Category Running

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 […]

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 […]

How my dog helped me figure out the plot–or not

Well, as I do more research, it might not be the case, but I was hoping my geriatric dog was good for more than having me stumble down the stairs in the middle of the night so that he can go outside and bark at his shadow. At our last visit to the vet, I […]

Always slightly uphill

Before we remodeled out house, it was doubtful there were any angles that were square. Every wall and floor leaned or sagged. After the remodel, well, it’s probably the same. The hill in the hallway is still there, but your ears don’t pop when you get to the kitchen anymore. I never considered the implications […]