July 25, 2017

Running has come to mean a lot of different things to me recently. The more and more I sit around trying to think about the content for this blog entry for Brokeman's Running, I keep coming back to one important point that is shaping my view about running. A no limits legacy. 

I attended a seminar a few years back about helping people escape poverty, and the speaker said some things and asked some questions that really stood out to me. The speaker said to a room full of middle class people, "Why are you not wealthy? And even if you know the reasons, why have you not done anything about it? I have friends who were in middle class, and now they are millionaires. Why are you not wealthy?" It was an awkward question that left most of us scanning the room looking at one another. He then proceeded to say "That is the same thing you have mentally a...

July 23, 2017

News flash, folks: we live in Ohio.

We have crummy weather that you can’t count on. The weather man doesn’t even know what’s up half of the time, it changes so fast around here. We don’t live in San Diego; we don’t have 80 degree weather with a slight breeze every day.

So, how do you train? I used to be a weather wimp (ask my husband). It took me a

long time to get over it and come to grips with our weather around here. (Well, I am

actually still working on this.) I’ve lived in Ohio for almost 3 decades; it’s time to

give up the ghost.

It used to be that my runs were quick little 2-3 milers. I would look outside the

window, and if I didn’t like what I saw, I’d just wait it out. Enter longer, more

intense races and training programs.

Suddenly, I didn’t have TIME to wait for the weather to change. If the run was going

to happen, it had to happen now. M...

July 17, 2017

I am borrowing this title from Treadmill TV regarding a post of one of their new

videos. I thought it spoke volumes, at least to me.

So, what does “running natural” mean (to me)? Lots of things, really. For starters, I

think of nutrition. What am I putting into my gas tank?

In my younger years, when I ran 5k’s sporadically and was doing sprint triathlons, I

wasn’t really concerned with nutrition, to be honest. I would drink the Gatorade

they provided on race day and eat pasta the night before, and that was that.

As my training and racing distances changed, my thinking changed. I became more

concerned about what I was putting into my body (ie sugar, additives, etc) and

started to look for other alternatives. I wanted to feel good while I was training and

racing, and I also wanted to feel better afterwards.

Enter coconut water, beet juice, homemade powe...

July 9, 2017

Cross training? Say what? Why do training plans, especially the ½ marathon and

full marathon, have “cross training” in them? And what exactly does it mean?

Cross training, by definition, is any activity that is different from what you typically

do (running) that helps you increase your fitness while hopefully helping you to

avoid injury and overtraining. There are many flavors. For example: walking,

biking, rowing, swimming, resistance training, running in the water, and the list goes


I always consider my cross training and overall fitness before I plan my training

calendar. What were the injuries or issues I had last season? Did I fully recover?

Are symptoms still lingering?

Prevention is key. So, look at your last few months of training and ask yourself,

honestly, if there is something that you need to work on. Are your ankles weak? Do

you need t...

July 5, 2017

What would you do if you knew you would not fail? A marathon? YES YOU CAN!

When I joined a running group, I entered a whole new dimension in running. I had

run on my own for so long, I think I forgot what it was like to run with like-minded


Starting out as a kid, I ran with my dad. Just the two of us. It was our special time

together, and we would talk about everything. Fast forward to high school and

college, when my schedule got busy, and I found myself running alone. I guess I got

used to it.

Fast forward again, this time a couple of decades. After I became a mom, my world

contracted into itself and I lost contact with many of my friends. We had kids, we

had jobs, we got busy. Running alone was often the only option I had, since it was

usually on the spur of the moment. Time was spent worrying about everyone else

instead of me. Sound familia...

June 27, 2017


Crazy? Well, yeah, maybe.  But you’re in good company, because most runners are a little bit crazy.  We like it that way.  Adds a little spice to your life.  And, trust me, plenty of friends and family members will be happy to tell you that you ARE crazy when you spill the beans and tell them with a straight face that you are training for a marathon.  So, just get used to it; embrace it, even.  Repeat after me: “Crazy is good.”  

So, how does one go about this major transition/transformation?  In one word: PLANNING.  Planning is the key. Remember the old saying “Failure to plan is like planning to fail?”  There’s a lot of truth behind it.  

Step one: get your head in the right place.  Ask yourself if you are ready to commit anywhere from 16-20 weeks of your free time toward this a...

June 11, 2017

10 Very Important Reasons I Run

I started dabbling with  running 14 years ago when I was 18. I turn 32 this month and it has literally changed my life and shaped me into the person I am now. When deciding how to tackle writing this post I decided that a list would be the best way to organize my thoughts. Being a teacher, I am great at making lists….

“I owe so much to running. I was a bit of a mess

when I started. Sometimes I still am but I have

developed the tools to be a temporary mess rather

than a permanent one.”

  1. Fitness : All four years of high school, I played tennis and stayed decently active. During college I did manage to avoid the freshman 15 but my weight was fluctuating some and I was craving something to keep me consistently active. At this time, the University of Dayton had a pretty small, mediocre gym and I hated waiting for the...

March 26, 2017

When I started this little business I did it with one purpose in mind. To make racing affordable for people, and the way that I would make that happen is to put on affordable races. In fact, before we became a legitimate running company I put on a FREE race called the Broke Man's Half Marathon in May of 2013. It was quite a gem. 

I wish I could say that I had any idea what I was doing. I learned about race directing by recruiting a mentor (who I owe my gratitude and sanity too), google, and an 8 week stint I did for another company that taught me not so much what TO do as a race director, but what NOT to do. From there it was just trial and error, listening to people, and trial again.

I wish I could say that I knew why things went so well for the first few years. I opened up my first winter warm up on November 1st of 2015 and on race day...

March 21, 2017

Not too long ago, I posted a recap of my 35th half marathon, the Brokeman’s Winter Warm Up. Admittedly this was my first time running a Brokeman’s Series race, but I have had my eye on them on some time. Elizabeth actually told me a lot about them last year. As it turned out she was one of the ambassadors and going into 2017, I decided to throw my name in the hat for that as well. Low and behold, I was selected as a 2017 Ambassador and I was very grateful for that. Since I loved my first Brokeman’s experience so much, I wanted to share some of the great things about this series so that you can jump in on one of their races as well. 

One part of the Brokeman’s Race Series vision is to provide affordable racing to all. Let’s be honest, race registrations can get out of control. I admit I’ve paid a pretty penny for some races, bu...

December 22, 2016

Last night Brokeman's Running Company put on the Run Your Pants Off Run in Columbus Ohio. I have been wanting to put this run on forever, but met a lot of challenges while trying to figure it out. But when I went to come up with an idea for the winter solstice run I wanted to put on, it just clicked. And everything happened so organically. 

Basically, people showed up, layered on as much clothing as they wanted, and then ran a 1.7 mile loop that had 6 donation spots along it. At each stop the took off whatever clothing they wanted and received a ticket for their donation. At the end of the run they put their tickets in for a raffle. The weather was perfect for taking our clothes off while running around downtown. The windchill must have been sitting around 25, that might be a little generous. Columbus was all lite up with Christmas decoratio...

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