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!

Life is good!

It’s been a few days… 😉

Let’s catch up!

I had my MRI done on the 18th (of August). I am a bit claustrophobic, so I was super nervous and freaked out going in for the appointment. All the worrying I did, was all for nothing. The top half of my body was out of the machine, and while it was loud, it was not anything to be too concerned with.

I was given headphones, and was surprised that the musical selection was actually pretty good (Ray LaMontagne for the win!). The whole MRI process took about twenty minutes, and I can honestly say, at one point I got bored.

The next day I went in for the results.

Four weeks no running. Once again, not at all what I was expecting to hear.

But, I figured I had two choices. 1) I could make the most of my time off (from running), or 2) I could let it ruin my life. A bit dramatic? Perhaps.


When life gives you lemons, you buy really expensive lemonade.


The doctor prescribed lots of biking and swimming. Is it just me, or does it feel like he is forcing me to add triathlete to my resume?! 😛

I figure now is as good a time as any. So I upgraded my mountain bike to a beautiful new set of wheels. Hello Red!

I was a bit rusty getting back on the bike- no lie, it has been years- but… Now that I have learned I am not invincible and injury can happen no matter how careful (or slow) I run, I am putting cross-training higher up on my to-do list.

I even went out and got myself some fancy pedals and clip-in cleats, and a trainer to practice at home. Um hello! That’s not an easy thing to do!

The “practicing” has (and will continue) to help build up my confidence on the bike- which is something I greatly lack. Without it, I don’t think I would have been quite as successful as I was with my FIRST EVER 20 mile ride this weekend! Woot! Woot! Talk about excitement!

Christine and Shanny (from the Fit2Run training group) met up with me early this morning at the Suncoast trail, and we had such a blast.


Oh, and not to pat myself on the back or anything, but… I DID NOT FALL!!! Nope, not even once!

In addition to all of these grand cycling adventures, I bit my lip and (re)joined LA Fitness. This is the only chain of gyms in the area that touts indoor swimming pools among their list of amenities.

In the past, I have not been a fan of LA Fitness. I always found them to be way too crowded. I decided to join the location on the opposite side of town, and have been very pleased. Granted, I have only been going for a couple weeks. It has felt pretty darn good being back in the pool. It makes me feel like a kid back on the rec swim team again. 🙂

My followup with the Ortho is scheduled for Friday this week. I’m nervous and excited. I hope I get cleared to start running again, but regardless of what happens, I will keep my head up and my wings out. #volée


If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts for St. Jude, you can do so by clicking here. Together we can make a difference!

Reflection on burnout: an open letter

It’s been awhile (again)… I know!

With one of my last updates I talked about some concerns/issues I was having training for the Daytona 100 50-miler Ultra. Call it a cry of help; call it a release. Whatever it was, that post helped me find my way.

It still took some time, but I’m back.

I have decided that 2016 will not be the year I became an ultrarunner. And you know what? I’m okay with that.

My heart just wasn’t in it- among other things.

But, if not that, then what…?

What would make me happy? What would make me excited to train for? To want to put in the hard work for?

And, that’s when it hit me… Rock ‘N Roll Vegas!

Registering for the race took some time. There was a lot of “what if” standing in the way and holding me back. Until I decided to do something bigger than myself…

The official charity partner of Rock ‘N Roll race series is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For years, I have been a huge fan of St Jude and what they stand for. And like that, something clicked.

I will be running Rock ‘N Roll Vegas on November 13, 2016 as a St Jude Hero, and I could not be more thrilled to do so.


AND! If that wasn’t exciting enough! This week kicks off Fit2Run’s first-ever Galloway Run/Walk Training Program, and guess who will be a group leader… Yours truly! 🙂

I am a HUGE proponent of the Galloway Method, and when I saw Fit2Run would be hosting the program, I was beyond stoked. To be approached to be a group leader was just the icing on the cake. To give back to something that has given me so much, it’s a no-brainer!

I may have burned myself out, and been in a bit of a funk, but I’M BACK!!! And it feels good to be back!

Happy running!

If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts for St. Jude, you can do so by clicking here. Together we can make a difference!