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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Fourteen

Week fourteen was a full week of taper, although there wasn’t much time to focus on the typical feeling of “taper madness.”  Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings and following events put the week on a surreal timeline. Thankful all friends who were in Boston running and spectating were safe. Thoughts are with those who were not […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Thirteen

Week thirteen was what I dubbed “Hell Week” in terms of balancing work, personal and training schedules. For work, Erica Sara Designs took on our first major race expo with the More-Fitness Women’s Half Marathon. It was amazing! Meant being on my feet Friday and Saturday for 7-8 hours. With my last long training run […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Twelve

Week twelve was a lower-mileage week. Swapped the nine- and six-milers in order to make the NYRR Scotland Run 10K fit my schedule. First week back to strength training also meant I was sore for a few days after. Good lesson not to let cross-training slack. This upcoming week has my last high-mileage long run […]

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NYRR Scotland Run 10K

The Scotland Run’s always one of my favorite NYRR races. Let’s face it: it’s scattered with kilts and bagpipes – two things of which I’m quite fond! If only they were part of every race… Last year’s Scotland 10K was a PR for me. That’s not saying much since I’ve never properly raced this distance. […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Eleven

Week eleven ended with the second to longest run of training before taper. It went very well – a bit over 20 miles – over two bridges and into two boroughs. However, I slacked on cross-training this week. Time to get back on track with the personal trainer. But, the running went well and my […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Ten

Week ten had some amazing runs and some “okay” runs but they all served their purpose in training. Especially the 13.1 New York half marathon as training run. That one was a prime lesson in just how the mind can will the body to keep moving in a less-than-ideal state. Overall, came out of the […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Nine

Week nine was a bit opposite of last week in that there were less workouts. Where week eight contained extra workouts, this week was sparse. I was unable to get my strength training session scheduled due to schedule conflicts on both sides. However, the time off to recharge was needed after a busy week prior. […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Eight

Week eight was supposed to be an easy week. Two extra workouts (for networking/business-related purposes) meant it wasn’t quite as easy as intended. Made sure to get extra sleep to compensate. Had no problem meeting the requirements of all workouts; am looking forward to taking a total rest day now! One thing I certainly won’t […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Seven

Week seven was one heck of a workout week. Despite a hectic personal schedule, I managed to keep my workouts on-target. Unfortunately had to miss a strength training session, but caught a body sculpting class in its stead. Had some fantastic runs this week. Body’s feeling strong, which my long run confirmed. Capped the week […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Six

Week six had two workouts that were definitely challenging. Wednesday’s strength training session was fantastic and worked some muscle groups that needed attention. Felt this one the next day. Because I’d moved some workouts around (Thursday’s workout to Monday; Tuesday’s workout to Thursday) hill repeats followed strength training. Sore body and robust winds made for […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Five

Week five went very well despite some necessary schedule manipulation. Moved Thursday’s run to Friday due to unforeseen events between Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. That left me a bit tired on Friday’s run, and may have contributed to the delayed soreness in my hamstrings (not enough active recovery on Wednesday afternoon). But, an early bedtime […]

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Love is Generous

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love. Mother Teresa ~ This past Thursday – Valentine’s Day, a holiday of which I’m less than fond – I stumbled across Generosity Day. I actually first read about it on researcher Brené Brown’s blog, Ordinary Courage. The idea took root and […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Four

Week four was a good, solid workout week. Moved my rest day to Friday due to incoming snow and a schedule conflict. Also moved my weekend run to Saturday to run with visiting friends. like allowing some flexibility in schedule as long as I’m still hitting my workouts. I admit, I’m feeling ready to start […]

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Lack of Motivation Turned Inspiration

Last Sunday was a bit of a slog for me. My scheduled “long” run wasn’t all that long (as far as marathon training goes). I only had 10 miles up, with a mini tempo workout built into it. Even though I had been looking forward to the run, I couldn’t get myself moving out the […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Three

Week three was a hectic week that required some schedule manipulation. But overall, the running felt good. Love the return of tempo runs on the schedule. Threw in a 5K race for fun; wound up running it but not racing it. Trying to stay on top of stretching and foam rolling to address tightness in […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week Two

Week two was marked by especially frigid temps. Still, enjoyed all my outdoor runs this week. Training is ramping up in intensity, which makes me happy. Logged longest run since November injury and am thankful to feel my endurance still intact. Working on slowing down pace on long and easy runs, which is my biggest […]

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To Lora V…The Girl Who…

So began the subject line in a recent email from a dear friend. In its entirety it read, “To Lora V…the girl who never lets the snow stop her.” Attached to the email was this fabulous surprise: the above portrait, illustrated by the incredibly talented (and dare I say beautiful)  Sam Smith, who’s recently launched […]

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Eugene Marathon Training: Week One

Week one of marathon training went well. Had an extra rest day to kick off. Met with Mike, who will be coaching me this training cycle. He’s armed me with a training plan, based off my goals and taking into consideration my past injury. Have some new drills to try which aim to get my […]

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2013 Spring Marathon Season: Eugene

“You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.” Henry David Thoreau ~ I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of person. There’s nothing about the calendar hitting January 1 that drives me to make changes. When I see fit, I change. When I need to, I change. And, when […]

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Eugene Marathon Base Building: Week Four

Week four is the last base building recap for a while! It was a relatively slow workout week, which I decided to keep easy. By the time Friday arrived, I actually felt a bit tired and worn. Decided to rest in preparation for Sunday’s 10-miler which turned out to be a good decision. That run […]

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NYC Runs Central Park 10-Miler

Today was the NYC Runs Central Park 10-Miler, my first official timed event of the year. While I hesitate to classify this as a true race recap – I went in decidedly not racing the course – it was a great way to usher in spring marathon training. When Ashley mentioned running this together, I […]

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Eugene Marathon Base Building: Week Three

Week three consisted of more running and less gym time. Mostly due to holiday schedule/winter break. Slowly increasing miles and logged first double-digit run since November injury. Finally at a point where my body’s feeling the closest to normal it’s felt since before injury. No noticeable discomfort or difference in the right foot anymore. Starting […]

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