Having a buddy makes all the difference

I opened my eyes a crack. The light was streaming into my basement window and I could guess that even though my body felt like it needed at least another hour my alarm would be going off momentarily. I closed my eyes and thought about turning it off. I could have that extra hour of…

Six weeks and two letters later

Just under 11 months ago, I was training for a marathon, eating lots of peanut butter, getting back to blogging, taking pictures of my feet and trying to figure out how to fit everything I owned in my little silver car. Today, I’m training for a marathon, eating lots of peanut butter, getting back to…

Security snacks, the dos and don’ts

Always travel with a snack, or two, or an entire stash including at least 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That’s my motto for traveling (or even just a simple outing). I don’t know whether this trait is genetic or learned (I have at least one Aunt who swears by this), but I certainly have…

Life with ED: Relearning to be you

I slid open my closet door in my old bedroom back at my parents house. I was looking for a sweat shirt. It had been 85ºF when I left Maryland and I had seen no reason to pack anything warmer than a t-shirt, but now, at nearly midnight, it was less than 60 and I…

It’s not summer yet?

As a junior in high school (six years ago now, ahh!!) I remember walking to school during the first week in June and thinking, this is the last time I’ll ever go to school in June.  I really can’t tell you why that felt so significant to me, but it did. June had always been just…

Turns out I might like hills

“Where did your speed go?” I asked my legs as yet again they seemed to ignore my request for more during the final miles of the Potomac River Run. It’s a weird question to ask when you primarily run distances races, but the thought was rattling around my brain for the last 6 miles of…

Life with ED: As a collegiate athlete

According to a study of Division 1 NCAA athletes, over one-third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms placing them at risk for anorexia nervosa. This week, I am excited to introduce our second guest writer on “Life with ED” to show us what life can be like as a college athlete when you throw ED into…

Everything can be better in sandwich form

As a nutrition major in college with classes falling almost always during lunch time I found myself eating in the lecture-hall far more often than not. In that, I wasn’t alone, almost all my classmates ate at least a snack during class. What I was alone in, however, was what I tended to bring: a…

When planning a run, use your resources

“Is it a loop or an out-and-back?” The constant question for any runner when planning a route. If you asked me which one I prefer…it’s a tough call. My answer would likely vary day to day. Are there enough cross streets to form a loop? (Or more likely a strangely shaped polygon.) Do I want…

Life with ED: The dilemma of desserts

Most of us struggle with moderation, especially when it comes to desserts. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, your birthday or any of the hundreds of “special days” that seem to have sprung up in the past few years having enough self control to not overdue it at the sweets table is extremely challenging. When you throw…

That unused kitchen appliance

We all have one. Whether it’s stuffed back in a hard-to-reach cabinet or sitting in plain sight on the kitchen counter, it’s there. It could have been a gift, a hand-me-down or even your own purchase, but for some reason it sits unused and almost forgotten. I’m talking about that unused kitchen appliance all of…

When you dreamed you did something

I pressed publish and sat back, looking up at my calendar. March 10th was almost over and it had been a pretty great day. Rock n Roll Half Marathon ✓ Ate a stack of pancakes and a pizza✓ Baked a double-decker, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzel cake ✓ 23 years of life ✓ And now blog post about…