Becoming a Real Runner

I’ve completed three half marathons and a plethora of 5Ks, but I still don’t consider myself to be a real runner. Real runners run single digit miles, look great in their running attire, and use words like “VO2 max.” I do none of those things…yet.

 My husband is the real deal. He runs full marathons, places in the top three in his age group in races, and always knows exactly what his VO2 max is. And now, he can add trainer to this list. He is training me to become a real runner so I can complete the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge faster and stronger than any other race I have ever run.

He has put a great plan together for me to use while I’m training and I’ve included it below. If you’re looking for a training plan that will get you in tip top shape to run your first half marathon or prep you for your next great race, feel free to take his plan and make it yours. The spreadsheet includes three tabs, one for running, another for core work, and a third for arms. I hope it will help make you a real runner too.

Half Marathon Training Plan


Run Disney

I’m planning my next runcation and it happens to include completing a bucket list item in February 2016. Run Disney’s Glass Slipper Challenge is part of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Participants run the Enchanted 10K Saturday and the Princess Half Marathon Sunday morning. Both races meander through Disney parks past throngs of cheering spectators and every single Disney Princess in the kingdom. Perhaps I am running because it’s an excuse to wear a tiara and a costume as an adult. Or maybe I have just found yet another excuse to make a trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” As it turns out, I have found great motivation to get in the best running shape of my life thanks to a wonderful coach, who happens to be my husband, and the fact that I am running for a cause. I have an opportunity to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of the challenge and I jumped at the chance to support this miracle of a hospital just 90 minutes up the road from my hometown.


I have a goal of raising $2,000 to support the children’s hospital that changes lives on a daily basis, all while providing its services free of charge. I look forward to using this blog to share my journey towards running like a princess and hope that you will support me by making a donation to St. Jude at the link below. I am so excited about being on the run in Disney World and will rock my tutu proudly knowing that I have helped make even a small difference in the life of a child.



Wanderlust: a noun wan·der·lust ˈwän-dər-ˌləst: a strong desire to travel

Thanks to extremely generous parents who gave me the opportunity to travel at a very early age, I caught the wanderlust and it has never let go. Today, I am blessed to serve my community as the public relations and international sales director for the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, enabling me to travel all over the world, telling the story of my special hometown. With travel comes exceptional culinary experiences. With exceptional culinary experiences comes not so exceptional pounds. I began running to make sure that I could still enjoy those culinary delights, and found that some of the most unique places can be found off the beaten path, simply on the run.