You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. -Eleanor Roosevelt


I hate it when I don’t keep up with this blog, then I end up with just a mash-up of ramblings because a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks! We moved into a home in Lake Orion on Wednesday August 22, my parents came in from WI on that Friday, I raced the Crim 10 miler on Saturday. Matt was gone for a visit to Arizona over the Labor Day weekend, we had our 4th Anniversary on Thursday and I have my 13.1k simulator tomorrow. Whew! These past weeks have flown by.  Just going to make it short and sweet. I will update tomorrow or Monday after the simulator to let you know how it went.

Matt and I went to Biga Pizza in Royal Oak for our anniversary dinner. It was SO good.


Tank had surgery yesterday on his toe. Poor guy.

Poor old fella.


Ahhhh….Crim. Not trying to be dramatic, but I totally cried after I got home from this race. I just felt awful and I can’t believe I ran so slow. I split a minute faster at the 10 mile mark at the Olympic Trials in the Marathon for Pete’s sake!!! My first mile was 5:40 and I had wanted to average around 5:45, I totally thought that was doable. I ran faster than 5:45 pace at the San Diego RNR half marathon in June,I could surely make it 3 less miles at that pace! Well, my body had other plans.That 5:40 first mile felt like I was running 5:00 pace. I was working way too hard. Coaches didn’t give me advice or a race plan, we just wanted to see where I was at as a starting point for this segment. But I thought for sure I was more fit than 59:18! Yikes! But, I know where I am and what I have to do so now I just need to move past it and keep working hard. Not going to lie, it was a little embarrassing.

My ferritin levels are lower than they used to be by almost half. It was a 28, which I am hoping won’t affect things too much, but I definitely need to up that level. I plan on cutting my caffeine consumption and upping my red meat and iron supplementation to start feeling *Great* again.

Fall is in the air here in Michigan and I absolutely love it here!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. -Eleanor Roosevelt


  1. Happy Anniversary and Happy Fall! Love that you get a real one (not a faux AZ one) this year! Good luck for your simulator!

  2. Happy anniversary Ariana!!! And just like you would tell me keep your head up about the less than stellar race performance you have better days ahead!! The Hanson uni looks wells on you!! As for me 25 more days until my first race of the season and my chance at redemption from the Gasparilla debacle. Keep running happy!! 🙂

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