Not Quite the Weekend I Had Envisioned

Last weekend was supposed to be (that's your spoiler alert right there) race weekend. Alli (my baby) and I had registered months ago, airline tickets had been purchased, and training was complete. Unfortunately, (spoiler alert #2) life does not always go as planned. For starters, the day before heading back to Wisconsin, my uncle passed…

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Everything happens for a reason. I don't know how many times I pulled that mantra out of my hat. Whenever someone I knew experienced the pain of disappointment or the ache of loss, those words freely flowed from my mouth. And when I said it, I meant it, because I truly wanted...needed... to believe that God had a…

I’m Finally Ready to Talk About It

Warning: This is a l-o-n-g post. Kind of a Part 2 to this post. And kind of the post I have been avoiding writing. The sky was uncharacteristically dark for a mid-September morning. Steel gray clouds concealed the sunrise, blanketing the streets in darkness. I squinted, scanned the sea of runners gathered in front of…

Disappointment and A Poem, But Not a Poem About Disappointment

Yesterday I missed running the Green Bay Cellcom 1/2 Marathon for the first time in many years. A stubborn knee "issue" forced me to halt my training 7 weeks ago, and I still have not been able to run without pain.  I even made a last ditch effort  to see if somehow, I had experienced a miraculous…