Category Running

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

We’re halfway through the year! It is certainly disappearing quickly. Much faster than I can log miles. 😦 I’m struggling with fatigue and soreness and it’s incredibly frustrating. Last summer I could do this. This summer it’s a struggle. As of August 12, I’m at 1,105 miles. At the end of July, I should have […]

Guest Post at J. Q. Rose’s Blog

My critique partner, J. Q. Rose, is hosting a post about my trip to Glen Arbor, Michigan earlier this summer. It was a beautiful trip, despite camping. 🙂 A couple weeks ago, the area was hit by a very strong storm, which took out many of the trees. The half marathon around Glen Lake will […]

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 […]

Tuesday Treats

When I run, I divide my run in head, setting milestones to help get myself through the rough parts. It gives me targets to shoot for and lessens the pain toward the end. The best milestone is a mile to go. In most cases, that means I have less than ten minutes to run. In […]

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 […]


On April 15, when the race clock at the Boston Marathon had counted to 4:09, runners who were meters from achieving dreams were knocked off their feet. And so to honor all those affected by this tragedy, runners from around the country, and maybe even the world, are lacing up their shoes and running 4.09 […]