The trips to the fork in the road

Quote of the post: “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live through it.” — Patch received from a GRT (GORUCK Tough) There are things that mark a certain phase in people’s lives — your first car, your first breakup, the birth of a child, etc. For me, a recent series…

Looking ahead

Now that I’m in the final week before my Grand Slam, I can’t help but wonder already … What’s next? In February of this year, I did the Hillraiser Endurance Challenge — a grueling 6-mile course that I traveled in twice. It was an epic adventure that taught me a lot about myself, what I’m…

Taper weeks: Virtual Grand Slam

“If I can live through this, I can do anything.” — Champions, Fall Out Boy In a week, I will be running with other members of the Sub 30 Club, a great Facebook group, without leaving my neighborhood. While many of them will be in Bethlehem, Pa., to participate in the annual Runner’s World Festival,…

Recap: Race for Hope

I was a spectator and photographer for the race described below. My account is based on accounts from people who race the race, as well as walking the course myself. Race: Race for Hope Distance: 5K (3.1 miles) When: Last Saturday in September Where: Perquimans County Recreation Center, Herford, North Carolina Who hosts/benefits from the…

Ahoskie Heritage Festival 5K

A race recap Details NAME: Ahoskie Heritage Festival 5K WHERE: Ahoskie, NC WHEN: Second to last Saturday in September COST: $25 on race day/ $10 for kids’ race COURSE: Asphalt, small inclines, one section (about 100 feet) of trail RACE SWAG: T-Shirt, hand sanitizer and bottle cozzie AWARDS: Top award for overall male and overall…

Cold water, warm smiles

This is part two of a two part series. The first part was about trusting the process. This is about how volunteering to teach kids to swim taught me to trust the process. Come get me, the girl with the pink swimcap said through her outstretched arms and warm smile. I waited, watching her rainbow-beaded…

Trusting the process

This is part one of a two part series. Today’s piece deals with trust. Part two will be about my experience as a volunteer at a local swimming camp. It was nine-plus hours of white-knuckle driving at its finest. I went to West Virginia to gather the few last things we wanted from our old…

Happy Birthday Skirt Sports

Skirt Sports, a clothing line for all active women, is celebrating its 13th birthday this week. In honor of the birthday, let me share a video of the founder, Nicole DeBloom, and the first skirt that started the company. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSkirtSports%2Fvideos%2F10154919248581717%2F&show_text=0&width=560   To celebrate the company’s birthday, they are offering a special discount at their website,…

The hard stuff

I recently joined a Facebook group led by Jesse Itzler, author of “Living with a SEAL.” It’s called #wedohardstuff. While it’s mostly physically hard stuff, there have been some mental challenges as well.     Right now, doing hard stuff is not just physical. My mind has to be convinced. My bank balance needs to…

Three favorite things: Food prep

I am constantly in search for something that will let me explore the world of food without breaking my budget or calorie count. When it comes to food preparation, the things you cook and bake with, I try to go for inexpensive and high quality. I also look for multitaskers — equipment that I can…

Like vs. want: Getting back into fitness

Recommended reading/podcast: Mom is in Control School has started. And for me, that means spending most of my day by myself, doing whatever needs to get done until the kids get home and I have to start working. Back when Mountain Kid 3 was three or so, I would spend that time working out, and…

Brooks Launch 3 vs. the dog

Bike rides are cool. Getting attacked by a dog after making a wrong decision during a ride isn’t cool. I wish I had some helpful hints. But I was just scared. And my shoes saved my foot.