Reaching a goal of $3000 and T-1 day til the big race!!

Well it’s the big weekend, and first and foremost I would like to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who supported me in raising $3000 for the Arthritis Foundation to run in the New York City Marathon.


I obviously could not have done it without the contributions of so many people, and I am eternally grateful for all of you who believed in me and believe in this cause. You truly are supporting a great thing. As of Halloween night (and I think the fundraising officially closes tonight), I’ve raised $3,095, surpassing the goal of $3000! So exciting!! Even more, our Arthritis Foundation team of 25 people have exceeded our goal of $80,000! So again, let me say thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude from the people in my life.

This will be quick because it’s two nights before the big race, EEeeekk! I’m heading down to NYC Saturday (tomorrow) morning, thrilled about all the excitement and vendors at the expo, and a carbo load brunch with the Foundation as well. Thankfully no rain is in the forecast for Sunday, but it looks like a nice November high of 48 degrees with a good gust of wind. I’ll be sure to have tights and a long sleeve on for the entirety of the race!!

I’m so, SO excited to run with tens of thousands of people (somewhere around 72,000) who have trained for months for this day, just like me. People who have overcome obstacles to do this race, who are running this race for the 10th time, or newbies like me, all working towards the same monstrous goal of 26.2 miles. The crowds are going to be ecstatic, the adrenaline is going to be pumping, and the legs are going to be moving on Sunday morning.

I. Can’t. Wait.

So I believe the race is broadcasted on ABC both on TV and online, and in addition, you can track runners HERE to see their progress and such. It’s probably going to be the most boring thing to track people chugging along from mile to mile for four hours, but in case you love me enough, my bib number is 43827 and I’m in the third wave beginning at 1030 in the orange corral. I believe the first race begins at 9:30AM with the professional women. I’m shooting for a goal time of under 4hrs, which I think is actually pretty ambitious actually, so we’ll see what reaaallly ends up happening, haha.

Anyways, wish me luck and keep my in your prayers that I cross that finish line! I know so many things could happen on race day, but I know the LORD goes before me and will keep me safe!

XO Until I cross that finish line!


A crazy little thing called life

Yea so life happened in full form in these past two months.

Hence the lack of blogging, time, and sleep, but do I hate it? Not for a second. It’s been hectic and I’ve thought I was going to burst at the seams from the amount of things I’ve had to do, pass out from the lack of sleep, and cry from the amount of stress, but I didn’t (well except maybe cry once or twice).  These past couple months have been such a testimony to me of the provisions of our Lord, the strength he absolutely gives me every day, and the abundant love he gives when I come crawling back to him. So what has been going on these past few months? Where do I even start?

First off I’m engaged to Ryan Fitzgerald, and cherishing every moment of it 🙂


August 28th in Ocean City, Maryland with 12 of our greatest friends he proposed a toast, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I’ll post the long version of the proposal later, but basically we were all dressed up (suits, dresses, the like) and we ate, drank and were merry celebrating for the rest of the night. Undoubtedly it was one of the most wonderful days of my life, not to mention that I acquired a stunning ring in the process 😉 You have to admit the boy did a pretty bangin’ job picking it out all by himself. I think I snagged myself a good egg 🙂


So with a ring and a Fiancé came wedding planning in its full form. For a very large chunk of September Ryan and I saw each other every day just because we were trying to find a venue for the wedding. It got very stressful, and paying for a wedding never makes anything less stressful. But I’ll tell yea, we are learning, growing and remembering to enjoy the ride and take a step back from it all. Sure we have some things we really want or don’t want for the wedding, and honestly both Ry and I are so incredibly easy going with the whole thing (in my humble opinion), but we have to remind ourselves to not stress the details, the little things, and not get caught up. The wedding industry is nuts, and we’ll leave that explanation at that. It has required an enormous amount of time, and we’re pretty close to booking a venue and having a set date, so look out for your save the dates everyone!! There’s so much help and advice I’ve already had from people that I can’t even tell you how appreciative I am for those in my life, and how invaluable their help is. Obviously this is my first and hopefully last rodeo. Truly, we’ve both thoroughly enjoyed the process, and it hasn’t even been two months yet! There’s always always “so much more to do”, but we make it a point to have a night for ourselves, go out with friends when we can, take a break ect. The Lord always provides. But just a little spoiler, I already found my wedding dress 😉  and engagement pics coming soon 😉

