On My Way


I have been reading Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go! and have been feeling such great excitement and nervousness about the future.


Trying to figure out the most strategic way to pack all of my Perfect foods Bars!


Last week, Matt and I flew to Milwaukee and then drove to Detroit, MI from Tuesday-Thursday. During this time we met with Keith and Kevin Hanson of the Hanson’s Brooks Distance Project. It was awesome meeting them and discussing their coaching views and the successes of the team. I was also able to run with the girls and get to know them a little bit. They were all so nice and humble, this is what I love the most about the team!

We drove back to Milwaukee and spent time with my parents until Sunday. I did a lot of running, a lot of eating, and a lot of nervous waiting to see if we would be making a move to Michigan.

Long run on the Hank Aaron trail in Milwaukee


Hank Aaron Trail, MilwaukeeBest. Fish. Fry. Ever.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wvXOUB83Mg

Yesterday afternoon, I found out that I was accepted on to the Hanson’s Brooks Olympic Distance Team. I am so honored to be a part of the team. I remember when I first started running in 2007, I saw videos on Runners World.com about the team and was so impressed and in awe of the women’s team. For me to now be a part of it is a dream come true. I still can’t believe it. I am ready to work hard and to see my team mates every morning!
It will be very hard to leave our family and friends in Arizona, but Matt and I are very excited for this next chapter in our lives. We own our home here in Arizona, so once we look into selling it, we will have a better timeline of when we are leaving. Dreams do come true! Always believe in yourself!



  1. You deserve it! This totally rocks. It couldn’t have gone to a better person. Congratulations Ariana, keep working hard and inspiring.

  2. Awesome. We are all so proud of you! I am excited to watch you progress.

  3. I am so sad that you are moving further away from us, it will be so much harder to see you guys BUT I think it is so awesome that you are not letting anything get in the way of your dreams! We are so proud of you! You are AWESOME!!!

  4. Bitter sweet my friend!! BUT I know God has GREAT plans for you!! You’ll always have a home in AZ as long as we’re here!!! xoxo

  5. I have said it already but I can’t help to say it again that I’m sound happy for and proud of your accomplishment Ariana!!! Hanson’s couldn’t have picked a better more grounded person to be on their team!! The team will definetly help you take your running to the next level. I look forward to following you in this next exciting chapter in your life. Best wishes from your Hanson’s team mate at heart!!! 🙂 Happy running!!! 🙂

    Run Happy!


  6. Congrats!! As always, you are so inspiring with all of your running achievements. Best of luck with the move and the new team!

  7. Thanks everyone! I still can’t believe it. I am so excited to get out to Michigan! I appreciate your love and support! ((hugs))

  8. I am so, so happy for you! That is my dream come true, which won’t happen because I am a middle aged mediocre runner, which I’m okay with. 🙂 We met the Brooks Hanson women at the Disneyworld Marathon expo. They were really nice. Good luck, Ariana! I’ll be cheering you on from work!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS Ariana!! Can’t wait to watch your future success! You are a wonderful example that people can reach beyond their dreams. You have faith, passion, you get up when you fall and you never give up!! Go get those dreams lady!! We love you and are so proud of you!!! Susan Loken 🙂

  10. Ariana, CoNGraTuLATioNs!! You have worked so hard and come so far, it is outstanding to see you make the Hanson Team. Keep Believing!

    • Thanks Brian! 🙂 I remember just hoping to break 3 hours at Tucson a few years ago! fun times!

  11. So incredibly proud of you, Ariana (and Matt, who has been such a supportive husband!) I am honored to have had the opportunity to meet you and have you be part of the “Miles & Trials” film. It’s awesome to see what happens when you Dream Big and Run Fast! Lots of love from Chicago 🙂

  12. Thank you so much Wendy! You are right, I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband, family, and friends!
    Thanks for letting me be a part of the movie, it is a true honor! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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