The 11 week marathon experiment

When I ran my last marathon in October of 2014, I was relatively certain I would not need to run another one! I’d run my first, the 2013 Chicago Marathon a year earlier as a personal dare. It was the thing that I kept talking myself out of running. In a surge of adrenaline and…

Turtles All the Way Down, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Somewhere in mid-June 2014, Josh and I went to see the movie The Fault in Our Stars at the theater. Based on the John Green young adult novel of the same title, The Fault in Our Stars is a non-conventional love story featuring two chronically ill teenagers who meet in their cancer support group, fall for each…

The Runner’s Reading List

I’m a person who does best with a project. Even when those projects become too big and completely overwhelming, I’d more often rather be doing something than not. I don’t rest very well. I rarely remain idle. I like time by myself to be sure, but I do best when that time is structured and…

What’s on the wine rack?

Ink. has been around for 39 weeks, and that means 39 wine for your weekend recommendations and a whole lot of cheers. This has, ultimately led to two common questions being asked. First, have I really tried all the wines I’ve recommended? And two, which ones am I really drinking all the time. The first…

The doubts/expectations paradox

The summer before high school, I told my parents that I wanted to go out for the golf team. We had some old golf clubs in the garage that we would use to whack balls around the backyard, but I’d never seriously swung a golf club, or been on a course to play a full…

The big March reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Has there ever been a month quite like February 2019? Here in the upper midwest, we have been pummeled with one snow storm after the next after the next. We’ve missed so much school that I can’t remember the last time we had a five-day week. I drive through a snow tunnel to get out…

10 things under $25 you’ll want to own pronto

My 2019 resolution was to curb my personal spending, and I’ve spent much of the new year being very judicious about where my money is going. No more senselessly browsing Amazon. No more random Target runs on my way home from work. Sure, it’s ok to stop for groceries, but I have to do so…

Hitting the wall, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

The first time I trained for a marathon, people warned me about hitting the wall. The feeling would be unlike anything I’d experience, they assured me. One friend who’d recently had a baby said that she knew she could make it through labor because she had broken through the wall in her marathon a few…