Welp, that was a first, or a Visit to the Med Tent

No worries, I’m fine. After I stopped moving — and got my medal — I couldn’t inhale deeply without my “emphysemic seal” cough. The medical volunteers were awesome. A man saw me and asked if I was okay. “I can’t breathe,” I said. He flags down someone else for a wheelchair, gets me in and…

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Grand Rapids Half Marathon, a recap

This race can be summed up in one word: wet. I have done this race in some capacity since 2009, and not once has it rained. The race director said it has never rained on race day until this year. They have had fourteen years of dry weather. I hope it’s another 14 years before…

Fat Shaming

I’ve been fortunate to not have been directly fat shamed since I’ve started running.  Or maybe I have, and just let it slide.  I know that so many others have, and not all of them have been exactly “fat.”  Celebrities Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Lawrence have been fat shamed. Seriously.  Who can forget the drama…

Bayshore: Marathon No. 10

On May 27 I finished my 10th full marathon. As with every race I wrote amazingly witty things in my head along the way. And with every post-race “brain melt” I forgot every last bit. I wasn’t even planning to do the Bayshore Marathon this year.  My daughter signed up, hoping for redemption from her…

What’s on my Playlist*

Headphones we all have at least a working pair, a dead pair we should throw away but haven’t because it seems such a waste and a pair of Skullcandys that could be sent back for warranty coverage but haven’t bothered to send them off. If you run, walk, workout, watch TV and movies on dvd or…

Winter Running, so Far

Remember when I said at the end of the fall running season I said I wasn’t going to quit, and keep plugging through the winter?  That only half happened.  I haven’t stopped completely, but haven’t been as consistent as I should have. Taking a semi-break has been okay though. I did get some relief by…