Strength in Numbers: Chasing the OTQ at the Houston Marathon

As eager runners crowded into the corralled start area of the Houston Marathon, I stepped off to the side, took a deep breath, and removed my fleece hoodie which had been my only protection from the wind and cold. I looked ahead at the shivering, lanky runners bunched together tightly; partly to be as closeContinue reading “Strength in Numbers: Chasing the OTQ at the Houston Marathon”

I’d Like to Start Over: NYC Marathon Recap

It’s no coincidence that in the aftermath of a four week music tour then running the New York City Marathon soon after, I’ve gone through my house and filled bag, after bag, after bag, of things I don’t need. For one thing, I found on tour that I was perfectly happy living with only whatContinue reading “I’d Like to Start Over: NYC Marathon Recap”

404 Runner Not Found: Chicago Marathon Recap

“I have a good feeling about tomorrow. I feel really good.” That’s what I told my husband André the night before running the Chicago Marathon. My training leading up to the race had gone as well as I could have asked for. The 60, 70, and 80+ mile weeks had been logged. I could runContinue reading “404 Runner Not Found: Chicago Marathon Recap”

Drawing on Heroes, Art, and Imagination

Last weekend I ran the 2016 Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. It was my first time running it since it was established in 2011 and afterward I couldn’t believe what I had been missing all these years. It was by far one of the prettiest courses I’d ever experienced and one of the most challengingContinue reading “Drawing on Heroes, Art, and Imagination”

Duking it Out at Doukenie

Last weekend I flew across the country to Virginia to hang out with my sister and friends, enjoy a weekend of fine dining and wine, and oh, race the VA Wine Country Half Marathon! Leading up to this race I had some of the best running weeks of my life. I ran some of my fastest intervals onContinue reading “Duking it Out at Doukenie”

The Lilac Bloomsday Run: An Epic Journey of Ordinary Heroes

On Sunday, May 1st I raced in the Lilac Bloomsday Run, a 12K that’s been held annually in Spokane, Washington since 1977. The race was created by Don Kardong, who while on a training run with a buddy likened running a race to an odyssey, an epic journey. He charted a course that would beContinue reading “The Lilac Bloomsday Run: An Epic Journey of Ordinary Heroes”