The Comeback Series Gets Personal

If you’ve been following along with my comeback from having baby #3, at this point you might be wondering what the heck happened to me. I was updating my logs and then I stopped. I alluded to an injury, but never explained what it was. Today I am going to fill you in. Comebacks are not always linear. There are often ups and downs. Setbacks happen and then are followed more » Read more

Running Infertile: Two Steps Forward, 100 Steps Back

I sit here in front of a warm fire with a hot cup of coffee, trying as hard as I can not to think about today’s double-header workout.  I can manage the cold, trying as it is, but the icy streets and snow-drift-covered track have presented some unique challenges this past training week.  I purposely wrote my recovery week into the Christmas/New Year holiday, which had the decency to coincide more » Read more

Thankful Race Report: Running a 10k with My Son

I love Thanksgiving.  Spending time with family and slowing down to count our blessings for a few days is good for the soul.  Kick it off with a road race and you have all of the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Almost every year since 2005, I have run the Berbee Derby on Thanksgiving morning.  The race features a 5k and a 10k.  Both courses are hilly and you never know more » Read more

How About a Turkey Trot? Sure, Why Not?

Like many, my season is over.  My tri season finished up at the end of July, and as you know, I just did the Columbus Half Marathon last weekend.  I find myself in that limbo period between Fall and Spring training where I have no “A” race to keep me going.  I feel somewhat relieved that my life isn’t revolving around a training schedule, but then again, I feel somewhat more » Read more

Supportive Friends and Family Means Not Running Alone

My circle of family and friends doesn’t include a lot of runners. Even so, I have to say that I’ve been pretty fortunate when it comes to how people have responded to my running.  No one has really come down on me about it.  The closest to negative responses were people kind of wrinkling their noses because they don’t like to run…at all…for any reason.  I’m pretty sure someone along more » Read more

Running to Pain

A few years ago I discovered one of my biggest weaknesses as a runner. And no it isn’t hills or being afraid to compete or anything like that (which are all weaknesses of mine, just not my biggest weakness by far). My biggest weakness is my fear of pain. I’m afraid to hurt. If I see pain coming my instinct is to make it go away. I’m not sure it more » Read more

How A Four Mile Run Reunited Me with My Father

The other night I went back there. I couldn’t remember the last time I had been back. It might have even been the night I shed some tears. My father was around for the first three years of my life, the most important years of my life as far as relationships are concerned. His nurturance and love during those years were crucial, as our strong bond was formed. Yet, no more » Read more