#RWHalf Festival Part 4: A Saturday Night In Bethlehem, PA

Fun. Awesomely awesome fun. Have you gotten that vibe through my first three posts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) recapping the sweet weekend at Runner’s World Half & Festival.


So how does one celebrate a successful Five & Dime and carboload for the following day’s half?

Well after a great lunch with Doug, Matt and Presley, we sent Matt packing to head home while the three of us took the opportunity to nap/rock some much-needed compression time.

I am sad that I missed some of the amazing seminars especially the ones with Bart Yasso and Mark Remy, but I needed a little rest. Plus I had the pleasure of listening to both men speak during the Heartbreak Hill weekend.

Once we were properly rested and refreshed, the three amigos headed out for a quick snack en route to the Expo for an evening of laughs and carbs.


But first let’s take a selfie. I mean it is the Funhouse, where fun people meet and party! :P

I was psyched to hear Liz Miele’s comedy set, but first David Willey graced the stage.



Liz was hilarious and got on to Runner’s World radar because of this I’m A Runner video from 2010.

Also we did in fact get a shout out before she started the set. Go us!

Additionally I made friends with one of the pacer’s for the Half and quickly we had Matt replaced. ;) I kiiiiid. But it was fascinating to learn more about pacing as it is something I’ve thrown around as a possibility.

After a great comedy session, we caught up with the Runner’s World PR team of David and Beachy. Presley and I asked Beachy to take a photo for us and this happened.




After a selfie session, the real picture was finally taken.


I am so thankful that David and Beachy invited me to be a part of Heartbreak Hill weekend and the Runner’s World Half & Festival.

(Note: Runner’s World did sponsor my participation in the RW Half & Festival, but all comments are my own – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’!)

Before heading to the pasta dinner with the Runner’s World Editors, Doug, Presley and I stopped by the Altra Running booth to ask founder Golden some questions.

Prior to heading to Runner’s World weekend, Altra was nice enough to send us each a pair of sneakers to test out. Well I liked the sneakers I had, but they were a little too minimal for me – I needed a little more stability.

So I was able to grab Golden‘s ear on the subject and he said I was in the wrong shoe compared to what I normally wear. He switched me from the One to the Paradigm. I immediately noticed a vast improvement and cannot wait to try out the new shoes when they arrive.

Since the Expo had actually shut down awhile back, we invited Golden to enjoy some pasta with us and he agreed to join us. It was great to chat with him further about his running career and philosophy on running. We also met some great people at our table who were also participating in the Half the next day.

The pasta and salad was delicious and straight out of the Runner’s World Cookbook.


Thanks to Golden for throwing signs with us before we retreated back to the Comfort Suites bar. This night turned into an early night once an unruly bar attendee ended up having the cops called on him. Ummm yeah that was our cue to head upstairs and be asleep by 10pm.

Overall it was a great day with friends and lots of laughs! :)


Up next? #RW Half Festival Part 5: The Half.

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#RWHalf Festival Part 3: Five & Dime

Want to run a 5k? Sure!

Want to run a 10k? Absolutely!

Want to run them on the same day? Umm… sure thing!

Hello Five & Dime. :)


Apparently Runner’s World Half & Festival was more than just getting together with bloggers and checking out Bethlehem, PA – there was going to be running involved. :P

If you want to catch up on the first two days at the #RWHalf, check out these posts: Day 1 and Day 2.

(Note: Runner’s World did sponsor my participation in the RW Half & Festival, but all comments are my own – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’!)

Once again the alarms were blaring at 6am so that Presley (my roomie) and I could hit up the Comfort Suites free breakfast area/the Comfort Suites bar/where the karaoke magic happened before heading to the race. I opted for an english muffin with butter.

We met up with Matt and Doug at 7 so we could head down to the races. Thankfully the Start area was less than a mile for our hotel so we had an easy warm-up walk before running. We recanted the amazing karaoke fun and came up with our game plan for the actual races. We planned on running both together. No matter the pace we would stick together and have fun. This would be my first time having three people to run with and make sure to capture in my mind-run selfies.


The weather was chilly, but I was happy to show off my Runfellow t-shirt! Representin’ Somerville baby!


