Holiday Hustle Virtual Marathon Kick-Off

Holiday Hustle Mile Tracker-01

Happy December!! Today is the big day. Race day. So lace up your shoes, get your fuel belt, queue up your race playlist, and line up in your corral. It's Holiday Hustle Virtual Marathon time! You will run 26.2 miles over the next month and earn that SWEET, sweet bling. Or, if you don't run you … [Read more...]

Fighting Burnout with Cross Training

Fighting burnout with cross training

I arrived at 5:30 a.m. The sun was still in hiding, and I was a bit chilled by the early morning air. I shed my shirt and my shorts, tossed my flip flops to the side, and took a deep breath as I stepped in the frigid pool.  Truth be told, the pool was a very comfortable temperature, as indoor … [Read more...]

6 Things I’ve Learned Running With My Dog

In an attempt to kill a about a million birds with one stone, I’ve started running in the mornings with my partner in crime, Sadie. My dude and I adopted Sadie this July and it was easily one of the best decisions we’ve made. Running with her not only gives me motivation and keeps me company, but … [Read more...]

Rain Delays


I was all set to go. I had my running shoes on. I had my route planned out. I had new music downloaded is to my phone. I opened the door, ready to hit pavement running BUT the weather had something else in mind for me. Rain and cold hit me square in the face and I promptly header back into the … [Read more...]

The Lone Runner

The Lone Runner

Somehow, back this summer, my three running buddies and I tentatively decided to run a half-marathon. We were all at different stages of training – one of the girls had run at least one halfie a year for about three years; one friend and I hadn’t run that distance in more than two years, and one of … [Read more...]

6 Tips for the Injured Runner

6 tips for injured runners

Last week I posted a bit about the running injury I've been dealing with for over a month now.  While my achilles seems to be improving, my posterior tibialis is getting worse.  I've also been dealing with a rotator cuff injury but that doesn't really impact my running.  Then, I managed to get rear … [Read more...]

When Injury Strikes During Training

when injury strikes during training

It’s official. I’m training for my fourth half marathon. This is the first halfie I’ve run since before I was pregnant with my daughter, Alice, who is now two and a half years old. I actually did try training for a half marathon at the beginning of 2014 with this beautiful plan of running a half … [Read more...]

My Life Lately

My Life Lately... #running #shrinkingjeans

I'm a runner.  Somewhere inside I still believe that, but it's really hard to say it out loud.  I haven't run more than 5 miles total in the past month and the running I have done can barely qualify.  I feel like a poser if I wear a race shirt. I'm an injured runner.  I let some little niggles go … [Read more...]

Be Someone’s Cheerleader

I think we need MORE COWBELL!

This past weekend, I watched a couple of my friends run the Showdown Half Marathon in Fairview, Texas. To me, that sounds much like a torture chamber, but they both willingly signed up for the run and ran it without someone forcing them to do it! My body is still on the … [Read more...]

The Busty Girl’s Guide to Running


First off, a little warning.  We're going to get a bit personal here today - specifically about boobs.  My boobs and other busty girl boobs in particular.  If you are of the male persuasion or a bit shy about all things related to the chesticles, and would prefer not to know the details of my bust … [Read more...]

Preparing for Your First Race

Preparing for Your First Race #shrinkingjeans

Training and running your first race is monumental. Whether it’s been a longtime goal to run a race or you just got started a few months ago, your first race will be memorable because, after all, it is your first. After waking up at unholy hours before the crack of dawn, after sweating buckets … [Read more...]

Why Should Runners Strength Train?

Why should runners strength train? #shrinkingjeans #fitness #exercise

Newsflash!  I don't strength train enough. If you've been following along with our monthly workout calendars, you've probably noticed a trend.  We like to advocate more than just cardio around these parts.  Now, I'll be the first to admit this...I really don't like strength training.  I am … [Read more...]

I Finished a Race (and didn’t die!)

I Finished a Race (and didn't die!) #shrinkingjeans #running

I’m 38-years-old. I have four children, all boys, and my oldest is now a teenager. I should know better. Really. But sometimes I have to really live and learn, just like my kids. This weekend, I participated in our town’s Applefest. It’s just a simple fall festival, where we celebrate the harvest … [Read more...]

Half Marathon Training: The Beginning

half marathon training

Day Four of Half Marathon Training, August 2009 Dear Diary, Today I wanted to throw up in neighbor’s yard. I almost stopped to do so, but then I realized that I hadn't eaten anything, and I was afraid of dry heaving. And so I continued with Mile 3. I haven't seen morning darkness since the … [Read more...]

Are You Stuck In Your Comfort Zone?

Are You stuck in your comfort zone? #shrinkingjeans

As I mentor our rookie runners through Couch to 5k training, one thing becomes apparent.  We are often reluctant to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.  We are a good 3 weeks into this training cycle now and how many of you have looked ahead at weeks 4 or 5 and though,t "There is no way I … [Read more...]