Risking To Live


by julie on June 12, 2015

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As I crossed the start line of the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, runners started passing me. I laughed when a pack of Elvis(s) passed me. Typical. “Slow and steady. No one to beat. Nothing to prove,” I told myself. My shirt was drenched with sweat within 3 miles. Soon my hands raisined and […]


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The week of the marathon, I forgot I was running a marathon. “Have you booked your hotel yet?” my co-worker, Betsy asked me on Wednesday. “Uh, no, but I will…” My mind was preoccupied with other efforts, the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship and Sleep Walk Dallas. So, I was last minute about everything – […]

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huffpost live

The psychological side of coping with narcolepsy is sometimes as challenging as the physical. I was thrilled to join HuffPost Live for an important discussion, “How To Manage The Psychological Side Of Illness” on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Watch below or here: Host Nancy Redd welcomed an inspiring panel of health advocates including yours truly, Juile Flygare (@REMRunner) Founder […]


Moving… Be Back Soon!

by julie on July 26, 2013


At age 13, I wrote to my aunt (also named Julie) who lived in Arizona – announcing that I would move to Los Angeles immediately to become an actress. I had just seen Romeo + Juliet and fallen in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. Once in Hollywood, I planned to meet Leo, co-star in a movie with […]


REM Runner’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge

by julie on June 14, 2013

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I’m taking on a new challenge – doing yoga every day for 21 days! Returning from SLEEP 2013, my energy was low and my pants were tight. I needed a short-term goal to jump-start my summer. Today is day 4 of my challenge and I’m feeling GREAT. My body is sore, but in that good […]


leap and the net will appear zen saying

My boyfriend, Alex recently surprised me with a trip to Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL – the world’s largest electronic concert. As a music lover, I was thrilled. As a person with narcolepsy, I was nervous.  Over 300,000 people attend this three day dance party with seven stages and over 150 performers including world-famous Tiesto, […]


rem runners top 9 inspiring female health advocates day one profile photos

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am profiling nine female health advocates who inspire me to follow my dreams.  These women are trailblazers – leading the way for other women to optimize their health and triumph over adversity. Here are the first three: 1. Kathrine Switzer, First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon Less than 50 […]


anything ive ever done that was ultimately worthwhile initially scared me to death

I wasn’t born brave. I didn’t wake up the day after being diagnosed with narcolepsy and sign up for a marathon or tell my story into a TV camera. I was scared too – scared to death of what my future held and what people would think of my narcolepsy. So if you want to take […]


Before I Die…

by julie on July 16, 2012

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“Before I die…” caught me off-guard on Saturday. I was driving down 14th street NW in DC, when I slammed on the brakes and pulled over. I didn’t know what to expect, but the beautiful messages of hope and love made my day! I took photos but  didn’t contribute to the wall. I mulled it over […]

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“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” I dream a lot, but one dream stood out recently: I saw myself  in a handstand position – whirling my legs around like I was an acrobatic superstar. Um, yeah right. I love yoga, […]