MCM Training Week 10: The Big 2-0 (part one)

The miles are really piling up now – and as is the rest of my life. In fact, I have a race this week, and a million billion things to do, so let’s make this short and sweet! Last week called for a LOT of shuffling. Here was the original schedule: Monday: cross-train Tuesday: 7 […]

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MCM Training Week 9: Monster Month Commence

This week was the start of the really high mileage. As if my legs hadn’t already been feeling it. Fortunately for me, my Seattle high seems to have bled into this week. I already talked about my run on Monday – technically part of this training week – but  we can skip ahead. I got back from […]

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MCM Training Week 7: “Hey, Listen!”

Any nerds out there recognize this little pixie? Well, she was the one-time companion of this guy in the N64 game “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.”  And man, was this chick annoying. She’d constantly be peppering the hero with suggestions or little quips, sometimes helpful, but other times obnoxiously obvious (though not as bad as […]

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MCM Training Week 6: Return of the Hunger Beast

Can you hear it? That little rumble? It’s the hunger beast, and it’s growling for food. It doesn’t matter that you fed it five minutes ago. It doesn’t matter if you ran five miles or fifteen miles. It wants food – right now. And if you don’t feed it, there will be consequences. Mileage is still on […]

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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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Race Report: Just a Short Run 2013 (half-marathon)

This training cycle has been a bit of a whirlwind. Last year at this race, I broke two hours – I was gleeful, finally having cracked the time that for many is the holy grail. But that bar keeps getting raised for each of us. I was ready and eager to break 1:55 at Air […]

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CycleOps and an Air Force captain – how a bike trainer made my day

I’m four weeks into my current training cycle, and haven’t blogged – I could make a bunch of excuses about work and life in general being insane (which is true), but I am TOO EXCITED to go into all that. Why am I so excited, do you ask? Because people’s AMAZING generosity just astounds me, […]

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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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