On Running Hills // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Because Eventually I Reach the Top

Hills. My corner of northeastern Pennsylvania rolls with them. They amble past chipping barns adorned with colorful hex signs, up country roads that wind like dangerous spiral staircases, down to rocky creek beds peppered with hungry blue herons and fishermen sipping cans of cheap beer. I didn’t really like this place until I embraced its hills. I grew up in pancake-flat […]

Swimming into 2017 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Swimming into the New Year

It’s 2017! I’m not really the resolution type, but this year I do have one: Be outside in nature as much as possible, whether I’m running, hiking, biking, or just reading a book. Of course, lately that’s been a challenge because it’s winter and I’m recovering from a little knee injury that I haven’t mentioned on […]

Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

All About That Bundt

I have a new obsession: my new Bundt pan. Well, technically it’s an old Bundt pan of my mom’s, but it’s new to me. And I’m convinced there’s no easier way to make a pretty cake. No tricky layers to stack, and the rounded shape makes it simple to decorate with glaze rather than carefully […]

Best of 2016 Running Mix // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Leah’s Best of 2016 Running Mix

Well, folks, another year of running has come and gone. That means it’s time to reflect on the upbeat music that got me through all of the miles I logged this year. Because I did that last year and now it’s tradition. This isn’t a super typical running mix of pop songs, though I did […]

Apple-Cinnamon Muesli Bowl

My Breakfast Is Better Than Yours

I am a firm believer in breakfast. I will sacrifice valuable make-myself-presentable time before work to saute veggies for a sunny side-up hash or stir up cinnamon roll oats to accompany my coffee. I may not always sit down to eat it, but I WILL EAT IT goshdarnit. Honestly, I don’t understand those people who […]

Columbus Marathon (and a New PR), Check!

Last Sunday’s Columbus Marathon finish was the completely exhausted but 100% over-the-moon kind. As I scrounged up whatever energy my legs had left for the last ¼-mile “sprint,” I felt like I was in one of those motivational Pinterest images with the words “Dig deep” across it in bold lettering. I spotted my mom and […]

It’s Marathon Week!

When I started training for the Columbus Marathon back in June, race day seemed so far away. And in a lot of ways, those early runs feel like a lifetime ago because so much has changed since then: I moved to a new state, started a new job and made a bunch of new friends. Oh, […]

Summer Training, Travels & Too Little Time // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Training, Travels & Far Too Little Summertime

In case you were wondering… marathon training is going splendidly! But I’ve been cramming as much summer fun as possible in between those morning miles, track repeats and long Sunday runs, which has made it nearly impossible to find time for blogging. But I’m here right now, armed with an iPhone full of recent photos […]

Beet Pesto Pizza // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Nothing Beats Beet Pesto

Beets are pretty sweet. Their moisture makes them perfect for baking into rich chocolate brownies and breads, they’re amazing pickled and piled on a sandwich, and they make a heck of a salsa, too. But I’ve discovered my new beet obsession: pesto! It all started with this pizza recipe from The Roasted Root. I saw, […]

Pro/Con List: Running in the Morning // Run. Crave. Conquer.

Am I Becoming A Morning Runner?

I’ve always been an evening runner. Sure, I did my long weekend training runs in the mornings—the sooner they’re over, the sooner brunch happens—but during the week, waking up early enough to fit in 4 miles before work was just too painful. For one, I used to settle into my cubicle before 8 a.m. And then there’s that […]