Pikes Peak Marathon Epic Adventure

Some races forever change you. Maybe it’s because the event requires epic training. Perhaps an inspiring coach or truly special training buddies elevate the mundane. Or the reason could be its spectacular  location. Sometimes, the race simply changes your beliefs about what is possible. For me and a small group of training buddies, the 2005 Pikes… Continue reading Pikes Peak Marathon Epic Adventure

Homemade Granola and the Trickle-Down Recipe Effect

On June 21, 2017, I issued a definitive declaration to my husband: “We will never buy granola again.” As you might imagine, that proclamation profoundly impacted breakfasts at the Nyfeler house. What you might not realize is how these six words could have a lasting effect on our family for generations to come. My Kitchen… Continue reading Homemade Granola and the Trickle-Down Recipe Effect

Revisiting 3M Half Marathon to Get Back on My Feet

“Run a race I’m proud of” was scrawled at the top of the page, my goal for the week of Feb. 6–12, 2000. That Sunday, I was running what would be the longest race of my life—13.1 miles–at Austin’s 3M Half Marathon. I was petrified of failure. Today, I signed up to run 3M again this… Continue reading Revisiting 3M Half Marathon to Get Back on My Feet

It’s Hot and I’m Drinking

What a beautiful Sunday evening (even though it is 98 degrees at 8 p.m.). I’m sitting outside under the porch fan, enjoying another Bulleit Whiskey and ginger ale, my new go-to summer drink (thank you, Illinois cousins). Nibbling on snap peas, cucumbers, apples, and cornichons, because who wants to eat a full meal when it’s… Continue reading It’s Hot and I’m Drinking

What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

Answer: They’ve been talking about racism. For the past week, the news has been full of the Obamas’ historic visit to Cuba. In today’s New York Times, a moving article described the powerful impact of the president’s most recent appearance there (“Obama Looks Past Cuba’s Post-Racial Veneer” by Damien Cave). According to Cave’s article, an… Continue reading What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

Making a CreativeMornings Connection

Our paths intersected and within 30 seconds, I’d learned my new friend was focusing on the word “discernment” for 2016. Fate and a narrow row of folding chairs had brought me to chat with Austin’s own “Queen of Weird,” published author, and subject of an upcoming documentary, Love in the Sixties, Aralyn Hughes. My first… Continue reading Making a CreativeMornings Connection

Yogi Berra and a Slew of Texans Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” Yogi Berra died recently at the age of 90. Even those who were never baseball fans, who never admired his career as a catcher for the Yankees, memorized his stats, emulated his style, collected his player card, and followed his career as a manager have probably paid homage to the… Continue reading Yogi Berra and a Slew of Texans Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over

Friends: The Secret to Workout Success

The three of us were paddling along in the lake, talking in the dark. Lindsay had decided that what our pre-dawn aqua jogging session really required was a  pull-behind floating ice chest, something in which to haul the morning beverages that Julie had suggested. Surely Amazon Prime could deliver one to the boat dock before we returned from our… Continue reading Friends: The Secret to Workout Success