When Plan A Doesn’t Happen & Goals I am Working On

Mid-September is here. ¬†The leaves are starting to turn, the chill is in the air, and it’s soup weather again. ¬†YEAH for Soup. ¬†I love this time of year for so many reasons. ¬†Soup, yes, what‚Äôs not to love about tall boots, cozy sweaters, and running hats and gloves.

Easter Dutch Baby Pancake

What did you have Easter Morning?  I can hardly believe it was one week ago today.  This Sunday morning was like most others, morning devotions, some quite time, and than several dynamic stretches before I headed out for my run.  As usual, I rushed to get ready for church getting there in the nick of time.  Seems like no matter how much time I have to get ready for church, we almost always are running late.

A First Time for Everything – Running, Marathon, Starting a new Business, Blogging, & More

There is a first time for everything…….

Karen's First Marathon

Karen’s First Marathon

Do you get tense, anxious, nervous when someone asks you to do something that is completely out of your comfort zone? ¬†I do! ¬†And maybe you’re like me, avoid the task all together? ¬†When I first started running way back in high-school, I had no idea it would lead to a first marathon!

My High-School Track Team

My High-School Track Team

Later running became a way for me to relieve more stress¬†and tension in college! ¬†Running was still fun, but it¬†also was a vehicle for me to keep my sanity and relieve stress.¬† I had no intentions of running a marathon, or even¬†a half for that matter! ¬† Local 5k, 10K and occasionally 8 or 10 milers were all distances that seemed appropriate. ¬†13.1 or 26.2…those were way out of my radar…so I thought.

Easter Holiday, Running Rome, and Mushroom Ambrosia


Mushroom Ambrosia Sauce with Halibut (1)

Hope your¬†Easter¬†was as special as mine. ¬†Some days are just just so perfect aren’t they? ¬†Easter Sunday is such an incredible day. ¬†HE IS RISEN INDEED. ¬†Doesn’t that just put a smile on your face! ¬†It sure does mine! ¬†Easter Sunrise Service has always been a tradition for us growing up as kids. ¬†Not sure how my parents managed to get all four of us kids dressed up in our easter outfits and to church on time. ¬†Seriously they ROCK!

Frozen Feet

Trying to warm up after a supporting my brother run the Very Frozen Feet Race

Warming up¬†after a supporting my brother run the “Very” ¬†Frozen Feet 10K Race with my Valentine‚̧ԳŹ

Aren’t the good days great! ¬†There is nothing as refreshing to a body and soul as having a good day. ¬†You know, those days where everything seems right. ¬†Perfection. ¬†Bright sunshine! ¬†Both outside and inside of us.

10 Ways I try to Love and Heal my Body Through Food – (so I can keep on Running).

Organic Veggies

Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, heal from an illness, or keep running till you’re in your 80’s, heck why not 90’s, here are some healthy tips I have discovered that work well for me. ¬†Remember, everyone is different and what may seem right for one person, could be harmful to another.

‚ÄúThe food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.‚ÄĚ ~Ann Wigmore

Do you Run to Win?

Do You Run To Win?

Do you have a favorite Bible verse about Running?  1 Corinthians 9:24 is one of my favorite verses I take with me out on my morning runs and also, one of the most well-known verses in the Bible about running.

‚ÄúDo you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? ¬†Run in such a way as to get the¬†prize.‚ÄĚ 1 Corinthians 9:24

My Favorite Christmas Present – Family

Bacon-Coconut Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Noel GIving Present

Photo Courtesy of Emily R

It’s no secret, Christmas is a special time of year. ¬†The lights are magical. ¬†The snow-dusted sidewalks are pretty. ¬†Christmas Carols are playing full swing. ¬†And of course, tis the season for giving. ¬†There is something about Christmas that sparks more good in people and you’ll notice more giving both to those you love and those in need. ¬†It’s when you see bell ringers freezing but greeting you with a smile as they ring their bell in hopes for some donation, no matter how big or small. ¬†It’s the time of year when people reach out and do kind things for others, even complete strangers. ¬†We open our hearts a little wider, love a little more, and do our very best to make a difference in this crazy world we live in.