marathon training time starts….NOW

We are doing it! My friend Tayler and I are going to compete in the Arizona Rock N’ Roll Marathon January 20th.

we are about 16 weeks out and both of our goals is to shave off some time from our previous marathons (Tayler completed the San Diego, and I did Pittsburgh last year).  After watching my sister Erin and one of our greatest friend and old teammates, Maggie, run in the Boston this year was fantastic! I was glad to NOT be running it at first because I was miserable during the Pittsburgh Marathon last year, but after watching erin and maggie run by in the 95 degree heat and sun, I felt so envious and said to myself “I HAVE to do this!”

That was my plan last year for sure. Erin qualified for the Boston two years ago while running the Denver Rock N Roll. That was her first marathon and I had a broken foot so watching from the sidelines was already tough for me. I told her that she could not run Boston without me. So as soon as I could, I started training and we decided to run Pittsburgh together. We have family there and we thought it would be a fun time. I was definitely not thinking about the tons of hills and bridges on the course. Why would I?! ha oh that’s right! Those are the things I should have thought MORE about when deciding where to run my first marathon and still qualify for Boston. 6 minutes behind my qualifying time, I finished the marathon. I hated it. My body hated it. I felt defeated. 6 MINUTES! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

The following year I helped Erin train for the Boston and you know what? it was SO much easier to run those 20 milers, track workouts, and easy days. I didn’t feel the pressure of having to be fast and making sure I was getting enough miles in. So like strength training, speed training, and everyday mindful things, once your body sees something and your brain registers it for the first time, YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN! and in most cases, you can do it faster, better, stronger, and without as much effort. So that is the goal in mind. To be relaxed, know that my body has seen this many miles, and that because I could train faster last year into this season, I will qualify. Even if the qualifying times have dropped 5 minutes for every age group! WE WILL DO IT!


So, here’s to those awesome track workouts and long ass Sunday runs that I miss and love!

What are your goals for this winter season?



Make It Count

one of my favorite quotes:

Make it count

Whenever I am training a client, or teaching a bootcamp class I can not help but scream these words! Make every push up, squat, tricep dip, plank twist, and drip of sweat count. If you don’t have this in mind, you are setting yourself up for defeat. When there are 100 reps to do (which I am known to make my many classes perform), you have to make sure each rep counts. Each move is executed with the correct form, with your greatest range of motion, and with your whole mind connected to that one move. Failure to do so could result in injury, self doubt, and the inability to see what your body is really capable of. THere were many times that I thought I was doing a “real” pushup when in reality I was shorting myself.  When I finally went to a crossfit class I was told that  a pushup counted as a pushup when you lowered your body down to touch your chest and hips to floor and back up. I never thought I was be capable of doing so and after using a band from above around my waist to help assist me for the first few attempts, I was able to do it all on my own. Then we had to add weight on top of our backs and keep doing them! I tell all of my clients now that you CAN do a push up and you WILL. Whether you need to start on your knees, or on an incline, or only do 1 at a time, YOU CAN DO A REAL PUSH UP. I just read in Fitness Magazine that instead of going to your knees for a modified push up, one should use an incline such as a bench, stair, or chair to perform the exercise. This allows your muscles to see the whole range of motion your body needs to be in for you to perform the pushup on the ground or even on a decline.


There are definitly days to take off and recover, but you can still make it count. Did you make good nutritional choices? Did you relax? Did you stretch or do yoga? Did you talk or write about your experience? Our muscles need to recover, and I too need to remind myself of that after several days of running, swimming, biking, or strength training. I sometimes get that feeling that “I shouldn’t take a day off  because I have this big race coming up or I just feel really good.” I am learning to force myself that tapering is a great thing for my body, and that a day off will not kill me. It will only make me stronger. (insert Kelly Clarkson belting out those lyrics here)

So, what did you do today to make it count?


my journey to becoming an Ironman

I’m going to be an Ironman. I will. No matter how long it takes, hard it is, or what gets in my way! But before I do that, I decided to spend my summer training for all of the “little” races that lead up to the big shabang.

This summer marked a great race season. I competed in the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon to start off the heat wave of a season. 15.6 miles of trail running starting at 10,000ft and reaching 13,000ft at the top of Mosquito Pass, to then turn around and cruise back down to the finish. I ran the race with my friend Rebecca ( and it was one of the toughest races I have ever ran. It was beautiful on top of the world and we finished in the top ten of our age groups! Since college, I have grown to love trail running even more than I do on the road. The trails are exciting, ever changing, and you don’t feel like you are running 15 miles, like you do when you are on the road hitting the pavement. I could get lost in a trail run. well not literally, that would not be too fun, but my mind goes blank and its the best therapy! It also helps to be with some great running friends that share that same passion with you about running. oh, and we share pretty much everything else that is going on in our lives!

next up was the Boulder Tri Series.

in june it was the Sprint distance (750 m swim, 17.2 miles bike, 5k run) It is so fun knowing that the race is not long so that you can cruise the entire time. I felt so great, especially on the run!


July was the Olypmic distance (1.5K swim, 26 mile bike, 10K run)I competed in this race 2 years ago and I beat my time in the swim by 8 min this time around, and overall I was 23 minutes faster! results:

August was the big one. It was my very first Half Ironman. 70.3.

1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking, and 13.1 miles of running. It was hot as hell, over 100 degrees, and no shade whatsoever. Despite the weather being a huge factor that day, I had a great time and was glad I finished! I definetly learned a lot from this race. one thing was that no matter how great one feels starting the run, do NOT go at a 7:14 min mile pace for the first 4 miles. you. will. die. later. on!

I took what I learned from my first 70.3 and competed less than a month later in the Harvest Moon 70.3. You would think that since it was in September, that it may be a bit cooler out. guess again. It was another 90+ degree day and to make it even harder was the bike was BRUTAL! It was alllll hills and wind. I had no choice but to be a slug in the run. I did not care this time around. I finished and that is what counted for me. I ended up finishing 8th in my division so I guess it was a difficult race for everybody competing!


With these races under my belt this summer, I’m excited to get into the Fall season and do some shorter distance road races! who’s with me?



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