Marathons Break Bodies and Break Hearts – EOD Warrior Dash Recap

Hi there, loyal readers! I finished up marathon #11 (I think) yesterday and after so many of them, I still don't get them. 26.2 miles is a distance worthy of our respect. It's not to be taken lightly, that's for sure. I trained hard for 16 weeks. I ate better (not perfect, but better than …


Blue Ridge Marathon Training Weeks 3-7 – Track is back. Hills for breakfast (lunch and dinner too).

Woah. Time flies when you're having fun. I wrote up a post for weeks 1 and 2 and planned on sticking to an every other week schedule for posting. I guess that fell through cause here I am finishing up week 7 today. I plan on an easy 5-6 miles later today, if my legs …

Looking Ahead – 2020 Vision

Happy New Year! NYE was a low key effect at the Birnschein house. Jen, Kayli and I did made it to midnight. We realize that we are getting out of touch by all of the performers and people that we didn't know. Fun...

I'm spending this morning getting my thoughts out here while drinking a strong cup o' Joe. There's a 5k race at 10:30 this morning that I'm not particularly excited about, but we'll get it done. The race directors tried something new with this one that I don't love all that much with the age groups. In an effort to have an equal amount of competitors in each group, the groups are rearranged and out came a 20-41 age group. What??? I'm 41, so I guess I'll have a tough go in trying to place today haha.

Time to Get Uncomfortable! – Running the Blue Ridge Marathon :)

Hello runners, friends and runner friends! It's been a busy week and I've been posting lots more than usual, or at least it feels that way. Thanks to those of you that keep on reading. My last running related post was about how I'm currently running whatever I want to run. This morning, I ran 5 miles and decided to run 1 hard one in between, just because I felt like it. That is SUCH a good feeling to be able to turn it on or off on a whim instead of running my plan dictated pace or distance.

I'm going to enjoy that feeling for a few more weeks, then it'll be time to get serious again.

My torn achilles recovery was really tough. I wouldn't wish that sort of thing on anyone. Sometimes in hardship, lessons are learned and we grow. Rehab and recovery from that injury made me face many of my weaknesses and improve upon them. I started doing things in the gym that I probably wouldn't have ever tried if not for my physical therapists and trainer. They helped me in ways I can't begin to explain, both mentally and physically. It's partly because of that experience that I made the decision to try something with running that will take me WAY outside of my comfort zone. I'm running Blue Ridge next April!

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Recap and Happy Anniversary, My Achilles

Happy Friday! Today is my one year anniversary! No, not THAT anniversary (I've been married for 14 years now). It's the anniversary of that time I ruptured my Achilles tendon in a basketball game. I'm telling you, the injury was life changing. So one year later, here we are. I'm back to running. I'm back …