We stretched and loosened up with a little pre-race dancing… Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” anyone?


The crowd was pumped up and ready to run. We were ready for a fun run!

I also opted to bring my pink sparkly microphone prop from the previous day’s Amazing Shakeout Run to interview some fellow runners along the course.

We crossed the line and were off.

As we made our way through Mile One, I heard the other runners discussing the upcoming hills along the course. Oops should’ve looked at a course map pre-race. Eh we like surprises. :P


And my fellow participants weren’t kidding about the inclines. I was really happy to not be fighting for a PR that day.


Mile 1: 10:34

There was a sweet DJ along the course mixing some tunes, as well as other local high school bands, polka music and more. They were setting us up to dance our way through the race.


Mile 2: 9:32

Without even knowing it we were picking our pace up and approached negative splits.


I started interviewing Presley and Doug to get their thoughts on the race.

We made our way back towards the Start line and I wasn’t sure what the path back would be. It was become the final stretch for all three races.

We ran parallel to the Finish Line before taking a loop around the block, which brought us right past the Casino.

Mile 3: 9:00

We used the last 0.1 to come up with our Finish Line photo pose. We opted for using something Altra Running founder Golden Harper taught us to correct our posture during a run – think of reaching towards the Sun!

Unfortunately I didn’t get a good photo of it, but I heard it was a hit with the Altra team.

Final Time: 30:29


With one race down and one to go it was time to refuel with water and a banana. The 5k began at 8am with the 10k to follow at 9:30. This left ample time to hit up the restrooms and catch up with friends between races.


Hey sexy bloggers!


Sarah from SparklyRunner

After catching up and refueling it was 9:17am and time to head back to the Start Line for Round 2. We rocked some more sweet dance moves to loosen up and it was GO time.

The 10k started the same way as the 5k, but thankfully avoided one of the bigger hills from the beginning of the 5k by sending us left to cover more ground. Since the race announcer did remind us the 10k would be double the 5k. Oh right.

As we made our way through the first couple of miles, we fell into a nice running groove. It was interesting to run with Doug and Matt who are two mainly ultra marathon trail runners, while Presley and I mainly stick to road racing. It was nice to hear about their racing experiences in ultras compared to those on the road. The more laid back style seems to be the biggest.

Mile 1: 9:59
Mile 2: 9:55
Mile 3: 9:40

We made it through half of the race before someone – Presley – needed a bathroom break. Once she hopped in the port-o-potty we all decided to stop. I don’t think I have ever taken the time to have a bathroom break during the 10k, but the quick break was nice.

We were making sure to utilize all the water stops and powerade when available.

After tackling yet another short climb we headed into Bethlehem’s historic residential district, where the streets are tree-lined, flat, and wide.

And that is where we saw Editor-In-Chief David Willey running with participants. I saw him running back and forth with runners that I wondered how many miles he was actually logging during the races.

Of course I asked him for a selfie…


His response: “Sure I’ve already done 10 so far this race.” :)


Then the group HAD to be included.

Thanks to David for letting those “bloggers” be selfies #11 and #12.

Mile 4: 10:31 (port-o-potty stop mile)

The crowds were out in full force with handmade signs and tons of high-fives. I would like to say I was 5-for-5 with high fives. Yeah little kids like my style. Haha.

As we wrapped through the Bethlehem neighborhoods, the quaintness of the town really started to show through on that Saturday. The vibrant Fall colors were gorgeous to run through.

All parts of the town were out to cheer on the runners, local churches singing, Lululemon employees out with their witty signs, local high school teams manning the water stops. It was a great vibe.


I need to thank these three for making this race fun and for dealing with my “Guys get over there and take a picture” requests over and over again.

Mile 5: 9:12

During the final mile, we caught up with marathoner and comedian Liz Miele, who would be performing that night before the pasta dinner. It was great to chat with her before her set. We were also hoping it would get us into the act. *Fingers Crossed*


Runner’s World gave her a STAFF shirt to wear, which led to many runners to believe she was a writer for Runner’s World rather than a comedian. Haha.

