Running with a Seasoned Marathoner 

The race announcer counted down the seconds until the start as the runners beside me slowly moved closer to the line at the Glass City Half Marathon in Toledo, Ohio. Every runner comes to a race with a story and a goal in mind. My mindset before this week was filled with cloudiness and uncertainty […]

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A Whole New World

“I can show you the world; Shining, shimmering, splendid…” We may have thought that we stepped into Cadillac Palace Theatre on West Randolph in Chicago but our journey transported us much farther to the land of Agrabah where the folklore of “Arabian Nights” became an enchantment of sensory delights. Based on Disney’s 1992 animated film, […]

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April Fool’s Day!

Five years ago today, Derek and I started dating just a month before we graduated from Hope College. It was a time of anxious excitement looking for jobs and venturing into a long-distance relationship. Now that Derek is based in Naples for a year-long project, we have had to make do with the travel and […]

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Tampa Bay Weekend

While Derek is on business in Naples, we have been planning for a day when we could visit Cal and Sawako who currently live in Gainesville, Florida. The distance to visit his parents is simply too far for a night after work. So we planned on making a day of it when I would be […]

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Running Sarah Strong 2017

In just under a week, the forecast had turned from sunny days running in shorts with high 50’s to the snowy return of winter with cold blasts of wind in mid-20 degree weather. I hate to admit it, but I was not looking forward to racing a 10K in that kind of cold. I trusted my […]

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All good things must come to an End.

On our last day in Florida together on Valentine’s Weekend, we visited Sanibel Island near Fort Myers, which was closer to the Southwest Florida International Airport where Derek would need to pick up his rental car for the week. It was a long drive to Sanibel but it became exciting as we crossed the Sanibel Causeway onto the […]

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Day 2: Kayaking the Mangrove Tunnels

Making the most of our weekend in Naples, we got up early for a long run on the Gordon River Greenway. Since Derek has been doing training runs after work, he had already researched the best places to run. We parked at the mall across from the Naples Zoo and ran through a local park […]

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Will you be my Valentine?

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder” is an old saying that bears a bit of truth to the Jagers this year. While Derek’s work takes him long-term to Naples, Florida, it has been a hard transition being apart from each other in day-to-day life. I shouldn’t be complaining, since we do get to see each […]

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Happy New Year from the Jagers

This is the 3rd  year of my running journey with Ashley and we look forward to a healthy 2017. The start of 2017 started with a promotion at work and more responsibility with the IT (Validation) Life Science consulting company. My routine in prior years will change drastically with being on the road more this […]

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

During the last week of game bird hunting season, our friend Ed Frutig brought us along hunting with his Brittanys – Kaylynn and Ladora. We had never been on a hunting trip before so both the intrigue and anticipation was there as I charged my camera and cleared my SD card fresh for the adventure. Ed took […]

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