Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Stowe

I love this quote. One of my mantras when the miles get tough in the marathon is -the tides will turn-  It will always get better, you just have to stick though the bad patches. Coming back from being injured all summer was really tough. I didn’t think my fitness would ever return! Not going to lie, there were tears on those first miles back. Running felt so hard. But, the tides have finally turned!

*A lot* has been going on lately so I am going to give you the Cliff Notes version and then follow up with weekly posts.

We lived in the mountains here in Arizona from July until early November. We just moved back down to Tempe and love being back in the valley.

In October, I ran the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon as a rust buster.

TMC Get Moving Tucson  Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k  & Cox Charities 1-Mile

It is a small local race with GREAT elite support and prize money. I was SO nervous. The race ran up a mountain so it was good to have no pressure to hit a certain time. I ended up winning and breaking the course record by 3 minutes so it was a great payday and an excellent return to racing. Here is the post-race press release.

My first competitive race back was the Big Sur Half Marathon. on November 17th. I love this race and the elite coordinators Greg and Steve are so awesome. The field for the race was *stacked* so I had no expectations of placing in the  top 10. Here is the pre-race press release. I knew I was getting pretty fit but wasn’t sure I would be able to compete quite yet. I ended up running 1:16:36 (I ran 1:16:27 for 7th place back in 2011 before the Olympic Trials) and I am SO happy with that. I ended up in 6th place so I was able to win some cash and a nice bottle of wine. Here is the post-race press release.

I treated myself to a vegetable and a glass of wine at the airport after the race. Yum!

I treated myself to a vegetable and a glass of wine at the airport after the race. Yum!

This past Thursday I ran the Mesa Mis Amigos Turkey Trot 10k. I was in the midst of a 95 mile week coming off of 5 very fun and tiring days in Disneyland/San Diego so I really wasn’t expecting much. I was tired, my legs were tired, and I just wanted to go out and have fun. I ended up running 35:05- only 10 seconds off of my 10k PR- and winning the race. I am so, so, happy with this result and everything seems to be really coming together for me. My coach- John, and my awesome training partners have really helped me to come back from injury and be successful, Thanks Fellas!

Speaking of Coach, he has started the Sonoran Distance Project for female runners in Arizona that have the goal of qualifying for the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Our website will be up soon, but for now use the link above to follow us on Twitter!

Matt and I have been Vegan for 2 months now and we have never felt better.

My parents have moved out to Phoenix from Wisconsin. I am so happy that they are here. They have wanted to move out West for so long! It feels so good to have both my family and Matt’s family close. *Love*

Picture of Mom, Me, and Dad after a race back in June.

Picture of Mom, Me, and Dad after a race back in June.

Six month old Gussie is a little whale! She has gotten so big. I can’t believe she used to be so tiny! Below is a pic from when she was a wee one at 12 weeks. (This is what happens when you don’t have children, you become crazy dog lady ha!)

Gussie 12 weeks

We love her so much and our crazy little puppy starts puppy school on Saturday. Yay!

I have a new sports nutrition sponsor- Osmo Nutrition. Their hydration products are amazing and in an upcoming post I will share how I use Osmo in my training and racing.


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are running happy! More to come, promise and a pinky swear.


  1. Nice website Ariana – you certainly accomplished a lot! Congratulations on a job well done!

  2. HOLY MOLY Girl! You have been holding out on all these wins (and your general running health yay!) and I am SO happy for you, you are back with a vengeance! I cannot wait to see what you do!!!!!

    • Thanks Jake! Congrats to you! I will be cheering for you from AZ while you run CIM next weekend!!

  3. I’m so happy for you and your amazing comeback! You’re a winning machine! I’ve been waiting for an update and was elated to see a post from you, haha. Wish you lived in FL and your coach was starting that program here 🙂 I’m a crazy dog lady, too (I consider Riley my dog-ter) and can’t wait to see pics of Gussie as she grows! I’m excited for the weekly updates… they help keep me motivated! Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks Heather! You can always move to AZ….warm without the humidity 😉 . I love the term “dogter” so cute!! Happy Holidays girly!! XO

  4. Hey Ari!

    So glad the tides have turned for you! Miss you! I’m glad you are back and would love to catch up sometime!

    Amy Z

    • Amy- Yes!! Let’s plan on a happy hour when you are on Winter Break!!! XOXOXO

  5. Hi Ariana,
    You don’t know me but I run with Susan Loken and will be qualifying for the Olympic Trials Marathon :)…fingers crossed and a lot of work! Welcome back to AZ and happy to see your return to running and back to tearing up the race courses! Glad to see your new way of eating helps (amazing what those plants can do). If you need any support with that I’m happy to help, that’s right up my alley! Thanks for being an inspiration!

    • Thanks Carrie! I know who you are, but I don’t think we have ever met in person! Thanks for the offer to help, I am sure I will have questions on this Vegan journey so I appreciate your advice. When is your first OTQ attempt? Hope to see you soon!

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