Mile 6: 9:04

With yet another Finish Line on the horizon, we needed a game plan. This time we would go for a jumping Finish Line photo. Again I didn’t get a good shot of it, but will tell you all it was EPIC.

Runner’s World website did a great way describing the Finish Line:

The finish lies under a flaming arch in the shadow of the massive Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, the first of which went into operation in 1863. From these massive structures, the rail lines that traverse our nation, the Navy ships that fought in both World Wars and countless steel I-beams that serve as the skeletons of many of our nation’s iconic skyscrapers were born.

Final Time: 1:1:11


And the Five & Dime was ours!!!


Overall they were beautiful courses with some climbs/hills. I loved the energy of the crowd and the eclectic music along the route. I do wish the time between races was a tad shorter. I know you need to leave ample time for everyone to finish the 5k, but it was tough to have almost an hour between races.

Thank you to Doug, Matt and Presley for keeping me laughing the entire time and reminding me how much fun running with friends can be.

After the races, we stopped by the Expo one more time to snap another Runner’s World cover so you could actually see my phone at the top – the previous one was blocked by the title.


We went back to the hotel to clean up and grab some lunch before Matt deserted us to avoid the half spend time with his wife for their anniversary.


Next Up: #RWHalf Festival Part 4: A Saturday Night In Bethlehem, PA!


2014 Road Races

Here is how the 2014 race schedule is shaping up so far:

January 1 – 1st Run 5k – 23:43 (7:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 9 – Disney Family Fun Run 5k – 32:05 (10:21 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 10 – Walt Disney World 10k – 1:05:40 (10:35 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 11 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 2:22:31 (10:53 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 12 – Walt Disney World Marathon – 4:45:57 (10:55 min/mile pace) – RECAP


February 2 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon – 1:55:43 (8:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

February 14 – Stop Stroke Shuffle 5k *Virtual* – 26:18 (8:29 min/mile pace)


March 1 – Black Cat 20-Miler – 2:57:59 (8:54 min/mile pace) – RECAP

March 16 – Craicfest 5k – 24:17 (7:49 min/mile pace) – RECAP


April 19 – BAA 5k – 25:08 (8:06 min/mile pace) – RECAP

April 21 – 118th Boston Marathon – 5:31:18 (12:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP

April 26 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon – 4:42:12 (10:46 min/mile pace) – RECAP


May 11 – M.O.M.’s Run 5k – 24:14 (7:48 min/mile pace) – RECAP

May 13 – Strides Against Stroke 5k *Virtual* – 26:16 (8:28 min/mile pace)

May 18 – 18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle 5k – 24:39 (7:57 min/mile pace) – RECAP

May 25 – Boston’s Run To Remember Half Marathon – 1:50:58 (8:28 min/mile pace) – RECAP

May 29 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #1 – 23:29 (7:34 min/mile pace) – RECAP


June 1 – Freedom Run 5k – 23:55 (7:43 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 7 – Runner’s World 5k – 28:28 (9:11 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 7 – Runner’s World 10k – 58:49 (9:29 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 8 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – 2:08:52 (9:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 21 – Rock and Run Boston (Obstacle 5k) – 45:32 (14:38 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 22 – BAA 10k – 51:37 (8:19 min/mile pace) – RECAP

June 30 – Summer Sizzler *Virtual* 5k – 25:21 (8:10 min/mile pace)


July 3 – Finish At The 50 (10k for me) – 53:01 (8:32 min/mile pace) – RECAP

July 13 – Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon – 1:57:44 (8:59 min/mile pace) – RECAP

July 17 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #3 – 24:19 (7:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

July 20 – Iron GirlWebster Sprint Triathlon – 1:26:54 – RECAP

July 30 – F.A.S.T. (Fighting Against Stroke Together) *Virtual* 5k -27:44 (8:57 min/mile pace)


August 14 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #4 – 24:57 (8:03 min/mile pace) – RECAP

August 17 – Falmouth Road Race (7 miles) -1:00:49 (8:41 min/mile pace) – RECAP

August 24 – Race To The Row 5k – 23:46 (7:39 min/mile pace) – RECAP


September 4 – Boston 5k Summer Series Race #5 – 22:39 (7:18 min/mile) – RECAP

September 7 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman – 6:06:03 – RECAP

