Albuquerque · archery · bow hunting

Recurve My Heart: The SCBA Traditional Archery Shoot

I hadn’t picked up my bow, much less participated in a competitive archery shoot, in a year and a half. So going into the Sandia Crest Bowhunters Association’s annual traditional shoot, my expectations for myself weren’t high. I figured my main goal would just be to have fun and enjoy a Saturday in the East… Continue reading Recurve My Heart: The SCBA Traditional Archery Shoot

Fitness · Inspiration · Running

The Secret to Climbing Hills? Just Keep Moving.

I’m getting to know my new neighborhood.  It has friendly people, tall trees, at least two coyotes, and…hills. Lots of them. You can’t hardly walk half a mile without sloping downwards or upwards. I like it, though. Living with hills teaches you things. I’ve been toddling through a particularly…robust season, on all fronts: home, work,… Continue reading The Secret to Climbing Hills? Just Keep Moving.

Albuquerque · moving · Running

The Emotional Roller Coaster Known as Moving

I thought I had lost my running shoes. Days of planning, packing, unpacking, packing more, coordinating, frustrations, victories…and now this? It was a low point in the moving process. Thankfully, my concern – ok, mild panic – only lasted about 24 hours. I found the shoes, and all, for the moment, was well. And yes,… Continue reading The Emotional Roller Coaster Known as Moving

Albuquerque · real estate

Hey, We’re Homeowners!

We bought a house. It’s ours! We closed on it yesterday. Now for a luxuriously long exhale…ahhhhhhhhhh. Or maybe more like “ooooffff.” “Relief” hardly begins to describe it. This is the culmination of a process that started almost four months ago, and I haven’t discussed it much here due to superstitious fear that something would… Continue reading Hey, We’re Homeowners!

Albuquerque · Fitness · marathons · Running

Motivation and the Long Arm of the Boston Marathon

Today I went for my first run in over a week. Why the hiatus? Well, let’s just say it involved a nice phlegmy cough that left me with energy for little more than slumping on the couch and finally learning the appeal of watching Netflix for hours. Speaking of Netflix, if you haven’t yet watched… Continue reading Motivation and the Long Arm of the Boston Marathon

blogging · Running · writing

Running Sunflower is THIS Many!

Five. Five! Five years ago I claimed my own tiny corner of the Internet and started this blog. My first post looked like this: https://runningsunflower.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/zen-and-the-purple-running-shoes/. No, I don’t still have those purple shoes.  Yes, I still inhale every new pair. If Running Sunflower were a child, I would be sending it toddling off to kindergarten… Continue reading Running Sunflower is THIS Many!

Albuquerque · Fitness · religion · Running · Spring

Lessons From a Blustery Day

In Albuquerque, you know it’s truly springtime when there are blossoms all over…the ground. The wind. The wind has arrived. I don’t mean a brisk, refreshing breeze. This is the kind of wind that is the very definition of “blustery.” It whips blossoms off trees, it knocks over trash cans like they were toys, and… Continue reading Lessons From a Blustery Day

Fitness · Running · Spring

On Spring and First Loves

  The trees in my neighborhood are blossoming! Birds are twittering non-stop (without needing any hashtags, thank you very much) and warm weather has dog-walkers, cyclists, runners, and other outdoor-minded citizens popping up like weeds. Spring may not officially be here, but she’s peering around the corner pretty indiscreetly. Tennyson wrote, “In the Spring a… Continue reading On Spring and First Loves

Inspiration · Running · Sports · Women

The Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials

I hadn’t really planned on watching the Olympic Marathon Trials. We don’t have cable, and while our Internet connection works fine for day-to-day stuff, for livestreams it’s…lacking. As fortune would have it, though, late Saturday morning I found myself at home with nothing urgent to do. I eyed my computer. Okay, I said. I’ll give… Continue reading The Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials

food · relationships · Running

Reasons to Love Valentine’s Day, Acrostic-Style

I know not everyone likes Valentine’s Day, but I choose to love it for the following reasons [don’t worry, they’re not all mushy. Several are downright crunchy.]: V – Vino! Red wine and Valentine’s Day go together like Bonnie and Clyde. Maybe that’s not the best example. Romeo and Juliet? Darn it…okay, chocolate and peanut… Continue reading Reasons to Love Valentine’s Day, Acrostic-Style

