Hi friends!  I’m Renee, welcome to My Brave Wings!  I started this site to write about running, about life and about everything else that might come up!  My Brave Wings has celebrated 5 years online, and I hope to be around for many more years!

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I’ve been running since January 2012.  I began using the Couch to 5k app, and could barely run for 1 minute!  Now, I have completed 14 half marathons, and I have a full marathon on my bucket list.  I’ve also completed many other races and couldn’t be more in love with the sport of running.  I love the freedom and the challenge, to succeed, to fail, to push farther… It all depends on me, and allows me to be better, as a runner, as a person.

I never really ran until 2012.  Before then, I only ran if someone was making me.  I ran in gym class, and hated it.  I ran track in 7th grade, and hated it.  I ran during karate belt tests, because my rank depended on it.  And I hated it.  It wasn’t until I  wanted to run…  When I  wanted to run, for my health, for my own benefit… that is the only way it worked for me.  Once I made that decision, and started running for my own health, I realized I was falling in love with the sport.

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14 half marathons!

Growing up, I participated in most of the rec sports, softball, soccer, basketball, etc.  I never truly excelled at any sport, but enjoyed playing them all through the years.  When I started high school, I joined a karate club, and spent 10 years learning the discipline.  I obtained my black belt at age 17, and was the first female black belt in my school’s system.  I learned a lot about dedication and perseverance.

I feel that the sport of running is a perfect fit for me.  I value the dedication it takes to continue improving.  I love that the sport is individual, I don’t need a class, or a specific time or place, I can do it anywhere, any time, with any one.  Before I moved to KC, I often ran with my mom, and since moving, I’ve been running with my husband or friends I’ve made at various running events, but I do enjoy running solo as well.  Most of my runs are in the evening, after work… I can run off the stress of my day, and always feel better after running.


In early 2016, I began to attend cycling classes to supplement my running, and to help rehab an ongoing knee injury.  In 2017, I underwent 2 knee surgeries on my left knee, and spent most of the year rehabbing my knee. In 2018 I started adding in some weight training, and I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of running regularly. I hope to be healthy and well rounded in fitness, using running as my base.

Currently, I run 3-4 days per week.  Most of my runs are at an easy pace, either solo or with my husband or running group.  If I’m training for a half marathon or other race, I try to incorporate a tempo or interval run each week, a few shorter runs, and a long run day.  Check out my favorite running things, including product reviews, and see my race schedule and  previous race recaps.

My mantra, in running, and in life, is “With Brave Wings She Runs.” The phrase comes from “Alis Volat Propriis” which is latin for “She Flies With Her Own Wings.”  I’ve also seen it roughly translated as “With Brave Wings She Flies.”  I love what this phrase means, and I’ve changed it from “flies” to “runs,” because I do feel that with my own brave wings, I am free.  I love the feeling I get when I run… the independence, the strength, the empowerment.


A little more about me:  I have a handsome little fur baby, Jasper, who cuddles when I need love, and entertains me with his antics.  I attended college at Fort Hays State University, in the same western Kansas town I was born and raised in.  In 2016 I met and fell in love with Chris, and we were married in the fall of 2017!

With My Brave Wings,

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