Beautiful and brutal: Big Sur International Marathon Race Report

It’s taken me a long time to get around to writing this. A lot of that is due to, well, LIFE. Adulting. We’ve been traveling a lot, trying to rest a lot, trying to make lives for ourselves in our new home a lot. So, there’s that. But I think at least a portion of […]

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Race Report: Georgia Publix Half-Marathon

Sometimes a race isn’t about busting a PR. It isn’t about hitting the goal pace you’ve been trying for weeks to train for. The one that sometimes seems free and flying and other times feels like a death march, or slipping between your fingers as you grasp for it futilely. Sometimes a race is about […]

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MCM Training Week 4: Cutback and get movin’

I had been thinking that I was wishing week 3 was a cutback week: between all of the packing and a grueling work week (including a couple 10+ hour days), my runs clearly suffered. Why did I have to push through a 7-mile tempo and a 14-mile long run during such a rough week? Well, […]

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MCM Training Week 2: Inside the Sauna

Week two is in the books, and it went as well as I could have hoped. I have to keep this fairly short since I have to squeeze in my easy 3 as early and quickly as possible tomorrow because of an insane-o work week and the fact that I’m moving apartments next week – […]

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MCM Training Week 1: Getting strong

Week one of Marine Corps Marathon training is in the books. There’s something simultaneously thrilling and underwhelming about the very first week – you want to dive into something that hurts, something that counts, something that signals of the weeks to come. But you have a long way to go, a long way to climb, […]

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Off-season highs and lows

(stolen from this post) The thing about the off-season is finding a balance between taking the appropriate time off from running and making sure not to lose all fitness, passion, and routine. It’s something I’m still working on – and something that involves a lot of listening to my body, and my mind. I’m still […]

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Race Reports: Great New Year’s Eve Run (5K) and Frigid Five Miler

I know, I know. Combining two race reports is a little cheap. But it’s hard to get gung-ho about rewriting a report after WordPress eats it. So here we go. December 31, 2011 – Great New Year’s Eve Run (Ohio) On New Year’s Eve 2011 I ran my last race of the year with NB, […]

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Race Report: Terrifying 10K

This year, I did my very first, costumed, Halloween run. And MAN was it fun. I’m sad it took me so long to do something like that. NB and I had long been giddy over the idea of dressing as Sam Flynn and Quorra from TRON Legacy. I managed to find an awesome Asics tank […]

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Weeks Five to Seven: I hate/love/hate/love running

Week Five: Monday: 10 min. erg warmup; arms and core workout Tuesday: 5.73 mi (random, I know), including 5 short, steep hill repeats; evening pilates class Wednesday: 30 min. bike (hard); legs workout Thursday: 4 miles easy Friday: 4 miles easy Saturday: rest (though did a lot of swing dancing at a wedding!) Sunday: rest […]

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A deer, an unleashed dog, and a sprained ankle

Sunday: 5.24 mile trail run Monday: 6 mile easy run Tuesday: slept in, just went to afternoon pilates class Wednesday: 5 mile tempo run – 1 mi warmup,  3 @ tempo, 1 mi cooldown Thursday: 10 min erg warmup, then arms and core workout Friday: 2 miles easy Saturday: off Sunday: 8 mile long run […]

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