Skip to main content

Training: Weeks 10 & 11

 Did you think I quit? Nope, I just haven't had time to blog. Weeks 10 & 11 went really well overall, and I'm currently feeling strong. However, I only have three more weeks of training before I enter the two-week taper (a slow down period before the race). 

Three weeks? I know I've come a long way, but I cannot believe training is coming to a close already. "Trust the training" is my mantra these days, reminding me that if I put in the work, I will reach my goals. With a crazy busy work and home life right now, it's all I can do to squeeze in my runs ... But I know I need them to keep my sanity.

So even though I haven't had time to write much, I have had time to take pictures! Here's a look — literally — at my last two weeks of half marathon training.

The start of my first 9-mile run in Angola. This trail treated me well for two weeks.

Kyle and I after finishing Color Me Rad in Fort Wayne. He RAN his first 5K, and I am soooo proud!
After Color Me Rad, we jetted to Toledo for a matinee of "Wicked." I cried through "Defying Gravitiy" because I feel like it's my training theme song.

My new obnoxiously bright shoes from Bill's Locker Room. When running my second 9-miler, a man walking by said "I could spot those shoes from a mile away!" Precisely the look I was going for, sir.
Chews and pepper spray: For when your runs are getting longer, and the mornings are getting darker.


Popular posts from this blog

Mental Health: Think Before You Blame

Two words are getting tossed around like confetti right now, and I’d like to stop the “celebration.”

Mental health 
Two words I’ve used plenty of times. I’ve been quite open and honest about my mental health in recent years. After overcoming a lot of self-doubt, stigma and fear, and I finally sought treatment. First, for anxiety. Then for postpartum depression (and still anxiety).

I’ve been open about my mental health because I want to help erase the stigma of asking for help. Of just admitting you need help. I want people to know that it’s perfectly normal, and perfectly OK, if you’re not OK. Everyone has their struggles. To be imperfect is to be human. And we’re all in this together. I want to open doors of acceptance and help people understand they are not alone.

But lately, the conversations around mental health seem to be shutting doors and only adding to the stigma. “Mental health” is what a lot of people are blaming for violence. Online, people are saying our nation’s terribl…

It's Time to Do SOMETHING

Listen, I'm going to get political for a minute. If you don't like it, now's your time to run. Actually, now's your time to buck up and read this because you can't keep running from our country's problems just because you don't like conflict.

This week, after watching the horrific news of yet another mass shooting in our country, I was FED UP. I was no longer shocked by the news, I was just appalled - I couldn't believe we had let this happen again. Yes, WE. You and me. We did this.

Because by standing back and doing nothing about gun violence in America, we definitely aren't solving the problem. By ignoring the tough conversations with our family, friends and government officials, we are contributing to the deaths of more and more innocent people.

Personally, I'm DONE.

I don't know what the answer is, but I do know I'm tired of watching the news and thinking I can't do anything about it. I have a voice. And I am choosing to use it …

Paying for Pixie Dust: 7 Ways You Can Save Money if You Plan Ahead for Disney World

Here’s the thing: Disney World is NOT cheap. I will say that up front. There’s a reason my family can’t afford to go every single year (even though I want to!), and it’s not just the fact that we live a long, long way from Florida. 
There seems to be this misconception that you can find secret Disney “deals.” Not really. Disney does offer discount packages throughout the year, but the discounts just aren’t as good as they used to be. The U.S. economy is good and park attendance is up - they don’t need to entice travelers with deals!
If you’re interested in snagging a package, you need to understand that prices vary by what time of year you’re going to visit. For example, if you’re going at Christmas, you’re going to pay more than if you go in the middle of September. Even with a discount! If you still want to book a package, here’s a handy page of historical discounts and when they’ve been offered. Remember, Disney can change its promotions every year! But it’s a good reference poi…