Weekly Recap: August 14th-August 20th



Sunday 8/14: 5 mile run


Coincidentally, my run ended in front of the liquor store! There are no accidents in life, right??

Monday 8/15: Total Body workout

Mataya and I were matched today! I introduced her yesterday, you can read it here if you missed it.



Tuesday 8/16: Agility training & 2 mile run



These were our first 2 miles!

Wednesday 8/17: Heavy weight strength training, 10 minute abs & 2 mile run

Mataya: 7 months old today & worked on my jumping.



A workout straight from the heart. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.



Thursday 8/18: Total Body Workout

Mataya: Doctor appointment today and it went well! All of my labs look good and my oncologist said  I don’t have to come back for another visit with him for 3 months!


Friday 8/19: REST DAY – early morning sales meeting meant I had to switch my rest day from Thursday to Friday this week.

Mataya: I went to for a walk in my stroller with Daddy today and to my Cousins birthday party. I have to go see my infection doctor next Friday. If all my labs are good, they will take out my PICC. Next week my grandma is coming all the way from Oklahoma. I have not gotten to meet her yet. We get to meet and show her our new house. 





Saturday 8/20: 5 mile run

Mataya:  I had a nice relaxing day watching everyone at home clean.



That’s it! That was our week. Thanks for following along our journey together.



Meet Mataya, my buddy

In my last post, I told you about being matched with a buddy in the I Run 4 Michael facebook group, but didn’t want to share her name or photos until I got permission.


Meet Mataya! Isn’t she the cutest?! She’s 7 months old, has 4 siblings, lives in Minnesota, and is amazing. In the past 7 months she has:

  • beaten cancer
  • had 2 helicopter rides
  • 5 surgeries
  • 7 rounds of chemo
  • 51 blood product transfusions
  • almost 1,000 labs/scans/images done
  • spent 5 months inpatient at a hospital 2.5 hours away from home
  • been a resident in the NICU, PICU, and PEDS.

It is obvious that she has had the most amazing people in her life to get her healthy. The day we were matched, it was love at first sight. There’s something so special about not only Mataya, but her hard working Mama as well. It’s been fun getting to know them all this past week.


Each Sunday, I’ll be sharing a recap of our week – my workouts and her progress & milestones.







Incase you missed (one of) my last blog posts, I mentioned that I was on the wait list for a running buddy. You can catch up here .

The day has finally come. I got my “Congratulations, You’ve been matched” email last night. So many questions ran through my head. Who is it, will they think I am crazy for the amount of times I post, or the amount of times I thank them for the motivation & inspiration? Will it be a boy or a girl? A young child, a teen, an adult? Who is my buddy? I could hardly wait.

—I will not be sharing who my buddy is at this time. To respect the privacy of the family, I’m waiting for approval. Not everyone wants to share their life on social like me and I 110% respect that!—

I’ll tell you this: she is the cutest, she’s a Capricorn, (our birthdays are 15 days apart which I think is pretty neat!) and she lives in Mid West. She was diagnosed shortly after birth with neuroblastoma.

Cancer is a beast. I hate it. I am full of hope and on a mission to find a cure for the beast that is cancer.


I look forward to running for my new buddy, getting to know her, and fighting this fight along the way with her. You got this girl. You’ve got this!


Have you heard of the  group who I run for / I Run For Michael?








Dream really freaking B.I.G.

Sometimes the road less traveled will lead us to the exact place we need to be.

For me, training solo for my second marathon this past year was that path. I learned so much about myself. I am stronger than I ever thought I was and I am capable of achieving anything I put my mind to. I have big dreams and goals for myself, and I don’t plan on stopping until I achieve them. And when I do, I will have bigger dreams and goals to reach towards after that!

The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself!

Anyone else have an Ah-Ha moment on a journey to crush dreams and goals ?

