Happy National Running Day from Memphis

Happy National Running Day from the banks of the Mississippi River! I'm down South this week for work, and have been spending some time exploring the city of Memphis by foot (because really there's no better way to see a city). Memphis skyline selfie I spent the day yesterday walking all over downtown. I strolled down Beale Street, grabbed dinner at Rendezvous BBQ, saw the famous Duck March at the Peabody Hotel and even hauled an Uber to and from Graceland -- because I mean if … [Continue reading]

Running Shoe “Market Research Findings”

So last week, I mentioned that for my MBA class this summer, I needed to do some market research about people's shoe buying habits. Hello brand new Mizunos I'm taking a class on advertising and promotion strategy, and my final project is designing a campaign for a local business. We got to pick the business. I picked the local running store. (I'm sure this surprises no one). The first part of the project was the market research part. We had to interview 20 potential or current … [Continue reading]

First Runs After my Softball Injuries

First off, I want to say a major thank you to everyone who reached out to me and offered to help out with my MBA project research or passed the information on to friends who might want to help. You guys are seriously the best. I think I'm going to end up with a really well-rounded body of research, which is what I was hoping for. So thank you, thank you! In other running news, things have been slow-going on this front since my softball injuries. I was able to do my first run in two weeks … [Continue reading]

I Need to Ask A Favor

Hey friends, I have a giant favor to ask. As many of you know, I'm currently working on my MBA. For a project for my summer class, I need to do a bunch of interviews about people's running-shoe buying habits. I need to talk to lots of different people with lots of different views on running -- everything from "I think running is the devil so I avoid it at all costs to "Whooo I love running! When's my next marathon?" If you'd be willing to answer some questions about your decision-making … [Continue reading]

Sorry Mom (Or Yet Another Softball Injury)

Last night, I got drilled by another line drive in softball. Look at the beautiful scenery during last night's game! In my shin. By the exact same kid who hit me last week. Again a total accident. Unlike last week, the ball wasn't hit too hard, so while it still hurts like a B today, it's not nearly as bad as it could have been. I mean look, that bruise is only like two colors. In comparison to this beast from last week. My mom though was not amused when I told her. … [Continue reading]

My Mom Always Hated That I Was a Pitcher

And this is why... Say hello to my disgustingly bruised and extremely painful quad. Turns out when a dude rockets a ball up the middle, you get very little time to react, and last night, I just couldn't get out of the way fast enough. It's one of the occupational hazards of being a pitcher. My mom never really loved that part of the job. Nice backdrop for softball Luckily the injury happened late in the game, and the ball hit about two inches above my knee or else I would … [Continue reading]

2015 Frederick Half Marathon Race Recap

This morning I ran the Frederick Half Marathon for the third time! It's easily one of my favorite races, but I haven't actually run it since 2011, so I've really been looking forward to running this course again. Back in 2011, I feel like I look super young! This year was extra special because Meghan was running it too, and it was her very first half marathon! Meghan and I before the race (and before my headband fell off and got lost at mile 4) We got up to Frederick about 45 … [Continue reading]

Sports, Miles, Books and Looks of April

April was a pretty great month around these parts. Some solid running, a nice little vacation, classes wrapping up for the semester. Really some good things all around. I'm almost a little sad to say goodbye to this month. Sports April was my month to ease into softball before all my teams get into the swing of things in May. Managing one team with games only one day a week seemed so easy, breezy. By the end of next month, most weeks I'll have three, if not four games. Love summer softball … [Continue reading]

Running in Charleston

When I was planning my trip to Charleston and asking friends for recommendations on what to do and where to eat, almost every single person told me the one thing I had to do while I was there was "run the bridge." The Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge is a 2.5-mile bridge over the Cooper River that connects Charleston to Mt. Pleasant. It's also the location of the very well-known Cooper River Bridge Run 10K. I wasn't in town during race weekend, but I figured it was still worth it make time to … [Continue reading]

Girls Weekend In Charleston

I'm back from a quick trip down South to visit friends, and while all vacations go by way, way too fast, we managed to cram a lot of fun and good food into our long weekend. (I'm actually pretty surprised I'm able to button any of my pants today.) Here's a quick look at the weekend, mostly in pictures. Saturday night we ate dinner at Poogan's Porch, where we all destroyed some delicious Southern BBQ. Nom nom these ribs and gouda, bacon mac and cheese. These ribs were to die … [Continue reading]