Marathon Thoughts Told in GIFs

Thoughts During a Marathon Pre-Race Shhh…coffee. All the coffee. Mile 1 I have so much energy! I could run for days. Mile 2 Epic. Mile 4 I found my stride. This is awesome. I’m already 4 miles in. There isn’t that much left. Mile 6 Maybe I am crazy? Mile 8 Nope. I am totalContinue reading “Marathon Thoughts Told in GIFs”

Transylvania 50K Ultra

What does not destroy me, makes me strong. -Nietzsche Just like muscles, when your mind breaks down, when it is depleted, it repairs and builds itself back stronger. I like to think after taking on the Transylvania 50k, I have built myself up stronger. Time will tell how lasting that strength is. Transylvania was aContinue reading “Transylvania 50K Ultra”

Taper Tantrum

Let the great taper tantrum begin.     Running is how I survive all the hard stuff in my life. It is where I find balance, peace, and freedom. It is my time. When I have to start tapering I feel it go against everything in my being. However, tapering has been proven to improveContinue reading “Taper Tantrum”

“North” by Scott and Jenny Jurek

A Review by Tara G ***spoilers ahead*** Scott Jurek is one of the best trail runners in the world, but you wouldn’t know it from his down-to-earth recount of his experience on the Appalachian Trail. It is incredibly difficult to write anything in the first person and not come of as an egotistical asshat, especiallyContinue reading ““North” by Scott and Jenny Jurek”

10 Tips for Running in the Morning: As Told by GIFs

“My sun sets to rise again.”– Robert Browning Working as a full-time classroom teacher, which is far from an eight-hour day, and being a mother of two young children, also a full-time job, the only time I can fit running into my schedule is in the morning. This takes a fair bit of planning, butContinue reading “10 Tips for Running in the Morning: As Told by GIFs”

50k Gear Check

Do I send her with a stake, silver bullets or a garlic necklace? –An accidental haiku, by Mr. G As you likely know, I am preparing for my first Ultra. I have been gathering my needed gear for months now. What do you think–am I prepared or am I forgetting anything? 1. I am prettyContinue reading “50k Gear Check”

Running into the 50k Ultra World

“Face your life, it’s pain, it’s pleasure, Leave no path untaken.” -Neil Gaiman Elevation, oh my! That was my first observation of Transylvania100. The elevation gain for the 50k is 3,328 meters, which is 10,919 feet. That is not the peak elevation, that is the gain! I have wanted to do Ultra for years, but haven’t feltContinue reading “Running into the 50k Ultra World”

Wanderlust, from Burma: A Throwback

Traveling to Burma with a 17-month-old is not for the faint of heart. The idea to travel to Burma started in 2010 when they opened their borders, allowing the Burmese to explore the world and in reverse, allow others to experience their country. I believe it is because of this late acceptance of tourists inContinue reading “Wanderlust, from Burma: A Throwback”