Some of my favorite headlines from the 2022 Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon returned on Patriot’s Day this year and I have loved seeing everyone’s social media posts from the race (whether they were running or spectating, it looked like a fun day!)

While I didn’t get to watch much of the race due to a very busy day at work, I enjoyed reading all the stories from after the event. Below is a roundup of some of my favorite headlines and stories from race day.

Why this nurse ran the Boston Marathon in scrubs — and broke a world record

The Best Photos from the 2022 Boston Marathon

‘We are so touched’: Runner gifts 2021 race medal to Spencer the Boston Marathon dog after stopping to say hello

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet Crosses Finish Line Alongside Shalane Flanagan

It’s Boston Marathon Day!

Runners – today is our SuperBowl!

Start times are: Men’s wheelchair 9:02 a.m.; women’s wheelchair 9:05 a.m.; handcycle and duo participants 9:30 a.m.; professional men 9:37 a.m.; professional women 9:45 a.m.; para athletics divisions 9:50 a.m.; Wave 1 10:00 a.m.; Wave 2 10:25 a.m.; Wave 3 10:50 a.m.; Wave 4 11:15 a.m.

Also, I can’t wait to see pictures of Spencer and Penny out on the course!

I plan to check back in later today or tomorrow with thoughts and my own commentary (lol – because you all are sooo interested) after the race.

This or That: Spring Running Edition

Spring is here and I am so ready for it. While our weather in Kentucky keeps going back and forth between winter and spring, I know warmer temps are close! Pick a few of your favorite this or that questions from the list below and let me know your answers!

Indoors / Outdoors
Shorts / Leggings
Tank or Tee / Sweatshirt
Dark colors / Bright colors
Park run / hit the roads
Allergies / No Allergies <– let’s be honest, I have allergies YEAR ROUND.
Run in the April showers / Stay dry
Headwind / tailwind
Beer mile / Color run
Small race / big race
Sports Bra Squad / Shirt on
Jelly beans / Reese’s eggs

Plantar fasciitis – help a girl out

So last year I had a pretty bad round of plantar fasciitis. I went to a podiatrist, did all the stretches, got an ultrasound for my foot (who knew that was a thing?!) and still ended up needing to get several shots in my foot.

So I’ve been good for about a year but after a work event where I wasn’t wearing the best shoes and was on my feet for 16+ hours a day, it’s come back with a vengeance.

I’ve been doing all the rolling on a frozen water bottle, stretching all hours of the day and wearing supportive shoes 24/7. I really don’t want to have to get another shot in my foot – here I am crowdsourcing on the internet. Blog reader friends – give me all the tips and tricks to get better! Because if this continues this is what I’m going to look like:

2021 Wendell Foster Half Marathon

On Saturday, I ran a half marathon. The Wendell Foster Half Marathon to be exact.

That’s the first time I’ve been able to say that in 7 years. It’s also my first race post-baby. 14ish months ago I had a baby and this weekend I ran 13.1 miles IN UNDER 3 HOURS. I am so dang proud of myself for that.

I went into this race with expectations other than to finish. The time limit was 4 hours and to be honest, in the days leading up to the race I worried if I would finish in time. While I had started training well, the last few weeks I had hardly run due to work and other commitments. The most I ran during this training cycle was 9.5 miles.

My official time was 2:58.09. I was 418/480 and the last one in my age group to finish. And guess what, I’m still so pumped about it. My running goals look a lot different than they used to, but this sport is near and dear to my heart and I’m thankful it keeps welcoming me back year after year.

Race day was COLD with temps in the low 30s. But there is nothing like the energy at the start of a race. Once I got to starting line with hundreds of other runners, I was pumped.

The course was beautiful. We started in downtown Owensboro at Smothers Park and basically ran all around the “north side” of the city. The foliage is breathtaking this time of year and the fact that I got to run all around my hometown and see these views made me so happy.

The best part about this race was I had FUN. Miles 1-4 I just rode the runner’s high and stayed with the 2:45 pack. Once we started to thin out I realized I was going a little fast and should probably let off the gas a bit. Miles 5-10 I just tried to take it all in. I was running a half marathon! I was actually out there doing the dang thing. I took pictures of every pretty tree I saw. I took pictures of lawn statues decorated for Christmas. I gave high fives to spectators and even saw my high school XC coach at a water station.

By mile 11 I had slowed down a little and mile 12 was pretty rough. But that last mile I knew I could do sub-3 if I pushed myself.

Going down the chute I spotted Ryan and Emery and I started to get emotional. They are my support and the reason for everything I do. I could not ask for a better team. Ryan encourages me to chase my goals and Emery was the best little running partner during all those stroller runs. Gosh, I just love them so much.

Not only did we get massive medals, but the swag was also pretty great too. Tech shirt and hat, freebies and coupons from local businesses, a 13.1 sticker and a beer at the finish line.

This was the perfect comeback race. I had so much fun and I believe in my abilities as a mother runner so much more now. Already looking forward to 2022!

Holiday gift guide for the runner in your life

Struggling to find gifts for the runner in your life? This gift guide has you covered with gift ideas ranging from $ – $$$.

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Books — 26 Marathons: What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career by Meb Keflezghi, Stronger by Kara Goucher or a number of other running books. 
Oiselle mug — I mean someone can never have too many coffee mugs, right?!
Trigger point foam roller — hurts so good.
Winc wine subscription — Uhm, yes please. Different wines hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep? Sign me up too.
Run stickers
House shoes — These from LL Bean have been on my wish list for weeks!
Yeti — coffee mugs, bottles, coolers, etc. You can’t go wrong. 

What did I forget? Leave your favorite gifts as/for a runner in the comments below!

Happy Global Running Day

Happy #GlobalRunningDay! Here I am after my first marathon! (#RnRNashville) One of my proudest running accomplishments and something I never thought would happen.

Running teaches me more about myself with every mile. I’ve been running for more than 10 years and I can say it’s honestly changed my life. #runhappy 💕

Even when a run sucks at least I get to spend time outside

Today’s run wasn’t the best — but I got outside and did something. It felt great to knock out some miles before 7 a.m.! And honestly, who cares if I didn’t run as fast as I wanted? I’m not training for anything right now, life is crazy and the fact that I got out the door with my running shoes on is an accomplishment in itself.

So if you got outside today — be proud!

Scenes from today’s run:

Owensboro’s International Bar-B-Q Festival 5k and food recap

On Saturday, I ran my first race of 2019! Every year my hometown has an International Bar-B-q Festival and it’s two days of food, live music, mutton eating contests and so much fun! This is my second time running the 5k race (my first was back in 2010!) and it was so much fun to be around the local running community. So many people come out for the race and the energy was off the charts (even on a chilly Saturday morning!)

The course is super simple and just makes a big loop through downtown Owensboro. While there is basically no crowd support, there are so many runners that you are never alone.

I’m actually pretty happy with my time. Lately, I’ve been running around 11-11:30 pace but I knew being around people and being outside would be a little faster. The first quarter mile was a lot of weaving in and out of the crowds and I had to walk once for 15-20 seconds to adjust my ponytail.

After the race, I came home to finish up some work and shower before heading back down to the festival with my brother to get some lunch. We had lots of samples, but finally decided on a mutton sandwich, lemonade shakeup and some fried cookie dough (so rich, but so good!)

The only crazy thing my brother wanted to try was the deep fried cookie dough. We have all of these insane fried festival food booths every year and I never give in (mainly because most of it sounds disgusting) but decided what the heck and we split the dish. Best choice ever! It was so good! 10/10 will get next year.

Does your town have any crazy festivals/celebrations?! I would love to hear about them in the comments below.