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About Me

I am a mother of two, wife, and runner. I work full-time and squeeze in 80+ miles a week of training in the very (very) early morning.

I am a Canadian living in Starkville, Mississippi. I blog about my running and racing while being a mom. I also deal with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction on a daily basis and have for 11 years.

In January of 2011 I returned to running after pregnancy, by June I ran my first marathon in 2:58. Three months later I won the Niagara Falls Marathon in 2:52. Three a 1/2 months after that, I won the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon in 2:49 (with a bathroom break).

In 2013 I suffered a back injury and switched my focus to the trail. I am the 2013 Canadian Mountain and Trail National Champion and recently represented Canada at NACAC and World Mountain Running Championships. I was 3rd overall at the 2013 XTERRA Trail World Championships.

In the fall of 2013 I became pregnant with my second child, who was born late August of 2014. After a year of injuries, I was able to run a PR in the marathon of 2:45:04 (02/2017). My goal for the fall of 2017 is a sub- 2:43. Thanks for visiting!

While I've been "sponsor" free since 2012, I am a Brooks ID Coach, and a member of the Gu Crew for 2017.

Thanks for visiting!


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Sacroiliac Joint (S.I. Joint) dysfunction and running. How to deal, what works for me.

I've been getting this question a lot so I thought I would blog about it.

People have been asking me about my "hip" and what it feels like/ what I do about it. In college I was misdiagnosed with piriformis syndrome and ran hurt 75% of the time. It was not until I was out of college that a chiropractor convinced me that this was definitely not the case.

What it feels like: Besides serious hamstring tightness and a bad achilles, about 3 miles into a race or hard tempo run, my hip starts to cramp along the inside of my hamstring down to my knee. I will then have trouble bending the leg at the knee and start to "lose control" of my left leg. My lower back will cramp up. My pace and form will really suffer. Sometimes will get relief after about 4 miles of this awkwardness.

Over the years I have tried everything and anything, and felt that the reduced running schedule while pregnant may help the issue. Of course, pregnancy did not help and the joint pain returned al…

Marathon personal best 5 years in the making

So I've decided to update this blog because someone called me a Grandma.

No, that's not why, but I appreciate the motivation. It's been a year since I've blogged, but I've still been running a lot, and I've been pretty active on Strava. If I remember correctly I logged somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,500 miles of running in 2016, and I hope to log more than that in 2017 if my legs allow it. By the way, I'm also on Instagram, too.
So to summarize my running in 2016 (because after all, this is a blog about running) I believe that 2016 was a pretty good year.  After New Orleans, I attempted a few half marathons and 10ks that went terribly, so I decided to quit road racing for a while and train primarily for mountain running. I did well on the mountain circuit; I finished 2nd at Canadian Mountain Running Nationals in Squamish B.C., and then went on the finish 3rd at NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico. After a few weeks of conte…

More on Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction and Running

I've been getting a lot of questions about SI joint dysfunction lately. Before I post,  I just want to explain that I am not a doctor nor do I consider myself an expert in sacroiliac joint dysfunction. I am simply explaining what I know (scratch that, what I think I know) about my SI joint problems and what has worked for me. Also, I think its important for me to write that I have had this same injury for 12 years and was misdiagnosed most of the time. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you for a number of reasons. Read on for more.

What is the sacroiliac joint?

The sacroiliac (SI) joint sits between the sacrum (lower end of the spine) and the iliac bone . It is one of the largest joints in the body and the surface fits together like lego. A very small amount of motion should occur at the S.I. joint. The motion of this joint is typically so minimal that it might only slide a couple of milometers and it may only tilt and rotate a few 2-3 degrees. The primary functio…