Tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.

"This is absolutely stupid. What are you doing? You are too old, you didn’t run back in high school or college. You have spent years sitting at a desk and, now, 8 years into being a runner, you have hired a running coach and are doing VO2Max intervals. Just go home, grab a coffee and embrace your mediocrity." Sweet little lies. That’s me at my G-rated, unfiltered best. Talking to myself and saying all kinds of self-sabotaging thoughts. Telling myself sweet little lies. And it took place a few weeks ago in the middle of a VO2Max training run. Before…

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Race Report: BNP Trail Jam Marathon

General Race Info What: BNP Trail Jam MarathonWhere: Brunswick Nature Park, Winnabow, NCWhen: Feb 22, 2020Distance: MarathonCourse Description: Moderate, technical bike and hiking trails with some easy sections mixed in. Mostly Flat. Race Website: Click Here Could It Be? “Is that him?”  I was about 7 miles in and picking my way through the Gator trail at Brunswick Nature Park (BNP) when I caught a glimpse of blue just before it vanished around a bend and into the woods.  I had passed 3 runners in the last few miles and was pretty sure only 1 or 2 stood between me…

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Let the Good Times Roll

One of the most common questions I am asked about running is how in the world do I have that much time in a week to run. For the past several months, I average between 10-12 hours per week running. I recognize that’s a lot of time. And when looking at it from the outside, it could be overwhelming to think about.  I am an ultrarunner. But being an ultrarunner does not mean that every run is going to be a 20 mile run. It does mean that in order to establish a strong running foundation, I probably put in…

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Setting Goals: I Was Doing It Wrong

Checking Boxes I used to look at life as a crusade to “check the boxes.”  Get good grades.  Check.  Graduate from college. Check.  Start a family.  Check.  Make a lot of money.  Check.  You get the idea.  My perception was that the more high-quality boxes that I was able to check, the better my life would be.  For me, this meant that the key to happiness was to properly identify exactly which boxes should be on the list.  Sounded easy enough.  Set goals, check boxes, live happily ever after.  It turns out, that’s not the way life works.  But I…

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Chafing: A Love Story

I have a love/hate relationship with showering after a run. Especially in the summer and training as an ultrarunner where many of my weekend runs are long runs. Running in the south comes with plenty of heat and humidity. You can run in the early morning before the sun comes up, but the humidity in the warm air makes it feeling like you are taking in water on every breath. After a good day of miles and relishing in a solid effort, there are not a lot of things that are better than a nice long shower for me. But…

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Starts with a Mile

Do you ever wonder how you got where you are? How you ended up doing things that you never thought you would do, or heck, could do? My journey into running started at a critical point in my life. I was faced with a crossroads, if you will: Do something, or keep heading toward an early exit. So...I chose to start running. A little background With turning 40 on the horizon, I was 39 and had been recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic with high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. I wasn’t significantly overweight, but I had plenty of ‘skinny’-fat to go around.…

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Why Motivation Sucks

As featured on Go Time: The Runner's High:  Sound Familiar? We have all been there. We see or hear something that lights a fire in our belly, and we are ready to take on the world. It could be a friend’s Instagram post, our new favorite book, an inspiring podcast, a scene from a Netflix documentary, or anything really…but when that switch flips, we make big plans to accomplish big goals. 5K? Consider it done. Half marathon? Let’s do it. Full Marathon? Nah…bring on the Ultra! Nothing is deterring us. No way. No how. Spending money on new gear makes…

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