Month: February 2017

Motivation Monday: Week Two Recap

I have an hour and a half to get this published before it’s no longer Monday. Talk about leaving it until the last minute. Whoops?

Before I get into last week’s running recap, I do have to say thank you for all the love and support in response to yesterday’s blog. Y’all are great. Mean it to the moon and back.

Also, Boys Town is going to state! So exciting (and the reason for this week’s header photo). As the Boys Town cheer coach, it’s been a wild ride and it’ll be fun to share this experience with the kids.

And without further adieu, here’s how my second week of training went:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 2.2 mile run
  • Wednesday: 2.75 mile run
  • Thursday: 2 mile run
  • Friday: Shoveled snow! (That counts as cardio, right?)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 3.32 mile run

I’m about a half mile under on each run’s goal, so I’ll need to step that up this week a bit. The distance also increases this week, so I’m going to do my best to get more into the 3.5-5 mile markers.

And Jacks has continued to be along for every run. Seriously, he’s a very good dog.

Two weeks in though, I’m feeling so much better. I have more energy, I’m not as sore and I’m enjoying the runs themselves more and more. Excited to see where week three takes me.

On to the next.


One Year Later

Today marks one year since the accident that changed my life. It happened on February 26, 2016, a Friday then. I remember sitting on the side of the road, burned and broken. I had no idea at that time of what lied ahead.

I could spend this blog post rehashing what happened. Telling you about the days spent in the hospital and the weeks spent at home. That’s not what I want to remember, though. Instead, I want to take a little time saying ‘thank you:’

To my neighbors, thank you. You quite literally saved our lives. You deserve all of the awards in the world and this moment will forever be one of my most cherished memories.


To the first responders, thank you. You comforted me, convinced me that the two IVs you had to put in my hands weren’t that big of a deal and joked that my burned head “wasn’t the worst you’d ever seen.” I’m still not over you having to cut off my favorite jeans, because I’m telling you… I could have gotten the blood stains out! I swear! (But you are probably right. They were probably ruined.)

To my doctors and nurses at UNMC, thank you. You quite literally healed me physically and mentally. I will never forget the nurses that showed me how to live life with burns, cracked jokes about ‘Frozen’ at 4 a.m. to make me smile and snuck their personal shampoos and conditioners into the shower so I didn’t have to use the stuff that didn’t smell all that good.

To Dr. Reilly and the entire burn unit staff, thank you. You are practically family now and I’m happy to have you all as my healers. I don’t like the circumstances in which I got to know you all, but knowing you has been life changing. You love me (even if it’s tough love) and for that I am thankful.

To my mom, thank you. You rushed into that emergency room with a sense of purpose and never stopped doing anything you could to make it better. I’m not sure how I’d feel as a parent walking in on what you did, but you handled it (and have continued to handle it) better than anyone could have expected.

To Kyle, thank you. You never let me believe I was anything but beautiful, even when my head was wrapped up like a mummy. I will never forgive you for trying to change the channel from Gilmore Girls, but you were amazing otherwise.

To my family, thank you. For showing up. For bringing BB-8 (shout out to you, Dad). For supporting me.

To Kyle’s family, thank you. For breaking into the house because we never thought to give anyone a spare key. I (and Jacks) cannot thank you enough.

To my friends, thank you. Some of you drove hours to be there. Some of you drove five minutes. All of you were incredible, no matter the distance. I will never forget the night we watched the Oscars in my hospital room, as if nothing had ever happened. I will also never forget you all showing up, day after day, once I was home with food, hugs and smiles. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have you all.

To my Internet family, thank you. Yes, I have an Internet family. That includes my Twitter followers (and a special shout out to the former @kchuskerz especially) and my Tumblr family. You went above and beyond by reaching out, donating to my GoFundMe, sending me sunscreen (and hats!) and more. I received so much support that I’m still not sure how to properly thank you all. I truly wish I could meet you all personally and give you a hug (or 10).12790881_10206643567150731_3603887105373843490_n

To my Nebraska family, thank you. The hat and signed football that arrived from the football staff on the first day of spring practice was so kind. The box of gear (with hoods!) and a toy for Jacks from the basketball staff was too. You reminded me once and for all that there is no place like Nebraska.

To Boys Town and Hail Varsity (and especially Aaron, Jen and John), thank you. You understood when I desperately wanted to get back to work but also reminded me to take the time to heal. You showed me again why I’m so lucky to be a part of what you both do.

