Marathoner to Mommy: What a Difference A Year Makes

Marathoner to Mommy

Today in 2013, I Ran My First Full Marathon Nick was recently home from Afghanistan, we were quickly approaching our first wedding anniversary, and I’d spent the previous 9 months counting down his deployment and running — a lot. Today in 2014, I’m 36 Weeks Pregnant We’re in Germany now, … 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

Musings from the Antlers Hilton

Movers were in our home on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday we sold my car. On Saturday we turned in our apartment keys and drove away from the apartment for the last time. We slept on our family room floor for most of the week, but the movers … 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

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

Happy New Year!

2012 was a year that was defined by dramatic ups and downs. I spent most of the year pushing myself to be stronger, go farther, and work harder. I aimed to achieve big things in my career, I wanted to stay physically and emotionally healthy, and most importantly, I hoped … Continue reading

Race #19: The Redline Turkey Trot 10K

Redline Turkey Trot 10K

On Thanksgiving morning, I took my first trip to Broomfield, Colorado, a town of about 60,000 people, just northwest of Denver. I’d won a free race registration from to a Turkey Trot 10K in Broomfield, and figured it was a good way to force myself to get my mid-week … 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, 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

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