What I’ve Learned During Marathon Training: Weeks 1-8

It's crazy to think that I'm a third of the way through my marathon training program for the Chicago Marathon! Yesterday was the end of week 8, and a rest day for me. My longest run so far has been the 14 miles I ran this morning. Training has actually been enjoyable, and I've learned a lot of things about myself in the process. What I've Learned During Marathon Training To listen to my body. My first week of training went great. I ran all the miles I was scheduled to, hit my paces, and … [Read more...]

Family Bikepacking | George S Mickelson Trail in South Dakota

Driving to Iowa over Easter weekend, I pulled out my laptop and started researching things to do in South Dakota. We planned to go over Memorial Day weekend and if it was anything like the last time we were there, we knew the chances for rain were pretty high, so our plans had to be flexible. After a quick search, I came across the George S. Mickelson Trail. Kurt and I quickly decided, this would be our first family bikepacking adventure, rain or shine. **This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

I’m Running the Chicago Marathon

What the hell am I thinking? After all, it's been 12 YEARS since I ran my last marathon. AND if I remember correctly, I swore to myself after that one I would never do it again. But here I am. I've got an official entry in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and I'm setting some pretty high goals for myself. Sarah Hiss - 2017 JACK H. MARSTON II MELANOMA FUND CHICAGO MARATHON TEAM on CrowdriseFirst and foremost, I'm raising money for Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund. My goal is to raise $1500 … [Read more...]

Snack Ideas for Kids Sports

  When soccer seasons starts, there are two key questions my daughter wants to know: what color of socks should she get, and when is it her turn to bring snacks. The socks don’t get a big reaction out of me. I figure she can pick whatever color she wants, as long as I can get them on Amazon Prime. But the snacks? That’s my time to come up with something a bit different from the usual sports drink and bag of cookies. Sam’s Club is my go-to place when I need to buy in bulk, … [Read more...]

Dirty Kanza Kids Bike Race

My passion is running, my husband's is biking. Our daughter is still figuring it out. Some days she wants to be a runner like me, other days she wants to follow in her dad's footsteps and ride bikes. Honestly, we could care less whose footsteps she follows, as long as she keeps moving. Last weekend she surprised us both by riding in the Dirty Kanza Kids Bike Race. It's something she talked about doing, but with anything, we told her she needed to train (I say this term loosely as training … [Read more...]

30 Day Squat Challenge

For some reason, I like 30 day challenges. A while ago, I gave up diet pop for 30 days. I know, it's hard to believe but I did actually do it. I didn't stick with it but did give up the pop for longer than 30 days and even to date, I drink less than I used to. This month, I decided instead of giving up something from my daily routine, I was going to add something and decided to try the 30 day squat challenge. For those of you who have never walked behind me, I have AFAS. That would be Asian … [Read more...]

Mountain Biking in Kansas – Millers Meadow

No, that wasn't a typo. There is mountain biking in Kansas. It may not be on real mountains like my Colorado friends seem to remind me, but really, that's just a technicality. The reality is if you live in South Central Kansas, you can get some fun rides in without having to travel out of the state. Let me put this out here: by no means am I an expert at mountain biking. I am a runner who has finally accepted the fact that I need to cross-train. In 100% disclosure, as I type this post, … [Read more...]

Cowtown Half Marathon

Sometimes I get really fabulous ideas and usually, they involve entry fees and training, as my +1 has quickly learned. :) I decided that since I turn 40 this year, I wanted to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent in August. Only there was a small problem...I didn't have a qualifying time. It used to be that you could just sign up and do the race, but not anymore. Now, you have to have a qualifying run and for me that meant I needed a half-marathon under 2 hours and 25 minutes. So what did I do? I … [Read more...]