Cleveland Marathon FinishIn my Running posts, I share my journey and adventures as a new long distance runner.


Hal Higdon Book Feature

Confessions of a Running Addict

Marathons Made Me Fat

Why Do We Run Marathons?

Only 14 Miles

Expect the Unexpected

The Battle Between I CAN’T and I CAN

Mom on the Run

“Busy Mom on the Run” HALF Marathon Training Plan

My “Busy Mom On the Run” Marathon Training Plan

The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes

My First 26.2; Running the Big Sur Marathon

20 Miles to “The Impossible”

Random Thoughts from a Long Run

10 Reasons Why I Run

Sharing My Strength; Running for Hunger

10 Tips to Survive a Tough Run

My Big Sur Marathon & Half Marathon Training Plan

Waging War Against Holiday Weight Gain

Watching the World’s Biggest Marathon

My Weekly Workout Schedule… When the Stars Align

“When All Else Fails” Workout

Until a few years ago I hadn’t run more than a mile or two and that was about 16 years earlier in high school gym class when I hated every second of it. After having my third child in the spring of 2012 I was looking for a new way to get back in shape. I was sick of using my elliptical machine in my hot, damp, garage, staring at my husband’s tool belt on a messy shelf full of dead spiders. So one day I literally ran out the door. The next spring I ran my first race, the Chagrin Falls Blossom Time run (5.25 miles), then proceeded to run a couple of 10Ks before running my first half-marathon in the fall of 2013. I’ve done five more since then. In 2014 I traveled to California to run in the Big Sur Marathon where I completed about 16 miles for our husband-wife relay team. It was so fabulous that I returned in April of 2015 when I ran my first marathon. Three weeks later I ran the Cleveland Marathon where I improved my time by 41 minutes finishing in 4:06. I am now training for the Chicago Marathon in October 2015 where I hope to finish in under four hours. Here’s my training plan.

On this blog I share my training plans and tips for beginners and intermediate runners. I talk about how I overcome hurdles and challenges and I provide motivation and inspiration. I’ll tell you about my favorite gear and I’ll show you my favorite routes and the sights I see along the way.

I’m not a trainer and I’m no expert, but I have managed to lose 50 pounds, get in the best shape of my life and discover a new found love and talent. If you want some advice and inspiration from a fellow mom who accomplishes this during nap time or while the kids are bouncing around the room, then I’d love to help you do the same.

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