What better way to celebrate Easter than with a sunrise run on Assateague Island? We escaped the city, to free up some pew space for DC’s Easter-Christmas crowd and to take a break from over-priced tapas and tourists taking selfies in front of the Washington Monument. The biggest lesson we learned in a seaside town … Continue reading Fresh Starts
That’s right, my three cherished readers, I bought a running journal to help me become more intentional about reaching my goals. It’s got a pretty cover and is filled with photos--mostly of runners breaking world records wearing little more than a race bib and rippling abs. I misplaced my own abs a long time ago. … Continue reading Joining the Ranks of the Elite (or JB buys a Journal)
Wasn't it Buddha who said we’re shaped by our thoughts ... and what we think, we become? If so, my future self could be in t-r-o-u-b-l-e. I’m not too concerned that my brain darts around on my shorter runs; those seem just long enough to plot out what I’m going to feed myself for lunch … Continue reading Enlightened
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to start something you want to do? There’s a secret pocket of my heart where dreams are stored. And tucked deep inside—layered beneath my more prominent aspirations—is a teeny-tiny dream to write a blog. Because this dreamlet feels more like a whisper and less like a shout, … Continue reading This too shall pass?
My hiatus started out innocent enough. But as days flew by and seasons passed, I realized time can paralyze even the best-intentioned. Which is where I enter stage … six whole months after my last post, back when I was riding high on my Patagonia marathon euphoria. A half year later, and a lot less … Continue reading Friday Musings
I was super stoked to come to Patagonia to run a marathon. But, I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect outside of lacing up my shoes, putting one foot in front of the other, and pumping my arms. Here are a few gems from the journey; pictures make a stronger case for a Chilean … Continue reading On Top of the World … at the End of the World.
4 days until the Patagonia Marathon. 342. That’s how many miles I’ve logged in preparation for Saturday’s race. Honestly, that doesn't feel like enough. 160. That’s how many dollars I paid for my overpriced (?) backpack. I wanted to roll into Chile towing a traditional suitcase, but there seems to be an unspoken rule that … Continue reading By the Numbers
“… God raised up David as king. … ‘I have found David the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13:22 Life’s competitive. Especially in the nation’s capital where droves of smart, ambitious climbers come to conquer and leave their mark on the most … Continue reading Tethered Expectation
This morning I woke up unnerved. Like an anchor weighing heavy on my little soul, threatening to derail my morning before I’d even thrown off the covers and landed a foot out of bed. So naturally, I reached for my phone and scrolled through my Instagram feed. Yep, more runners logging a bajillion miles in … Continue reading Excavation of the Soul
My tailbone feels like it absorbed repeated blows from a sledgehammer. Welcome to 20 milers. Let me be clear, I’m not breaking any records and I still get passed more than I’d care to admit. But, there’s something satisfying about having run for 3 hours before most people are rolling out of bed. It was … Continue reading Labor-ious