5 Lessons From My First 50 Mile Ultramarathon

My first 50 mile race felt like a blur. The first 30 miles clicked by without much thought or difficulty, but the last 20 were like a completely different race. Despite the blood, GI distress, and tired feet, I really wanted to savor every single moment.… Read the rest

50 Mile Ultramarathon Recovery + Halloween – Weekly Recap 10.25.20

This week flew by!  The focus of this week was to do everything I could to help my body recover from the race.  Since I signed up for a 100k in my post-race delirium, I’ve had to try to walk the line between recovery and starting to train for my next race. … Read the rest

Cactus Rose 50 Mile Race Recap

This past weekend, I ran my first 50 mile ultramarathon.  There were plenty of lessons learned, mistakes made, and laughs at the aid stations.  Despite a very different experience from traditional trail races (due to COVID-19), I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to dive into the madness of running for a really long time. … Read the rest

50 Mile Ultra Marathon Prep – Weekly Recap 10.18.20

I RAN A 50 MILE ULTRA MARATHON. That is still insane to me. I knew I would be able to survive a 50 mile race; my body and mind had been preparing to do hard things, and I knew the only way I wouldn’t finish is if I got hurt on the course.… Read the rest

Running Scared – The Spooky Stories Strava Won’t Tell You

Running is many things, but it is almost never boring.  From close calls with cars to wild life encounters, there’s plenty of things that can make a run go from routine to terrifying.  To celebrate the best holiday of the year (Halloween, obviously), I’m sharing some of the hilarious stories my favorite running buddies have shared. … Read the rest

Tapering for an Ultra Marathon

It has finally arrived, the 50 mile ultramarathon taper. For someone who really likes to run, not running quite as much isn’t exactly a vacation. Sure, it’s nice to sleep in a little later and have slightly more energy, but there’s also a little more anxiety and nervous energy that doesn’t have a convenient place to go.… Read the rest

The Best Halloween Candy for Running Fuel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Especially for running.  From crunching on leaves, to checking out Halloween decorations, and finally not dying of heat exhaustion, the Fall season is really where it’s at for runners.  As if that isn’t enough of a reason to get the shoes laced up, there’s ALL THE HALLOWEEN CANDY. … Read the rest

Recovery Runs in Endurance Training – Weekly Recap 10.4.20

We moved into our new home!  We’ve gotten about 90% of the unpacking done, and are starting to tackle hanging things up where we want them.  We still need to buy a few bigger pieces of furniture (like our dining table), but we’re focusing on getting what we have set up to see what kind of style we really want to focus on. … Read the rest

Training For An Ultra Marathon – In a Pandemic

Remember March? The Spring Break that never ended? How could anyone forget? Way back then, I was training for the Irving Marathon. Hoping to finally nab that elusive Boston Qualifying time. When everything started shutting down, I held on to a micro-sliver of hope that my race still might happen.… Read the rest

50 Mile Training Plan Peak Week (and a move) – Weekly Recap – 9.27.20

I made an unintelligent decision.  I don’t like the word “stupid,” so we’ll just call this week unwise timing.  We moved from a third floor apartment to a two story home the same week as the peak in my 50 mile training plan. … Read the rest