Muddy Princess

This past weekend I participated in The Muddy Princess, which is an all-women’s mud-based event that is 100% about fun, teamwork, and getting outside your comfort zone!  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!  There were over 15 women on our team, and we stuck together to help each other out of the mud pitsContinue reading “Muddy Princess”

Fighting my way off the Struggle Bus

Confession:  I’ve really been in a tough place with my running since the Ironman last summer…  My legs haven’t wanted to move very fast and I haven’t felt like I’ll ever be able to get back to where I used to be with my running – physically or mentally.  Before today, I had done twoContinue reading “Fighting my way off the Struggle Bus”

Returning to Where it Began

Last weekend I ran the Runnin’ of the Green 7k in Denver.  There wasn’t anything particularly special about this race – it wasn’t my longest or fastest – but it was a great time to reflect back on the 6 years that have passed since I first walked the Runnin’ of the Green 7k inContinue reading “Returning to Where it Began”

The Girl with the Robot Leg

I have always loved reading, and consequently, I’ve always loved books.  However, as I’ve written about before, media generally does not do a great job of accurately portraying characters with limb loss/difference (with the exception being Harry Potter, at least in my opinion).  I think this starts with media geared towards young ages, such as pictureContinue reading “The Girl with the Robot Leg”

Costa Rica Surf Retreat

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica for a surf and yoga retreat with a bunch of other rowdy women.  Surfing isn’t really something I ever thought I would want to try, but my friend Nicole DeBoom is really good at talking me into things… Going to the beach andContinue reading “Costa Rica Surf Retreat”

8-year-old Me

I was recently looking through old photo albums and I came across an article about 8-year-old me that was published in The Shreveport Times on February 28, 1993.  How funny it is to look back at how this reporter captured my attitude towards being an amputee even at age 8! The story starts out byContinue reading “8-year-old Me”

What We Can Learn about Disability from Harry Potter’s Amputee Characters

I listened to the Harry Potter books on Audible this summer as I trained for the Ironman and watched all of the movies recently as well. I had read the books when they first came out, but I realized during this go-round that we can learn a few things about disability by examining the charactersContinue reading “What We Can Learn about Disability from Harry Potter’s Amputee Characters”

Stepping onto the Red Dot and out of My Comfort Zone at TEDxCherryCreek

“If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.” ― Roy T. Bennett Last Friday I got to stand up in front of 500 people (and who knows how many others through live-streaming) at TEDx CherryContinue reading “Stepping onto the Red Dot and out of My Comfort Zone at TEDxCherryCreek”

Adventures in Trail Running

I purposely didn’t put any races on my calendar after Ironman Boulder this year because I knew I’d need a mental break from intense training and I didn’t know how my residual limb would react to that amount of exercise (mostly the running) in one day.  I’m glad I was smart about this because forContinue reading “Adventures in Trail Running”

Strategies to *Try to* Stay Ahead of Major Stump Issues

My stump (residual limb is the more proper term, but I call it my stump and so that’s what I’m going to call it in this post) is generally fairly compliant and, even when not compliant, at least somewhat predictable. I know the problems I’m likely to have when exercising for long periods of time,Continue reading “Strategies to *Try to* Stay Ahead of Major Stump Issues”

48 Seconds

I FINISHED THE BOULDER IRONMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am still telling this to myself over and over today because I still don’t believe it, and I still look at an Ironman as an insurmountable feat even though I just did one yesterday.  I think it’s going to take a while for the gravity of what I justContinue reading “48 Seconds”