Hey guys!

Things have been pretty quiet around here for a long time, so I figured that I'd try to ease back in to updating this in 2018. (We'll see how long that lasts, right?!)

The Art of Friendship

So this post *is* (kinda) about running, just maybe not what you'd usually expect to see here...only because running has played such a large role in my life and I've gotten to know so many wonderful people through the sport!

Quickie update

So much for New Year's resolutions, huh?!

Approaching the halfway point through 2017, and here's what I've been up to so far:
- The Canadian and I bought a house
- Trip to Indianapolis for my bachelorette party
- Mannie was diagnosed as a diabetic (after getting really sick really fast and was in the kitty ICU for almost a week)
- WE GOT MARRIED in March!
- We had to say goodbye to Mannie a little over a week after the wedding
- Harold (my first car, a trusty 2004 Civic) overheated and died on a weekend trip to Phoenix, creating the need to buy a(n unplanned) new car less than 48 hours after his untimely demise :(
- Trip to Vegas for the seester's wedding
- I struggled through the remainder of my marathon training and finished the Fargo Marathon in a little over 3:34
- Trip to Boston for a good friend from high school's wedding!

WHAT IS GOING ON. (Too much, that is the correct answer.)

Running hasn't been great since pretty much after LA last February. I starte…

Cheers to 2017!

The Canadian and I rang in the New Year up in Phoenix last night by starting with a football game, heading to a casino, and ending the night at Denny's with some chicken and waffles (as you are wont to do when you're slightly intoxicated, have finally changed into clothes that allow you to sit comfortably, and are STARVING).

Although OSU royally pooped themselves against Clemson, I think that our New Year's was a success! I'm too old to try and keep up with making resolutions and then keeping track of how I do with them, so let me just tell you what we've got going on in 2017:
- MAWAGE! The Canadian and I are getting hitched in March...
- ...but first, we're buying a house!
- Oh, and the seester is following suite and tying the knot in the spring!
- And then we're going to Canada for our honeymoon...
- ...but don't want to travel too much since we'll be going to Japan and South Korea in the fall!
- And somewhere in there, I'm going to run two ma…

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas from Sharona and The Canadian
Santa Sammy and Elf Mannie wish you a Happy New Year!

So you want to run the Boston Marathon...


I promise that I didn't forget about you or anything, but has been busy, not with anything special, necessarily, but just normal life stuff (like kitty cuddles, running, time with The Canadian, and workity-work-work).

Speaking of work...I have my finisher's certificate from the 2015 Boston Marathon up in my cube space, and it seems like once a week, someone will ask me about it. My boss is also very excited that I'm running Boston this year, and has already asked about runner tracking for the race :)

I also seem to get a fair number of questions about how do I, exactly, end up at the starting line for Boston. Do I have to qualify? What's my training like? What do I like most about the race/Boston experience? Why on earth would I subject myself to a marathon?

If you've ever thought about any of those questions, I have a treat of a post for you! Read on, gentle readers, read on...

2016 LA Marathon

Woo hoo! Race recap time!

My first marathon in ~10 months was a good reason to be very excited AND nervous in the days leading up to the 2016 LA Marathon. Originally, my runner gal pal Erin from Purdue was going to run LA too, but an injury in December sidelined her training, and I was going to be racing solo :/ To add insult to injury, the Southwest got HOT the week before the race. When I checked the weather on Wednesday or Thursday night before packing started, the Sunday high was predicted to be 90. NINETY. WHAT.

Saturday, the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon was held right by the Convention Center where packet pickup was. Of course I didn't want to miss an opportunity to runner-geek-out and see so many of my running idols, so The Canadian and I picked out a spot in the shade of a fence along the course and stuck around for about 75% of the race before retreating to air conditioning and relaxation. I can't imagine how difficult that race must have been for everyone; we saw a f…