Montgomery Marathon- back marathoning, 16th win!

This weekend we made a surprise visit to Montgomery, AL for the inaugural Montgomery Marathon! This was the first time since last April (and tearing my hamstring) I’ve been able to run a legitimate marathon. I’ve been chomping at the bit to finally run a marathon– most definitely felt like a caged lion ready to break free! Although my hammy still doesn’t feel 100%, I know that like my foot 2 yrs ago… it’s a process getting back to top form and health. I just need to keep plugging with everything I’m doing in terms of rehab, training, and carefully adding back speedwork (which my hammy is gradually tolerating more and more, yeaaa!).

Seeing the PanAm Games sites in Toronto and the Distillery District by the Athlete Village.

Seeing the PanAm Games sites in Toronto and the Distillery District by the Athlete Village.

Last week I also went on a busy 4-day trip to Toronto to prepare with the USOC for the 2015 PanAm Games. I flew back on Wed., had a mentally intense work day on Thursday, and hit the road for the road trip to Alabama (thank you to Conor for all the driving and having a nice road trip together!). With last week’s time change, time zone changes, and weird sleeping/eating/training patterns… I haven’t felt this warped/sleep-deprived/jetlagged for quite a while! Not ideal going into a marathon– I now have great appreciation for everything it takes to perform at my best in the marathon! Get your sleep guys if you wanna race at your best!

Bryan and I repping Montgomery Multisport, Skechers, and Marathonguide.com at the Montgomery Marathon!

Bryan and I repping Montgomery Multisport, Skechers, and Marathonguide.com at the Montgomery Marathon!

Thank you to Montgomery Multisport for helping me get a last minute entry and to my Marathonguide.com and Skechers Teammate, Bryan Morseman, for telling me about this race! It was a perfect comeback race! [Read more…]

Cowtown- finally back racing!

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A little blurry, but we saw several flipped mobile homes, trucks, and cars on our drive to Ft. Worth!

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This is what our view was like most of the drive to Ft. Worth! Fortunately, using my iphone map I was able to see traffic patterns and take a few side roads to avoid this.

This weekend, I took a detour for my first big race in many months! Instead of racing the Caumsett 50K/US Championship, we decided to stay closer to home and run the Cowtown 50K. My sponsor (and a sponsor for Cowtown), Marathonguide.com, was putting up a prize purse for the second year, including breaking the course record for the 50K. When I started adding up the costs and benefits of going to Cowtown vs. Caumsett (including the possibility of making the US 50K Team), everything made more sense to race Cowtown. After much deliberation on whether to run the marathon or 50K, I committed to the 50K at Cowtown! My teammate, Bryan Morseman, also committed to the 50K– both of us wanting to earn consideration for the US 50K Team.

I could write a book on the bizarre twists and turns the past 10 years– this weekend was no exception! Dealing with crazy snow and ice across this part of the country, we ended up leaving a day early (Fri.) to drive to Ft. Worth. A normally 3 hr drive… took nearly 7 hrs! No worries- we were going to get there sooner or later and still have a day to chill out. Bryan, who’s flights from upstate NY were cancelled and told he couldn’t fly out until Sun. (!), ended up DRIVING 22 hrs, with his whole family, to Ft. Forth!!! The crazy things we do to make our dreams a reality…. [Read more…]

Selected to serve as the USOC Athlete Services Coordinator for the 2015 Pan American Games!

panamgames201110+ years ago, it was my life goal to serve athletes in some capacity. I had no idea that I would become ‘the athlete’! When I made the 2011 US Pan American Team in the marathon, I was on cloud 9 at the time! I didn’t know, however, that it would open me up to many more opportunities….

I’ve come around full circle now to my original life goal. I found out I was selected to serve as the USOC Athlete Services Coordinator for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto! I’ll be spending the month of July in Toronto, helping to prepare the team and site for the athletes!!! How cool is that?! Dreams really do come true. I’m thrilled and honored I finally get to give back to the athletes. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to apply. Can’t wait to see who makes the PanAm Team!!!

Eligibility Criteria to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials

olympictrialsfirstmileThis week, there’s been several people who have directed questions to me about eligibility criteria to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials. Being involved with USATF, I’ve been able to help direct them to the appropriate people and resources within USATF. I thought I would point out some key criteria to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials.

Of significance, the race must not only be a USATF certified course, but also USATF sanctioned. You should check with the race director to ensure that they are, indeed, USATF sanctioned. There’s also a database of sanctioned events here: http://www.usatf.org/calendars/index.asp [Read more…]

Making a comeback to racing after an extended break

The breakthrough 10K I ran in 2010 that brought much relief- hanging out with my friends Lucie and Jennifer after the race.

The breakthrough 10K I ran in 2010 that brought much relief- hanging out with my friends Lucie and Jennifer after the race.

Every time I comeback from an injury and extended break, I have to remind myself that the first race is always the hardest part! You have no idea how to pace yourself appropriately, it’s a lung buster, tense, awkward, you hope you don’t reinjure yourself, and there’s so much anxiety and doubt. After that, it gets much easier! [Read more…]