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You Can Do It All (But Not At Once)

“Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.” ― Ashleigh Brilliant It’s been months since I shared something here. Last I wrote, I was ending a 10-week fundraising campaign in honor of my father’s loss to cancer. In retrospect, that sums up the theme of my 2014. There were […]

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Return To Running: Week Nine

Week nine was full of treadmill running. Alter G. Woodway. You get to know the difference in treadmills when you’ve been using them for weeks on end. With the bridle path an icy mess, and trying to limit the amount of pounding my foot takes on the road, it’s been interesting doing every type of […]

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Return To Running: Week Eight

Week eight was a great running week, for me. Mileage is continuing to build back steadily. Got a few runs in outside, which felt fantastic after so many frigid days and treadmill workouts. A return to the Central Park hills felt much better than last week, proving the body generally does, in fact, remember what […]

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Return To Running: Week Seven

Week seven was a big thumbs up in my book! Mileage is building back up slowly, and pace is coming down. I had a full schedule of physical therapy, cross-training, back-to-back runs, a tempo, and intervals. Braved the cold on Saturday for my “long” run, and even though the hills reminded me I’ve work to […]

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Return To Running: Week Six

Week six was a milestone week, post-injury, for two reasons: 1) return of the tempo run (hooray!); and 2) first back-to-back runs since October ’13 (huzzah!). Feeling good, moving forward, getting stronger and going longer. Monday Run: Tempo. First attempt at a gentle tempo run. Coach said one mile no faster than 7:30 pace. Ran […]

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Motivation: Keep Moving Forward

I’m fortunate to know many amazing people – hard workers with big goals, loyal to their dreams and their friends. Yet, none of us are without our personal challenges. We each encounter obstacles that bully us into questioning our instincts. Sometimes we’re shoved hard enough to want to quit. But we don’t. As I have […]

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Return To Running: Week Five

Week five saw a lot of indoor running on the Alter G because of bitter cold temperatures in the northeast. It was also the week of my longest continuous run since Chicago Marathon, and the much-anticipated return of (easy) intervals. Progress! Monday Run: Easy Intervals. The morning started at 50F, steadily dropped throughout the day. […]

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Return To Running: Week Four

Week four was another week of juggling workouts; but, happy to see my runs gradually getting longer. Still pain-free! Monday Rest Day. (Scheduled: 30-min run) Was not able to get my run in today, per schedule. Tuesday Run: 30-min Run. (Scheduled: 45-60 min spin w/ surges) Was scheduled to spin. Since I wasn’t able to get my […]

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Return To Running: Week Three

Week three required a little bit of juggling workouts to fit with my personal schedule. But, I’m happy to have a week that more closely resembles what I’m used to – five workouts including running and spinning. Not to mention I’m elated to be running pain-free while slowly rebuilding mileage. Monday Run: Easy. (Scheduled: 45-min Easy […]

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Return To Running: Week Two

Week two included some treadmill running, one gorgeous outdoor run, and physical therapy. Monday Run: Easy. Plan called for a 2-mile run with a 5-min walking break in between miles. Since I was at Finish Line PT, snagged some time running on the Alter G treadmill. First time running on this, and it’s quite an […]

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The Breaks: Moving Beyond Injury

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey ~ Two weeks ago, I returned to Dr. Geller, the orthopedic podiatrist who’s been treating my most-recent stress fracture. He x-rayed the site of the injury, and gave me the green light – healed! You can see it in the middle metatarsal: a faint, swirly milky way of […]

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Return To Running: Week One

Week one marked my return to Coach Kevin’s running workouts! I was officially cleared to run on December 6, so back up we start! I’ve also embarked on Physical Therapy to help rehab my foot and correct my running form moving forward. It’s humbling to start up again running a mile at a time, but […]

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What’s Next: 2014 Spring Season

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” Walter Elliot ~ After the Chicago Marathon, and while my stress fracture healed, I began to wonder: what’s next. With every marathon I’d run, I immediately had the next 26.2 lined up. Until Chicago. Not only did I not have […]

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Giving Thanks

“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s ~ Yes, it’s indeed time to make some decisions about spring goals. As I look forward, I’d also like to express my profound and heartfelt appreciation to those who support me. Their continued encouragement is not only amazing, but […]

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Closing The Chicago Chapter

“Each goal achieved is equally a dream destroyed.” Reinhold Messner ~ Thank you kindly for the introduction, Reinhold. I should add: my marathon dream is still very much intact. The Chicago Marathon was a beautiful race on a day made for marathoning. The conditions were ideal, and I lined up feeling confident. My mind was […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Seventeen

Week seventeen’s runs were pretty darn good. Perhaps minus Wednesday’s easy run, as that workout never feels great, to me. That aside, the runs went smoothly and my legs feel more recovered. Taper’s progressing along quite nicely, and I’m not experiencing taper madness as much as I have previously. At the time of publication, less […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Fifteen

Week fifteen was my last intense set of workouts before beginning to taper. The week had three fantastic runs. Thrown in was one “easy” run that felt junky, with noticeable shin pain. It caused me to take an unscheduled rest day, which helped. Closed the week out with an amazing set of intervals and a […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Fourteen

Week fourteen was a funky training week. It was probably the most I’d fallen off schedule, so far. It kicked off with a fantastic long tempo run. After that, the weather reared its ugly head. High temperatures, crazy humidity, and a terrible storm all played their part in derailing my week. Real life got in […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Thirteen

Week thirteen was another higher mileage week. It also required more schedule manipulation than usual due to my personal schedule. Had to move runs to the AM, PM, and switched my interval day. Resulted in some seriously fatigued legs on Thursday. Thankfully a rest day got them ready to run long, which meant ending the […]

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