Navigating ambiguous loss and estrangement during the holiday season

I work at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and every time I log in to our electronic system, I see notices about things happening on the various campuses. A few weeks ago I saw a notice about a training on Ambiguous Loss by Pauline Boss, PhD. I was curious, as the word ambiguous feels … Read moreNavigating ambiguous loss and estrangement during the holiday season

3 reasons to race on a holiday for fun & fitness

I love races! I don’t love holidays, but I do enjoy movement and race companies like to create races on various holidays. Here in the USA, Thanksgiving is a good day for 5K races. All the eating that happens this day is excellent motivation to start the day off with some running and walking. I … Read more3 reasons to race on a holiday for fun & fitness

Losing weight while navigating emotional eating in a time of grief

Have you noticed that losing weight is hard? I sure have. I am not at my ideal weight. I set a goal for this year, 2018, to get my weight back in my ideal range which is about 150 lbs. I’m not at that weight, and I have had to purchase clothing in slightly bigger … Read moreLosing weight while navigating emotional eating in a time of grief

Getting back in the game after a big time out

I’m back! Yes, it’s been a tad over two months since I wrote a blog post. I have lots of excuses and as of today, none of them much matter. At long last, I feel ready to resume my weekly posting and I’ve even picked up the editing process on my book. Here’s one explanation … Read moreGetting back in the game after a big time out

Do you sit, stand, run or recline at your desk?

Do you spend a good amount of time working at a desk? I do! After all, I’m the Internship Coordinator at the University of Minnesota in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CFANS) and I spend a lot of time emailing students, supervisors and more. PLUS I am a writer working on my … Read moreDo you sit, stand, run or recline at your desk?

3 financial tools for endurance athletes that have big race fees

Have you ever noticed that entrance fees to races are not cheap? If you ever do an Ironman branded event, you have to plan to spend a LOT of money. At minimum, it’s $600 US for just the race fee. Not to mention the travel expenses if you plan to travel away from your home … Read more3 financial tools for endurance athletes that have big race fees

3 reasons long-time friends improve your health and wellness

This week I’m in Denver, Colorado visiting a number of my dearest long-time friends. After all, I did live in Denver for both of my rounds of breast cancer. These are many of the people who were there for me during rounds one and two of getting back to health after finding out I had … Read more3 reasons long-time friends improve your health and wellness

Race report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

It’s a week later and I finally have enough energy and post event reflection distance to write up my triathlon experience for what is my 99th or so sprint distance triathlon. Okay, I confess, I’m exaggerating. I did my very first sprint distance triathlon in July 2005, which was just 13 years ago. No way … Read moreRace report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

Running with my new canine companion Sam

Yesterday, my first Wednesday with my new canine Sammy, I did my first run with him. Sam is somewhere between 1 and 2 years old. I’ve got a rabies vaccination certificate dated February 27, 2018, that says he was 18 months old, which would make him 2 years old now. He’s from Arkansas, and he … Read moreRunning with my new canine companion Sam

How to realize you do belong in the endurance community

The first thing I want to say this week is a big huge THANK YOU for the many positive comments on Facebook and here on this blog for the post I did last week about being a one breasted bionic endurance athlete. It took a lot of courage for me to write about the body … Read moreHow to realize you do belong in the endurance community