A New Half Marathon Training Strategy

MilliGFunk Half Marathon Personal Best

I think I have a new strategy for training for half marathons. First, I’m never going to run more than 9 miles again in training. Second, I’m always going to push a jogging stroller on hills — preferably into the wind — while wrangling a 50-pound, high-energy, poorly-leash-trained puppy. Finally, … Continue reading

Postpartum Half Marathon Training

The first two weeks of my postpartum half marathon training were going well when, five miles (or so) into a seven mile long run that wrapped up Week 2, something happened… There’s a protein hormone called relaxin that’s an important part of pregnancy. Relaxin allows the pregnant woman’s joints to become flexible enough to … Continue reading

The Inspired Spouse: Alyson Schumacher (Part 2)

Yesterday on Marrying the Army, I introduced Alyson Schumacher, who was working on her master’s degree at Hunter College in New York City when 9/11 happened. Her husband — who was living 40 miles away from the Pentagon on at Quantico then — was deployed as part of the Initial Invasion … 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

Big Sur Half Marathon Race Program

On Sunday, I ran Race #18 of Running Through Deployment; the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay in Monterey, California. Monterey and the surrounding areas are home to a number of military installations, the most famous of which are probably the Naval Postgraduate School and the DOD Defense Language … Continue reading


I traveled to California this weekend to visit my brother and a few friends, and to run one last half marathon of Running Through Deployment, the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. When I arrived in San Jose on Friday evening, I had a certain countdown in my mind … Continue reading

Running Through Deployment Race #17: The Other Half

“The Other Half” half marathon in Moab, Utah was a special one for me. Not because I’m fast (I profess to you that I.am.a.turtle.of.a.runner), but because of what I learned from the people I ran with that day. Nick and I are lucky in that we have a strong network … Continue reading

Race #16: Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon

Rock & Roll Denver: Running Through Deployment

Training for races hasn’t been easy with Nick in Afghanistan. The time difference between him and me makes it tough for me to get to bed early, and I’ve had some anxiety this year that’s something I’d never trained through. Before his deployment, I’d run three half marathons across a … Continue reading

Race #14: American Discovery Trail Half Marathon

Despite the big dose of Nyquil I took just before going to bed last night, I woke up repeatedly through the night with a runny nose and cough. When my 5:00 a.m. alarm clock went off it was all too early and I was all too tired. I hit snooze, … Continue reading

Running Through Deployment + a Summer Cold

I have one of those summer colds that leaves your balance a little off, your ears clogged up, your nose stuffed up (and also running), your throat sore, and your head pounding. I also have a half marathon tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. Ugh. I’m doped up on Nyquil, dreading my … Continue reading

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