Time For A Change 😍

Still here, still running, but we are MOVING to Maine! Aka I left Colorado on Saturday with my mom and the cats. Alex will be driving to Maine with Stella at the beginning of June. I didn’t really share the moving news with too many people, mainly because I hate to say goodbye! Also because I’m sure we’ll be back to visit Steamboat & Colorado often. We’ve been driving around 8-9 hours since Saturday and will arrive in Maine tomorrow night! 

Stopped for a break & they aren’t so sure about Ohio... 

Stopped for a break & they aren’t so sure about Ohio... 

It’s been a really stressful few weeks/ months and I’m so excited for this new chapter. I want to put everything together for a nice blog post, but it may not be until the end of the week when the internet is set-up at our new house! 

Goodbye for now, Colorado! You are beautiful! 

Goodbye for now, Colorado! You are beautiful! 

So, here’s the shortened-down story for now. I’m going back to school at University of Southern Maine in Portland to get my nursing degree! I’ve always had a strong passion to go into healthcare since Middle School? And so so excited to finally be making that big-scary-career-changing jump. It has NOT been an easy decision OR easy journey to get here NOR will it be easy moving forwards, but what in life IS easy that is also equally REWARDING? 


 -Ever made a ‘Big Move’?!  

-Anyone live in ME or Eastern NH!?! Let me know! Can’t wait to find a running tribe  here

Running back-to-back half marathons

Thinking back to when I ran back-to-back half marathons (one was on a Saturday & the other one was the following Sunday), the Emerald Bay Half-Marathon and the Rock 'n Roll Denver Half Marathon. This was the first time that I've ever ran two races so close together and I learned several things that worked and a few things that I would recommend not doing! I ended up PRing at both races, beating my first race PR by a minute and then beating that PR by 4 minutes! 



  • Fuel properly between races (eat healthy, get a good mix of protein/carbs)
  • Get extra sleep that week
  • Drink extra fluids (with electrolytes, not just water)
  • Limit your travel/ time on your feet
  • Add in a few easy runs between races
  • An easy strength training/ yoga session between races to ease stress (only if you normally do this; try nothing new during this time)
  • Foam roll often!
  • Legs up the wall everyday
  • Keep your race expectations in-check. Maybe utilize one as a training/recovery run and the other as a potential PR/hard-effort. Listen to what your body needs.


  • Travel in the car for many hours between races (yeah, we drove back from California after Emerald Bay and then I drove to Denver the next weekend..not the best idea)
  • Eat lots of sugar/ junk food between races
  • Drink excessive coffee
  • Skimp on sleep
  • Run hard between races
  • Not run at all between races
  • Have high expectations for both races! Have FUN!

Hanson's Marathon Method Week 8 Run down

What a week it was! This week was pretty low mileage since I had a headcold come on and wanted to get rested up for my half marathon on Saturday. I originally had wanted to race my half, but with my head still staying pretty congested I decided to just have fun and not push myself into a deeper sickness (plus I wanted to enjoy our weekend full of camping!). I still ended up getting fourth in my age group (!!!) at my race and honestly had SO MUCH FUN! It was by far the best half marathon I can ever remember having (race recap to come soon). 

Besides getting sick, I did hit my mile repeats on Tuesday so that was a huge bonus and I just ultimately took the rest of the week off from any hard runs and just focused on recovery and easy paces. 


Monday: 6 miles Easy @ 10:20 on the treadmill


Tuesday: 1.5 warm-up; 3 @ 7:20 (600 R) ; 1.5 cool-down- 7 miles total

Wednesday: Sick- took a rest day

Watching Sheep Herders because what else are you supposed to do when you're sick?! 

Watching Sheep Herders because what else are you supposed to do when you're sick?! 

Thursday: 3 miles easy on the trails @ 9:54


Friday: 3.25 miles easy @ 10:00


Saturday: RACE DAY! 13.2 miles @ 9:17 - 2:01:37- I turned off my auto alerts for mile splits on my Garmin and just went by feel. I negative-split my race time by over 2 and a half minutes and kept my heart rate under 160. I never pushed myself too hard and felt super recovered after I finished. I also got 4th in my age group!


Sunday: Rest Day

Sunshine Goods:

  • Kept my health and rest a priority
  • Fitness is still there!
  • 4th in my age group
  • Negative-split by a huge amount!!
  • Kept positive the entire race and never felt like I had 'hit the wall'
  • Hit my mile repeats

Gloomy Goods:

  • Got sick (bummer!)
  • Didn't hit my mileage for the week 
  • Didn't get a PR for the half like originally planned
  • Took an extra rest day
  • So much running = so much laundry!!!