September 13 – Big Bad Wolf 5 Mile Trail Race – 41:41 (8:21 min/mile pace) – RECAP

September 14 – Buzzards Bay Sprint Triathlon – 1:27:01.3 – RECAP

September 17 – The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 3rd Annual 30th Birthday 5k Run-Walk Ramble *VIRTUAL* – 26:03 (8:24 min/mile pace)

September 27 – ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon (Cape Cod) – 1:54:17 (8:43 min/mile pace) – RECAP


October 5 – Oktoberfest 5k – 24:16 (7:49 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 12 – BAA Half Marathon – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 18 – Runner’s World 5k – 30:29 (9:50 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 18- Runner’s World 10k – 1:01:11 (9:52 min/mile pace) – RECAP

October 19 – Runner’s World Half Marathon – 2:10:35 (9:58 min/mile pace) – RECAP Pending


November 2 – South Shore Half Marathon – Starts at 7:30 a.m. ET

November 9 – Boston River Run 5k – Starts at 9:00 a.m. ET

November 15 – Spartan Sprint Fenway Park – Starts TBD

November 27 – Gobble Gobble Gobble 4-Miler – Starts at 9:00 a.m. ET


December 14 – Yulefest 5k – Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET




#RWHalf Festival Part 2: Amazing Shakeout Run, Altra Running Fun & Expo!

Alarms starting blaring at 6am on Friday morning – also known as Day 2 of the Runner’s World Half & Festival weekend. Presley from Run Pretty and I blindly started hitting snooze on our iPhones before realizing there was no time for snoozing!

Day 1 of the #RWHalf weekend brought us to Runner’s World HQ and the Comfort Suites Bar. Since Day 1 set a high bar, I was excited to see what Day 2 would bring.

(Note: Runner’s World did sponsor my participation in the RW Half & Festival, but all comments are my own – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’!)


We headed on downstairs to meet the rest of the bloggers to see what this “Amazing Shakeout Run” the Runner’s World PR gurus David and Laura had concocted.

In case you haven’t picked up what I am laying down – our “let’s take it easy because we have 22.4 miles to run this weekend” shakeout run turned into a “it’s Amazing race and I need to win” 4-mile all-out sprint.

Let me back it on up for ya.

We huddled together in the Comfort Suites lobby at 7am on a Friday morning ready to get the 411 from David and Beachy (otherwise known as Laura). They let us know we would be breaking into 4 teams of 4 (each team would be joined by a member of the Altra Running staff).

It was captain time and guess who got picked.


That’s right. Apparently the PR staff thinks I am a tad competitive.

Saayy whhaa?? Not sure where they got that. <>

So I had my power team of Matt from No Meat Athlete, Sarah from Picky Runner, Beth from Shut Up And Run and Brian from Altra.

Please pick a team name. Done.


We headed outside behind the hotel to get the first clue, which was sponsored by Skirt Sports. Our Altra rep stood by 4 bags of costumes to help each of the bloggers grab a costume, change and run back to tag the next blogger. Once all 4 bloggers were dressed, you snapped a pic and received your first clue.


Since we were the second team done, we had the added bonus of adding a second Altra employee – yay Ashleigh – to our crew. We bound out of the parking lot.

Now we probably should’ve stopped and figured out where we were going before leaving the parking lot, but we were ready to roll. That led to a little extra mileage added to our total. While in the moment we regretted, but thankfully didn’t hurt our overall performance.

Since this was a group of bloggers we had to Instagram and tweet our locations each time we figured out a clue. Thank GOODNESS I have mastered the art of running and IGing. :)



(Note: This is where my friend and Zelle Editor Elizabeth‘s son asked her if I was Katie Perry. #DayMade)

As we made our way through the first two clues, the third was sending us to the Sands Casino. Yes for the first time ever I can say I have sprinted through a Casino.

It was JUST before entering the Casino that we made our move from second place to third! Take THAT Team Wombat.


After texting in our final pic to the Runner’s World PR team, we received our final clue and headed back to the ArtsQuest building. We were a quick crossword puzzle away from first place.


