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, […]

Rock 'n' Sole Half Marathon Recap // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Rock ‘n Sole Half Marathon Recap

When I signed up for the Rock ‘n Sole half marathon on a whim just four weeks ahead of time, it was mostly to run myself out of a rut. I had no idea then that it would turn out to be my last race (for the foreseeable future) in Milwaukee—a lot can happen in a month!

Everything I've Been Doing Besides Running // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Everything I’ve Been Doing Besides Running

Exciting news: I signed up for marathon no. 3! I’ll be back on my college stomping grounds to run the Columbus Marathon this October, and I can’t wait. Soon my weekends will revolve around high mileage training runs again, but for now I can be a bit lazy.

Visualization for Race Day Jitters // Run. Crave. Conquer. Blog

Close Your Eyes and Visualize Race Day

As I lay in savasana at the end of a yoga class the other day, I found myself reflecting on an old cross-country ritual called visualization. Much like savasana, it requires you to lie on the ground on your back and let your muscles soften as your mind engages.

Running Resolutions for 2016 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

My Running Resolutions for 2016

I’ve never been a big New Year’s resolution maker. It’s not that I don’t vow to amp up my reading or become a more patient person, it’s just that I worry I’ll jinx those goals by labeling them as resolutions. But as I went for my first run of 2016, I started thinking about my running hopes for the year.

5 Simple Things I Loved About 2015 // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

5 Simple Things I Loved About 2015

This was a fantastic year for me—it felt like a fresh start. I started a new position at work, moved into a new apartment, met my new nephew and started dating somebody new and wonderful. Oh, and I ran the Chicago Marathon for the first time! I could wax poetic about all the good times with family and friends or jaw-droppingly good food I ate, but instead I’ll just share five simple but wonderful things I did in 2015.

The New Routine & What's Next // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

The New Routine & What’s Next

Since finishing the Chicago Marathon last month, I’ve really missed having a goal race to keep me on a regimented running schedule. Between the darker evenings, my trip to Texas and a nagging runner’s knee, I’ve only been running two or three days a week lately—yoga’s been keeping me sane.

Marathon's Over! It's Time for a Pro/Con List // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Marathon’s Over! Time for a Pro/Con List

Marathon training kind of takes over your life, but once you cross that finish line after a goal race, you always feel a weird void. That feeling is what inspired me to put together this pro/con list that only runners will understand.