Trading in racing shoes for running shoes

When I moved to Alaska, I knew one of the hardest things to give up was going to be drag racing. No, I haven’t had to “give it up,” but I was going from living in drag racing country, a place where were you could jokingly be told directions in sentences such as “it’s 3 drag strips, a left turn and 2 oak trees away…” to being 6 hours from the closest sanctioned drag strip. I lived in 1/8th mile central, could drag race most of the year and I loved it.

racing2 I love racing so much I had a christmas tree added to my tattoo collection when I was 21. Lets just say selling my race car and searching for a new adrenaline rush is much like searching for your soul.


Drag Racing has never been and will never be far from my heart and soul. The last time I was home in Virginia, I raced a friends street car in the street class – just for that bracket racing rush. I can’t help but love dialing in a car and being chased down just to whomp whomp someone at the finish line – its what I’m good at.

But alas, in 2012, I began searching. I decided I may want a career field change and to make that change, I had to meet fitness standards. One of those standards was running 1.5 miles in under 15:12. At the time, I could barely run a mile in under that time without wanting to puke. But in time, it came. Then I started running 5Ks and 10ks and training for a half marathon. Then, I ran a marathon relay on a 3-person team. I fell in freaking love with running.

Now lets talk about runner’s high. Have you never experienced it? Well, I’m not sure if everyone does. But I didn’t until after I started running longer distances. I’m not talking about marathons, but you have to get out there and not quit after a mile. The first time I felt it, I was brought back to the first time I saw a win light bright as a sun on my side of the track. Yep, I was in love. I was in love with running. I had hung up my racing shoes and laced up running shoes to fill a void that I didn’t think I – very much an adrenaline junkie just like my Dad – could ever fill.

I started training for different distances, different types of races like this Triathlon I’m racing in this weekend. I found my sweet spot aka my favorite distance to run. Its the distance that any day, any time, I can lace up, step out the front door, and go run (mine is 5-6 miles, by the way). It’s the distance I love to go out and think, vent to myself, enjoy the sunshine, maybe I get to say to myself “you’re tough because you’re running in this cold a** weather,” or get out all my aggression for the day.

But it gets better. The runner’s high gets better. RACEDAY. You train hard and you think “this is what’s going to happen and this is my goal.” Then adrenaline kicks in and it feels so freaking good. It brings me back to moments in a racecar on the starting line. That rush coming through me, waiting for GO. Its an incredible feeling. It’s what keeps me going, It’s what got me green lights then and gets me my PRs now. It’s what makes me love racing. It always has been and probably always will be.

I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I got my first win light and I’ll never forget the feeling I had the first time I crossed the finish line during my first race – the Beat Beethoven 5k. I might not get back to those racing shoes anytime soon, but these running shoes sure are treating me good.




Are you giving it ALL you’ve got?


Progress. It’s a slow thing. Sometimes it takes others to see it in you before you even notice. The first time I saw it is when my favorite skirt didn’t fit anymore (that’s ok, I found a new favorite skirt). Then I could do 5 push-ups instead of just 2. Then I finally met my goal of running 1.5 miles in under 15:12. When I started, I could barely run a mile in 14 minutes and I was out of breath doing that. Last week, I had my PR on a hilly 5k course at 27:49. #lifeisgood


It’s been 2 years and 2 months since I first laced up a pair of running shoes. That was 40 pounds ago. Now I’m training for a Triathlon, running races, eating right and feeling fantastic! Last night I did a dry run of the TRI (which let me just note had entirely too many hills for my taste) with much success. My only goal was to finish it when I started this thing – first jumping into the pool “looking like a fish out of water” as my friend put it. I was so far out of my element and I went from swimming half a lap and having to stop to doing 500 yards in 22 minutes to doing it in 13 minutes. Now I think that maybe I can give myself a time goal for this thing!

So my question to you all is, are you giving it all you’ve got? Are you taking the time to make little or big changes? Are you going to look back in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years and say “If I had taken 10 minutes a day to do that” or “I wish I would have taken that vacation or weekend away or done to this or that or signed up for that race..?” Don’t be that person. Don’t live with regret. Don’t put off until tomorrow. Life is now or never. Live it now.

Life doesn’t have a remote, you have to get UP and change it YOURSELF. #fearless2014


Self-Care During Training

self-careI am less than 2 weeks from my first TRI and yesterday, I did my first swim/bike transition workout – finally I got my bike off the trainer and on the road! Today, I’ll be doing a dry run of my TRI and after yesterday’s workout I feel completely confident for the first time in my training that I CAN do this. Last week, I had hit a wall in my training. I wasn’t paying attention to how I was eating and I was overwhelmed with everything else going on. By the way, training gluten free is not an easy task to overcome, but you can do it! Life gets away from us. Don’t let it. I just spent an amazing weekend in the city (Anchorage) regrouping and regaining energy. Even though I was still training there, I was relaxed and taking time for myself. Shopping, eating out on my own and without the stress of someone else’s schedule and then I spent a couple days with a friend hiking in the mountains. Without a weekend away, I would still be hitting my head on the wall.

So to everyone out there (my readers and friends) that are in training, providing direct-services to clients/consumers, those traveling and always on the go, I am telling you to TAKE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

A Year Older & a Million Years Fitter

1888529_649326955133090_322785436_nToday, I turn 29. Yes, all you young and beautiful people out there – it is true. Your 20s are gone in the blink of an eye. It’s hard to believe how close to 30 I am. I am over the halfway mark in my training for my first Triathlon, if you’ve been reading my other posts. Yesterday, I swam as hard as I could to try for my best 500 yard time (because for some reason, this sprint TRI is in yards, not meters?) and I went in with the assumption I could breathe through it and wouldn’t die. When I finished, I assumed the pool was short because I couldn’t believe I was capable of swimming that hard. Then I went home and biked because that’s what yesterday called for. The weekend is calling for a lot so today is my rest day. This is really, really hard for me. Take a rest day on my birthday, of all days? Usually I would want to start the day off with a nice circuit workout at my gym, or whatever they have on the menu. But I have decided to take the day to treat myself in a different way and enjoy a day off from training and a date night with the love of my life. This weekend I’ll celebrate with a 5k race to kick off the running season and a fitness birthday party (yep – that’s how you celebrate in style). But for today, I will live simple and relax – enjoying the fact that I am so lucky and so blessed to be where I am right now.

newdays Ladies & gents, I am proudly 29 and in the best shape of my life. Today, I am happier, healthier and stronger than I could have ever imagined. This is one amazing life and I have the most amazing people in it that live here and around the world. My simple message to you is this: Push yourself. There’s more in you and more out there for you than you think. It is never too late to change, to learn new things, to grow, to have new friends. Live life to the fullest. Today, tomorrow, and forever.  #fearless2014

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Cycling for a Cause: 50k Tour De Cure

The time for my Tour de Cure race is getting closer and closer! I am still fundraising – friends,family and readers! Join my cause!

Alaska Girl Living

Hey Friends, Family & Blog Readers!

Here in Alaska, it’s been warm and we are getting so much sun (gaining almost 7 minutes a day)! Which means spring is around the corner and reminds me that I should be getting hard into my training mode. I’m training for my first Triathlon this May! It’s so exciting! But even more importantly, I’m training to ride 50k in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure cycling event on May 31st here in Fairbanks, Alaska!

Why am I riding?

For my community and the many neighbors, friends, and consumers that I work with every day that deal with Type I and Type II diabetes. Recently, I have known two individuals who have lived with diabetes for many years and had a heart attack. Now, they are working to change the way they eat, the way they exercise and essentially, their entire lifestyle…

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