They say "Life is but a cruel mistress," and to that I say, "Death is a jilted lover." ... "Fuck you! Whoever or whatever, you, are, just, fuck you!" Matthew looked down at the picture, the only thing he had left of his sister. The fire had swallowed everything. The firefighters had taken her out,…Read more Death is a jilted lover
Previously on Just Victoria Things, I ran my first marathon. After that, I vowed to never do it again. "Never again!" I shook my fist to no one in particular. For the first month after my marathon, any time someone would ask me when my next one was, I would respond, "Never." (insert cliche: never…Read more That time I ran a marathon (part 2)
Mr. Kitty titled this one for me. In the public education system, student-based offenses are considered especially hysterical. In Texas, the dedicated individuals who deal with the students are members of an elite squad known as the Student Variety Unit. These are their stories. *Names and details have been changed to protect identities. Summer is…Read more juuuuuuuuuu
Ashleigh stands next to the counter, scrolling through her phone. "Um, excuse me," a woman behind her reaches for a latte. Unbothered, Ashleigh continues through her different social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat... "Ashleee!" The bartista yells through the crowd. Ashleigh picks up her Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte and makes a bee line toward…Read more She’s a an independent cliche
I took advantage of the birthday deal Camp Gladiator offered. $9 for four weeks? Yeah, that's in my budget. And I was going strong, til I got my wisdom teeth removed. Did anyone else have a hard time recovering, or just me? I'm going for a run tomorrow, and I got them out last Friday.…Read more Rent a friend, join a gym. Earn a friend, build an empire.
I'm tired of social media being filled with football players. Yes, I love my Aggies and my Texans. But this isn't about them. This isn't about Kapernick. (spelling? too lazy to look it up) This isn't about Trump. This isn't about the NFL. This isn't about whether or not you are for or against the…Read more This is my political post – I don’t care about your knees
*Panting like a dog* I breathe in and out; my breaths getting short, my strides growing longer, my speed increasing...closer, closer, I hit my stopping point. I take one huge sigh. GASP. I look at Strava only to be disappointed. I felt like I was running fast. I certainly felt as though my lungs were…Read more I’m more comfortable judging people behind their backs.
"Dude, Cotton Bowl." "What!" "Cotton Bowl..." Manny leans back and takes a sip of his coffee. The rest of us look at each other like, "Is he serious?" I glance over thoughtfully at the plush wall of cowboy hats... We've been wanting to find a solid set of stairs since as far as I can…Read more Cotton-Eyed Bowl
"From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. From the inside looking out, you can't explain it." November 2011. I was in overdrive mode. We were pushing to finish stack. It was my chief semester. Meanwhile, up in Boston, unbeknownst to two dudes, the birth of a movement had just begun. By the end…Read more 5ummit – Woo Yeah!
"Remember that movie 127 hours? Yeah it was just like that." That enough melodrama for the day? Here's what actually happened and what my day was actually like sans cellular device... I race home from my workout with November Project Dallas. I had to hurry and get ready for work, as most people do.…Read more I spent a day without my phone and almost died.
It's just another run for me. Nothing interesting here. Oh, I strained my hamstring. So I'll be slowly nursing it back to health. But, I know that I'll be good to go soon enough. That's not the case for some. Some people won't ever be able to run again. They will never get to use…Read more Just Another Run
I wish I was an artist. I'd draw and paint and sketch. I wish I could put into pictures what my mind puts into words. I see Instagram filled with pieces by talented people. I go to galleries and enjoy what's in front of me. Our perception of what is beautiful is different. Some people…Read more I wish
Sometimes you need to take break from the things you love most. You need to reevaluate facts of life, and focus more on what you've been neglecting. For me, I needed to step back from We Run Big D. I needed to nurture my mental health and my faith. Throughout this Lenten season I gave…Read more A long-winded way of saying, “We made it”
First I must say, if anyone tells you that he or she doesn't have bad or tough runs, you better have an extinguisher with you, because their pants are undoubtedly on fire, because they're liars. You can't have good runs without bad runs. And everyone has good runs. So in turn, everyone has bad runs.…Read more Bad Runs Humble You
Hi, my name is Victoria, and I am a runner. "Hi, Victoria." Growing up playing sports, of course I ran. But only in relation to that sport, and never enjoyed it. I was more of a sprinter. I played softball and I was fast around the bases. Like a cheetah, I was. Long distance was…Read more Welcome to R.A.
I wrote this for the tribe...I thought about editing but decided, "No. Unedited, off the cusp, raw writing is when I excel, sooo, enjoy: Sunrise 6K means #texansdoitbetter aka #np_pledgetakeover The weather was cool, but not too cool. The air was crisp. A small gust of wind. *Gentle music begins.* I wake up. It’s race…Read more Previously known as Sunrise 6K means #texansdoitbetter aka #np_pledgetakeover
"I'm sorry, my eyeliner smeared! It's everywhere! I can't stop crying! I'm sorry," is what I was telling my boyfriend as he tried to hug me after I finished. He responded, "It's okay. You were amazing. You did it! I'm so proud of you." It was definitely one of the major highlights of my year,…Read more That time I ran a marathon
2016 didn't suck for me. I met you and fell for you. Now I'm happy as can be. Oh, I ran a marathon too. At work I got a new position. It's hard to be blue. We Run Big D has lots of new additions. And I got a new place. Let me…Read more 2016 Didn’t Suck
Joining We Run Big D has led to nothing but positives. God has put some truly wonderful people in my life, which has led to even better things. What type of things? For one, a fellow tribe member encouraged me to run a marathon. And then, another member suggested I run with MDA Team Momentum. So…Read more Running for a Reason
"Hey, remember Nick?" Kelsey looked over at her friend as she took a sip from her drink. "The basketball player, right?" Daniel's eyes rolled up and to the right, his memory working hard. "Yeah yeah, he was a freaking star. I only hung out with him like once, but he was pretty cool." "Yeah. He…Read more Brunch
Julia had just sat down to look over her notes, preparing for the next day's presentation. Her office was pretty dim. She only liked the natural light, and a storm was coming. Before getting started, like any millennial, she decided to scroll through her Facebook feed for a minute or two. Mostly mundane stuff, and…Read more Death of an Almost-Stranger
It was my last semester of university. I was proud of myself. I had gone my whole life without ever taking academic performance enhancing drugs. I knew friends with prescriptions. I could have gotten them if I wanted for a small price. But I never did. And then, with the end literally right around the…Read more That Time I Took Adderall
Once again, I've let life get the best of me. I haven't written in a while. But this time I have a better excuse! I have been L-I-V-I-N!! I love my job. I love the city. And I love my life. Outside of work I have recently decided to volunteer at the Humane Society. There…Read more November Project Pledge
It's been about a year or so since I've published on this. It's weird thinking about how much has changed within these past 365 days. But we can focus on that later. Right now, this about our veterans. Tomorrow is another Veteran's Day. And with everything happening in the world lately, I figure it's time…Read more To All Veterans, Thank You
You can't deny, J.J. Watt is the shit right now. He's Houston's best defensive player, and arguably one of our best offensive players with three touchdowns this season. The man is earning his pay check. And have you seen his commercials? He's funny. Have you seen what he does for the community? He's charitable. He…Read more Wop? You mean, Watt?