Springing Forward

There’s a lot here to catch up on. Unfortunately, in the last few months there hasn’t been too much positive going on in the way of my training and health. But, the small glimmers of positive are being held onto with a tight grasp and no chance of letting go. To bring you up to…

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Moving Right Along

Since my last post, which updated you on my series of set-backs, things have been moving right along without a hitch. I really can’t complain at all about how my training has been going. With everything that has happened in the last year, I’m just so thrilled to be back out there and finally healthy.  Throughout these…

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A Deep Breath and “Onward”

A few days after my last post I started feeling some really sharp pain in my rib cage on the right side. I had been back running since my kidney stone removal surgery for a few days and just figured it was my kidney healing. After a couple days of it only getting worse, to the point of breathing being incredibly painful,…

Recess to Remember #NGWSD

I guess you could say that Pompositticut Elementary School was where my interest in running all began. Recess and gym class to be exact. We didn’t do laps or interval work or any specific training to one day be a professional distance runner, just challenge races or tag with friends at recess, sprinting to bases…

Olympic Trials Race Recap

Well, it’s over. I completed my first marathon on Saturday at the Olympic Trials in Houston. I ran a 2:35:57 to place 17th. I made some mistakes to learn from but feel I pulled through solidly. As expected the first mile was more of a warm-up for the rest of the race which was pretty…

Rails-to-Trails Workout

 Last week we ventured out to Alexandria to workout on the Lower rail trail. The drive down 45 with all the beautiful farmland complete with Pennsylvania’s picturesque stone farm houses and rustic barns is always a treat. As we get closer we drive alongside Spruce Creek and past Evergreen Farm, the largest producer of milk in the state. It’s also where…

Staying Motivated Through Injury

The last 8 months have been a roller coaster ride both physically and emotionally due to an injury most likely brought on by imbalances stemming from a broken toe way back in November of 2009. I think one of the most common questions people ask me is how I stay motivated while injured? People who know me will remember that I pushed through 8…

Nittany Spiked Shoe Wins A Wheel!

Team Nittany Spiked Shoe had a highly successful day at the Penn Relays Distance Classic 20k. The Coach Groves led squad made many trips to the podium after a hard-fought race. Artie Gilkes finished in third place to lead the charge as Patrick Murphy (seventh) and Dave Moore (tenth) rounded out the scoring to secure…