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I’m Melissa and I live in Vermont. I absolutely LOVE it here. Yes, it gets cold in the winters but I can tolerate the cold. The other three seasons make up for the long cold winters. If you have you ever seen Stowe in October then you would know what I am talking about. Absolutely beautiful!

Our wedding in Stowe, Vermont

I married my best friend, Alan in October 2008. We met in the fall of 2005 after he moved to Vermont from Colorado. He met me a few weeks after his move and has been stuck in VT ever since! I am sure he wouldn’t have it any other way!

My wedding present from Alan was a dog. It took us almost a year and a half before we found the right one to fit our family.  January 2010 We rescued a Husky mix, Sirius Wiki (pronounced sear us – wicky) or better known as SWP, from Canada.

this is SWP at 4 weeks when we went to Canada to pick him out from his litter.

I have always ran, but haven’t always been a runner. I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school and did track in middle school, running came with the territory of playing sports. After graduating from high school my running was very sporadic. In college I would go for a run but the runs were short in distance and few and far in between. I mainly would go for a run to try to stay in shape.

In May 2008 I signed up and ran the Keybank City Marathon. I thought it would be a great way to slim down for my upcomming wedding. After training for months I completed my first 1/2 marathon (2:27:44) I took a lot of time off after that and ran only a few miles when I did run. I guess I just didn’t really love it. I viewed it as a weight loss tool, or something that I should do.

My friend Mandi and I after finishing 13.1 miles in 2008

However, after getting SWP I knew that I would have to run with him. I promised that I would do whatever it took to make sure that our dog was well exercised and wasn’t a bum. After picking him up in late January 2010 my real running career started. He and I both gradually increased our mileage and increased our pace. I started doing races in the fall of 2010 and even competed in one with SWP.

After my 5 mile Breast Cancer Awareness run

I started blogging to keep track of my miles that I run and to document my goal of reaching 1,000 miles in a year. I also wanted to keep track of upcoming races and my results from those races. I also will be adding anything and everything that comes to mind on any given day. Hope you enjoy my blog and my crazy life!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2011 2:57 pm

    YAY for dogs as running partners!!! I can’t believe you got him from Canada!!! Next time come and visit ME:) He is such a gorgeous dog! Huskies are so beautiful! Can’t wait to read more about you!

    • August 15, 2011 4:42 pm

      Thanks for checking out my blog! We got Sirius from Montreal, your on the west coast right? I would love to go and visit. It looks so beautiful. If I ever plan a trip I will totally let you know!!!!

  2. August 13, 2011 7:56 pm

    Hey lady! I just found your blog from the comment section of someone else’s (can’t remember who!) and love it so far!
    I went to UVM my freshman year and although I did transfer to UMASS, I did enjoy the beauty of Vermont
    Can’t wait to read more!

    • August 15, 2011 4:39 pm

      Welcome! Thanks for checking it out. I hope I don’t disappoint too much!!! PS I am totally stalking your blog now too! Incredible story. Recovering from an ED is hard. I have been there and and am still struggling to live a healthy life! Can’t wait to read more!!!!


  3. August 24, 2011 6:34 pm

    I’m SO jealous of your URL. And of the fact that you live in Vermont…you’re definitely winning all around.

  4. fasteruphill permalink
    September 8, 2011 7:28 pm

    Great photos and I like your profile. Sounds like a beautiful area you live in. I’m in Australia and miss the autumn and winter with the autumn colours, although we do get some of it. Anyway, keep on writing!:-)

  5. October 26, 2011 7:31 pm

    I love Vermont. I am a new fan of your blog.

  6. December 8, 2012 1:42 pm

    My doggie girl, Aggie, got me running, too! Great blog!! Thanks!!

  7. Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup permalink
    November 19, 2013 11:18 am

    Great blog – found it through the Oiselle runners page.❤ Vermont, we just moved here and I don't think I'll ever leave. Ever. Looking forward to reading more!

    • November 19, 2013 1:32 pm

      WELCOME TO VERMONT. I absolutely love it here and would be really hard for me to leave as well. If you need any recommendations for anything (food, trails etc.) shoot me an email – I love spreading vermont love!

      • Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup permalink
        November 19, 2013 8:38 pm

        thanks:) I may take you up on that. We’re in Central VT, lots to explore still!!

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