To Lisa, thank you. I will never know what you thought when you got my message that I had “lost some of my hair,” but you never faltered. You put me back together.

To Omaha Ballroom (Elizabeth and Angel), thank you. You got me back on my feet when I needed it most. Dancing with the Omaha Stars will forever hold a special place in my heart.


To Delta Gamma, thank you. When I pledged DG ten years ago, I never knew what you meant by ‘for life.’ I get it now. ITB.12417729_10206822104694058_8871610387740192908_n

To Jacks, thank you. You’re a very good dog.

To you all, thank you. You sent notes. You had your classrooms create cards. You brought us groceries and casseroles and pizza. You reached out to a person that some of you didn’t even know. You lifted me up when I was at my lowest and never let me get too far down. I am where I am today because of you.

And to anyone I forgot, thank you. I hate leaving anyone out, but please know anyone forgotten was not intentional.

I’m incredibly lucky. I know there are many who haven’t received the same support that I have and I try to remind myself daily of my privilege in all of this. I didn’t (and still don’t!) deserve all you did for me, but I hope in time I can pay that forward in your honor.

One year later. How far we’ve come. All because of you.


Friday Five: Favorite Songs to Run To

I still have yet to find my voice around here beyond themed posts, but that’s OK. I’m brainstorming. I have things I’ll eventually share. Until then, here’s another week of my ‘Friday Five.’ This week I’m focusing on the five songs I enjoy running to (right now, at least).

Here we go (in no particular order):

  1. The Veldt – deadmau5 (feat. Chris James) – The 8-minute edit is perfect for a long run.
  2. Kicking Down Doors – Santigold
  3.  How Low Can You Shake It Off – Ludacris/Taylor Swift mashup
  4. Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  5. Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce

I’m actually in the process as we speak of updating my running playlist. As I was on a 3-mile run the other day, I noticed myself skipping way too many songs. Guess it’s time for an update. Those listed above will make the cut to stay, but definitely time to refresh the playlist.

With that said, if you have any song suggestions, send ’em my way. Email, tweet, whatever.

Running the world,



Motivation Monday: Recapping my first week of training

I’m going to be honest: My first week of half-marathon training was rough. The good news is that I’ve got a stellar training partner (which is why he got the header photo, because he’s great!) and we’re keeping at it. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult to stay motivated though.

When I ran my first half-marathon in 2014 (the amazing Lincoln Half-Marathon!), I was already pretty active. It took awhile to adjust to running long distances, as I’d never been much of a runner to begin with, but I got there and enjoyed every step along the way.

This time is going to be a little different. I wasn’t completely lazy before I started training, but I really hadn’t worked out since about this time last year. In fact, my TimeHop reminded me this morning that exactly one year ago today I was scaling the First National Tower. Sort of amazing to think about.

But here’s what I will say about the last week: Yes, it was hard but I kept moving. That’s what matters. Over the next 11 weeks, I’m just going to keep moving one step at a time.

Anyway, here’s how my week went down:

  • Monday: 2 mile run (Flipped my rest day from Monday to Tuesday due to Nebraska basketball)
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: Rest (Couldn’t find motivation, so I flipped my rest day from Friday to Wednesday)
  • Thursday: 2.15 mile run
  • Friday: 1.5 mile walk (I switched my 30 min cross day from Saturday to Friday, opting to walk)
  • Saturday: 2.5 mile run
  • Sunday: 3 mile run

I put in almost 10 miles running over the week, with another 1.5 miles of walking. Not too bad. This week’s training schedule is identical to last week, but I’ll probably move the rest days around again.

All in all, I’m happy with my first week and am looking forward to week No. 2.

On to the next!


P.S. If you have any recommendations for pre- and post-workout supplements and protein to take, shoot me a message. I’m sort of at a loss.

Friday Five: Things I’m loving right now

I’m still trying to sort through this whole blog thing but I’m trying. I’ve found that themes help, but I’d eventually like to get to a point where I just write. Soon enough.

In the meantime, I’ve decided that each Friday I’m going to do a top five list of some sort. It could be my favorite five songs right at that moment, my top five books to read, etc. You get it.

