Cheap Therapy: DIY Recovery & P.T. Tools

One of the things I love most about running is its simplicity—you really only need yourself, and hopefully some shoes. However, there are a lot of other products on the market that claim to help improve performance or recovery. Some really are miracle workers, others are not really worth it in my opinion. Today I’m here to show […]

Braces

Yesterday was another post-op milestone; I got to ditch my leg brace! Over the years I’ve had my fair share of braces, and none of them were particularly enjoyable. I was born with a hip problem in fact, which required a leg brace when I was young. The doctors said if I didn’t wear the brace my […]

The Social MEdia Struggle

Two of the most important lessons my parents ever taught me were to be humble and not worry about comparing myself to others. These lessons aren’t the easiest to live by in the competitive running world, but in the social media world they seem to bring an even greater struggle. When social media first came about it […]

Lesson 2: Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

There’s no greater feeling than running a hard workout or race but feeling as if you’re flying; your feet hardly doing any work at all. This week in my training, I found myself back on the track for my quickest workout so far this fall, and it was wonderful having that kind of feeling back in my legs. […]

Thirty Day of Thanks

“Gratitude is the realization that we have everything we need, at least in this moment.”-M. J. Ryan This November, I’ve decided to participate in the “Thirty Days of Thanks” challenge. Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, the challenge is to meditate on something you are thankful for each of the thirty days of the […]

#RunTip: Should Serious Runners Eat Candy?

It’s Halloween and you know what that means, costumes, carving pumpkins and of course C-A-N-D-Y!  As an elite runner, I’ve gotten many questions and comments on the subject of the sweet-tooth. “You eat candy?” someone asked me recently, alluding the fact a “serious runner” wouldn’t do such a thing. I stared back at them as […]

Always Hay in the Barn

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”-Hebrews 11:1 Flipping through my notebook I came across this, and it seemed I couldn’t have found a better verse to sum up my thoughts after the Drake Relays, or really my thoughts about racing in general. When it comes to running, […]

The Altitude Attitude

Two weeks ago I travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the USA Indoor Track Championships. I was thrilled to compete since a month or two ago this meet was not even on my schedule. Indoor track, after all, is usually just a tune-up for the outdoor season. Not only that, but Albuquerque’s altitude is a […]

Confidence is Key

Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Napoleon Bonaparte said the word “impossible” wasn’t in his dictionary. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Inspiring words, aren’t they? But how many people really think they can do anything? I’m going to take […]

Is Slow the New Fast?

Which is better, being fast or slow? The answer is obvious, right? Even the little kids on the AT&T commercials will tell you, “FAST!” Why?…  …they have a point, being fast has many benefits, especially when it comes to running races. As a professional runner, I train hard every day to get faster but even when I’m […]