A Different Kind of Photoshoot

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I've got a little story to tell you today! It's about my experience with a different kind of photoshoot.

"Can I help you?" She asked. "Do you have an appointment?"

"Yes," I said. "I'm here for my topless photoshoot."

She laughed harder than I had anticipated, which made me start to laugh. Partially out of nervousness and partially because I love laughing with people. Plus, anyone who thinks I'm funny is my friend.

"Oh, my gosh! We're going to have so much fun today! Thank you for making me l…

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My 9 Year Blogaversary: What I've Learned

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Today is my 9 Year Blogaversary! October 11, 2011, was the day I pushed "publish" on my blog for the very first time. Since then so much has changed, and yet - so much has remained the same. I revamped this blog this past summer (2020) which felt overwhelming to start and cathartic when I jumped in and did it. My goal has always been to connect with others through the story of my life. To make a positive impact in the hope and desire that other people will feel less alone and build a larger skil…

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The Feeling of Failure After Divorce

It’s hard to be the bad guy. The bitch. The one who pulled the plug. The fall-guy. It’s interesting being the one that finally said “enough!”. Not once, mind you, but 3 times. Three times I said, “I do”, three times I gave it my all, and three times I filed for divorce. It’s the only thing I felt I failed at, my only embarrassment, and the only thing I’ve tried not to discuss. Until now. I’ve heard it said that a woman takes longer to be done with a relationship, but when that happens, there’s n…

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My First Marathon Trail Experience

I don’t know how everyone else feels before an event, but I know how I felt this time.  I was training for the 50/50 up Peavine Mountain in Reno, NV. It’s a 50-mile course, a 50K course (just over 31 miles), and this year they added a half marathon.  It’s a brutal course with a lot of elevation gain and loss on a half single track, half dirt roads. I was only training for the ½ marathon. My second of the year (and my life) with a 10K thrown in for good measure.  I felt I had trained fairly wel…

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Tips to Balance Fitness and Family

The question I probably get asked most frequently is how I successfully balance fitness and family.  First and most importantly in my opinion are priorities. It has always been a top priority for me to stay in shape, so regardless of my situation I carved out the time.  Period. There are no reasons not to be healthy and fit, only excuses. Achieving balance, however, means that by staying fit and healthy, I didn’t compromise other aspects of my life – most importantly my family.  There are a mu…

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Winter Running Tips

It's cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It's everywhere. I've only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I've also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair-weather runner …

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The Best Gear for Winter Running

Reno is the only place I've lived where I can go running in shorts and a T-shirt in nearly 60* weather on a Sunday, and Tuesday have to figure out what to wear in 23* with ice and snow.  We tend not to ease into winter - it just wakes up one day and bludgeons us.  Our temperatures do fluctuate during the day so if morning running is too chilly, you can go at 3 in the afternoon and add 20*.  As the expression goes - if you don't like Reno weather, wait 5 minutes. Keep reading for my list of the b…

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Net Down Marathon Run

Net down!  Get those words right out of your head.  They mean ONLY that from the start to the finish of a marathon, you have gone down in elevation.  This is the second race I've done this summer that was a "net down" and they were the two most difficult races of the year (Bizz Johnson and this one).  They also were both on trails which I find to be technically more difficult but a lot more fun.

We're already moving so fast, the photo is blurry Chris and I drove to Redding, CA on Friday eveni…

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Supplements for a Healthier Me

My experience with supplements includes a little story like this - I broke my foot a year ago, was in a boot, couldn't run for over 6 months, and put on 12 pounds.  Twelve might not be a big number, especially since I was at a good weight, but I didn't want to keep it on.  I started running in March - and I use the word "running" loosely since it started as walking a mile on a treadmill.  In October I ran my first half marathon in 18 months and I'm consistently running about 20 miles a week over…

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Running the Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon

First, let me preface by saying that running the Bizz Johnson half marathon is by far one of my favorite races.  It's absolutely beautiful, well run, super fun and low key.  It's a net down but feels flat (except one big down followed immediately by an up).  Great aid stations, good people, a bus system that actually works seamlessly, and a finish that feeds an army.  With beer included.  Amazing and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  Having said that........  It was not one of my better days, but…

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