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I will always consider myself a "beginner" runner. Even after running for over 13 years, I am slow. I am methodical. I like the trails and the back-of-the-pack people in races. I'm always running more for enjoyment than for reaching a Personal Record in a race.

Most of the running posts in my corner of the web will revolve around tips, training, thoughts, race reviews, and product reviews. I am currently an ambassador for BibRave, which is a fantastic running community that goes to all the races so you can pick the good ones.

The Couch to 5K Program

I took my first steps to running using this program.

Actually, my first run was early in the morning wearing khaki shorts and a t-shirt on a cold day in February, 2005. That wasn't very smart, but I was desperate for sleep.  I knew from long ago days of track and basketball that if I could run myself out, I could sleep without dreams.

It worked and I promptly started running at a weight I was not comfortable. I hurt my foot, stopped for 5 months, then found this program to try again.

And the rest, is an amazing history to being a lifelong runner and dropping 65lbs.

This is the Couch to 5K running program and it works. Keep in mind that it does NOT say, "couch to breaking speed records 5K". It does exactly what it promises in 9 weeks. HOWEVER, it assumes a LOT of common sense. Check this Guide to the Couch to 5K post for more information.

CrossFit and Running

A few years ago, I was counting my running success in increments of tenths of a mile. I wasn’t a beginning runner. Worse, I was an injured runner. I had run several races, trail races, and a half-marathon trail race before I found myself hobbling to a doctor and meeting my physical therapist for the first time.

Nine months later, I finally ran a total of 3 miles without pain. My doctor advised me to dial down my goals and find joy in simply running 30 minutes. I had serious bio-mechanical issues that seemed to halt any progress.

As of today, I have finished many half-marathons, trail half-marathons, climbed mountains, ran a marathon, and I’m currently training for another marathon and various obstacle races. What made this possible?

CrossFit.

Here are my posts on how I used CrossFit in my running goals.

As Seen In

Here are links to my articles featured in US News, Huffington Post, and syndicated throughout multiple media outlets.

DC Wonder Woman Run (Virtual)

Disclaimer: I received an entry to DC Wonder Woman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Due to the pandemic, the DC Wonder Woman Run transitioned from live to virtual. Despite this, I had a …

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Running with Seasonal Allergies

Has the seasonal allergies kicked in for your area, yet? If so, check out these tips for running with seasonal allergies. You don’t have to hang up your shoes! Many runners suffer from seasonal allergies. When the weather begins to warm up, the spring trees and flowers are waiting to wreak havoc on your face. …

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465 Challenge Group Final Results

Disclaimer: I received an entry to 465 Challenge as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! This was one of the best virtual races/run challenges. The premise was clear. Run, walk, bike, swim 53 miles between Jan …

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465 Virtual Run Challenge

Disclaimer: I received race entry to 465 Virtual Challenge as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Once upon a time, at the age of 17, I boarded a tiny (to me) plane all by myself in …

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Buff Tech Fleece Headband Review

Disclaimer: I received a Buff Tech Fleece Headband to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! The Buff Tech Fleece Headband is a lightweight fleece fabric that packs a powerful punch to winter activities. I’ll …

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Buff Tech Fleece Headband

Disclaimer: I received a Buff Tech Fleece Headband to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! With winter rapidly running over our 2-week fall in Alabama, I was ecstatic to receive this Buff technical headband …

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I Love the 90’s Run Report

Disclaimer: I received free entry to I Love the 90’s Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews. The I Love the 90’s 5K in Nashville was a fantastic race! If you have a chance to …

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Fall 5K Training

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the I Love the 90’s Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! Even if the weather is not following along with the calendar, I’m still thinking fall thoughts while …

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I love the 90’s Run

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the I Love the 90’s Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! I just registered for the I Love the 90’s Run in Nashville! This is my first race …

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Running and Running

August is moving along quickly. I’ve had my head stuck in Kindergarten world for the past couple of week and I’m just now coming up for air. Between starting back to school, trying to hold off sinus infections and strep throat (THIS EARLY???) and maintaining the laundry, I’ve not had as many morning training sessions …

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BibRave Discounts and Race Codes!!

BibRave is a running community that connects runners with the best races. It’s the place to research races you’re considering signing up for, and a place to leave feedback on races you’ve completed. BibRave is also a way for races and running brands to connect with socially savvy runners – through our popular weekly Twitter …

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BibRave Pro

I received a great email today. I’ve been selected to the BibRave Pro team! I have been stalking my email ever since the applications closed, hoping to get on the team. If you are not familiar with BibRave, just check out the hashtag on social media and look for the orange. They (We!!) are all …

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4 Common Running Mistakes

Spring is here and for many of us, that means a natural urge to get outside and do something. Living in college town, we have plenty of spring runners out on the walking trails and sidewalks around Tuscaloosa. We all know in a couple of months, the running will be limited to very early morning …

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Running Base Building #10

Oh what a difference a week of storms make!!! I got miles. I got miles on the treadmill. I got miles, y’all. It’s been a great week! Eventually, I’m going to change this series to some actual running training. I don’t see it happening until after June. I am building as much base as  I …

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