Category Archives: Inspiration


If one word summarizes the last year and a half for me, it’s transition.  In that time I’ve left a job where I’d worked for nearly 14 years, launched my own business, moved in with my man, and–in the past two months alone–sold my condo and moved 500 miles from Washington, DC (my home of […]

How to Run a 3:10 Marathon

Okay, so maybe we all can’t run a 3:10 marathon.  I’m 99.999% sure I never will, in this life or even my next one. But 26-year-old Mollie Zapata, a dear friend and my “running inspiration,” did just that at DC’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, finishing 8th overall among women and second in her age group. […]

Inspiring Athletes Part II: Kacie Darden and the Race Across America

“We are all capable of so much more than we think we are. When we put ourselves out there and we risk failure, and we do things that other people call “crazy,” that is when we find true joy and a sense of accomplishment.” Those powerful words come to us from 29 year-old elite endurance athlete […]

Inspiring Athletes: Dani Grabol and the Race Across America

Dani Grabol once weighed 225 pounds and was a pack-a-day smoker. Then,  in 2005, her doctor told her that if she didn’t change her ways she’d be dead before she turned 40.  So she hit the gym. A year later she’d lost 70 pounds and competed in her first triathlon.  Instantly hooked, she made plans […]