21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years

Today is my 21st birthday! So in honor of this occasion, here’s a list of 21 things I’ve learned in my years on this Earth.

1.Your passions will change. In high school I was the opposite of an athlete. I was in drama and chorus and I loved them. I swore to do them my whole life. Then I went to college and things weren’t the same. Then, life presented me with a new passion. I appreciate and love my time I had with drama and chorus, but my life is in a different place now. Continue reading “21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years”


I Run Mountains… At Night

Last night I went on one of the coolest runs of my life.

13 members of my running class and our professor, Dr. Horton, ran a 10 mile run up and down Tobacco Row Mountain. That makes 5 miles up, and 5 miles down. When I say up, I mean up. We started at about 1,000 feet and ended at about 3,000 at the top.

Actual data from my Garmin

When we started, it was light. Around mile 2 the sun started to set, and it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever seen. We could see the Peaks of Otter from our mountain, and the weather was perfectly clear and bright. The pictures I took just don’t do it justice. Continue reading “I Run Mountains… At Night”

Shamrock Half: The Day I Channeled Forrest Gump and Set a PR

All dressed up and ready to run

At 6:15 in the morning on March 16, Virginia Beach was freezing. I was standing at the starting line of the Shamrock Half thinking to myself, “Why did I sign up for this? I don’t want to be here. I hate the cold. This is never going to end,” and so forth and so on.

At 7, the corrals started running. I was in 8, so I was standing there literally shivering for a good 15 minutes before we made it to the start gate. I was still having a pity party and freezing when they started the countdown. Continue reading “Shamrock Half: The Day I Channeled Forrest Gump and Set a PR”

Shamrock Weekend: Expo Day

We are here! After a long day of driving and traffic we have made it to the hotel in Virginia Beach. I have picked up my shirts and bibs and am relaxing watching Gossip Girl.

Aren’t they pretty?

I was really impressed with how the Packet Pickup went. The numbers were divided up so that each stand only covered only a few numbers so there were only 3 people in front of me in the 8K and half lines. The shirts were at separate tables, and there was no rate for those. The shirts are really awesome. The 8K is a cotton long sleeve, and the Half is a tech shirt. I had forgotten that they came in XS when I registered, so I was so happy to have a shirt that doesn’t swallow me! Continue reading “Shamrock Weekend: Expo Day”