Cancer Isn’t Done. So Neither Are We

Ever since I crossed the finish line for Team in Training in Pittsburgh, I was excited to get back to the Team.  You can imagine my delight, then, after meeting with one of my mentors from the Nike Women’s Half Marathon and the idea was floated that I mentor a a group of Team members.  That was in June.  In August, I went through a rather rigorous interview process.  A few weeks ago I got a fabulous phone call.  I am a mentor for the New Orleans Team.

As a mentor I have some very important duties, but most important is my personal fundraiser.  This will be my biggest fundraiser yet because I know you are just as sick of cancer as I am, obviously.

go team

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Race Week Training Update

Guys.  It is RACE WEEKEND!  In two short days I will be reunited with my Akron Marathon team, part Team Panera, all team #FourPrincessesandaFrog.  You can follow our hijinx this weekend at that hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!


wait.  It’s going to be amazing.

I’d like to give a special shout out to teammate Sarah who is rocking a fractured foot and will still be out there cheering her heart out.  THAT is teamwork.

After we run in Akron on Saturday morning, we are going to pack up and head back to Pittsburgh to wake up on Sunday and run the Great Race, again as a team.  This is extra special for me because it’s the first time I had met Jeff in person.  Frien-iversary!!

So with all this running and racing {my first major races since crossing the line in Pittsburgh in May}, here’s what my training week looks like these days.

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Failure is an Option. Fear is Not.

When I deferred the Marine Corps Marathon I immediately gave myself two weeks off.  During that time, I didn’t work out.  At all.  I took the opportunity to reorganize and regroup.  As I looked at my race calendar for the remainder of the cycle, I knew my number one priority was to get my mind right.  The running would come.

And it hasn’t, really.


but Joshy and I ran on the beach so that was awesome.  and hard.

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A Weekend in the Woods

Every year, MB and I go to Shenandoah National Park to hike, sleep in the comfy cabin and eat all the delicious food.  We have made this a tradition since our Tiny Moon in 2009.  Every time we go, we find something new and beautiful to do or see.  You can see photos from previous visits here.

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We had a wonderful time, again this year mostly because of our new couples activity.  Running of course.

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Five Books I’m Into Friday

Ahhh Friday!  I have so many good intentions of filling you in next week about my training of late, my {old} workout obsession and so much more.  In the meantime, I wanted to share with you five books that I’ve been absolutely into lately.  They’re the perfect reads for a Shenandoah weekend in the woods with your love — like the one we’re off for!


One of the best things about Shenandoah?  The Blackberry Ice cream Pie.  And like nature.

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LNRB’s Unequivocally Perfect Run Jams

I find that most runners go through phases with music.  Most of us start out absolutely needing our tunes, then after we run for a while, we find we’re not as dependent and it becomes a great way to stay calm or get pumped up.  I use music, after almost a decade of running, to pump me up before races or tough training runs.  And here’s a secret:

My fav run jams are all about running — or they talk about running.

Here are my top pump up run jams!

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Five {Times Two} Things Friday

Earlier this week I was tagged by my friend M over at Read Eat Write Run to share 10 things about myself.  I love Ms. M — she’s a super dedicated and accomplished athlete and best of all an incredibly supportive friend.


i miss these faces.

Plus I love anything that harkens back to those AOL surveys you used to send your friends that you already knew everything about.

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On Tuesday’s We Beat Cancer: Wednesday Edition

Dude — this week is short and I’m so confused about what day it is so here we are.

Regardless of what day it is, i have some really awesome news about kicking cancer’s ass!

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in case you were wondering that shirt does say All You Run is Your Mouth.

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Five Links Friday

Hi y’all!  First thank you SO MUCH for the love and support after I decided to defer MCM this year.  It really reinforced for me why I invest so much into the online running community — because just when I need you, you’re right there.  I’ve been laying low — taking serious time off from training of any sort, enjoying my time with MB and some other fun life things.

I honestly can’t wait to get back to training full time — likely next week.


someone is having a bday party this weekend that MB and I are VERY excited about

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5 years Running

Five years ago I woke up with butterflies in my stomach, watched the Daily Show and got ready for one of the best days of my life to date.



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