#roadlesstraveled #dreambig #daretodream #beamazing #goals



(another) New Month, New Beginning

Ah, a new month. What better time to hit reset, refocus and regroup. There is no need to wait for New Years Eve to make changes in life. The way I see it, each month is a chance to reset; make adjustments & continue working towards being the best version of yourself.

I have big dreams. Some of them being I want to run more, I want to run faster. The list goes on. When training for a race, naturally you’ll see me in better shape & making healthier decisions knowing I have a long training runs ahead. Lately, I’ve found myself working out, but not as hard as I capable of, or as often as I should. Been living in funkville and for some reason, just haven’t been able to find the bus for my ride out. I can assume what you are thinking here –‘then sign up for a race’.

That’s the expensive answer. Races aren’t cheap. Sure a discount code helps on the cost of the race, but it’s all the other costs that begin to add up.  It’s the ride share app (which is usually surging both ways due to demand) or parking. If it’s a race getaway then it’s the flights & the hotel. The experiences are my absolute favorite & I will continue to do them, but in moderation as I do not so much enjoy the money I hemorrhage for this hobby.  Plus after a long week of work, I like to leave the weekends for adventures with my hubby.It’s all about balance.

After I got back from the LA Marathon (which was February 14, 2015, yes it’s been awhile) I took the time and planned out a training schedule pretending to be prepping for a race. It didn’t work. There was nothing to motivate me & keep me engaged. Sad right?

A friend suggested I look for a buddy. Someone I can run for. Someone who would look forward to my notes a few times a week. GENIUS! If you scroll back a few blog posts, (like this one for Meagan or this one for my mother in law, Marie. This one for sweet Maggie )  you’ll see I have dedicated some of my runs to loved ones, and even to strangers I have personally never met, but their story touched my heart. This was it. A buddy, an inexpensive way to keep myself motivated and be inspired by someone else.

Searching the magical land called Facebook, I found it: I Run For Michael . This is a community forum for inspiration from those who have special needs and for you to inspire others with YOUR story and who YOU run for! Um hello!!! Where has this been my whole (5 year) running life?

The wait list is lengthy. I knew when I put my name on it, it would be months before I was potentially matched. My guess was October. Well, I took a peak today at the listing and I am at number 94!! This means in the next couple weeks (hopefully), I will be matched with my I Run For buddy.

I am beyond excited and can’t wait to meet my match. Running for a purpose….that, that is what motivates and inspires me to get up and go.

What motivates you to get out there and run?



Runners become friends & running friends become a community

I’m blessed with the best. Really I am. I open my email the other night to find an email from my friend Sara. Typical, no subject line, no words in the body of the email, just a link for me to click on and see where it takes me. (one never knows with Sara!) I end up on the Runners World Cover Contest Page . Before I scroll down, I have to laugh and think, it’s probably a picture of her and I drinking wine rather than running or some joke, nothing serious. As I scroll I am completely brought to tears. This girl, she never ceases to amaze me. Below the picture she describes herself in one word and also what personal running accomplishment she is most proud of: (while you are there, take a second and vote please, I mean why not…you’re there! And keep voting daily as well. Please share the link and have others vote for us too) click here——:> Our Runners World Cover Contest Picture

The photo was taken by a member of the  Union Leader, a local newspaper in NH. He captured what was one of the most emotional moments in our running lives. Crossing the finish line with my best friend, holding hands and fighting for a cure & raising awareness for the terrible disease. The photographer asked to take our picture after we crossed and he jotted down our names. We didn’t know THIS photo existed until the next day when it made it’s way to the cover. I was so moved by her thoughtfulness to choose this picture and help raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of Marie. Will we win the Runners World Cover Contest, probably not.  But that’s okay. To me, it’s not about winning (as freaken awesome as that would be) My hope is that people see it and are inspired to run and raise awareness as we do. I just had to ask Sara some questions (after I thanked her of course):

546898_4717801138566_1616844673_nHeidi and Sara’s shirts say ” I’m running for Marie” . Mine says ” I’m running for my Mama B”

Why did you choose the word empowering?

