Finding the inspiration to write: 4 simple tips

Allow me to let you in on a secret: writing is difficult. Some teachers and even fellow writers will tell you that it's not -- that it's an art and flows naturally. They're lying. Good art can't be created without a struggle. I mean, c'mon, Van Gogh cut off his ear for his art. And … Continue reading Finding the inspiration to write: 4 simple tips

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Redefining and reinventing myself: Life without running

Over the past three years, running became a staple of not only my life, but also my identity. I didn't just run -- I called myself a runner. I trained for a marathon. I raced half-marathons, 10ks and 5ks. I joined my local running club. I wrote and wrote about running. I posted pictures of … Continue reading Redefining and reinventing myself: Life without running

Why rest days are the best days and how to best take them

After spending the past year suffering from chronic running injuries, I've decided to incorporate an extra day of rest into my training plan. I used to take two days of rest, back when I was just getting into running and not seriously training. However, when I ran my half-marathon PR of 1:43 at the DC … Continue reading Why rest days are the best days and how to best take them

Why you should always run the hills

Today I ran a HILLY 10k. When I say hilly, I mean HILLY. So hilly, in fact, that the race website didn't include an elevation chart with the race map -- I don't think anyone would've shown up if they did! The race, Run the Rocks, took place at Red Rocks Amphitheater, a widely known … Continue reading Why you should always run the hills

Finding fall in the fog

Fall did not quietly sneak itself into the lineup of seasons here in Colorado, turning the air crisp overnight and leaving white girls excitedly standing in line at Starbucks for their pumpkin spice lattes the following morning. After years of being with me, she decided she no longer needed to play it so cool and … Continue reading Finding fall in the fog

How to run a race with your dog (and do well)

They say a dog is a man's best friend and diamonds are a girl's. However, they've clearly never met me -- the runner who has one of the world's most athletic dogs. Harley, my Shiba Inu mix, is my best friend and training partner (a lovely twofer). He trains for all my half-marathons with me, … Continue reading How to run a race with your dog (and do well)

Five life lessons you’ll learn from running

I never played sports in school, and I was never one for exercise as a child and pre-teen. However, now that I look back on all that running has taught me, I understand the benefits of sports. They're not just about being active and getting outside -- they're about the lessons you learn along the … Continue reading Five life lessons you’ll learn from running

Seven tips for the newbie trail runner

Living in Boulder, Colorado, it's almost a crime to solely be a road runner. There are numerous trails just minutes from my house, from the iconic Mesa Trail to the historic Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. There are also trail races happening with almost as much frequency -- I'm talking weekly -- as road races. While I'm forever … Continue reading Seven tips for the newbie trail runner

The ex-vegetarian: Coming out as an omnivore

I ate meat on Friday for the first time in over four years, willingly and knowingly. French onion soup and a chicken Caesar salad for lunch, and lasagna with meat sauce for dinner. I ate chicken enchiladas yesterday for lunch. Needless to say, I'm no longer a vegetarian. I've been thinking about eating meat again for … Continue reading The ex-vegetarian: Coming out as an omnivore

What if your passion can’t extend beyond 9 to 5?

As I sit here writing this late on a Friday night, it's a bit forced. I had the goal of getting out a blog post this weekend, but I have quite a busy weekend ahead. This was the only time I could squeeze extraneous writing in, and I had to make myself sit down and … Continue reading What if your passion can’t extend beyond 9 to 5?