I’ve been less motivated to train since it is cold out, but still wanting to burn calories.  I’ll occasionally hit the treadmill, a spin class, or suck it up and swim a mile but I’m taking the opportunity to try new things. Matt likes any outdoor fitness, so when I suggested we treat Des Moines […]

I’m not at all one to run in below zero temps and most definitely will not run if there is a risk of slipping on ice.  (I’m a massage therapist…can’t afford to break my wrist!) But I have done some runs in 25-30 degrees and run in drizzle (which I really do enjoy). Since this […]

I just took a minute to browse the Living History Farms race photos up at Jolesch.  I took off my sweater pretty fast so my race number was hidden on my back, but Matt and I were side-by-side for most of the race so here are his pics!  

After I decided I don’t like swimming (or rather I remembered that I don’t like swimming) I took a few weeks off.  This is always a mistake.  I feel like If I run or bike sporadically, I feel slower and tire out faster but still enjoy myself.   When I swim sporadically, I just feel plain […]

Yesterday I did my first Cross Country race: The Living History Farms race.  This race is North America’s biggest Cross Country race and is capped at 7500 participants.  For years,  I’ve loved looking through the Des Moines Register’s online galleries of pictures from this event, but never, ever did I think I’d run it! Actually, […]

It’s now Day 3 of marathon recovery, and I’m starting to get back to normal. This morning I went down the stairs facing forward! It still hurt, but it’s an improvement. On October 21st I ran my first marathon. I’ve only been a runner, in any sense of the word, for three or four years. […]

I love my career.  I sometimes get so busy being a spa owner that I forget I’m a massage therapist too.  When I get to meet with a client (this is getting rarer as I get busier) and help them feel better, it is just about the greatest feeling in the world…right up there with […]

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