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EnduranceGirl Runs

Finding motivation to reach a goal can be difficult. It’s easy to get discouraged about setbacks or injuries or food issues or crazy schedules or whatever. So I’m starting a running blog called EnduranceGirl Runs to share motivational tips, goal setting ideas, and much more. Hop on over and check it out. Http://

2,015 in 2015 update

Right now I’m feeling like my eyes are bigger than my stomach. I’m about thirty miles behind where I should be. It makes me nervous. I like to be ahead of the game. I’m updating my mileage on the right side of this page. As I get closer to the 25k in May and when […]

How do you know you’re crazy?

How do you know you’re crazy? One way is to look at the challenges you sign up for. This year I decided to go big or go home. I signed up for Run the Edge’s 2015 in 2015. The goal is to run 2,015 miles in 2015. Last year I ran 2,001. Fourteen more miles […]

I survived!

This weekend, I ran my first marathon in twelve years. (You can read about the first experience here. It wasn’t terribly pleasant.) I was hoping this one would be better. I picked a training schedule and stuck to it through sore knees, exhaustion, and probably anemia. The day of the race started pretty well. It […]

Guest Blogging at Grand Rapids Region Writers Group

Today, I’ve got a guest post over at the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group (Http:// There’s a new excerpt of Climbing Heartbreak Hill. Hope you can drop by. If you are a writer in the West Michigan area, check out their meeting schedule. They are very informative and a lot of fun.

Climbing Heartbreak Hill

Climbing Heartbreak Hill is now available! Woot! Woot! Check out this wonderful cover. It is one of my favorites. Professional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds […]

My first marathon

Way back in 2000, I ran in the Seattle marathon. I tried to train for it by myself the previous year. It didn’t work. The next year, I found a training team and it went much better… until about two weeks before the race. My IT band started acting up. Pain shot up and down […]

What will malfunction next?

First, it was the sewing machine, then it was the television, now it’s the treadmill? The other night, my husband had to go back to work, so I dutifully got on the treadmill for a run. (I’m training for a 25k in May and things have been going pretty well so far.) I plugged the […]

Race for the Cure

My sister fought breast cancer this year and kicked its butt. She ran a 10k in the middle of her radiation treatment, which I thought was pretty awesome. So this fall both my sisters and I signed up for our local Race for the Cure. We ended up running and walking with my niece and […]