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You ever look at yourself in a picture or in the mirror and think: Whoa? Is that really what I look like? Or feeling like you’re 110 years old and grossly out of shape? Yeah, me too. I’ve been struggling with this for some time now. And by that I mean for the past two and a half years. When my husband had a health scare in 2015 it really rocked our world. So I decided to take a conscious step back on my personal priority list and instead focused all of my energy on him, relieving his stresses and rearranging our lives. I changed jobs and…

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a race report on the blog. And truthfully I wasn’t planning on recaping my experience because I wasn’t officially official, if you know what I mean. But the day was pretty spectacular so the thought of not documenting it seemed like a sin. A few months ago my sister asked me to run part of the Frederick Half Marathon relay as a companion to my niece. She didn’t love the idea of her 13 year old running 5 1/2 miles alone so I agreed to run “rogue” with her. (Basically run alongside her…

Okay friends, let’s get real. Recently I shared my desire to challenge myself in a few areas of my life, the most important of which was health and wellness. I made that a priority because I’ve been feeling lousy these past few months and frankly, I don’t like what I am seeing in the mirror anymore. I’m tired and unhealthy and I look it. For the first time in my life I’ve found myself walking instead of running, avoiding social gathering and hiding behind others in pictures. It super-sucks. And it needs to change. Immediately. I don’t want to follow this path anymore. I don’t want…

I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…

I’ve partnered with Violet® supplements to talk about breast health.  This being a woman thing is just not so fun sometimes. I had the “privilege” of experiencing my first mammogram the other week. I’d been putting it off for eons. I’m a little ashamed to admit it but I was actively avoiding potentially bad news. You see, breast cancer and breast complications run in my family. In fact, a cousin of mine passed away at an extremely early age due to breast cancer. It terrifies me. So when I finally went to get the ole mamo done, I was incredibly nervous.…

Well, I did it. After taking a year off and running rarely casually I finally made my “big comeback.” It wasn’t what one would call effortless or graceful (by any stretch of the imagination) but I made it across the finish line. Let me start out by saying that I definitely wasn’t in training mode for this race. I wasn’t actually planning on anything official until the Frederick 1/2 on May 3rd. But a friend of a friend offered the bib to me and who am I to turn down something so karmic? The weekend of the Mission 10 Miler I was also scheduled to visit…

Let’s face it, 2014 was not a stellar year for me on the racingscene. Rather than don bibs, clock times and wax poetic about chia recipes, I spent myweekendsas arecreational runner.And by recreational runner I meanoccasional runner.Andwhile mentally it wasa relief to not have to be “on” and train all of the time, Ihave to admit that I missed it. Running is my therapy and without it…Igo a little crazy. Okay, I go a little crazy with it as well. WHAT’S YOUR POINT, INTERNET?! Anyway, this year will be different. I’ve not settled on a full marathon to conquer as…

For years I’ve beaten my body up while training. Running has taken a toll on my body (no question) and my forties are continuously throwing me for a loop. (I don’t want to talk about it. Harumph.)  I was introduced to the concept of Flaxie Packs by my friend Joanne McCoy who, it turns out, is co-owner of the company. She thought that my running partner and I would benefit from using them so I agreed to give them a shot. After all, between my nagging IT band injury and all my other bumps and bruises while while weight-training, I certainly could use…

Ever since I was a kid I’ve struggled with being carefree. I want (oh how I want) to spend the majority of my days throwing caution to the wind but it rarely happens. I find myself holding back in various situations where others wouldn’t think twice. It’s odd because in many ways I am a risk taker and happy to be so.  Holding back is so limiting.  Silly example – the other day I was running through Georgetown and I happened upon THE STAIRS. (You know which ones I’m talking about right? The creepy never-ending stairs from the Exorcist movie.) Shudder. Anyway, I got…

Well, week two has passed and we are still seeing some good results with the program! I actually only lost one pound this week but I feel tremendous. My clothes are fitting much better this week and I’m really encouraged. I’ve lost a good three to four  inches off of my waist already. I’m getting used to portioning and packing my own food and have a much easier time at resisting the every day temptations of life. I personally like to keep my meal plans simple and rotate them every two days. One thing that has remained constant is my…