eat drink and be married

So what else is going on? I’m still training for the NYC Marathon, which is in approximately 18 days!! Eeeekkk!! The training at this point has honestly gone so so well. I actually was recovering from an IT band injury which was almost debilitating to my runs. I was at the point where I could only run up to 2 miles b/c my hip was in so much pain. I’ve learned a lot about the injury, how it affects so many runners and gotten a lot of advice about recovery. With some time, tapering my running down, and a lot of rolling with the foam roller and massaging it out, I’ve gotten up to 22 miles at my longest run! Yea I can’t even believe it when I look at that number of miles. When I think about the days in August when I literally could not run two miles, I am in awe of the technology and research it has taken for people to understand how the body works, and how I have so greatly benefitted from this. For certain, if I hadn’t learned what was wrong with me and treated it accordingly, I wouldn’t be running this marathon in three weeks. I’m so grateful for the people who have poured their lives into such research.

On the marathon note, if anyone is in NYC the weekend of Nov 2nd, I’d love love to see you when I’m at the race. It’ll be a big day J Also! Exciting news I am about 85% of the way of fundraising for the race! I currently have $2500 out of the $3000 I need to raise! THIS IS SUCH EXCITING NEWS! Thank you THANK YOU to all the people who have contributed, there are so so many of you out there and I cannot express my appreciation enough! You are doing a great thing and helping lives! Keep getting the word out about this cause, and if you haven’t given yet Please do!! I only need $500 more dollars and I have until October 29th!! Give Give Give!



Other life events going on have included getting a new car, a new roommate, new big career opportunities and decision being made, attending weddings, funerals and bachelorette parties. Yea it’s been a bit of a roller coaster, and I have most definitely been on the highest of highs and lowest of lows crashing down. But the LORD is good, he is so good. I am constantly praying he continues to help me enjoy this very fast paced season of life. I’ll get to a point where I’m so busy I don’t even enjoy the people I’m with or the moment I am in because I am so anxious about the other things I need to do. I am daily trying to become more focused, yet not take life too seriously, because what fun is that?

I promise these will be more frequent, I feel like everyone wants to hear about the wedding shenans so I’ll have those coming 😉


The BIG news!

Dearest followers, supporters, friends, and family:

As many of you now know, I was MIA for quite some time due to a life and game changer. A few short weeks after I began training for our first marathon I found out I was expecting my first little darling! In finding out, we decided to tell all the grandparents-to-be in person, keeping it mostly a secret until we did so (hence my non earlier post about this!)


Well, now everyone knows and I can finally share it with the world! Our little gem is coming in the middle of March, perfectly timed 3 months after graduating (I think the big guy upstairs worked his magic on this one)! I’m currently 16 weeks, almost at the half way point. Past the point of morning sickness, but in no shape to be tackling 26 miles, although I’ve heard it has been done. I figured why should I tackle two firsts at the same time? Instead, I’d rather soak in both of them, in their own time. So, once this babe comes out next year you bet my butt will be in the gym getting back in to marathon shape. And most importantly, now I’ll have the best cheerleader at the finish line watching me cross, a feeling I never thought I’d have but am very much looking forward to!

But don’t forget to keep following Miss Alicia, and visit her donation page to help her reach her goal to get to the NYC Marathon!! Love you all, and I promise next year that WILL be a blog to track my marathon progress!

Until next time,


GUYS, I’m running in the NYC Marathon, Wait WHAT!?!

YOU GUYS, IS THIS REAL LIFE?!  I’m running in the New York City Marathon!!!

I am part of a team running in the NYC Marathon to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation.


I can’t really believe it myself, the whole arrangement happened so fast, but I am so SO excited to say that I am officially running in one of the most prestigious marathon races in the world. November 2nd  I’ll be participating in my first full marathon, running a whopping 26.2 miles through the 5 lovely Boroughs of New York City. So how did all of this happen?? Well let me tell ya, it just gets better from here. What makes this 26.2 mile race that much better is that I’m no longer just running for myself; I’m running for a cause, more specifically, to help those with arthritis.

