Don’t let my finish line pics, race reports, and job title fool you … running is really really hard for me right now. I feel out of whack and in a slump. Injuries don’t help. I cancelled my November and January races and have been working through physical therapy, x-rays, MRI, and more since November … Continue reading My first taste of “real” injury …
16 short years ago I bought my college girlfriend a pair of shoes for her first #Marathon (Grandmas!) ... she didn't make it to the start due to injury. Since then we've married, had three babies, and changed our life more than we've kept it the same. These 16 short years she's gone back and … Continue reading 2021 Whistlestop Marathon – Alicia!
I don't think I was supposed to win this one. 14+ years older than the next 3 finishers. Legs didn't have that "pop" all day. I just felt a bit off and tired from ~ mile 4. Short version ... I'm still learning a lot from this sport. Sure, we can learn *about* the sport … Continue reading 2021 Eau Claire Marathon – LOOK UP!
What a #Saturday of (road) #ultrarunning. 5x 10mile out-and-backs and they certainly got tougher each lap. A 7am beautiful sunrise, my mantra to RUN WITH #JOY and my cheerful pacer Cole Cloutier kept me in great spirits early hitting the first 25miles in 2:51:xx and a new 50k PR of 3:33:xx, but that's when the … Continue reading 2020 “Virtual” / Solo 50mi (Roads)
This is a plea for normalcy. Yes I know things aren’t normal, but we need normalcy. Yes I know our daily and weekly lives are irregular, but we need to fight for regularity. It feels as though each day, something’s new. New article here, new data there, new rumors about school scheduling here, new banter … Continue reading A Plea For Normalcy
Do blogs & articles still even exist? The last two years, I've essentially copied & pasted my social media "recap" posts after some big races and fun adventures, but at the end of this year especially, I still try to put it all together. My thoughts seem disjointed and often frail when I'm down in … Continue reading 2019 Recap Reflection Recovery
It was my #crew that got me through!!! . Quick report regarding my first @jfk50mile - a world class event! My typical mantra and prayers for God's grace to FLOAT, RUN, & GRIND paid off as I was ... . ** FLOATing on the early rugged trails thankful for a beautiful sunrise - 21st place @ 15 miles . … Continue reading 2019 JFK 50 Mile
I probably say this every time, but it was my favorite #finish line! A much needed confidence boost. . 5 weeks prior - a race gone wrong with my worst bonk to date. . 3 days prior - a loved one in the hospital, I didn't know where my head would be at for this one. . … Continue reading 2019 Hixon 50k
A grind to the end, but we finished it #together. I felt everything in this one... . The first half was carefree, fun, light, and incredibly easygoing. Running 26.x miles the first 3 hours I was even catching a few footballs and enjoying the day 🏈. . As if a light switch was turned off, after … Continue reading 2019 Goosebumps 6hr
🌲🗻♥️ quick escape to #colorado w/ #friends! . . ✔️ Hiking ✔️ Running ✔️ Mt. Elbert (14,4xx ft!) ✔️ Biking ✔️ Climbing ✔️ Driving ✔️ Back at 4am then work! Original Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0oMQ1unucI/
💙💙💙 1 year ago .... . We heard about a crazy course record by @justingrunewald1 in the @aftontrailrun 50k and later that day he and his wife @bravelikegabe took a stroll through the store before heading to a concert in Eau Claire. Unassuming and window shopping they were both although they were two of the fastest (professional) athletes we've had grace … Continue reading 2019 Afton 25k
I'll say the same thing as last year ... #run for joy, not PRs.♥️ . The issue was forced a bit more this time. Within 10 seconds of the gun going off I realized my watch malfunctioned...memory full. Tried to start again, no go. I instantly knew it was meant to be - I ripped … Continue reading 2019 Eau Claire Marathon
I've started writing this post probably a dozen times. I've had so much in my head, but to get it on the keyboard and on the site takes ....... time. Time is very strange in life & on the run. Our third child just turned four ..... FOUR!!! Just yesterday (figuratively), she was squealing her … Continue reading The Last Year and the Ultra I Never Planned On
Quick recap via Instagram ... Train for & chase #joy, not PRs. . Despite being my slowest of seven marathons, today's @ecmarathon provided the most fun & joy of all in a season of life that has been crazy and chaotic. Struggling to finish strong in the heat, Eau Claire provided a course and people I'll never forget. … Continue reading 2018 Eau Claire Marathon
A quick summary via Instagram ... Quick recap ... It was tough one. A long grind with many ups and downs: . *up: running easy as the sun rose . *down: 35-55mi sour stomach ... fueled only w Ginger Ale, Coke, & pickles from 40mi to the end . *up: time on the trail with … Continue reading 2017 Burning River 100mi