Albuquerque · pets · Running

Never Underestimate the Power of a Tuesday Night

During my freshman year of college, the thing to do (for girls, anyway) was to make expansive collages. We would sift through magazines, looking for pictures and phrases that inspired or amused us. Then we would cut them out and glue them to whatever surface needed decorating: notebooks, binders, boxes, or good old posterboard for… Continue reading Never Underestimate the Power of a Tuesday Night

Albuquerque · education · hunting · New Mexico

A Rainy Day, A Gun Show, and Debunking Some Myths

On a cold, drizzly Saturday afternoon, I walked into my second gun show. Having been introduced to the world of gun shows by my husband last year, I knew a little about what to expect, but I found that I still basically know…zilch. Strolling up and down those aisles, looking at vendors’ wares, and listening… Continue reading A Rainy Day, A Gun Show, and Debunking Some Myths

blogging tips · Running · writing

What Do You Do When Nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award?

Personally, I say THANK YOU to Sandee M. at Forty-Something First Time Bride for nominating me! I’m honored. The terms of the Blogger Recognition Award are: to reflect on why I started my blog, offer a few blogging tips, and nominate bloggers who inspire me. Let me put my pondering cap on… I started Running… Continue reading What Do You Do When Nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award?

food · pets · relationships · Running · Thanksgiving

What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is having a peaceful day. As you read this, there’s a chance I’m dotted with flour and bits of dough, while still wearing the clothes that I ran in earlier, but that’s okay. That means I’m happy. Here are seven things for which I’m giving thanks, in no particular order:… Continue reading What Are You Thankful For?

Albuquerque · MMA · Running · UFC

An Education: Watching Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey

I’ve never been an MMA fan. So, when friends invited Robin Hood and I over to watch the Holly Holm-Ronda Rousey fight on Saturday night, my initial reaction was “eh.” Living in Albuquerque, it’s hard to avoid MMA — we have a big training facility here, and lots of folks are fans of it. Me?… Continue reading An Education: Watching Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey

Running · Travel

From The Miles Of Montezuma: The 2015 Marine Corps Marathon

I’m happy to report that I’m starting to walk normally again. As many of you know, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. It was my 13th marathon (still can’t wrap my mind around that!) and my second Marine Corps. Here are the highlights: Autumn in Virginia. Virginia is my home state, but since… Continue reading From The Miles Of Montezuma: The 2015 Marine Corps Marathon

marathons · relationships · Running

To My Husband, Who’s About to Witness His First Marathon

My dear, I’m so happy that you’re coming to watch me run a marathon. You’ve seen me run a few shorter races, but marathons, I have to tell you, are something else. As much as you’ve seen me run and as casually as I may talk about running, marathons are in fact a big deal.… Continue reading To My Husband, Who’s About to Witness His First Marathon

Albuquerque · hunting · New Mexico · rifles · Sports

Learning to Love a High-Powered Rifle

It wasn’t long ago that I shot a gun for the first time. I was with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, and I described the experience here. I remember feeling curious, but nervous. Was this really a skill I wanted, being able to shoot a gun? That day, I shot a .22 pistol, everything went fine, and… Continue reading Learning to Love a High-Powered Rifle

hunting · New Mexico · Outdoors · relationships

Just a walk in the woods…

Last Saturday, Robin Hood and I went on an overnight camping/hunting adventure into the Santa Fe National Forest. If you’ve never been, or if your idea of New Mexico is a roadrunner chasing a tumbleweed, I recommend it. We found a campsite and settled in for the evening. Thankfully, with all of the rain we’ve… Continue reading Just a walk in the woods…

Albuquerque · gardening · pets · relationships · Running

10 Cures for the Dog Days of August

Between the lovely little heat wave that has decided to grace Albuquerque, and a sort of life-clumsiness that’s been tenaciously nipping at my heels, I’ve had to make a concerted effort to stay focused on the positive this week. Maybe you’re going through something similar. I can’t guarantee these will work for everyone, but here… Continue reading 10 Cures for the Dog Days of August