Monster Dash 10K 2021 Recap: Faster by 8 minutes, why and how

Two years ago, I did the Monster Dash 10K race with my friend Shirlene. I wrote about it here. I mentioned that I was proud that I completed the route in 80 minutes. I had good blood sugars and a solid race day strategy. My recollection of the run was that I was pretty wiped … Read more

Breast cancer awareness and diabetes awareness, what’s your identity?

A few days ago I saw a post on Instagram asking what our favorite diabetes focused blogs were these days. A bunch of people replied saying their favorite diabetes blogs no longer exist. Maybe people are tired of blogging about the endless ins and outs of living life with diabetes.  As you know, I’ve been … Read more

Winter connection and wellness, how to do it

“You can’t go back to the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  ~ C. S. Lewis Winter is a long season in Minnesota and many of us here in this cold, gray, snowy state suffer once colorful, glorious October ends and the temperatures drop in November. Just the other … Read more

3 coping strategies for managing anxiety

Every year I review my treatment plan with my psychotherapist. I have a diagnosis of PTSD that makes complete sense to me given my childhood, my health challenges and the layers of trauma I have survived in my life. This past week, my therapist and I were again reviewing my treatment plan and she asked … Read more

Weightlifting is Fun! Really…

Last week I had my last weight lifting session with the personal trainer I hired back in June, Erin Reding. I mentioned her in a blog post in July. Erin had me design our last workout together. Brilliant teaching strategy!! Put the student in the leadership role.  I designed the workout on Tuesday evening, did … Read more

Self-Compassion for Athletes

“Compassion involves the recognition and clear seeing of suffering. It also involves feelings of kindness for people who are suffering, so that the desire to help – to ameliorate suffering – emerges. Finally, compassion involves recognizing our shared human condition, flawed and fragile as it is. Self-compassion, by definition, involves the same qualities. Self-compassion involves … Read more

Air quality, coronavirus and masks – Is there hope?

Climate change is happening. Sometimes it’s difficult to believe a thing if you haven’t personally experienced it. For those of us who are middle class, average folks, perhaps even part of the privileged class, the idea of climate change is more compelling than the reality of climate change. I’m embarrassed to admit but that’s how … Read more