That’s right – WE WON!

Did y’all expect anything less from me? :P

Each Team Domination member will receive a $100 gift card to Altra Running!

Once the other three teams returned, it was breakfast and story time.


While enjoying strawberries and yogurt, Budd Coates spoke to us about his book Running On Air. He was talking about the proper way to breathe while running. He did some exercises with us where I learned I cannot follow directions. Ha.


Following Budd was Golden Harper, creator of Altra Running AND the current marathon record holder for a 12-year-old with 2:45. Yeah you read that right.


It was fascinating to hear more about the Altra Running story. I had no idea the company was so new on the market – about 3 years.

After getting a sneak peek at what Altra is coming out with in 2015, it was time to hear more from iFit.


Prior to #RWHalf weekend, each blogger had been sent an iFit Tracker to test and I had really gotten hooked on mine. In addition to testing out the trackers there was a small competition amongst the bloggers put on my iFit.

And. Guess. Who. Won. :)


And I won a…



I am BLOWN away and psyched. This will benefit not only me, but my entire family. My mom had her knee replaced this past summer and had been wanting a treadmill. Now we have one. :)

After hearing more about the iFit products, including a membership where you can link google maps to your treadmill and basically run anywhere in the world. I mean really? Wicked cool.

Once I was officially pumped from my win! It was time to get a quick “learn to run” session with Golden before Yoga for Runners.


Yoga for Runners was HILARIOUS. The noises of agony we were making were loud and unanimous.


Since this reiterated that I need to do more yoga, the yoga gear they hooked us up with will come in handy at home. The instructor told me to start with easy poses for 15 minutes a couple of times a week and build up. I let her know how bored I get in yoga classes, which is why she suggested starting small.

After so much activity and winning :P, it was time for lunch. The chefs created another delicious meal out of the Runner’s World Cookbook, while we listened to Elizabeth from Zelle and Sean MacMillen from Team RWB.

It was finally time for me to grab my selfie with Bart Yasso! #TripMade


With a happy stomach and an inspired heart, it was time to head back to the hotel, clean up and sneak in a nap before the evening began.

I ended up heading to the Expo with Matt (NoMeatAthlete), Presley (RunPretty) and Doug (RockCreekRunner) for some fun!

We headed to pick up our bib, t-shirt, hat and socks (we got all three since we were doing the hat trick) before heading down to the Expo floor. I made sure to thank our sponsors before gunning for the “Pretend you are on the cover of Runner’s World” booth.

Yes folks those covers you saw on social media were in fact fake. Womp womp! :P


Then Presley and I wanted to be recognized on the cover for our selfie taking skills.


What the photog caught


What we caught

Doing a cover shoot was fun. <<Hint Hint Runner’s World Hint Hint>>

I made sure to head right over to the Sparkly Soul booth to see my girl Pamela and pick up some of the latest headband designs.



With the Expo officially owned, it was time to do some carbo-loading … Casino style.

While I personally do not gamble, I am really good at WATCHING other people gamble. ;)


Presley hadn’t gambled before so Doug and Matt were going to be the mentors.


The gambling didn’t go well so we grabbed salad wraps and headed back to the Comfort Suites for some karaoke. The locals had the place packed so we did our best to grab a table and blend in. Well as much as we could being about 35-30 years younger than the rest of the people in attendance.


Adorable duet from Matt and Doug.


Even Pamela joined in on the fun.

After closing down karaoke (it’s how we roll), we all headed upstairs to bed with visions of not one, but two Finish lines dancing through our heads.



Up next? #RWHalf Festival Part 3: Five & Dime!


#RWHalf Festival Part 1: Runner’s World HQ Tour & S’mores

When one gets invited by Runner’s World to hang out for a weekend of racing and other fun running-related fun, you clear your schedule and jump on the next plane to Emmaus, Pennsylvania!

So that is EXACTLY what I did!

Fine you all are on to me. There wasn’t much on that calendar anyway, but let this girl dream. Okay?

