my gallbladder hates me.

I have been having horrible back/shoulder pains for about a year now.

It only happens about once a month or so.  I will wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain.

Nothing I do makes it better.  No position change.  Nothing.

I had a CT Scan done to make sure I wasn’t dying…..and I have gallstones.

It has now acted up 4 times this month.

I need to make some huge changes to my “diet” because I really want to avoid surgery.

That is the goal for my day off tomorrow…..try and make a real plan to stop this nonsense.



I have so much I want to post….but I am super annoyed because I can’t figure out for the life of me how to get pictures added to my posts!  This is something that should be simple.  I think I am making it way too hard.

I love this quote by a top finisher in the NYC Half…..the Half that I just finished!!!!

When you’re out there, and you’re hurting, remember it’s not just about you. It’s about representing your community, it’s about representing your city, and it’s about showcasing the triumph of the human spirit. -Mike Cassidy, local top finisher of NYC Half ’14

I love the “it’s about showcasing the triumph of the human spirit”

That is one of my top reason I love runner.  Every runner that I spoke with, was perfectly amazing.  We helped each other along when we were hurting.  It was freezing cold and I simply helped a woman unlatch her gloves so she could put them on….you would have thought I gave her a million dollars.  

I need to decide which direction to really take this blog…….I want to write.  I just don’t ever know where to start.

I guess first things first, I need to figure out the picture thing!






I have a crazy race schedule this year, already.  It’s actually pretty exciting.  Especially that I am finally excited and PUMPED about it!  Right now, I am only signed up for half marathons.  I may end up keeping it that way too.  Unless I find a Sunday 5K.  I’m all about long distance now, and medals.  

My race schedule goes like this……

03.16.14 : NYC HALF!: New York City!!! DREAM HALF!

04.13.14 : Union Hospital Run for Home Half: New Philadelphia, Ohio (LAST RACE of my 32nd year!)

04.27.14: Pro Football Hall of Fame Half: Canton, Ohio (FIRST RACE of my 33rd year!)

05.18.14: Rite Aid Cleveland Half: Cleveland, Ohio (With my sister, brother and his sister!)

06.22.14: Biggest Loser Half Marathon: Erie, PA

09.07.14: Canton City Half Marathon: Canton, Ohio (My very first half last year!)

09.27.14: Akron Half: Akron, Ohio (My favorite last year!)

10.18.14-10.19.14: Runners World Hat Trick!: Bethlehem, PA (5K/10K on Saturday and Half on Sunday!)


It’s pretty insane, but pretty damn awesome too!  I’m really excited!  I have some super amazing people running with me on most of the races, so that is even more exciting!!!!  I will actually be helping a friend do their first Half in September by staying with them and helping push to the finish!  That is almost more rewarding to me than a PR!


2013…..what a YEAR!



I am a runner.

This is the year I truly FELT that.

It did take me most of the year…..but I am.  I will now confidently call myself a runner!

This year I completed……..

7 – 5Ks

1 – 5 mile

2 – 10Ks



2014 is going to be even BIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am already signed up for 4 Half Marathons before the end of May, with plans of 1 for sure in August and 2 for sure in September.  Most likely I will finish my year out with the Runners World Hat Trick in October….which is a 5K/10K/HALF combo run!





I have so many goals and dreams for 2014!  

The sad thing is, I still have not written them all down.  It is a work in progress to define exactly what it is that I want to accomplish.

I did pick my word for 2014….If you are a lover of Silver Linings Playbook, you most likely recognize it right away.  This is not why I picked it…I just love it and the meaning behind it.  




It is all about constantly looking for the positive in every area of your life.

Making the absolute most of every single day.

Life is short….life it well!  

Live with a purpose.

Live with LOVE.

Live with a smile.


2013 : Balance


It’s time to sum up the year 2013. A year where I pushed for BALANCE in all areas of my life.  I started the ONE WORD PROJECT in 2012, and continued for 2013.  I forgot at times, but overall, stuck with it.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Ran a HALF MARATHON!  3 times, in fact!

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions…just set goals for myself.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several close friends and family.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes.  My Grandaddy.  The reason I have the name “bug”  He was such a light in my life.  He always stood up for me and had my back.  Such an amazing man!

5. What countries did you visit?
Just the good ol’ USA this year!

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More strength and believing in myself!

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
09.08.13 – My very first Half Marathon
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running 3 Half Marathons.  My very first….setting that goal and achieving it!  And my big promotion at work.  

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t think I failed, even though bad things happened

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope- just my typical headaches

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Running items, of course.  Especially my Brooks shoes.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Me getting a job, HALF MARATHONS!!!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A whole lot of people!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Running!  Oh, and eating out.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing my sisters, vacation with hubby, visiting my family in SC, and RUNNING!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier, Thinner and Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading books and relaxing

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With family and friends

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Already in love!

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Way more than I should have…..Parenthood, Greys, Chicago Fire…

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, I try not to hold a grudge

24. What was the best book you read?
Sadly didn’t really read many books.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Stone Sour

26. What did you want and get?
Way more things than I deserve

27. What did you want and not get?

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Can’t even begin to name my favorite!

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32, and I went to Florida to visit dad with my husband, sisters and brother-in-law

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
No idea, it was a really awesome year overall!

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Classic.  Completely.

32. What kept you sane?
My hubby, my puppy, and a few super close friends!

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I try not to fancy celebrities!

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don’t let politics rule my life.

35. Who did you miss?
My family.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Every new person I meet is awesome.  I believe everyone comes into our lives for a specific reason.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
I am stronger than I think and things will be fine in the end even though it might take some time.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice”