Mi Titanium 2018

Last weekend I did a thing. I finished my third half iron distance triathlon. I highly recommend this race. I do not recommend finishing it the way I did. So here’s what happened, and what didn’t. I make it no secret that I live with depression. There were some events in my life that made…

Why DO I Run?

“Why do you do this to yourself?” I remember my mum asking me that exact question after I finished my first half iron distance triathlon. She wasn’t the first, nor will she be the last to ask me that question. Recently, someone posed the question again, and I decided to think long and hard on…

Feeling like a Fraud

I’m standing in my kitchen in my Oofos, in the cloud of my own stink, feeling a little like a fraud. I have blisters on my arches. New shoes + custom orthotics = no Bueno until the shoes break in a little more, and my feet toughen up too. There are two toenails that will…

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…