The Runner’s World Half & Festival took place in Bethlehem, PA October 17-19. I, and 14 other bloggers, invaded Bethlehem on October 16 to get a head start. :)

(Note: Runner’s World did sponsor my participation in the RW Half & Festival, but all comments are my own – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’!)

I headed out to Pennsylvania on a Noon flight on Thursday, but first enjoyed a pre-flight Harpoon IPA. Cheers to a fun weekend!


Once I arrived in Bethlehem, we headed straight out for a fun night at Runner’s World HQ.


That’s right. This girl got to go to Runner’s World mecca. Pretty sweet.

On the ride from our hotel to RW HQ, we were able to get to know each other. I knew a handful of the bloggers, but was excited to meet the rest of the crew.

Here is a list of who was in attendance:

After enjoying a delicious dinner straight out of Runner’s World Cookbook, it was time to have a personal tour of HQ led by the amazing Mayor of Running Bart Yasso and Editor-In-Chief David Willey.





The first stop on the tour was the Kiva. A Kiva is a room used by Puebloans for religious rituals. The writers and editors go in to think, brainstorm and find possible clarity. I tried to bottle up all the positive energy I could from the room. I will be selling it on eBay later. ;)

We continued upstairs to see the actual offices.



As soon as you made your way through the first set of cubicles, you enter an area covered in pictures of Runner’s World covers from around the world. In the middle you will find a large table, a standing desk with treadmill and a stationary bike.


A spot where employees can do their work and work out at the same time.

Just around the corner we saw THE wall. The place where the next issue of Runner’s World was being drawn up.



Along the top you could see every Runner’s World cover since January 2010. David Willey and Bart Yasso shared their stories of their favorite covers. It was fascinating to hear, which they loved more. I wish I had taken down better notes during that time, but I was secretly trying to write Dani and Weight Off My Shoulders on the blank pages of the storyboard for the next Runner’s World.

Yeah it didn’t work. Darnit!

Then it was time to enter the magical place known as Bart Yasso’s office. I cannot put into words the inspiration that room exudes to the people that walk into it. I really did try to harness as much as I could before having to vacate so someone else could get in.




The party continued down the hall to David’s office.


David has been the Editor-In-Chief for 11 years and go toe-to-toe with Bart when storytelling. Seriously, I could’ve listen to those two swapping running stories all night long. I have a lot of reading from Dr. George Sheehan to do based on recommendations from David.


Photo of Dr. George Sheehan hanging in David’s office

After a quick visit to the bike room, where the Bicycling Magazine test bikes hang and commuters leave their bikes, it was S’mores time.


Woo! S’mores. I can’t remember the last time I had a good S’more. It was great to finish the tour with sugar. :P


Anyone notice Mark Remy totally photobombing my pic? I knew he wanted to get mentioned here on my blog.

After bidding the RW Editors adieu, we loaded on the bus to head back to the Comfort Suites. There was a killer DJ turnin’ beats at their bar and we couldn’t miss our opportunity to hear some sick tunes!


Next up? #RWHalf Festival Part 2: Amazing Shakeout Run, Altra Running Fun & Expo!

Oct 2014
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Come Play Two Truths And A Lie With ME! :)

I love the game two truths and a lie and sometimes play it with my running buddies during those cold winter long runs. Since I love it so much, I thought I would share the game with all of you.

Okay the rules are easy. Of the three statements below – two are truths and one is a lie. Your objective: pick out the lie.


Got it?


Here we go:

1) I was bit by a dog while running a marathon.

2) While running in Chicago one morning, I discovered not one, but two dead bodies.

3) I took a mid-run selfie with Bill Belichick during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville marathon.


Soooo it is up to you: which is the lie?


*REVIEW* Mizuno’s #WaveRider18 Will Help You Realize The Power Within

Can a shoe truly help you realize the power within?


It could be a shoe, a wallet, a piece of clothing or simply seeing the words written on a wrapper that could potentially change how we view ourselves and what we are capable of doing. The important piece of the puzzle is that you are open to the journey that will follow.

