A little share from my Facebook Profile

I shared this little life update on Facebook today:

For those of you that don’t know, I have been dealing with an injury that has kept me sidelined from running for the past five weeks. I had my followup appointment today and was hoping to receive better news. I’m looking at another four weeks off; at that point, I can start using the elliptical and SLOWLY build up on the treadmill (a couple minutes at a time).

I’m trying my hardest to keep my head up. I know I have so much to be grateful for in my life- food on my table, clothes on my back, a job I love, amazing family and friends that support and encourage me- and I know there are so many others out there struggling just to make it through the day.

However, on that note, I must announce I will not be able to participate in the Rock ‘N Roll Vegas full marathon. This was set to be my third marathon, and my first time running as a charity runner (for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital).

When I registered to be a charity runner, I was nervous and a little scared. There are so many fundraising organizations, and I know it can be overwhelming when people are coming at you from all sides asking for donations. And yet, you guys, MY AMAZING FRIENDS AND MY AMAZING FAMILY, have completely left me speechless. The outpouring and generosity I have received has been so incredible and so much more than I could have ever asked for, and for that, I thank you!

In an effort to honor all of those that have and continue to support me, I will be dropping down to the half marathon and will be walking as a St. Jude Hero.

And, mark my words, when I do get the all-clear to start training again, there will be some MAJOR GOAL CRUSHING!


If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts for St. Jude, you can do so by visiting: http://heroes.stjude.org/amanb. Together we can make a difference!

Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

My weekend was jam-packed and very exhausting, but I had a great time and enjoyed every moment of it. I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Let’s get to the ReCUP…



There were cupcakes at the office! I restrained myself and only had one. 😉

After work, I was off to Kat and Juan’s wedding rehearsal. We rehearsed for the ceremony and then did some light setup for the reception. Afterwards, we headed to Vallarta’s for dinner. I order a vegetarian plate of a burrito and chalupa. Very yummy!

When I finally made it home for the day, I logged on to Facebook where I first learned of the horrific events that unfolded earlier in the day in Paris. My heart aches for all those affected.


I woke up bright and early to go run. And I enjoyed every moment of my 8-miler. My last long run before the big day! It was perfect- the weather was amazing, I felt strong, and content, and am pretty sure I smiled throughout all 8 miles. This really gave me an extra confidence boost for Route 66.

The training group was out on Bayshore for our long runs; I ran solo but was joined by Coach Kirsten for the last 2-3 miles. It was so nice getting to chat with her!

I love crushing my daily activity goal before I even eat breakfast!

After my run, I had to rush home to get ready. For those of you that do not know, my daddy is using up his GI Bill and has been working on his business degree for the last year, and…was recently extended an invite to join a National Honor Society fraternity. He was inducted this week, along with about 10 others from his school. There was a nice ceremony, and they even had a cake! 🙂

Since I was rushing after my run, I didn’t get a chance to eat much, so lunch couldn’t come soon enough. We went to Red Robin where I ordered a whiskey river BBQ burger. Typically I don’t mind Red Robin, but the quality was definitely lacking with this. The burger was okay and the fries felt way under-cooked.

And then it was wedding time…

Kat and Juan had a beautiful ceremony under the setting sun. They even asked me to recite a reading from Everything is Illuminated.

And then we danced! The reception was so much fun and the food was great! Earlier in the day I had a shoe emergency and had to rush out to find a pair of red shoes. I was having the toughest time until I went to Payless. They had these for $25, and…for having absolutely no time to break them in, they held up very well. They were very comfy- even with all my bad dancing. (Oh, and since we were outside for the most part, I picked up some Solemates to minimize the sinking into the grass. They also worked quite well!)


I was hoping for more time to relax today, but I had a pretty productive today, so no complaints here.

I worked on my mile dedications list. Almost done! 🙂

Then the Boy and I ran a few errands before heading to the gym. I got a jump start on packing, since I won’t have much time during the week to do so.

I also decided on my Route 66 Bloggers Forum outfit. Here are a couple of the contenders that didn’t make the cut…

Check out this race-day weather! Has anyone seen my mittens? 😉

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?

Running news, Facebook happenings, running funnies

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

My Monday was good but fairly uneventful (read: I did not take any pictures) 😉

Instead of doing a recap of what has now become my Monday routine, I thought I’d take some time to talk about some of the latest running news that caught me mid-scroll on Facebook- with some running funnies in between. Because why not?!

How to Make Yourself Poop– Yeah, I went there. And yeah nobody wants to talk about it, but we as runners need to. Or at least need to be aware of and plan for it.

Make Eight Days’ Worth of Lunch– The title of this article got me to click. It’s definitely something worth me giving it a shot, but it kind of just reminds me of chili. I know I can make chili and eat it everyday as leftovers…

Inspiration Awards: Kayla Montgomery– Such an amazing girl! I first heard about her story on an ESPN piece (link in article), she was inspiring then and still continues to be.

When You Pit Trail Runners Against Road Runners, Who Comes Out On Top?– Very interesting read! Definitely makes you think!

My Life Outside of Ultrarunning– Beautiful story of how you can still have it all.

Question of the day

What’s the latest running news you saw/read worth sharing?