A few new media features, including a chapter in a book!

runningwiththegirlsHey everyone, I’ve been a bit slow to update my blog lately- life outside of running has been CRAZY BUSY! Hopefully I’ll get some time to post this weekend. Until then, check out these fun articles- I gave a few quotes:

Runner’s World (by one of my favorite writers, Alison Wade)- “How to set a World Record in 2015″: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/how-to-set-a-world-record-in-2015

Wall Street Journal (by Rachel Bachman)- “The athletes who train with soda”: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-athletes-who-train-with-soda-1418152993

Also, I’m featured as a chapter in a book (by Lacie Whyte and Dane Rauschenberg) about motivational stories of women runners called “Running with the Girls”. It’s now available on Amazon! I’m excited to read this! http://www.amazon.com/Running-Girls-Lacie-Whyte/dp/1634900715/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418225155&sr=8-1&keywords=running+with+the+girls



OCU repeats as NAIA Men’s XC National Champions!

In our 4th season back in Oklahoma, our OCU Men’s Team (coached by my husband, Conor) repeated as the NAIA National Champions at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, KS! They executed the race to a T, placing 5 guys in the top 20 scorers to earn All-American honors. They ran with a lot of heart and pride– earning OCU’s 57th Team National Championship! Very proud of them and all their hard work!

OCU 2014 Men's XC National ChampionsMen's team after the race, in their new silver singlets

Our women’s team also met their goal of finishing in the top 15– earning 15th place (seeded 20th going into the Championship). Our teams earned 3rd place for “Combined Team Awards”. Conor was named NAIA Coach of the Year again as well!

OCU's hardware

Dirt levee and trails in Lawrence, KS

Dirt levee and trails in Lawrence, KS- a perfect morning for XC racing!

Update on right hip

I’m finishing up 8 days of rest, after dropping out of the Wichita Prairie Fire Marathon. I felt that distinctive and painful “pulling” in my hip within the first 5 miles (where we started going uphill a bit). It became a painful struggle thereafter, and I knew after 10K I needed to jog it back in to the finish.

I got an MRI on Friday and got the report back yesterday– I have a partial tear in the right hamstring tendon (“tendinitis” at this point), edema in the bone, and greater trochanteric bursitis. Crazy enough, my left side (which I tore 2 yrs ago at Grandma’s) looks worse on the MRI than the right side, but it’s my right side that’s painful and debilitating right now.  [Read more…]

When your friends (and everything around you) reminds you not to give up.

It’s 7:25am this morning, and I’m plodding up a hill towards Dolese Park as the sun is rising. You may not believe I ever “plod”, but judging by my easy run pace on Strava, this morning I was going 30 sec/mile slower than my typical easy run pace, which puts me at close to 9:00/mi. Why extra slow? Because I felt a pull in my hamstring yesterday in my first race since July– the kind of pull that makes you go “uh oh” and subconsciously makes you hold back the rest of the way. Gotta be extra cautious now to see how it feels.

As I’m going up the hill and feeling mixed emotions, I look to my right and see a ~junior high girl wearing the dreaded “boot” AND shooting hoops in her driveway! How much you wanna bet she wishes she was playing b-ball with her teammates?! Her legs may not be willing… but her arms are… and she’s still getting out there and doing something! I was impressed!

Thank you Mr. Possum for making me smile this morning. :)

I continue up the hill and see what looks like a possum in someone’s yard. I run down the street to see if it really IS a possum, and sure enough it is! I look at the possum, he looks at me, and I start smiling because it reminds me that “this is why I run”!

The “signs” are all around– cheering me up, inspiring, and reminding me to “keep moving”! I’ve been on a roller-coaster, physically and emotionally, the past 2 1/2 yrs (or more like the past 5 yrs!). I do remind myself when I’m running at my best to “embrace those moments”, because I know they will be fleeting. Then there’s moments, like this morning, when I wake up and want to cry because I’ve made so much progress with my fitness/hamstring… only to be one “hamstring injury away from oblivion” (as the great marathoner Steve Jones once said). [Read more…]


A fTimex Run Trainer 2.0ew weeks ago I created a Strava account just to see what it is and how it works. I realized the Timex Run Trainer 2.0 watch I’d gotten for free over a year ago had been collecting dust on my dresser, and I needed to find a way to use it in a meaningful way. Since I’m not keen on keeping an online log, I thought Strava would be a way to occasionally use my GPS watch and upload runs. This means 1) Actually learning how to use the GPS watch and save/upload workouts to my computer, and 2) Learning how to use Strava.

What is Strava? From what I can tell it’s another website to upload workouts and follow friends. However, the cool thing is it tracks segments (or you can set up segments from your runs) and keeps track of who’s the “fastest” for those segments. Thus, it’s a way to get competitive in your training. [Read more…]