runningWelcome my friends! I am Mary Jo and I know why you’re here and what you’re looking for. You want to see if running can actually be fun! Well my honest-to-goodness, cross-my-heart answer is YES!

Welcome and enjoy running with me!

I am a 2-time marathoner (I would have never believed this 6 years ago!), a half-marathoner fanatic, and have run ever length race under 13.1 miles!

I am also a Mom to 2 great, grown-up kids, a wife to an amazing Hub, a Grandma to 2 of the cutest boy in the world and a runner who runs for the joy of running.

About Page

After dropping 30 pounds while training for local 5Ks, I decided that running is always going to be a big part of my life. So I decided to start blogging about my race and training adventures and became a certified RRCA Running Coach. My hope is to help others find this same joy with personalized support.

rrca-cert-coach-logoI specialize in runners who are brand new to running. That’s right–you are a runner as soon as you put on your shoes and take that first step! 

I am really passionate about the following things:

  • Getting others to use their bodies and MOVE!
  • Eating healthy foods (with the occasional cupcake!)
  • Training smarter
  • Running injury-free
  • Helping people enjoy this great sport

So, if you want to be inspired no matter what level you are, then you are in the right place.

Looking for a place to start? Then read THIS first. It’s all about why I really started lacing up my shoes.

You might want to check out these popular posts:

You are never too old to RUN!
Running as a Couple
10 Things I Learned while Running a Marathon
2015 Chicago Marathon
Have I told you I’m a Grandma?

I hope you enjoy my blog and find value in it. I really enjoy meeting runners of all levels. If we can’t meet be sure to send me a message if there’s anything I can do to help you run and SMILE! You can reach me at runandsmile4ever@gmail.com 

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