As part of this team, each member has to raise $3,000 for their entry to the NYC Marathon. Every penny of this money raised goes directly to the Arthritis Foundation. So what is this Arthritis Foundation all about??

The Arthritis Foundation  raises awareness, educates, funds research, and aids those suffering from a form of arthritis. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis out there, affecting over 46 million Americans alone1!  The more commonly known types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. I personally know several people who have had their lives completely changed by this disease, as I’m sure we all know someone in a similar boat.

One thing I love about this specific cause is that the company I work for, Regeneron, is already paving the way for life changing medication to help those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sarilumab is an antibody being developed specifically for the treatment of this arthritis condition which affects so many people, including a dear friend of my own. Knowing that I am helping fight this disease not only in my day to day job, but also in raising the funds for this race is so absolutely gratifying.

Completing a marathon for the first time is without a doubt a huge personal life goal. I was excited about the idea of completing this goal in the Fall of 2014, and then came the last minute opportunity for my first marathon to be in NYC, which astounded me. Even more so, this was an opportunity for this accomplishment to be more than about running, and more than just about myself. I knew I had to take this chance of a lifetime! Many things didn’t work out with my initial marathon plans for the projected , however I can say with confidence that I truly believe God had these bigger race plans for me, which are more grand than I could even imagine. Funny the way it works isn’t it? 🙂

So in short, would you please be willing to support me in the race of a lifetime?

I would love, love if each and every one of you would  be willing to partner up with me in not only achieving a life goal of running a marathon (in one of the biggest marathon events of the world), but to also help support a very worthy cause in the fight against arthritis. You can be a part of this huge event in my life by donating anything you can give to this marathon fund. Common donations are $1 or $2 per mile, so ~$26 or $52, but you can most definitely give more or less. Trust me, I’ll think of you guys every single one of those miles I suffer through 😉 All of this money goes towards the foundation, I even paid for my own race entrance fee so none of it goes to myself! Oh and OF COURSE, this donation is entirely and 100% tax deductible, which is just one more reason to give so generously a small portion of what we have been blessed with. 🙂

So now that you have a ton of reasons to donate, visit my fundraising page and help me run this race!

I truly and deeply appreciate the support of all the people in my life whether in finances, encouragement, love, guidance, mentoring ect. If you could also pass this on to others to support a great cause, I would be so very grateful! I know that some companies also do a donation match sort of program for when their employees give to charities, so maybe look into that opportunity to contribute here as well! Who knows, maybe I’ll give away the sweaty shirt I complete those 26.2 miles in, to whoever gives the most to my fund! Just Kidding, I assure you no one wants that 😉

OH and last point! I’ll be updating the blog as I prep for this crazy marathon in about 12 weeks, and I  was also planning on sending out a newsletter mostly to family friends at home in California to tell them about this race and the fundraising I am doing. If you would like to have a newsletter mailed or emailed to you, let me know of your mailing address or email ( and I will happily send one your way!

Thank you thank you all from the bottom of my heart 😀

1  General information found on WebMD

Kids’ Day, Rest, Treadmills and Things I’m diggin’

It’s days like yesterday that help you stop, look around, ponder and appreciate all that is around you, but please let me explain.

Preface: We’ll be bouncing around in this blog today, hang on for the ride! 🙂

Yesterday we had ‘Kids’ Day’ at work. This basically entails an entire workday carnival of sciencey fun for sons and daughters of employees, complete with hands on experiments, lab coats and exciting explosions. The idea behind this is genius. Not only is this a shameless way to edumacate the kiddos, it shows the employees you care about them and their family, and the kids have so much fun. I wish I had a small child ONLY for the reason of this day. However, if anyone wants to lend me one for next year, I would be so so happy.  I promise they will be brought back in one piece, and hyped up on sugar!

The 'Liquid Rainbow' experiment I performed approximately 14 times.

The ‘Liquid Rainbow’ experiment I performed approximately 14 times.


Kids day also means I was able to go home a little after 2PM and have the entire Friday afternoon and evening ahead of me. One of those – I have so much time on my hands I don’t know what to do with myself – type of days where you literally feel like you can accomplish the world. So instead of trying to do the 15 errands and tasks on my mind, I sat on the porch and read, and drank tea, and read. It was soothing to my soul.  Tuesdays with Morrie By Mitch Albom, any takers? Yea I’m fifty pages in and had to put the book down so I didn’t read it all in one day; it’s that good! It’s a classic, which I highly recommend (so far).

