About Me

Welcome to MilesAndTrials. I have been reading running blogs for a while and honestly had no desire to start my own. That is until 2012 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was then that I decided I wanted to share my journey with MS and the trials and tribulations to stay as active as possible as long as the good Lord will let me.

I live in Albuquerque and am a wife and mother of 2 who works full time and attempts to fit in exercise when possible (usually at 5:30 in the morning).  I LOVE to run and started getting into triathlons after my MS diagnosis, even competing in Ironman triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and then “just” a marathon, 26.2 miles of running).  As long as I can stay healthy and injury free, I hope to complete as many marathons and triathlons as my legs will carry me to.

I am far from a natural runner. I grew up hating anything to do with running and was not a very athletic child. As an adult I began to enjoy exercise and hiking, and somewhere along the way I actually started to like running. After years of off and on running due to injuries, having babies, and running a business, I am now happy to say that I have run consistently for the past few years.  After being diagnosed with MS, I began participating in the annual MS 150 Mile Bike ride to raise funds and awareness for MS.  After that, I just had to start swimming and before I knew it I was competing in an Ironman!  Follow me on my journey to stay healthy and active while living with MS.

Thank you for visiting. Please stop by and say hi anytime!

Blessings,
Beth

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”  James 1:2-3

14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Beth! I actually found you via Skinny Runner. I suddenly started seeing comments about Albuquerque, and got excited because I’m here too! You have an incredibly inspiring story, and I admire your positive attitude!

    • Hi Amy. I’m so glad to meet another Albuquerque blogger/runner. I checked out your blog and we have run some of the same races, so we must have crossed paths many times! We’ll have to coordinate an Albuquerque blogger meet up sometime.

      • Absolutely! For the longest time I couldn’t find any Albuquerque bloggers (especially runners!), but I’m seeing more and more which is exciting!

  2. I’m always a bit homesick for ABQ so it was nice to come across your blog and see your pictures. You may know my friend Carolyn Parker who runs http://www.athenafit.com and Climb Like A Girl clinics there. I hope you’re able to remain as healthy as possible and inspire others with MS. Best wishes and please take some Albuquerque pictures for me! :) Elizabeth

    • I don’t know Carolyn, but will definitely keep my eye out for her now that I know of her. I love your website and will be frequenting it to keep up on all things triathlon. If you are ever back in ABQ let’s get together for some tri talk!

      • Definately! I try to get there at least once a year–but next time I’m meeting her for surfing instead of climbing in San Diego. Think I can count that as cross training? :) Glad you like my blog!

  3. Hi Beth! I’m relatively newly diagnosed (6 months ago, but have had symptoms for 7+ years) and have run a few marathons in my past and am an exercise junkie… I’m thrilled to see others out there who are continuing to stay active. Gives me hope! I don’t know if I have the running stamina (nor the leg strength) for that sort of distance again, but I keep on going. All the best!

  4. Hi Beth! I recently read about you in the ABQ Journal and was inspired by your story. I also have MS, though, I was DXd when I was 18, about 12 years ago! I have never been much of a physical person (the MS symptoms and medication side effects being a contributor to that) however, ever since I became pregnant and gave birth to my son, Charlie, I have felt as though I have my life back. I go on walks daily and am pretty active (compared to before at least). I have tried getting into running before but have a difficult time making it past 3/4 mi (my goal is to consistently run 1 mile.) I run through my neighborhood which has slopes so that could be a problem, but I was wondering how you were able to reach the level you are at now with out being discouraged and wanting to give up? Also, how did you manage last year running during the hotter months with your MS? Thanks for sharing your story and for encouraging others with MS to keep on fighting this disease.

    • Lexie, thank you for visiting my blog! It is great that you are able to be more active now after having your son. I was fortunate to have started running marathons prior to my diagnosis, so now I am working to hopefully maintain the level of running I have been at (although that seems to be getting harder to do, I think due to the meds I am on). I have found that consistency really helps me, so if 3/4 of a mile is where you are at now, maybe try to continue to do that but add another day a week. Or try running a little slower of a pace and adding a tenth or so of a mile on at the end to see if that helps you eventually get to a mile. Also, don’t discount the benefits of walking, especially if your neighborhood is hilly, that can be a great workout with your son in a stroller! For me, early mornings are key to both beating the heat in the summer and to get my run in before the craziness of getting kids ready for school and getting to work. I find that the mornings I don’t get up early to work out I actually feel worse later in the day. It seems like it would be the opposite, but getting up early and going for a run helps my fatigue (as much as possible). I hope that helps, keep me posted on how things go.

  5. I was diagnosed with MS in February of 2011. I love running and it seems to actually make me feel much better. If I’m feeling fatigued a nice run usually peps me up. I’m currently training for my first marathon, after several sub two hour halfs I think it’s time to go for it. Thanks for your website, as sometime struggle with “running guilt” as I know others with MS who would die to even walk.

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