Thanks to Fitfluential and Mizuno Running I had the opportunity to take the journey through a sponsored campaign (value $119.99). Thanks folks! But as we all know – ain’t nobody got time for lyin’ so all of my reviews show my true feelings!! Ya feel me? ;)


Harness the positive energy of every step

When the Mizuno #WaveRider18 sneakers showed up on my doorstep I couldn’t hold back the squeal of excitement that flew out of my mouth. The colors. The colors people. These gorgeous little shoes were a beautiful black, silver and Florida Keys combo. I didn’t know what Florida Keys meant, but I can tell you it is spectacular!! Am I right?


Wave Rider 18s are lightweight at 7.8 oz

My first rule of thumb when receiving a new pair of sneakers: Take them out on a walk before running! It helps me to get a feel for the style before bringing in my  running form.

I immediately leashed up the pups and took the shoes for a walk around the river.


Laney watching over my new Wave Rider 18s

I had some lacing issues the first time around meaning I was keeping the shoes a little too tight leading to some discomfort. Taking the sneakers for a walk for the win.

Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,”
the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. 

Since having back surgery in January 2011, I never take a run for granted and look to embrace how every run will enhance my running journey.

This first test run was no different. The new Wave Rider 18 provides the ideal balance of fit and performance, making it the choice for runners seeking a smooth ride in a sleek, lightweight daily running shoe.


The Dynamotion® FitTM upper and a modified outsole pattern
gives the shoe added durability and an improved underfoot feel.

Power from within moment: I thought about how strong I was to go out of my comfort zone and head to Runner’s World Half & Festival weekend with an amazing group of bloggers that next week. Would I fit in? Would I be cool enough? I didn’t know. I did however pat myself on the back for trying.


It was a crisp fall afternoon in Boston as I laced up for my first of two runs on Wednesday. I was training for the Runner’s World Hat Trick, which is three races in two days.


Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology® delivers maximum responsiveness
and a harmonious feel, providing “just enough” support for your run.

So run #1 of the afternoon led me to crash a local high school cross country meet … Oops!! Splits: 8:26, 8:16, 8:18, 4:14. Seeing those 14-15-16 year old boys fly by me as they cruised through their 1-2 mile races immediately had me self-doubting myself. Asking why I should bother being out on the course.

Power of within moment: I peeked down, caught a glimpse of those lightweight beauties and dug deep remembering that no matter my speed I was worthy of finishing that run. I was meant to run.



I’ve taken the journey through Wave Riders 16s, 17s and 18s and the 18s come out as my favorite. The 18s provide a stable ride from landing to toe-off, while eliminating the distortion caused by stress the foot naturally puts on footwear. You know what I mean, right? When that first part wears out before any other portion does and you start feeling all wonky?

So if you aren’t a neutral runner I suggest you give these shoes a try! They are really trying to take all runners into account.


As I continue to weave the Wave Rider 18s into my rotation of sneakers, I work on what feat I will tackle next, how will I push on through adversity and what I can do to inspire others to do the same.

You may laugh at what a shoe has done for me in a short period of time, but I challenge you to do the same. Step back, lace up those sneakers and see what you learn about your soul while hitting the pavement.

I promise you you will learn more about what you are willing to risk and try than if you hadn’t.


How will YOU realize the power within?

Oct 2014


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Terrific Tuesday: Contest Win, Got Chocolate Milk Delivery & A LÄRABAR Announcement

Whenever I come off a major race weekend – like I just did with the Runner’s World Half & Festival – there is always a sad period. It can last a day, a few or even more than a week. So you can guess that yesterday was a blue Monday.

But it all changed today.

Today became one TERRIFIC TUESDAY!


Not one … not two … but three amazing things happened today.

Without further ado I need to share it!


1) I won…

I will wait here until you watch the video!

Did you watch it?

Don’t lie to me.

I will not write anything else until you do.







Hearing the excitement in my voice was worth the watch, right?

I am freakin’ psyched. I cannot wait to pick out the treadmill and change the lives of my entire family.

Thanks again iFit and Runner’s World!!!


2) My new Got Chocolate Milk gear and $500 sponsorship money arrived!


I am in love with the new gear! I chose the Triathlon option of the three I was offered. I guess that is really hooking me in to triathlons for the 2015 year, huh? :P

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I really did love the sprint triathlons I have done so far and would love to test out some Olympic distances, but I am not sure another Half Ironman will be on my radar. For now at least.

