiting to start, navigate your way through the crowd and try to get water without losing too much time. There also aren’t conveniently timed stop lights that allow you to catch your breath! Continue reading

13.1 Training

Mixing Up My Half Marathon Training

Earlier this week I shared a little about how I got started running half marathons and how I finally starting improving my race times and had not one, but two half marathon PRs last year. So, fast forward to this year and I set an aggressive goal to run a 2:00 half marathon. I made the somewhat crazy decision to sign up for three half marathons (RunTheBluegrass, Derby Festival Mini Marathon and the 500 Festival Mini Marathon) within a five week time-span this spring. There are so many great races in the area that it’s hard to just choose one! Continue reading

Half Marathon Running Rut

How I Broke Out of a Half Marathon Rut

The very first race that I ever ran was the Flying Pig half marathon in 2006. I had never been a fast runner, or a runner at all for that matter, so when I decided I wanted to train for a race I thought I’d feel more accomplished with a long distance race. My finishing time was 2:16 which wasn’t bad at all for my first race ever. I was proud of sticking with a training plan and running a distance that I had never imagined I could run. Continue reading

Liebster Blog Award

10 Things About Me {Liebster Award}

So I have to admit, I’ve been nominated a few times for the Liebster Award and have never followed-up on the nomination. It’s not that I don’t truly appreciate the thought, it’s just that I haven’t taken the time to fulfill all of the requirements of the award. In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Liebster award is given out by fellow bloggers. It’s a way to connect with bloggers and learn more about each other. The nominator sends a list of ten questions to answer and the person receiving the award passes it on to others. Yep, it’s kind of the blogging version of a chain letter. Continue reading

What Happened to February?

February has been such a busy and random month! I haven’t had much time for blogging so I thought I’d sum up what I’ve been up to. Here are the highlights…

Spontaneous California Trip

The first weekend of February I headed out to California for a very spontaneous and last minute trip. I had a great time exploring Livermore and Monterey. I can’t believe that it’s been almost a month since I was there. I’m definitely way behind on that trip update! Thanks to everyone who gave me recommendations on things to see and do. I hope to share photos and experiences from the trip soon, but here are a few pics from my phone… Continue reading


Headed to California!

Just two weeks ago I shared a recap of the great time that I had in San Francisco at the end of 2012. Little did I know at that time that I’d be heading back so soon. Right now I’m sitting at the Cincinnati airport waiting to board a plane to San Francisco. The opportunity for a quick trip came up late last week and prices for a direct flight were so low that I couldn’t say no!

I actually won’t be spending much time in San Francisco, but will be heading a bit south to do some wine tasting in Livermore and out to the coast in Monterey and Carmel. If you know of any must see spots in these areas please let me know. I barely had time to pack my bags let alone plan out an itinerary. I’m pretty excited for the adventure though and to leave frigid Ohio for a few days.

I can’t wait to share the trip details and photos next week after I’m back. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!