Tag Archives: Marathon

When The Threat Is Over

We wondered in the threat of this fire looming over us, if all that we drive away from we can live without, should we downsize more? Sure, the couch, table and desk are nice commodities that I don’t want to live without. A comfy bed, comforters and pillows make life (and sleep) happen more easily. When I went to work and D stayed with the kids, I had to dig clothes out of my car. We all did. Before I left for work, I had to make sure everyone had what they needed for the 10 hours I was gone. But it wasn’t what we had packed that made the biggest impact. It was what remained. Continue reading

Reno Tahoe Odyssey 2016

The Reno Tahoe Odyssey is in the books. The race I wasn’t sure I’d ever do again but I’m so glad I did. 178 miles, 2 vans, 12 people – all of us women from our 5:20 am running group. The majority of the women I knew, the ones I didn’t know well I knew very well by the end. It took us just over 30 hours to complete and we had a total of 2 hours of sleep on one of our breaks. People who have never run a relay think you’re crazy and don’t get it but those of us who have taken the leap know all too well how amazing they are. Continue reading

Giving Reviews Make Me Happy

I’ve had a couple people comment lately that I must get a lot of stuff with the way I pimp out certain companies. Nope. Let me fill you in on something, friends….. Compliments are free. So is saying thank you. So is “liking” someones picture or post. Believe it or not, leaving a comment is also free!! I kid you not….. Referring someone is ALSO free!! One of my favorite extroverted tendencies is my love of connecting people. It’s like a high for me. I don’t even care if I introduce two people and I’m no longer involved in the circle. I just get off on putting people together who can mean something to each other. It’s amazing.  Continue reading

Inspiration In A DNF

DNF.  Those horrid little letters that mean SO much to a runner.  Did Not Finish.  It’s one thing us runners try desperately to avoid.  The finish, after all, is where we want to be.  Why, though, can’t we embrace the DNF?  Why does it have to be such a bad thing? Continue reading

Running and Minimalism

How, you may ask, does minimalism correlate with running.  Minimalism is difficult for me to articulate sometimes, I feel inadequate trying to quantify the results.  Minimizing your life isn’t just about getting rid of crap and having less clutter.  It spills over into every aspect of your life.  Minimizing puts your priorities into perspective.  It takes away the things that are unimportant and leaves behind what is important. Continue reading

Working and Running

My job is amazing.  My original college major was basically social work.   Continue reading

Falling Short

Definition:  To assume an expression of consternation or disappointment. To experience defeat. To fail to reach a certain standard or amount, fail to attain something, be insufficient. Continue reading

13.5 Miles To Redemption

Taking a break from running because of my mental struggle with breathing is over.  My breathing issues are not over, but my mental struggle has been squashed.  Being one of the slower runners on an elite team of athletes is something to be proud of. Continue reading

Zero Dark Thirty. Ninja’s On The Move

Ashlea's shirt today.  Interesting because I was thinking this very thing this morning.

Ashlea’s shirt today. Interesting because I was thinking this very thing this morning.

My team meets at 6 am. During the winter months it’s dark. Very dark. We’re all in black which isn’t very wise.  At 18* this morning, we’re also covered pretty much head to toe.  We look like Running Ninja’s.  Unfortunately, you can’t see us very well.  Fortunately, we’re not on the road much.  Here are some tips for running in the winter.  Other than the obvious – Bring a light, wear reflective clothing, be seen, take horrid selfies in the near dark of your house so you don’t wake up your kids, use your phone light so you don’t trip on dogs and said kids, know that when you’re getting back, they’ll be just about waking up and happy to see you, write ridiculously long, run on sentences…..

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