I think I let you all know that the $500 sponsorship money will be used to fund my first Ragnar Relay experience in 2015 – Cape Cod in May with Team Running Down A Dream. Our team is made up of 12 weight loss success stories, who have combined to lose 1300 pounds.


3) I am excited to be working on a new sponsored campaign with LÄRABAR!


But I am not the only one that is going to benefit. Be sure to tune back to the blog on Friday when my post goes live about my experience with LÄRABAR and the giveaway opens.


Did you catch that? I will be GIVING AWAY a bag complete with assorted LÄRABARs and RENOLA.

Are you getting excited? Well see if you can contain that excitement until Friday! ;)


Isn’t this one sweet sweet way to turn around my post-race blues?


2015 Road Races

With 2014 still in full swing, I can’t believe I am already looking at my 2015 race schedule. Here’s what I have thus far:

Run Disney Rebel Challenge

January 16 – Star Wars 5k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. PT

January 17 – Star Wars 10k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. PT

January 18 – Star Wars Half Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. PT


Run Disney Glass Slipper Challenge

February 20 – Princess 5k – Starts at 6:15 a.m. ET

February 21 – Enchanted 10k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET

February 22 – Princess Half Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET


April 20 – 119th Boston Marathon – Starts at TBD


May 8-9 – Ragnar Relay Cape Cod


September 26 – ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon (Cape Cod) – Starts at 7:30 a.m. ET


Half Marathon & Marathon Results

Half Marathons x 23

February 26, 2006 – Hyannis Half Marathon – 2:20:18 (10:43 min/mile pace)

August 14, 2011 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago – 2:12:15 (10:06 min/mile pace)

January 28, 2012 – F^3 Lake Half – 2:05:40 (9:36 min/mile pace)

July 22, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago – 1:51:43 (8:32 min/mile pace)

August 19, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace)

October 7, 2012 – B.A.A. Half – 1:48:16 (8:16 min/mile pace)

January 12, 2013 – Walt Disney World Half – 1:48:09 (8:15 min/mile pace)

February 24, 2013 - *Virtual* Half At The Hamptons – 1:58:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

May 5, 2013 – The Half Of Quincy – 1:44:30 (7:59 min/mile pace)

May 26, 2013 – Boston’s Run To Remember – 1:53:00 (8:38 min/mile pace)

September 15, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia – 1:44:12 (7:57 min/mile pace) —> PR

September 28, 2103 – ZOOMA Cape Cod Half – 1:47:35 (8:13 min/mile pace)

September 29, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Rock Providence – 1:54:22 (8:44 min/mile pace)

October 27, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles – 1:53:19 (8:39 min/mile pace)

January 11, 2014 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 2:22:31 (10:53 min/mile pace)

February 2, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon – 1:55:43 (8:50 min/mile pace)

May 25, 2014 - Boston’s Run To Remember Half – 1:50:58 (8:28 min/mile pace)

June 8, 2014 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon – 2:08:52 (9:50 min/mile pace)

July 13, 2014 – Old Port Half Marathon – 1:57:44 (8:59 min/mile pace)

September 7, 2014 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman (Half Marathon Portion) – 1:59:22 (9:03 min/mile pace)

September 27, 2014 - ZOOMA Cape Cod Half – 1:54:17 (8:43 min/mile pace)

October 12, 2014 – Boston Athletic Association Half – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace)

October 19, 2014 – Runner’s World Half – 2:10:35 (9:58 min/mile pace)


Marathons x 6

September 24, 2006 – Clarence De Mar Marathon – 5:59:27 (13:43 min/mile pace)

November 3, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon – 3:58:49 (9:07 min/mile pace) —> PR

April 15, 2013 – The 117th Boston Marathon – 4:04:08 (9:18 min/mile pace)

January 12, 2014 – Walt Disney World Marathon – 4:45:57 (10:55 min/mile pace)

April 21, 2014 – 118th Boston Marathon – 5:31:18 (12:39 min/mile pace)

April 26, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon – 4:42:12 (10:46 min/mile pace)