I am a runner, marathoner and RRCA certified running coach. I work with newer runners and first-time marathoners.

I write about running, training, overcoming self-doubt, and pushing through the times you want to quit.

I believe that everyone needs to define success for themselves and should always strive to be your best even when you aren’t the best.


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My Blog Manifesto

With this blog and with my posts, I hope that I will encourage and support others to:

• Define what success means for you and to go out and strive towards that success
• Be your best, even when (especially when) you will never be the best
• Focus on improving your life and body, which may or may not involve how fast you are or how long you can (or want to) run
• Figure out what motivates you
• Ignore the goals or priorities that others say are important if they don’t inspire you
• Have balance in life and in running
• Look beyond finish time, age ranking, or the completion of a specific distance as the only indicators of worth
• Celebrate every victory, however large or small
• Have fun and enjoy running

The Newsletter

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Recent Blog Posts

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Skyline To The Sea Marathon Training Recap: Week 16

It’s all over but the shouting now. With the physically hard part of training done, I have three weeks of tapering to suffer through before race day. More than anything with marathon tapering, the cumulative mental and physical exhaustion catches […]

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The Things I Love 9.22

A random assortment of things I love this week, including a first: something I bought that made someone else happy. I figure that is close enough to include here, right? Read prior things I like posts. Note: Some of these links […]


Drag-N-Fly Trail Half Marathon: Race Recap

I’ve now written about Drag-N-Fly several times. First was a post about the lessons learned from it as the hardest half I’ve ever done. More recently, I considered my thought process in why I ever would want to try it […]

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