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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.