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

Recent Blog Posts

Finish Line Decisions

Finishing a race you’ve trained for (seemingly forever), is an emotional experience. I’ve found this particularly true of marathons, where training basically takes over your life for months, but it’s true of any race. Whether the day went according to […]

Oakland Marathon recap week 13

Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week 13

The first of two peak mileage weeks. My weekday runs are not too bad, but 20 miles on Saturday! Yikes! My never-ending quest for good, high-quality at home workouts brought me to Sworkit. I’ve read many glowing reviews of this app […]

Starting Chute

Race Day Strategies: The Starting Chute

My least favorite part of race mornings is killing time once I’m actually in the starting chute. I’m not a fan of the whole starting line, hurry-up-and-wait, killing time thing, but up until the time we are actually lined up, […]

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