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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Twelve

Week twelve capped off August training. This week’s running pushed me into the highest mileage month I’ve ever logged. I made it out of the city for a few days, to bid farewell to the summer in Fire Island. Was beautiful to see the beach blanketed by dark clouds (so moody, I love it). I […]

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CPTC Founder’s 5K

Coach: So you’re ready to run fast tomorrow.  Me: Believe so, Coach.  Coach: That wasn’t a question. You are ready. A few weeks ago, Coach Kevin requested I get a 5K race on the calendar. The intent being to benchmark my current fitness, and fine-tune my Chicago Marathon training paces. This made me giddy. I’d […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Five

Week five saw my first 5 runs/week scheduled out of three marathon training cycles (love it), running in Nike LunaRacers (nice), and weekly mileage that nearly exceeds last cycle’s peak mileage (wow!). Monday Run: Tempo. Expected a battle of a run due to heat, humidity, and nasal congestion. Instead, was greeted with that “feel like […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Four

Week four consisted of more hot and humid running (makes for a strong fall), a thwarted attempt to run in Nikes (fate?), and a really satisfying round of intervals (love, love, love). Monday Run: Tempo. Evening run. Warmed up comfortably; started to drop pace at end of warmup to head into tempo miles. Set Garmin to […]

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Runner’s World-Mizuno Mezamashii Run Contest

Run long enough, you’re bound to experience it: Mezamashii. What is that, exactly? The word itself – Mezamashii – means “eye-opening” or “brilliant.” But, in the more soulful sense, it’s the euphoric feeling of a brilliant run. Contest Details Have you had that Mezamashii run? Show us! Runner’s World and Mizuno want to see your […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Three

Week three featured heat and humidity (’tis summer), a full week of workouts (hooray!), a fantastic-feeling interval session (elated!), and popsicles after the NYRR Pride Run (heaven). Monday Run: Tempo. Holy freaking hot. Granted, running a tempo at noon in summer isn’t ideal. But, that’s what worked with my schedule. Took advantage of water sprinklers […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Two

Week two: New racing flats (total awesomeness), speed work (more awesomeness), and a Philly run (so lovely). Monday: Run. Tempo. Adore tempo runs; they’re always my favorite workout. Can’t wait for these to pick up in mileage. Had to cut cool down short by few minutes because of time constraint. Fueled with one packet of protein-enhanced UCAN. […]

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I’m A Bit Type A…A5, That Is

Without further ado, meet the Saucony Type A5! More to come once they’ve got a few speed sessions under their belt… Weight: 5.2 oz (women’s) Drop: 4mm

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Feet, Meet Flats!

This past Sunday, I did a tour de running shops. Mission: test various racing flats. It’s what we runners call “due diligence,” right? Except it’s way more fun, akin to opening loads of birthday presents. After some interesting conversation and a few test runs, I’ve chosen my first flats! Without further ado, meet the Contenders: […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week One

Week one: a return to speed work (love) and tempo runs (love). Learning to slow down those long and easy runs (dealing). Monday: Run. Tempo. First tempo session since Eugene Marathon. Soft surface run – bridle path/reservoir. Felt fantastic! Fueled with one packet of protein-enhanced UCAN. Plan = 15 min wu; 1 mi @ 8:10-8:20 min/mi; […]

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A Mile in Pre’s Shoes?

One item on my training to-do list is buy racing flats. More precisely, get professionally fitted for them. I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit I’ve dreamed of this. I equate racing flats with Pre, elites, pros, the fastest of the fast. Now it’s my turn? Well, not because of some qualifying standard. Coach says […]

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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: Pre-Race Thoughts

With my shakeout run done and the race tomorrow, it seems a good time to reflect on some pre-race feelings. Speaking of Pre, there are signs of the larger-than-life legend everywhere. The track where Pre ran is beautiful and open, and largely unchanged from photos I’ve seen of him dominating his hometown turf. It’s not […]

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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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