Reverse Bucket List

After seeing this post over on Running With Ollie, it got me thinking. I don’t really have a bucket list. I have things I want to do, of course. I’m just not necessarily a person who sets huge deadlines for myself. I hate to feel like I failed…so I just don’t give myself a timeline. Which could also be why I end up procrastinating on things. Who knows.

Anyway. I have done a lot of things. Things that I don’t always think are as cool as others may think. So. Here goes.

  1. My first ever airplane flight was alone, to Florida, to meet a friend in person for the first time (we met on a NASCAR fan fiction site) while she interned at DisneyWorld.
  2. I joined a gym, alone, and guided myself on a weight loss and fitness journey.
  3. I quit a full time job and took a part time job making WAY less money because my happiness was worth it.
  4. I flew to Missouri to meet my now boyfriend after meeting on Twitter.
  5. I got accepted to Arizona State University
  6. I declined my acceptance at ASU to move to Missouri to be with my boyfriend and attend Missouri State University.
  7. I have been to Lambeau Field twice.

If anything, I think these things show that I haven’t been afraid to try something different. I’m willing to step outside my comfort zone and give something a shot. It can be scary, but more often than not, it’s worth it. Of course, there are more things that I’ve done which I find to be pretty cool, but these are the things that I really find to have been “life defining”.

What is YOUR reverse bucket list?


One. More. Day.

Today is the last day of my self-imposed running hiatus to give my knee and IT band a break.  I have spent the week on the spin bike, had dates with the weights, foam rolled at every opportunity, used almost every Pilates move I could think of that wouldn’t use my hip flexors, got a massage, and yesterday, hopped back in the pool for the first time since September.


I miss running.  I miss it even more after spending last night updating my list of races I completed this past year.  So many fun times.  So many challenges.  Looking forward to next year, there’s much more I want to do.


I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous for tomorrow.  I’ve been analyzing over and over how my hip, back, hamstrings and knees are feeling.  I’ve been extremely cautious of how I sit, wanting to make sure I’m not putting any pressure on anything.  It’s rough.  I’m terrified I’m going to start up my run tomorrow and it be painful.  At that point, I’d be lost.  I’m not sure I could hold together another round of rest.  If we’re being honest, I didn’t REALLY rest last week.  What I did was take two days off until I was pain free and then allowed myself to run shorter distances.  All because I wanted to run a 5K on Saturday.




So now, I’ll spend all day trying to decide what the best course of action for tomorrow is.  I know I want to stay away from hills.  But this being Southwest Missouri, that’s a LITTLE difficult.  Treadmill?  Flat trail?  So few options.


Worrying about it won’t help.  What will happen, will happen.  I can only do what I know to ease myself back into it.

JK. Still hurt.

Oh, the chronicles of IT band pain.

Last week I took several days off and only resumed short, easy runs when I was pain free. I taped up with KT tape, iced daily, foam rolled daily. I completed three runs 1.25-1.6 miles in length without pain. I also took yesterday off.

This morning was not meant to be. I probably should not have run. I had a slight twinge but no real pain when I started. I didn’t run any further, though I planned for it to be longer. I ran slower than normal. Very suddenly the pain became real and I had to shut it down. The worst was the half mile walk home. Nobody wants to see a runner walking down the street crying at 7:30am.

I have a massage scheduled for Friday but other than that, I’m not sure what else to do. It isn’t the shoes because I haven’t brought in a new pair since September. Neither shoe in my rotation is due for retirement. I feel like I’m doing everything right. A doctors visit or PT isn’t an option. Like almost everyone else I know, I don’t have insurance for that.

I’m at my wits end. I don’t know what else to try. Do I rest again? I’m not a HUGE believer in rest. I know it sounds stupid. But it doesn’t fix the underlying issue that is causing it. You feel better, for back with the same form and the injury just reappears. I obviously need to rehab whatever is causing it…if only I knew what.


To be a coach

I’m currently in the middle of interning at a fitness center. While it can get boring sitting at the desk, I have found one thing to absolutely love.

Helping coach a 5K training group.

Our members are of all ages, sizes and abilities. We meet twice a week to do a structured workout and give them a homework assignment for the week. They set goals, we talk about how they’re feeling and we’ve become a little running family.


I got my first taste of run training with a group of kids at work, training for a kids run. It’s definitely different training children versus adults but rewarding and fabulous just the same. I love seeing them all grow and enjoy what I enjoy so much.

I’ve solidified in my head that I WILL be USATF certified as a run coach after graduation. I feel like I’m giving back to the community that has helped shape me.

14 in 2014

By now, I think we’ve covered that I’m somewhat competitive. And by that, I mean extremely competitive. Mostly against myself. That’s why this is so perfect!

Sign ups for the 14 in 2014 challenge are going on right now at Jill Conyers blog. I saw a post from Too Cute Runner on Instagram and knew this would be perfect for me! You can choose a specific distance or a combination and virtual events will be hosted as well.

I can’t wait for 2014 to kick off and know that I’ve challenged myself to 14 events in 2014!


Bass Pro CoHick 13.1 aaand I’m injured

November 3rd.

In the weeks leading up to my second half marathon, I will completely admit I was concerned. I had begun dealing with shin issues, something new. I can’t say if I ever had shin splints in my whole life. Over the last year, I’d never felt even a twinge of discomfort in my shins. But before our trip to Green Bay in mid-October, the shin pain came on hard and heavy. KT tape, foam rolling, you name it, I was doing it. I knock on KT tape quite a bit. Probably because some people use it like a fashion statement and that irks me to no end. But it REALLY helped me. I’ll never doubt it again.


The morning of I felt great. Normally I avoid running the day before a race but I did on Saturday. It was a major confidence booster. I felt strong. I felt ready. A 2:20-2:25 time was achievable.

7:00am. We were off. Roughly 5000 runners if memory serves me correctly. I started at 7:02. It was cold, upper 30s. But for me, there is nothing better than running in the chill. Not windy, just chilly. The course had its hills but thank god for my support team that checked in on me every few miles. Boyfriend met up with me all around the course and I was so happy to see him. Except around mile five when he had Starbucks in his hand. Are you insane?! Who does that?!! My running sister Amy was all over the course as well. If I can’t be running with her, having her say weird words of encouragement along the way is enough for me.

Best sign of the race? This:


If you don’t recognize this, we can’t be friends.

My splits were even. They were faster than I had hoped. I knew my goal would be met. Mile twelve I still felt strong. That’s how I knew I trained well. I was ready to give it everything in the last mile. But around 12.5, my knee decided it had given enough. The pain started dull and got sharper. The same IT band pain I have dealt with in the past. It was awful. I pushed that last .6 HARD. And I finished in 2:18:02 official.


Since the race, I haven’t been able to run much. Probably because I’m stupid and didn’t give myself more than a day before I was pushing it again. I can’t help it. I am so addicted, even though I know better. My knee needs the rest, I need the rehab and to cut back my mileage. I need more protein in my diet, especially right after a training session. I know I will be back out there before I know it. Big picture. I just have to be smart.

I can’t wait for my next race. To me, that’s the best feeling after finishing: wanting to do it again.


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