Porchin' it with a good book on a lovely Friday afternoon

Porchin’ it with a good book on a lovely Friday afternoon

One thing this working world has taught me, the importance of a Sabbath Sabbath Sabbath. Religious or not, I’m basically referring to a time of rest. Everyone needs a day, an hour, an afternoon of simple, pure restoration. It’s probably not a coincidence the word rest is in restoration (forgive me, I’m an engineer).  According to


[ri-stawr, –stohr]

verb (used with object), re·stored, re·stor·ing.

  1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish
  2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
  3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
  4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank,etc
  5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).


#3 is by far my favorite. We get so caught up in the busyness of life, especially during summertime when we try and squeeze in every outside activity possible for the two months the sun is hot enough. It’s so easy to pack our schedules as much as possible, and complain that we have no time on our hands, not a second to spare, and that we can’t possible fit another party in the calendar. Trust me, my hands are in the air pleading guilty, I’m a culprit of this for sure. But why don’t we just take a day and commit to not doing anything? Is that a revolutionary thought or what? Saying no to one more dinner out with people, b/ c you really should take time for yourself and recuperate and just be present. I’m with ya, I like the busy, the satisfied and accomplished feeling of fitting 18 things in one day, but it’s just not always necessary. There is so much to be gained from ‘being still’, whatever that means from person to person. I challenge you all to try that out, it’s not as easy as it sounds 😉


Quick topic switch, in the land of running, have you ever conquered the treadmill  before? Like when you walk up to this, and stare at it, knowing you have to run on this machine and stare at the same thing for essentially 15 miles.

Dun Dun Dun

Dun Dun Dun

I think running 15+ miles straight on this treadmill was one of my bigger training accomplishments. The majority of it was mental, but I basically could not walk afterwards, my legs were simply jello. How to keep entertained? Many things:

  1. watched an episode of a TV show
  2. caught up with the news
  3. listen to a podcast (mine was The Rich Young Ruler by Tim Keller),
  4. threw a few different Pandora stations in the mix

And you have yourself more than 2 hours of running on a treadmill. Sounds glamorous right? It isn’t, but if I can do it training for a marathon, you can run on the treadmill for a half an hour. I believe in you! Trust me, I despise that machine just as much as the next person and only did it b/c there was a massive Thunder and Lightning storm outside.


Last but not least, if you have any interest at all, these are the thangs I’m digging recently:


  • Blue Bottle Coffee.  Oh my gosh. Phenom. I get it when I go to the Confectionary wine bar  Seriously though, this San Fran gem is just as good on the opposite coast!
  • Jason Mraz’s new album: Yes! – It came out a few weeks ago, but it is oh so soothing to the soul. It’s perfect for anything: writing, cleaning your room, cooking up a storm, you name it! Soundcloud should offer some of his songs up to listen to!
  • Two Sparrows Headbands  – seriously, so cute. I’m recently weirdly in love with the touch of life a headband brings, and I think these are adorable, esp for little babes! The etsy site doesn’t have anything now so you can see them on the insta.
  • Nathan’s Water Bottles – I’m on the verge of buying these for my long long runs. I kinda laugh at them, b/c they’re like cool runner fanny packs, if such things exist. We’ll see how these babies turn out! Also, this website: is great for that kinda gear, it’s actually where I would buy it.


Hasta Luego my dear friends!

Hiking or Cross Training? I vote both.

Summer is suppose to be that wonderful time of going outdoors, playing in the water, soaking up the sun, traveling and vacay vacay vacay. I have to be out there honest and say that this summer in Albany has been less than lovely, complete with Thunderstorms, 94% humidity and a lack of sunny skies. However, when those good days come you literally spring at the opportunity and start to feel itchy being inside on such a beautiful day. My case in point: This past Saturday.

I was planning on spending the day with my boyfriend Ryan since he was leaving for a work trip to Colorado the following day – rough work life I know. We had a few ideas of how we wanted to spend that Saturday and basically ditched them all the morning of, when we realized how nice the weather was outside.

Let’s be clear, that doesn’t exactly happen in the state of California.

