A Quick Trip to Cleveland

Hey party people. I'm coming to you from the Cleveland airport. I've been in the Cleve since Tuesday for a work conference, and while the trip has been cool, I'm so ready to get home. Normally, when I'm in a new city, I use the opportunity to see as much as possible on foot (usually while on a run). That's what I did in Memphis, but my schedule in Cleveland didn't lend itself to very many running opportunities. I set my alarm super early to fit in my run on Wednesday before work stuff … [Continue reading]

Torn Between Summer and Fall

We're at that point in the summer where I'm so not ready for summer to go, but I'm also super over the humidity and can't wait for some of the more bearable fall temperatures to get here. I alternate between trying to squeeze in every possible free minute at the pool (spoiler alert, pool time hasn't happened once this week) while cursing the humidity on my morning runs and wondering when I can give up the shorts and tanks for capris and tees. This week has been especially brutal on … [Continue reading]

Stroller Strides with Laura

My birthday fell on Friday this year, so I gifted myself a glorious four-day weekend, where I did a lot of treating myself: Manicure, pedicure, ice cream sundae for breakfast (no seriously), lots of pool time and some happy hours on rooftops. (I also managed to squeeze in my long run Friday morning before the festivities really began). It was a pretty great way to celebrate. And on Monday, I spent the last day of my long weekend hanging out with my cousin Laura and her boys. We … [Continue reading]

Initial Thoughts About This Semester and Half Training

So we're about 10 days into the start of the new semester and half marathon training. Here are some initial thoughts on both. School I'm taking two classes this semester: Organizational Leadership and Change and Strategic Analysis in the Competitive Environment. One of my classes seems awesome. Ones seems terrifyingly hard. I've only had one minor panic attack about how I'm going to balance everything this semester. Said freak out was yesterday at work, while I thought about all … [Continue reading]

Sports Bra Shopping That Didn’t Suck

You know what's a bad idea for a runner? Walking in to a City Sports after a long run all hopped up on endorphins and realizing there's a sale going on. So bad for my wallet. But really good given the fact that I was pretty desperately in the need of new sports bras. Definitely hadn't replaced mine in like two years. I've been wearing Champion sports bras my entire life. No joke since I started needing them when I was playing basketball and softball in middle school. Champions were the … [Continue reading]

Softball Season Wrap-Up

As of Monday night, I can officially hang my softball cleats up until next season. My work league ended with a loss in the second round of the playoffs (by two to the only undefeated team in the league) and my alumni league wrapped up on Saturday. Our Maryland team had a great run. We unfortunately lost in the semi-finals to Pitt in a game where we just played like crap all around. We couldn't hit, we couldn't field, it wasn't our usual brand of Maryland softball. It was a … [Continue reading]

A Post Where I Talk About Running

Happy International Left-Handers' Day to all my fellow southpaws! So remember when this blog was actually about running (or at least largely about running)? I kind of do, but I will admit it's been a while since I've had a good post to write about running. Running was happening this summer, but since I wasn't actively training for anything, it didn't seem all that important/necessary to chronicle the minutiae of each of my runs. (Those posts always turn into wahhhhh DC humidity is the … [Continue reading]

One of my favorite summer weekends

My alumni softball league had part one of our playoffs on Saturday and Sunday. With 67 teams, close to 1,200 people and softball games from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, the weekend was just a giant party. (L to R) Jon, me and Zac after our first game Pool play was this weekend, and my team won all three of our games, which means we advance to the elimination round next weekend. We got lucky this year and our games were at 8 and 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. So once we got … [Continue reading]

Softball Tournament Take 1

August is softball tournament season around these parts. The first three weekends of the month, I have softball tournaments pretty much all day, every day. The first tournament was last Saturday for my Senate league team. I've played on this team for five years now and have coached it the last two (or maybe three?) years with my friend Jon. This year's tournament was fun, but in terms of playing to our potential, it didn't go well. Our first game was at 9:30, and we beat the … [Continue reading]

Random Acts of Kindness

Ever since I got back from vacation, getting out of bed before work to run has been a struggle for me. But somehow this morning, I mustered enough will power to drag myself out the door for a sweaty four miler. It was a Garmin-less run so I have no idea on my time. Probably for the best, I'm sure it was slow with the humidity. Glad I woke up and got it done though. Now... on to a totally unrelated topic. Last week, I was having a pretty meh week. Catching up from vacation, trying to … [Continue reading]