Giveaway: World Championship Spartan Race – Win a Race Entry!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I’m promoting Spartan Race in exchange for a free race entry to give away here on Marrying the Army. All opinions are my own. Between now and December 7th (the giveaway will end on December 6th, and I’ll announce the winner on December 7th), … Continue reading

Spartan Race Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I’m promoting Spartan Race in exchange for a free race entry to give away here on Marrying the Army. All opinions are my own. If you’ve been reading Marrying the Army for long, you’ll know that running’s played an important role in my life … Continue reading

Four Reasons to Celebrate National Running Day

People Run Collage

Today is National Running Day! National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners nation-wide  declare their passion for running. This is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport that is simple, inexpensive, and fun. It is the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and … Continue reading

Stepping It Up for the Trekking Challenge

As if I weren’t already acutely aware of how little endurance work I’ve done since we left Colorado, I learned last week about a challenge that USAG Wiesbaden’s MRW is holding this summer called the Trailblazers Club. From now until September 14th, participants can opt to work toward one of … Continue reading

Pat's Run

Each year, the Pat Tillman Foundation hosts a 4.2-mile fundraiser run to support the Tillman Military Scholars. My husband’s parents have run all 9 Pat’s Run events, and this year we were in Tempe, Arizona to run it with them. The 4.2-mile race — one of the largest races in America — … Continue reading

Packing Away the Medals

The movers came today to pack all of our household goods, and they’ll return tomorrow to load everything for shipment to Germany. Surprisingly, today wasn’t sad. It’s my first Army PCS, but somehow, I think I’ve already accepted that purging and packing are part of Army life. There was a … Continue reading

My Last Thursday Night Run Club


Ugh, this one’s hard to write. Thursday night was my last time running with the Thursday Night Run Club in Colorado Springs. The Run Club gave me something to look forward to every Thursday night while Nick was in Afghanistan. Each week, we’d run, we’d swap stories about recent races, … Continue reading

5 Reasons I'm Okay Living on One Income

On Friday, I received my last full paycheck at my job with the marketing and branding firm where I’ve worked since moving to Colorado Springs. My husband’s and my transition to one income is real now, and while I thought I’d be anxious when the time came, my husband has … Continue reading

Running My First Marathon

Nick-&-Melissa-at-Mile-7 - MilliGFunk

Months of training and hundreds of miles of running were behind me, as were all nine months of my husband’s deployment to Afghanistan. I ran 19 races in 2012, including half marathons, 10-milers, 10Ks and shorter fun runs, all in an effort to healthfully manage the ups and downs of … Continue reading

Celebrating a Marriage, a Homecoming, and a Marathon

Military families know that weddings don’t always get to happen on our idealized timelines, and we also know that having our families together in the same place at the same time is something to celebrate. That’s why this weekend has been really special for my husband and I. Nick and … Continue reading

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