It is without doubt something I had to get used to, where the weather actually has a say in your plans. But then it just makes those days that much more valuable, and humbles you a little bit by reminding you that as much as you want to and try to, you can’t control errythang in this world 😉 So I digress.

About this hike. I was excited to hike b/c experiencing nature in this way is one of my favorite things ever. It’s also a FANTASTIC way to incorporate a little cross training into that marathon (or half marathon, or 5k for that matter) regimen of yours!! But we’ll get to that in a bit. For our hike we took a short little drive up to Lake George and hiked up Prospect Mountain.

The app we used, is a convenient free app called ‘AllTrails Hiking’ to locate trails in your area. It gives you a nice little summary with the distance, difficulty level and people share helpful tips about the hike. This hike was about 3 miles and considered an easy leveled hike. I think the app gods were a tad bit mistaken and in fact this is probably a slightly more on the difficult side. You all probably think I’m wimpy at this point, but I’ll just throw out there that it is 1.5 long miles up with an elevation gain of about 2000 ft. I know. So there’s thatttttt. If you don’t believe me read the reviews! Anyways, enough yammering, here are a few pics from the top b/c it was obviously worth it and I’m pretty sure Ryan got tired of me complaining with ‘Are we there yet??’ 18 times. What can I say, I’m a child.



Also this is what happens when you go hiking with someone that gets bored easily. yes pullups on like every hanging branch. Trust me I did not partake, as fun as pullups sound.

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I don’t know about you (I’m feelin 22), but there’s just something about getting away from the noise of a city, having limited cell service and climbing to the top of a mountain, knowing that the view on top is almost always 100% worth it. You just need that sometimes, a little bit of life, beauty and perspective.

I enjoy the feeling of being sorta lost, on a trail where the path isn’t clearly marked out and just going. There’s a certain bit of adventure and risk in that I think all of us seek. I’m a big fan of this one from one of those camping outdoor bloggy sites:

So back to cross training. Yes I am telling you to go hiking every now and then to help train for that big race. And quite honestly I would never argue at that chance. I utilize Hal Higon’s training plans, they just work for me and I know that it differs from person to person. But in ALL training plans there need to be a day off and cross training days to change things up a bit.  One of my favorite things about those is that you throw a little bit of different exercise into the mix, not only to give your body a rest, but to keep it guessing, keep it working and keep yourself interested. Let’s be real, that’s the most important 😉  There are also so many trails to be had out there, and so much of God’s beautiful creation to see, so go HIKE HIKE HIKE! 


Oh real quick if anyone is wondering what other fun things Upstate NY has to offer this time of year, i recently went BERRY PICKING for da first time eva! Well I think it’s my first time. I picked out these gems and cannot wait to eat them all 😀

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 And last last thing (I promise) since I’ve apparently become one with nature and hike and pick my own fruit, I also joined a farm share type of CSA program where I get veggies from local farmers every week. I’m pretty stoked, it’s almost a little bit shameful I appreciate fresh vegetables that much. You can see a picture of my first week’s gatherings on my insta which is all the way at the bottom of the blog.  If anyone is interested in that type of program the CSA link is below.

Now that I’m basically an environmental loving hippie, I’m gonna go drink some kombucha, eat some kale and hug a tree. Have a wonderful week!

Long & beautiful runs and the 4th of July

Hi Hello and happy July to you all!

It’s already been an entire week of this month, can you believe it?? I sure can’t. As much as everything flies by so fast, it just builds a desire in me to cherish each moment more. And that’s not just the fun times seeing old college friends (hint: my 4th of July), vacation, best day ever that I want to cherish. No I want to cherish the Monday at work that I struggle through with 3 cups of coffee, the single hour I hang with Sar during the week (b/c we have exactly opposite schedules), and the conversation with the clerk at Target because those are just as important as any other day/moment/hour you could ever want to cherish. It’s the little things right? Idk how long I’ll be on this Earth, or when the rapture will occur for that matter,  but gotta make it count right? Right. 🙂

Well enough of my babbling  thoughts for the night, how about longs runs? I went on my first one in a while, just a mere 8 miles. No actually 8 long miles. It was rough, let me tell ya. It was also probably one of the most discouraging runs I’ve had in a while too. The idea of 26.2 miles sounds great, and then I try to run 8 and rethink the whole marathon plan. But if you’re in the same boat, don’t let up! Baby steps! Just remember it doesn’t happen overnight and you’re getting better, faster, and stronger [Cue Kanye song] 


So I use this website ” ” and I just quickly map out my run real quick before so I know where I’m going and about how long. It’s a really great free, easy to use website for cheapskates like me that don’t have a gps watch. Speaking of which tho, I really think I want one.  I’m trying not to be impulsive and buy whatever I want, so I’m gonna try and save and in the mean time give me some suggestions on which gps running watch to get and the pros and cons for each. B/c I am that type-A person that loves lists 😉 Here’s my map of the 8 miler around good ole Albany, Ny!

