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 fisherman 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

On Running (And Moving) Solo // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

On Running, Moving & Living Solo

I’ve always prided myself on being fiercely independent. As a wallflower kid, biking to my secret spot in the park and reading was my jam. By college I was all about going to the movie theater alone, something high school me would have been embarrassed of. And running has always been a solitary activity for me, a time […]

Cucumber, lime & mint popsicles // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Cucumber, Lime & Mint, Oh My!

Raise your hand if you always forget how hot and horribly humid summer gets (*raises hand wayyy up*). The best reward after an almost-too-sweaty-to-handle run is a frosty ice pop, which is why I invested in some popsicle molds last summer.

Keep It on the D&L Trail // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Keep It on the D&L

In search of a fun trail for future long runs, I headed to the Lehigh Canal Towpath for yesterday’s 12-miler. I’d heard the path extended all the way from Allentown through Bethlehem to Easton, so it sounded like the perfect spot for an out-and-back run.

Life of a Small-Town Runner // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Life of a Small-Town Runner

Tomorrow marks one full week of living the small-town life here in the Lehigh Valley. There are some total perks, like living a mile from work—not driving my car for days makes me one happy lady. And the trees, oh my gosh.