I am a runner, marathoner and RRCA certified running coach. I work with newer runners and first-time marathoners.

I write about running, training, overcoming self-doubt, and pushing through the times you want to quit.

I believe that everyone needs to define success for themselves and should always strive to be your best even when you aren’t the best.


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The Newsletter

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Sent every two weeks, the Huffing and Puffin newsletter is filled with interesting links and stories.

My Blog Manifesto

With this blog and with my posts, I hope that I will encourage and support others to:

• Define what success means for you and to go out and strive towards that success
• Be your best, even when (especially when) you will never be the best
• Focus on improving your life and body, which may or may not involve how fast you are or how long you can (or want to) run
• Figure out what motivates you
• Ignore the goals or priorities that others say are important if they don’t inspire you
• Have balance in life and in running
• Look beyond finish time, age ranking, or the completion of a specific distance as the only indicators of worth
• Celebrate every victory, however large or small
• Have fun and enjoy running

Recent Blog Posts

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My Ideal Off-Season Running Schedule

I often joke about it, but it’s true – I’m a good marathoner because I’m a planner. If I’m training for a marathon, it means I have 18 weeks (at least) of training runs laid out in my calendar. Color-coded, of course […]

Not Inspired To Race

Not Inspired To Race? Alternatives To Racing This Running Season

‘Tis the season for many runners to fill up their summer and fall calendars with races and training runs. Within the last week, I went from having no races on the calendar to picking my main ‘A’ race this fall and […]

Puffin Picks 05 18

Puffin Picks 5.18

Puffin Picks are by design a little selfish. They are supposed to be the things making me happy, but this week my picks (or at least one of them) is more selfish than usual. Read prior Puffin Picks posts. Note: Some of these […]

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