PS: It felt awesome at 9PM, because that’s when the temperature/humidity finally fell

snip 8 miler


Real quick though, I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! I absolutely love the patriotism that stems from this northeastern region of the good ole USA. I swear I don’t think it’s nearly as patriotic in So cal, sorry guys. I was gone all weekend at the finger lakes which was just so stunning, so much beauty in one area AND so much wine, what more could you want?? I just wanted to post a pic of a quick run I did with a couple studly friends that was right next to the lake. Yessss I did run on vacay, aren’t you proud?! It wasn’t a long run, but I made my friends come so that I wouldn’t be antisocial

and you can’t really argue when the view is this gorgeous. Can I get an AMEN?



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PPS: scroll down to the bottom to see what me and Sar are up to, insta, FB, all that jazz

Adios muchachos


Back to Biz

Well, my MIA in the past few weeks can only be explained by one thing: life. No matter how much you can plan for things, I’ve learned that you CAN’T plan for everything. One of those things is your laptop crashing. The same laptop you purchased just a short 8 months ago. Did I also mention that you’re in the middle of completing two online summer classes? Sigh. Yep, that’s where I’ve been. But, as they say, life goes on, so on I go.


So incredibly happy to have Alicia back home from Hawaii. Not only do I get to admire her freshly bronzed Hawaiian skin, but I get to talk running and race planning with her. First thing first, we’ve decided to opt out of the Chicago Marathon. Since the lottery ended back in April (whoops!) we now need a charity to sponsor us in order to run. After contacting a charity and realizing we’d have to both raise $1,500 in order to be sponsored we thought maybe Chicago isn’t the one for us this year. This leaves us with the initial marathon that caught our eye when we first began talking about the almighty full. The Wine Glass Marathon. It’s also no coincidence that we are both lushes, so you can see why this specific marathon stuck out to us. It’s the week before the Chicago Marathon, which gives us ample time to prepare for hours of running followed by hours of drinking wine.

After deciding on the Wine Glass marathon we naturally began talking about the Napa Valley Marathon in California in March 2015. Seeing as how I’ve never been to the West Coast and Alicia is a Cali-native it’s an obvious choice for our second conquest. So, we now have both Marathon 1 and Marathon 2 in our scopes, time to start chipping away at training to get our bodies and minds prepared.

This brings me to my last matter of business, my run today. Since I took a mini hiatus I decided to stay low mileage to see where I was at. I’ve continued reading Orton’s Cool Impossible and form has been on my mind constantly. That was no different today when I went out for a 3 mile, hilly route. Today I concentrated on bringing my knees up and pushing off the pavement. Although my pace was above my average (8:51/mile) my body felt strong. And that is what’s going to get me through 4 hours of running, a strong body.

I promised last post to give my training tools such as GPS watch, shoes, and program, but since my laptop broke my program is down. I want to wait until I get everything back up and running before I share everything, but I promise I will share!

Until next time,


Firsts Firsts Firsts!

WAHHH first one first one!! This is a big day, first blog post w/ Sar, and first blog ever! Jk, I hope you are all have much bigger first things going on in your life than a blog, b/c I clearly don’t take things too seriously. But really, I’m a big advocate of firsts, no matter what stage of life one is in. As a result, this post is gonna be all about firsts, so here goes nothin.


This is long overdue b/c I’ve been vacationing in the beautiful, tropical islands of Hawaii for the past week and a half with the fam. I decided minimal internet/social media was appropriate to fully appreciate the people and places I was exploring for the very first time. So I guess you could say i have a pretty decent reason for the lack of posting. Here’s a few pics below as proof/to keep things exciting 🙂

And YES, that last one is a real life beautiful sea turtle casually floating along the reef. I basically died and went to heaven when I saw it snorkeling ( I was snorkeling not the turtle). Oh and that first one looks like a backdrop doesn’t it?? I promise there will be better, and an abundance of more pictures on my facebook in due time!


