Familiar Faces

I try to give proper introductions to new people who appear on my blog. Still, there are some faces that pop up so often that it would be tedious to give a full-on identification each time. Instead, here are a few faces you can expect to see…


My friends joke that when they log onto my blog, they can depend on three topics: exercise, food and Dan.

What can I say? A day just doesn’t seem right unless I get to spend time with my guy.

As cliché as it may be, not only is Dan my husband, but he is also my best friend. He makes me stronger, better and happier simply by being himself. It’s also great to have a partner who is by my side in running, biking, hiking and so much more.

We met as students at the University of Kansas and quickly became attached at the hip. We were married in the summer of 2011.


One month after we were married, Dan and I expanded our family by adopting Tracker, a 4-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. We simply fell in love with her from the moment we looked into her puppy dog eyes.

Not only is she the sweetest dog ever, but she’s a great running companion!

To cool down, she also loves going for rides and catching some fresh air.


I lived in three different states all before graduating high school. With all that moving around, I became particularly close with my family. Even though I moved a few hours south for college at the University of Kansas, I am still extremely close with them.

Even though we don’t *always* get along, we truly love each other.


Marian is my amazing younger sister, who I don’t get to see nearly enough (until next year when she goes to KU!). But, when we do get together, we are sure to have a great time. Most notably, we share a love of baking and hope to open our own bakery some day.


Plain and simple, my mom is one of my greatest inspirations in life. She is the kindest person I know and always puts others before herself. People often say we look alike and I take that as an incredible compliment.

We also share a passion for running and recently accomplished a major life goal of running a half-marathon together.


Even though I’m willing to admit a bias, I argue that my dad is one of the best journalists I know. He has such a zest for knowledge and knows how to ask the right questions. In addition to that, he is incredibly supportive and fiercely loyal to friends and family — traits that I admire.


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