Category: Cheaper Than Therapy

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Hunsville for documenting me acting like a fool. 5

Counterbalancing The Runner Snark

Once upon a time a popular Women’s wellness magazine mocked runners in tutus. I was going to respond to them about that until some beat me to it. But I’m still very worried that some new runner donning a tutu for her first race (BECAUSE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!) will see that bit in that stupid magazine and will be shunned from running again. It’s just so easy to be intimidated by other runners. Especially when they snark in magazines about what you’re wearing. I’ve had bad experiences too…the under-the-breath comments about how people like me, “Think they’re...

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A Beginner’s Guide To Trail Running

Written by someone who is probably still technically a beginner. Who is MOST DEFINITELY not fast. Who falls a lot. And sometimes gets lost. I help lead a “No Runner Left Behind” trail running group on Sundays and periodically I participate in a different one on Monday nights. These two experiences have reminded me how terrifying trail running is to a beginner and how brave people are for just showing up to begin with. I still VERY vividly remember my first trail run. It just felt SO very strange to be SO focused on the ground at my feet and...

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for the photos. (This one doesn't have the logo because I purchased it! I love it so much!) 4

McKay Hollow Madness 25K Race Report: The Cost Of Speed

Before I ran my first trail marathon in 2012 I looked up and read as many race reports from that race as humanly possible. I just assumed everyone writing those reports I found were badass superstars because…who else writes race reports? But here I sit, writing yet another race report, wearing fuzzy brown house shoes and doing a load of laundry and writing my grocery list and I think…if someone finds this race report will they mistakingly think I am a badass? Should I add a disclaimer? PLEASE NOTE: WRITER IS A BORING ASS, DO NOT MISTAKE HER FOR A...

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for the photos! 2

Trail Running! And Sharpies!

Tomorrow is my third go at the McKay Hollow Madness 25K. I’ve been helping with Sunday trail runs doing most of the course so – FINALLY – I know the course pretty much by heart. Which – you know – guaranteed they’d be making a course change. We had been hearing rumors about a change for a few weeks. There’s a portion of the course that is called A) The Washout or B) Son of a Bitch Ditch depending on who you ask. Basically? Part of the mountains is – well – falling off the mountain. There are two ways...

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for the photos! 1

The Perfect Remedy For A Running Burnout

I’ve been doing these Sunday morning “No Runner Left Behind” trail runs lately, it’s a group I started with a couple of friends and we do 4-10 miles every Sunday. If we’re doing closer to 10, we usually try to end up back at the cars in the middle so people wanting shorter distances can bail. It’s a fun group, and I’m happy to be a part of it. But I did NOT want to go yesterday. I woke up and it was a little under 50 and POURING DOWN RAIN. The hourly breakdown? Rain, Rain, and more rain. 100%...