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Oakley New York Mini 10K

Let me first admit: it’s been over a month since I last posted. Leave it to you, Oakley New York Mini 10K, to help break the silence. This was my fourth year running the Mini. I quite like this race. It’s a fantastic distance (long enough to pace, way shorter than a marathon), a nice […]

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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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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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2012 By The Numbers

Running without my Garmin’s nearly unimaginable. That being said, my Garmin obsession pays off at the close of each year. After ringing in 2013 with the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, there’s now some run data to be analyzed! Since I only started running in 2009, I still get a massive kick out of seeing my […]

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Running In 2012: Q&A

The 2012 year-in-running Q&A caught my attention after being mentioned by three amazing runners – Ashley, Jess, and Melissa. The questions got me reflecting on the year’s experiences. Since it was quite unpredictable and unprecedented (for me), I decided to follow suit and offer up a few words to give the year its due credit. […]

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Pensacola Marathon Training: Week 17

Week seventeen wound up being an extra week of taper to carry me through to Pensacola Marathon on November 11. Wrapped up training feeling strong and healthy. Who would have guessed the outcome of the marathon, then? Thus proving that even when training’s spot on, a good race isn’t necessarily guaranteed. Monday: Rest day. Tuesday: […]

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2012 Fall Season Conclusion: Pensacola Marathon

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble. Benjamin Franklin ~ To start with the obvious, this training and racing cycle was full of unprecedented and unpredictable events. A hurricane swept in the week before the NYC Marathon and wreaked havoc on the five boroughs. The race was on! The race was off! Never before had […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 16

Week sixteen was meant to be the final week of NYC Marathon training, ending with 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. Hurricane Sandy swept in on Monday, devastating neighborhoods, causing flooding and power outages. After the storm subsided, the NYC Marathon was announced to be on-schedule, as planned. I picked up my race bib on […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 15

Week fifteen was full of crazy taper emotions. One minute excited, the next full of nerves. Cut back on some cross-training, and have poured all energy into keeping my speed work sharp. Am starting to get my gear and plan organized for next weekend. You see that? I said, “next weekend.” One week until RACE […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 14

Week fourteen was the start of taper. Speed work and tempo runs maintained their intensity; long run shortened but required marathon pace. Time to let the body rebuild, and get race day necessities in order. Most importantly, time to appreciate the journey that began in the July heat. Excitement for race day is starting to […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 13

Week thirteen finally ushers in taper! Increased final long run from 20 to 22 miles. Overall, coming out of this week feeling accomplished! As they say: all the hard work is done. Now it’s time to start lowering mileage, keep up pace, and rest up for race day. 20 days and counting. Monday: Rest day. […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 12

Week twelve was an excellent running week. Some faster paced runs are making training fall into place. This was the second to last long run before taper. Over all, my body is feeling good with the mileage and the pace. Monday: Rest day. Tuesday: Intervals. Running commute in the form of mile repeats to get […]

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I’ve Changed My Mind

“You have to want it, you have to plan for it, you have to fit it into a busy day, you have to be mentally tough, you have to use others to help you. The hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.” ~ Amby Burfoot […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 11

Week eleven brought September to a close in the most fantastic way. It was an incredible week in which I met or exceeded training paces for all three running workouts. That’s a first for this training cycle. I’m encouraged to see evidence of progress. I feel more capable on my long runs lately. Sure the […]

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NYRR 5th Avenue Mile

“Blink and you miss a sprint. The 10,000 meters is lap after lap of waiting. Theatrically, the mile is just the right length – beginning, middle, end: a story unfolding.” Sebastian Coe ~ Fifth Avenue is beautiful on any given day. It truly is. But it becomes phenomenal when the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile arrives. […]

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NYC Marathon Training: Week 9

Week nine was basically a mini-taper in preparation for the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon. The half marathon was meant to be used as a tune-up race to assess how full marathon training is progressing. The race went very well and I wound up running a PR! It felt good to replace speed and […]

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Rock n’ Roll: Philadelphia Half Marathon

This past Sunday marked my third consecutive running of the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon. And, I’m excited this year’s wound up being a PR (Personal Record) race for me! Philly RnR has a significant place in my running history. In 2010, it was the first half marathon I’d ever run. Thinking back, that […]

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