Buy local (races)

Around here, rumors have been flying about the demise of several local races, namely those put on by the Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA). This non-profit organization has been behind iconic events here for over 30 years: The Columbia Triathlon, Eagleman Triathlon (a Kona qualifier) and several IronGirl events (including an all-women’s half marathon) have all been under its wing. I’ve raced almost all of them […]

I ran a half marathon yesterday

Pic caught by a friend along the course

Because I’ve had such a long, dry spell with racing, I kept my plans to race yesterday a little quiet. But, I’m happy to tell you that I ran the IronGirl half marathon here in town and actually hit a PR with a 1:36! It felt so, so good to feel good out there.This isn’t an easy course, so I wasn’t entirely sure how it […]

The all female race format

All female races

We have three IronGirl (all female) franchise races here in our area, two sprint triathlons and one half marathon. I was talking about the half marathon with my son the other day (I just might be racing it) and he asked me why it was only for girls. “If only girls can race IronGirl, shouldn’t IronMan be just for guys?” he wanted to know. Um, […]

Just me and the boys

You all know I run with a fabulous pack of ladies on a regular basis. Yes, we “let” some boys into our group, but for the most part, this female runner is used to female company. So it was quite the different experience for me last Saturday when I turned out to be the only female on my long run. The all women’s IronGirl half […]

The year of racing locally

Runner's World half marathon

I didn’t really intend this, but it is looking like 2013 is going to be my year of racing locally. I’m not sure, but I think having two big marathons (Boston and CIM)  tied to big travel last year have made me want to stay fairly local this year. For instance, when it came time to pick a March marathon (I zeroed in on March […]

I can’t hang…

The forever line that greeted me at the IronGirl practice swim

…in the real world. So I discovered this weekend while on a short getaway with Mr. Zippy and some old friends. Before I get to that, however, let me tell you about the beginning of my weekend. I got to do the practice swim for IronGirl first thing Saturday morning. I arrived around 6:20 to a HUGE line of women waiting to get chipped before […]

Dress rehearsing


There are definite advantages to living in the same town where you’re going to be racing. You get to ride or run the course you’ll be racing whenever you want, making friends with all the hills, turns, ins and outs that you’ll be facing. In just three weeks from Sunday, I’ve got the IronGirl sprint tri a mere couple of miles from my house. I’ve been […]

Back to the future

If I have one piece of advice for a new endurance athlete, it’s never say never. If I had a dime for everyone I’ve ever heard say “I’ll never run a marathon” just after finishing their first 5k, or “I’ll never do an Ironman” after finishing up a sprint triathlon, just to see them turn around and do just that–you can finish the rest. I’ve […]

These pictures make me happy

No heel striking going on here!

Last Sunday, as part of the IronGirl events going on in town, I ran a 5k with my daughter. This was her third and I just love this time together, love seeing her love running, love watching her dig deep to lower her time (and this headstrong child loves to dig deep). She finished in 31:07, just awesome. So I love these pictures because it […]

Check out my (amazing) running partner

That's me!! Running with the one and only Joan Benoit Samuelson

Every once in a while, I need to pinch myself to check if this life I’m living is real. Saturday, for instance, I ran more than six miles with Joan Benoit Samuelson. As in 1984 Olympic gold medalist, two-time Boston victor, former world-record holder Joan Benoit Samuelson. One on one. Surreal. Joan was in town to run the IronGirl half marathon, an event directed by […]