September 22, 2020


Yesterday, I ran the Newport Liberty Half Marathon (as a blogger partner — thank you so much for the free bib!) for the fourth time. It was my slowest time running it yet. It was probably the most grateful I’ve been to run and finish it yet. If I’m being completely honest, grief killed any motivation I had for training this summer. Some days, it was a […]

April 19, 2020

Virtual Gait Analysis

Ok blog friends — let’s talk about the “first steps” (pun completely intended) that I’ve needed to take this week in order to start developing a relationship with my new running coach, and to identify the technical aspects of my run that I need to work on. Enter: the Virtual Gait Analysis. First, a clarification. My new coach is local, however, our team, and the […]

April 19, 2020

Breakfast Obsessions

So really quick, this morning’s workout, and then on to a fun recipe: Workout I mistakingly did not set an alarm today, because usually, I (by that I mean, the dogs) are up before 6 a.m. Today, I accidentally pretended that I didn’t hear them so that Steven would get up and let them out, and then I accidentally slept until 6:30 am! At that […]

April 19, 2020

First Session with Coach!

I am SO excited, tonight is my first session with my coach, Susan! All of my Virtual Gait Analysis (VGA) material FINALLY went through properly, and I heard from Dr. Strecker and Coach Al yesterday that my full analysis should be done within a week. Once they’ve finished with the analysis on their end, we’ll schedule a Skype call to discuss the results. I.can.not.wait. Both Susan and […]

April 19, 2020


Well, Susan is going to turn me into a machine. That’s all. But really. We started going over some select PAP Level 1 exercises prescribed by Dr. Strecker. These exercises would NOT be impressive in a weight room. Honestly, it looks like you’re doing absolutely nothing. Except that in reality, what you’re doing is SO EPICLY DIFFICULT internally, you can barely breathe and you can […]

April 19, 2020

I Love This Town.

Once again, the kindness of the people who live in my amazing town never ceases to amaze me. Yesterday, I was contacted on Facebook by yet another fellow runner in Cookeville: “I hear you’re looking for a dedicated running group. You just found it.” This amazing squadron of runners meets at 5 a.m. just about every morning at the local YMCA to run together. Sometimes, […]

April 19, 2020


I have met so many amazing people since I moved to Cookeville, but there is one student-athlete in particular who I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life. I first met this football player back in the spring of 2012. I was told that he was very quiet but incredibly hardworking. That summer, he proved this to me as my work-study student. […]

April 19, 2020

Mother’s Day.

This morning, I joined my new running group for an EARLY 5 a.m. run. While I am an early riser, usually 5 a.m. is my WAKE UP time, not my “start running” time. However, I’m not opposed to earlier starts, and today I just really needed some company to help clear my head and motivate me through a workout. It was tough to open my […]

April 19, 2020

40 miles in 24 hours.

Hey gang, what’s shakin’? Not much around here — I just woke up for a 2-hour nap and ate some Arctic Zero ice cream. Ice cream at 10 a.m., you ask? Yes. Ice cream at 10 a.m. In full disclosure, this is fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, ice cream that only costs you 150 calories per pint. You can read more about it here. I’ve had […]

April 19, 2020

The Flock

Ok friends, this blog post is several days overdue because this remarkable occurrence happened last week, I just haven’t had time to do my due diligence and actually blog about it. SO, I am officially a member of the Oiselle Flock!! If you have absolutely no clue what this means, WELL. You are clearly not as running-obsessed as I am. Allow me to enlighten you. […]