July Recap

Every year we get to July 31st and I sit here and wonder where the hell did summer go?  In less than 2 weeks preseason begins for fall sports.  For my family that means double sessions of soccer for Tucker and 1 session for me with coaching cross country.    

This month I only raced 1 time.  I had signed up for the Bradbury Series in April.  It's been on my bucket list for a long time because after you complete all three races (And I will complete them.  Even if I have to crawl to complete them) you get a Badass Hoodie.  It's seriously all about the hoodie.  

Well, the people behind the race are freaking awesome too.  And I did love racing on the trails for the snowshoe series, so of course I would love racing on the trails without snow.

I didn't have anything to base my performance on which means automatic PR. Right?   The first race was a 6 mile trail race at Bradbury State Park.   It's called the Bradbury Scuffle.  I love the names!   
I finished in 58:52.  Not a ba…

I've Got Goals!

I've been super quiet lately.   For many reasons.  Anxiety was getting the best of me.   I needed to take care of me and adding anything else to my plate would definitely push me over the edge.  After a lot of soul searching and a ton of support from my family, I feel like the anxiety piece is becoming better managed.  (a future post on that) 

I'm definitely going to take the plunge and run my first ultra.  There's a 50k this fall that works perfectly with my schedule - meaning, I can do a bulk of the training this summer.  It's the Firebird 50k.  Check it out here

I was waiting to make sure I had a few solid weeks of ultra training under my belt and a good feeling about them to make the announcement.  So here it is.   It's not going to be fast.  It's going to take a long time.  But it's only about getting it done and completing my first 50k!  

This past weekend I had 10 and 12 mile runs back-to-back.   I was a little nervous about them going into the wee…

Mount Washington Road Race Recap 2018

The third time is a charm.  Right?   Well.  Sometimes.  

On the way to Mount Washington.  I was the crazy, chatty self that I am.  And Ward was focused a quiet.   I drive him absolutely crazy.  And Tucker is sleeping in the back trying to block me out.  

PR dinner right here!!!!   Nothing says run fast like a huge burger with an onion ring and fries!  I remember eating something similar just before I ran the MDI Marathon.  

Parking lot yoga on a beautiful day.  I wasn't the only one.  But maybe I was the only one propping my phone against my water bottle to document it.  

Leading up to the 2018 Mount Washington Road Race, I had severe doubts.  I wasn't sure what to expect with this race.  There are so many factors that go into this race.  The training  and time I put into the prep work, my fitness level, mental/stress levels, and the weather.  

The first time I ran this race was in 2015.  I had just run two marathons back-to-back, which were complete flops.  Super rainy cold B…

Getaway with prAna

I received the tankini top and bottom through my affiliation with prAna. I was not required to post a positive review.  As always all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Sometimes you just need to getaway.  Self care is a lovely thing.  And it seriously doesn't take much.    Being able to make the call that you need a break might be the hardest part.  But after that, and you are where you need to be, the world seems like a much happier place.  

To be honest, it doesn't take much to getaway.   You don't need a fancy job with a lot of money and vacation time.   All you need is a place to go.    That's really it.   Now, when you have that place to go in mind.   What will you be wearing?   I hope you say "something that makes me feel and look good".  Because, let's be honest again.  When you feel good and look good AND you are somewhere that makes you happy, all is right with the world.  It's that simple!  

This Mother's Day I didn't …

Get Outside!

I was sent coupons to sample noosa yoghurt and a La Sportiva Hail jacket as part of this campaign.  I was not required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions expressed on my blog are 100% my own.  

Personally, I think the best way to celebrate Earth Day is to get outside and show the Earth just how much you love it.  Sounds kind of cheesy but really, it's super simple.  Get outside and do something you love while taking in the natural beauty Earthy has to offer us.  

Today was one of those days in Maine, when we were finally able to pop those windows open to air out the stale winter smells and gets some fresh air in our homes or to put the windows down in the car as you let your hair fly around and simply smile.   It's been a long, hard winter and today was an amazing gift.  

In our house, we strive to do our best and purchase items that are considered to be friendly to the earth.  A recent discovery and new family favorite is noosa yoghurt.   A fun fact about noo…

Run More, Worry Less

I cannot remember if I have shared on here, ever, that I have anxiety.  So much.   It went undiagnosed for many years.  I always knew something was off, but couldn't explain it.  Then I remember having a conversation with my primary care a few years back.  Okay, like, 15 years ago.  About these feelings I was experiencing and she suggested that perhaps I had anxiety.

I went through a few years of counseling and took medication for a few years.  I loved the counseling.  Hated the medication.  Having my own person to listen to me and let me reflect was one of the most positive experiences.  Honestly, I'm not really sure why I stopped.  I mean, I'm not "cured".  I don't know if I stopped going or if I was discharged.     The medication though.  Ugh.  I remember taking Paxil.  While I feel it helped me cope, I did not like the way it made me feel.  I didn't like the decreased sex drive.

This was all before I started running.  A LONG time ago!  In the early y…