Backstage Balance

Balancing health and fitness with a rock n' roll lifestyle.

Dirty Girl Mud Run’s Homecoming

Dirty Girl Mud Run, the original women-only national mud run series founded in Southeastern Wisconsin, is coming home next weekend – August 17 & 18 at the Waukesha County Expo Center!  I’m teaming up with Dirty Girl as a blogger ambassador, and am excited to check out the race on Sunday, August 18th. I’ll be running with a couple of familiar personalities from the Milwaukee blog circuit – Michelle from Lace.. Read More

Summer Updates + PRO Compression Deal

Happy Summer! Checking in with some updates. – Backstage Balance is now on Twitter! Follow me @BackstageBLNC – Training for the USA Triathlon Milwaukee – Sprint distance race is going well. We’re about three weeks out from race day, and I’m getting more comfortable with biking and swimming. It’s about time! More on that to follow. – I’ve registered for my next big race… the 50k event at The North.. Read More

Prepping for Ragnar Chicago 2013

The time has come for Ragnar Chicago 2013! The overnight relay race begins in Madison, Wisconsin and ends at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Illinois. I tried it out last year, and found it to be a fun adventure. Though I didn’t really know anyone on my team prior to that weekend, we were fast friends and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend together! Sadly, we won’t be running together this year, but.. Read More

Oh, hello there.

Hi, friends! Sorry to have gone MIA… again… life got pretty real / busy this spring, but here I am. I am writing to you from the Denver Airport… I have a pretty horrible setup right now… I mean, look at it. Chillin’ at Mesa Verde – DIA This weekend was spent in Colorado Springs, visiting with my sister Annie. She is three days from defending her dissertation (she’s a.. Read More

Giving it a Tri

What’s a girl to do when her city will host USA Triathlon’s Championships for 2013 and 2014? She takes it as a sign to get onboard and train for the sprint event (open division)! I can’t resist the HUGE opportunity of a world-class triathlon on Milwaukee’s gorgeous Lakefront. What a thrill! The sprint distance includes: .47 mile swim, 12 mile ride, and 3.1 mile run. I. Cannot. Wait. Though I.. Read More

A New Year, indeed.

Hello, friends – it’s been a few weeks. How have you been? I hope that everyone has enjoyed the Holidays. Life has been busy, but good, and I’m especially grateful to have the Holidays to celebrate with our families. Here is a photo of Zak and me from his family’s “Wild West” themed Thanksgiving: Gosh, the weather in Wisconsin was awesome on Thanksgiving. So warm! I’ve made a couple of.. Read More


Hello, friends – I hope that everyone is having a good week so far. Yesterday was a gorgeous fall day here in Southeastern Wisconsin, but was tarnished when a deranged gunman attacked his wife and six other innocent people at a local spa. Three people died, and four were injured. It was a total shock – another shooting in our community, another senseless tragedy. When things like this happen, I feel.. Read More

Race Report: Glacial Trail 50k

Where to begin… this was one beast of a race. On or around my 30th birthday, I decided I wanted to do more trail running in the year ahead. My birthday is the day after Christmas. I hit the trails as soon as I could in the spring, driving out to Lapham Peak on weekend mornings. I recall running 6 miles with a friend on St. Patrick’s Day, before joining.. Read More

Glacial Trail 50k

I survived! The 50k at Glacial Trail was the rainiest, muddiest, most humbling and yet the most amusing time I’ve had at any race. The volunteers and fellow runners made the already awesome experience, completely amazing. Race report to follow!