Who Wants Normal Anyway?

As we have resurrected the torture report, it has me thinking about why we started it in the first place. Yes, it was for accountability for training but I have been realizing it was actually so much more. We were training for a big, epic goal and we wanted to believe it was possible. I…

Torture Report: Back in the Groove

Okay, I wouldn’t say that I am exactly where I was two years ago, but there have been sightings of braids on occasion.  For those of you unsure of my reference, let’s just say that running brings out my inner Disney character when I finally get my groove back. The end of June will mark…

Torture Report: Training in the Q

Oh the good old Torture Report. You know the situation is dire when we are in need of this level of public accountability. This formerly weekly check- in was created to keep Lowi and I (and a couple others) on task for my 40th birthday 50-miler in 2014. And then you all seemed to like…

Showing Up and Doing It

  I finally got tired of not having a plan, a workout partner and mostly feeling out of shape and I joined a fitness group.  A few weeks ago I saw a friend post something online about her fitness journey the last year.  She posted a before and after that just happened to coincide with…

Torture Report: Hawaiian Style & On the Road

(L) This summer we have been seeking our torture from activities outside of our normal repertoire.   Our vacation was no exception as we did things we normally don’t do while land locked in Colorado.  For example, boogie boarding which we always do at the beach.  I know you are probably thinking about a leisurely…

Torture Report: Getting Green

(G): Keeping on the healthy kick, getting lots of veggies, green smoothies, water, and green juice. Spending time outside so I can soak up some Vitamin D and be in nature. It’s good for what ails you. Sunshine & Sarcasm, Lowi & G

Torture Report: Dogs & Vacation

(G): It’s the dog days of summer and this week I got my exercise mostly by walking some of these fur balls. (L)  This week we have found ourselves exercising with a beautiful view.  We have done  a little hiking, swimming, kayaking and overall frolicking in the sun and rain. Sunshine & Sarcasm, Lowi &…

Torture Report: Still Moving

(G): So this really sums up my life and recovery woes this week. I have no idea what I am doing. It’s taken a village, a cat whisperer, my mom, and a few friends to fish me out of the hole I have found myself in but things are looking up. Yesterday, it was gently…

Torture Report: Headstands Anyone?

(G): Summer is officially here and, just like you, we are having fun in the sun, vacationing and doing other warm-weather activities. In addition, neither of us are training for anything in particular so we are going to tell our Torture Report stories in more photos through the month of July. For those of you…

Torture Report: Eagle Up & Down & Slackers All Around

(G): Over the weekend, Swaggy J and I headed to Canal Fulton, Ohio for Eagle Up 24-hour running event. It was an up and down experience for us both. We got to the race camp site around 8:30 p.m. Friday and quickly set up our tent. Meanwhile, Swaggy mocked those with real tents that have…

Torture Report: Hanging on a Balloon & Hunting For Bliss

(G): It was a rough week here at the Barton Training Center of Ohio. I had some difficult conversations with my physical therapist and MAT therapist. One of them is reluctant to think I will run long distances before the year’s end and the other thinks it’s just around the corner. Isn’t it great when…

Torture Report: Can I Get A Ride…Again & It’s HOT!

(L): This was a full week of torture for me as I am actually taking this training seriously.  I know it’s shocking given my track record the last couple of years.  I walked, hiked, and ran everyday this week except yesterday.  I needed a day off. I have been feeling a little stiff when I…