An Interval Run in the Rain // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

An Interval Run in the Rain

I completely forgot how challenging intervals can be. My first two marathons were spaced out a couple of years, and my training was all about building mileage and establishing a strong base. But in preparation for my last-minute half marathon, I picked a training plan that includes short training runs with high-intensity intervals.

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Looking for a Silver Lining // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Looking for a Silver Lining

“Every cloud has a silver lining,” or so the saying goes. Well, I’ve got a big, fat storm cloud looming over my personal life right now, and I haven’t found one yet. But I’m trying to stay positive!

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese

Another gorgeous Saturday, another getaway. Yesterday the man friend and I drove to the massive Horicon Marsh. He was excited to spot sandhill cranes, and I was ready to stroll in the sunshine and face my fear of red-winged blackbirds.

Run Like It's the '80s // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Run Like It’s the ’80s

Today’s run was awesome for two reasons: 1. It was the first 70s-and-sunny day in Milwaukee this year, and 2. It was the first time I ran to my new ’80s playlist.

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.

Lemon-Blueberry Doughnuts // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

I Made Doughnuts!

It’s true! Look at this little ring of lemon-blueberry perfection. This was my first time making homemade doughnuts, and I must say, I feel pretty pleased with myself. What inspired this new baking adventure? Well, it was my work wife Kaitlin’s birthday! And nothing goes better with Monday morning coffee than freshly glazed doughnuts.

Batman & Buttermilk Vanilla Cake // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Batman and Buttermilk Vanilla Cake

Yesterday I finally used my long-dormant cake stand to show off a from-scratch birthday creation—buttercream frosting and all—complete with a Batman and Catwoman chase scene.

The Escapism of Running // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

The Escapism of Running

I’ve been slacking in the blog department—it’s been almost a month since my last post! That’s because I’ve been both busy and in a bit of a funk. Exciting things that I wanted to pan out didn’t, and this snowy Wisconsin spring is dragging out my winter blues. I’m itching for change (more sun, more adventure, more […]

7 Ways That Bike Commuting Changes Your Life // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

7 Ways That Bike Commuting Changes Your Life

Now that I rely on the Silver Steed (the not-so-clever name of my bike) so often, it’s hard to remember being bike-less. Riding for transportation, not just sport, changed how I view travel, exercise, even my own city. So I put together this list to point out some of the ways that bike commuting rocks your world.

Heavy Legs and Happy Trails // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Heavy Legs and Happy Trails

This weekend’s weather was made for running, but as excited as I was to take advantage of the spring preview, my legs just weren’t feeling it. During Saturday’s windy 6.5-mile run, they felt like lead. And Sunday, just minutes in, I could tell that every step was going to take more effort than usual. Sometimes that’s just how it goes, so I stopped focusing on pace and detoured down to some trails along the Milwaukee River.