“I chose the words empowering because a small race has a big ripple effect. Running for a cause makes a race personal, emotional, and meaningful. The City of Manchester NH half marathon is the hilliest in the state. Marie empowered me and I hope running empowers others to do what they can. The website speaks of it as highly difficult half marathon. We ran this entire course and each hill big and little had a bigger meaning. There were times I wanted to give up and walk or stop running. You pushed me because you knew of the larger fight. It spoke of the highs and lows that Marie was experiencing and her tenacity to fight, and her family’s determination to fight with her. It took everything out of us and we were left exhausted, emptied, and yet proud that we were able to make a difference in one small run.”


What did you learn on this day?

“Sometimes in life you can’t change circumstances but I learned on this day, running is within my power. I can run, and I can make a difference even if I can’t change circumstances or a diagnosis. It was powerful to see friends and family come out with signs and cheer us on that day. Remember I called to check on you that evening and you mentioned you guys were having a conversation about pastries. I remember distinctly going to three bakeries that night so Marie could have a lobster tail. Each one I went to was closed and just as Marie was inspiring us and fighting I was determined to get her the lobster tails. I finally found them and was able drop them off for Marie, with our pictures of the race on the box. I know she knew she was leaving behind a legacy far beyond her friends and family. A legacy for the community on hope, strength, and love. You and I finished and as we rounded the corner completely exhausted all we could do was cry and love each other- so very parallel to what any family must feel. We did what we could in that moment because we were inspired by Marie’s fight.”



How did you feel running the race in 2013?

“Since then, I have run this course with the same purple shirt and purple balloons at a friend’s house on the course. Strangers have commented while running they would donate. They have yelled for me to keep going for Marie when I have stopped. Recently in my running group, someone lost her dad to pancreatic cancer and she is involved in the NH Pancreatic Cancer group. It’s amazing how many people are affected and what wearing a purple shirt can do. One day, one race can change a lifetime the same way one diagnosis can.”


Thank you Sara and to all of our friends who support us. This is a day I will never forget. The evening before the race, I was able to show Mama B our shirts and tell her that we were running for her. I remember hugging her and her crying – she was so touched that anyone would do such a thing, for her of all people. Marie was the most selfless person. Truly honored that we were out there fighting for her and raising awareness and honoring her. I remember the race day well. I remember all the tears that were shed as we pushed up each hill. Small or big, they were difficult, like life. Like Marie’s fight. Like everyones battle with anything difficult. But we did it. I remember not speaking except to respond to Sara’s repeated question “are you ok?”

The next morning Marie passed away and our lives changed forever. All we can do now is remember the beautiful woman Marie was and try to live life like she did; always taking the time for those important to her. Life is now dedicated to making change and creating HOPE for a cure.

I love you Mama B, I hope you are proud. xoxo





HOLY SH*T! I’m in.. #werunSF

I have a routine – get up disgustingly early, catch up on social media while I wake up & wait for my computer to update. Typical Monday.  As I’m scrolling through this morning I come across Run Nike Women Series. Think to myself, hmmm, I haven’t seen an email saying if I was selected for the random draw I entered June 4th for the San Francisco race 10/19 /14. Well apparently on June 26th they sent out emails to those selected.  (I’ve been busy. Work, moving, wedding planning, life etc. I learned something this morning. I receive WAY to many emails. I have to add clean up / unsubscribe to my already to long to do list)

Quick search in gmail and BAM. There it is. The email I had been so hopeful to receive sitting in my junk mail.

Nike Womens Half Email


I’m excited for so many reasons.  Nike has a great website for this race that includes a 12 week training plan.  Training starts today. First up, 3 miles, later this afternoon, I’ve got this. But first, I have to go to work.

Have you ever run Nike Women’s Half Marathon?