So without further adieu, here are the five things I am currently loving right now:

  1. My friend Alli’s blog on why she left the journalism business: Look, Alli  is a smart, smart human. I have always valued and appreciated our friendship because she challenges me, celebrates me and makes me a better person. Everything she said are things I have also felt and are very real. I’m proud to have her as a friend and am even prouder that she so openly shares her thoughts on her blog (which is what I eventually hope to accomplish here too).
  2. Hello Ruby (Omaha’s first mobile boutique): Jill, the amazing woman behind this adventure, is great. I had the chance to meet her and she is awesome. If you love to shop (and shop locally), you’re going to what to keep an eye on her. You can follow her on Twitter here, Instagram here and Facebook here.
  3. The weather: Can you complain about 60 and 70 degree weather in February? Well, I’m sure you could but you shouldn’t. It’s been the perfect first week weather-wise to start half-marathon training.
  4. Shiner’s Cold-Brew Coffee Ale: I’m a big fan of Shiner and this special edition brew did not disappoint. To make it ever better, the fine folks at Shiner sent me one of their limited edition mugs. Big, big fan here.
  5. The new Girl Scout S’mores: They are so good. So good, in fact, that I basically attacked a table of Girl Scouts at a Lowe’s to get a package of them. It’s fine. We’re all fine. (Also, a shout out to the Girl Scouts of Nebraska for the cool llama shirt and cookies. Y’all are wonderful.)

BONUS: Last but not least, a big shout out to Mike’l and Sausha for having me on The Bottom Line today. I always enjoy when I get to stop by and I appreciate TBL for letting me be an extension of the family.

So, there you have it. My first ‘Friday Five’ in the books. Cheers to that! Now to figure out what to write about that’s not theme-related…


Motivation Monday: Let the training begin

Today marks the first day of half-marathon training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon on May 7. I’m following the same training plan I’ve always used, which is the Novice 1 program from Hal Higdon. I am nothing but a creature of habit.

I decided to use “Motivation Monday” as a way to motivate myself and hold myself accountable on this journey. I plan to share my previous week’s runs, talk about what went well and not so well and everything in between. I just hope by doing this it documents my journey from square one to getting back to 13.1 miles.

You see, a little over a year ago, a half-marathon would have been no big deal. I had run four of them, plus a variety of smaller races. In fact, a year ago this past weekend I scaled the First National Tower in Omaha for Trek Up the Tower. I had plans for 2016 beyond that, too. The Lincoln Half-Marathon, another half-marathon in the fall, Boys Town’s Memorial Day Run and more. It was all planned.

And then the accident happened. I wish I could explain what that did to me, but the recovery from the burns, the internal injuries and my own mental health were a lot to overcome (and I still am overcoming them some days). I was given the OK to start running late in the summer, and I did here and there, but then football season came along and I figured I’d get back to it eventually.

Today is eventually.

I was supposed to run three miles. I ran two. They weren’t fast miles, but Jacks and I trudged along. By the end, my lungs were on fire but my legs and my brain were thanking me for what I had just done. For someone who never liked to run all that much, I somehow became a runner over the years. I guess I didn’t realize how much I had missed it.

I know this won’t be easy. I haven’t been on a regular run schedule in over a year and a lot has happened in that time. But I plan to dedicate every step I take in this journey to all those miles I personally lost in 2016 and to every single person no longer here to keep going on their own journeys because of drunk drivers. That will keep me motivated.

And it will make crossing the finish line on May 7 incredibly special.



Hey. What’s up? Hello.

First, a big ol’ shout out to Fetty Wap for the name of my first blog post. I credit my lack of creativity and Alli Pane’s song title idea for posts over on her blog for it (I swear I’m not stealing your idea, Alli. Just this once though.)

And second… Welcome. I have no idea what I’m doing.

Here’s the thing though: I used to have a blog (and loved it) but life got away from me. I abandoned it, the community left and there I was left wanting something but having no idea where to start. When I discovered no one had bought to troll me yet, I figured there was no time like the present to start a new blog.

I wish I could tell you what to expect from here. It’ll probably be a combination of a lot of things. From what I’m writing for Hail Varsity (speaking of which, if you’re a fan of recruiting or Kurt Warner, I’m pretty proud of this interview with Kade Warner) to the clothes I’m wearing to what I think about the political landscape, the options will probably be endless. You might like some of what I write and you might not like others. That’s totally OK.

I think my ultimate goal is just to be authentic. I’ll figure this whole thing out (maybe) and hopefully you’ll stick around. I just can’t promise I’ll #StickToSports though, because seriously – You don’t tell a doctor to #StickToMedicine. Although you could, and I’d like you to report back on how that goes.

So, here goes nothing.