Race recap: Eagle Charge

Race: Eagle Charge Type: Virtual (you can do it anywhere during the first week of July) Distance: You can run either a 4-mile or 7-mile distance. You also can do both for a total of 11 miles. Charity it benefits: Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit for civilians and veterans that aims to enrich…

Here and there …

So, this past weekend, I was supposed to run my first race of this year, a 5K held in conjunction with the N.C. Potato Festival. But my husband also wanted to run. Someone had to watch the kids, so I said I would. I still have a lot of that 5K energy in me —…

HEC Recap Part 3: Matter over mind

The last time I did a night run, it was 2015. I did the 4-mile loop at Ragnar Appalachians with a few Team Red, White and Blue members. It would be my last activity with the Morgantown chapter, as I moved the week prior.  My headlamp went out, there were rocks you had to climb…

HEC Race Recap: Course description

Name of race: Hoorah 2 Heroes Law Enforcement Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge When held: Last weekend in February. In 2017, there were Saturday night and Sunday morning races. Plans in 2018 include these races, a mountain bike course and a high school race. Where held: The Highlands in Ohio County, W.Va. Course description: Looping 6-mile course…

Finding the hero within

This is the first of a three part race recap of the Hoorah 2 Heroes Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge. Parts two and three will deal with each part of the two-day race.   The first time Mike and I meet to form our local Team Red, White and Blue chapter, we brainstormed on which groups…

The Bucket List

I recently applied for a fellowship. As part of the application, I was asked what the top three items on my bucket list are. To be honest, due to my depression and other anxiety issues, I never created a bucket list. So I stared at the application … what do I put, I asked myself….

My inner trail beast: Velma Dinkley

“I can’t see without my glasses.” We’ll be OK. Just concentrate on the light ahead of you. He’s our running buddy. “But it’s highly improbably that you’re ready for this. Jinxies, you almost lost your shoe. The mud is too much, we have to quit.” In the book, “The Tao of Running,” ultra-marathon runner and…

Training for …

I don’t have my 2017 race calendar fill out. In fact, I don’t know what I’ll do in regards to races this year. I used the hashtag #trainingforsomething a lot in 2016. I exercised, but not really with a purpose. Sure I needed to lose weight and get healthy, but in my mind, that was…

2016: Year of growth

So, now is a good time to do a year in review. I had trouble keeping promises and missed the mark a lot in regards to this blog and its mission. While it would be a good thing to just delete all the posts that shy away from my goal and promise to my readers,…

NamasDay Rebound

Recently,  I received a few happy emails. Apparently I’ve been a leader in the local Team Red, White and Blue chapter for an entire year. That weekend my chapter participated in Eagle NamasDay, a yoga-centered event that encouraged community at Team RWB participation in an ancient tradition that soothes restless souls.   The two oldest…

The after-glow of GORUCK: Setting goals

THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE — As I stood for the team photo, I double-checked myself. Keeping warm as not optional. My ruck was covered with half-frozen water after  my Camelback bottle leaked. It was heavy and I didn’t want to carry it.  But the letters DFQ rang in my head…