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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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

Puffin Picks

Puffin Picks 3.23

I’m running the Oakland Marathon this weekend! As usually happens in the weeks before a marathon, I’ve been layin’ low lately. I haven’t been doing anything new or eating anything new. It’s not exciting, but it usually leads to a […]

Stages Of Running A Marathon

The 8 Stages Of Running A Marathon

This is the last in a 4 part ‘Stages Of Marathoning’ series: 7 Stages of Marathon Training 4 Stages of Marathon Week 6 Stages of Marathon Morning  8 Stages of Running A Marathon I’ve often heard people talk about a […]

oakland marathon recap 17

Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week 17

One last Oakland Marathon recap! I have one more week of training, but next week is mostly rest and a few short runs. The only real question for the week is if I’ll do the 2-mile run on the calendar […]

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