Weeeelll anyways, since this bloggy was technically started with a marathon in mind, let me preface by saying I’m not really a runner, technically speaking. It’s not in my genes, I’m not really ‘built’ for it, I’m just a girl born and raised on all kinds of sports who loves that active lifestyle and workin’ out in all kinds of ways.

Completing a half marathon for the first time in the fall of 2013 was a pretty big deal for me, and then completing another with Sar was just so great. Ya know when you work hard for a couple months at one thing and then it finally comes to fruition!? Yesss, that feeling!I’m not gonna lie, it was a pretty draining process training for it. I had probably underestimated the level of commitment it required, and not only physically, but emotionally and mentally it really pushed me. I got tired of it, but by the grace of God I made it through and completed both races better than anticipated.

I love running, I really do. Long distances, short distances, it’s such a freeing feeling. It feels great, lets you explore your city/town/neighborhood, helps unwind and destress, and psychologically it’s lets my thoughts run free.

Running a marathon for the first time sounds absolutely ridiculous the more I think about it. 26 freakn miles. Shesh. But ya know what, that’s what also makes it that much more appealing. I love the discipline, the determination and the tenacity it requires to do it. You can’t run a marathon cold turkey like u can a half (though I’m impressed if you do!). Why not now when I’m just a girl with a career and no other obligations? There’s no better time, and when you have a roomie willing to do it with ya, why the heck not?? I’m nervous, terrified and already behind considering I have three months to train but I’ll get there, and I’ll finish strong.

In terms of running shoes, gear, tips ect, I literally am the most primitive trainer on the planet, haha. I have some pretty good north face running sneaks, a $10 watch from Wal-Mart to time myself, and sometimes run with my clunky iPhone b/c idk where my little iPod shuffle is. So let’s just get it out there that I have little to offer in this area of expertise 🙂

I love this blog for encouragement, perspective, inspiration, conversation and anything else to be gained. I don’t care if one person reads this and is encouraged or 100, either way it’s a great thing. I’ll post what little things I know or gain along the way in terms of running b/c sharing is caring right? 😉 Honestly, I’m sure my contribution to this blog will be anything from my run, to my weekend, a book review or whatever is on mah mind. I think it’ll be a great way to for friends and fam on the opposite coast hear/see and say things, and of course track our marathon progress! Woo!


When in doubt or discouraged, Philippians 4:13 rings true:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Yes, yes I can run this marathon.


Ciao for now!

A Learning Process

Today was the first day I went out and braved a longer-than-5k distance by myself in a very long time, and I’m glad I did. Although I missed my designated turn and it was much hotter than I’m use to running in, I felt amazing. In order to mentally and physically prepare for the long months of training ahead I’ve begun reading “Cool Impossible” by Eric Orton. I’m only about 50 pages in, but I’ve already began applying his training methods. His secret? Form is everything. And that’s exactly what I concentrated on today.


I knew when I woke up this morning that I was going to tackle a longer run in order to see what kind of shape I was in. Naturally, I was anxious all day thinking about lacing up. Having not had much to eat and feeling a bit shaky right before I hit the pavement, I knew I wasn’t going to be setting any record paces today. I was okay with that. The only thought I had in my mind was “Take Eric’s advice, watch your form.” And so I did. I concentrated on my arm swings, my knees lifting in the air, the way my feet hit the ground with every stride. What seemed so nerve racking earlier in the day began to seem so natural as I went farther and farther. Again, following Eric’s advice, I didn’t want to overdo anything and cause a silly injury. So I decided 4 miles was plenty for my first go around. As I suspected, I didn’t set any record paces, averaging  8:38/mile, but I’m not looking to break records in my training. I’ll save that for race day.

In the next few posts I’ll make sure to share the equipment I use (GPS watch, sneakers, and the like) with a review of each, for all those who are in the market for any of the items. I’m not claiming to be an expert on any of these, but I guess you could call it some tips from one runner to another.


You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

  -Steve Prefontaine


Until next time,