Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Race Report

It’s been a few years since I’d been up to Duluth, Minnesota and going with three friends made it extra fun this year. Originally there were five of us who planned to race the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 18th. One of us got COVID and she hasn’t recovered enough to run 13.1 miles. … Read more

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Race Plan

I like to practice what I preach. In other words, as you might have noticed, I’m making excellent progress on finishing my book. I’m sending it to my beta readers at the end of June. It will be the first time people, other than the two editors I’ve hired over the years, will read what … Read more

Tour de Cure Minnesota 2022

This morning I felt the wind at my back and I had a smile on my face as I rode the 25 mile Tour de Cure Minnesota route. I rode my bike to and from the ride, which added an additional 10 miles to the sunshine joy I made happen today.  Favorite bike ride This … Read more

Biking for diabetes awareness once again

My athletic effort this year has been all about running. Feet pounding the pavement, making sure the hydration, nutrition, clothing choices are all dialed in, meeting new people, long runs every Saturday, intervals/hills and threshold runs to test the limits – all have been the focus. I notice the mantras have had to rise to … Read more

Drawing energy from trees while running Women Run The Cities

The Women Run the Cities 10 mile race was my second of five “A Race” running events that I’m doing in 2022. An “A Race” is a race of top priority. In preparation for doing the race, I sat myself down on Friday, the day before the race, closed my eyes and felt the wind … Read more

The science of running with Mike Mann

For the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of doing run intervals workouts on Thursday mornings at 7am with the YWCA. One of the regular runners in the group is Mike Mann. Turns out Mike has an impressive, inspirational running life story.  Mike agreed to let me interview him over Zoom last week. I’m … Read more

YWCA Indoor Triathlon Race Plan and Report

It’s been almost a year since I’ve done an organized triathlon. I did the Lake Minnetonka Sprint Triathlon in June 2021. I confess, my whole being loves doing triathlons. The combination of swimming, biking and running all in one event makes my heart sing. I love thinking about the gear, my nutrition, my hydration. I … Read more

For the love of middle aged running

I’ve been running all winter, second winter in a row. As I mentioned a few blogs ago, I have only recently fallen in love with running. In fact, I was out running 8.6 miles at my first Run Minnesota Spring Half Marathon Training Program run, I realized several times on the run how much I … Read more

3 Ways to Make Running the Focus for 2022

I have three focus areas for 2022. They are writing, my finances and running. In my post last week, I talked at length about my process on getting my book finished. I’m already making good progress on my 12-week Revision Process. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I’m focusing on my finances. Today, … Read more

First finish in 9 years and 9 weeks

Good news! I love having good news to share!! After all, who doesn’t love some good news? As I mentioned a few blogs ago, I joined a writing program called First Book Finish with writing coach Rhonda Douglas.  Rhonda had us map out our plan for the 12 week program, which I did. My goal … Read more