About Me

I am married to Jamison, mother to four, grandmother to three, and a 27-year obstetrical RN. I enjoy running, backpacking, yoga, cycling, painting, rock concerts, photography, gardening, studying my ancestry, traveling and taking cruises, and our four Savannah cats. My husband is pretty cool too 🙂

I am working on a goal of running a key race in all 50 states (15 done) as well as section-hiking all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I started running in my 30’s to combat an auto-immune disease, stay medication-free, and control my chronic pain and realized that I also love competition with myself and trying to always run the next race a little better; not necessarily faster, but to feel good when I’m done and to enjoy and appreciate the scenery. I met my first goal of running a full marathon at age 40 and my second goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon at age 45, which I ran in 2013 and 2014. To date, I have ran over 100 races of varying distances, and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon!

I am mostly a health nut (+ chocolate), a free-thinker, passionate about achieving my goals, don’t take “no” for an answer. I see every uncomfortable situation in life as a chance to learn, grow, and to be a better person. I boycott the simple life and live each day learning and exploring this huge world. I want badass stories to share with my grandchildren besides “how hard I had it as a kid”. Screw that. I’m not about working to make life easier for others when I’m gone either. I

My blog is an eclectic collection of topics that range from running and hiking, life lessons, health and fitness, personal experiences, my family and childhood memories, and our precious Savannah cats; one being our first cat, Luna, who had a lethal disease called FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), for which she has undergone a clinical drug research trial for a cure through the University of California, Davis in Sacramento. She is doing miraculously well and we are cautiously optimistic that this new drug has cured her and given hope to the future of all felines stricken with FIP!