Offseason antics

It’s been three weeks since the marathon – which I can hardly believe. My next big race isn’t until early May, so training doesn’t start until mid- to late-February. And I am blissfully happy about being in the off-season. It’s been a very long year.  So what have I been up to? Well, over Thanksgiving, […]

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Race Report: Pittsburgh Half-Marathon 2012

It was the best of time, it was the worst of times; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair… Okay, not really. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t a PR day, but I’m still pretty damn pleased with how it all went down, especially after taking some time to evaluate everything. But […]

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

They always say that for a PR day, there has to be some bit of magic. The stars have to align. The weather is perfect. You’re well-rested, well-fueled. You’re in a strong, positive and relaxed mindset. But sometimes you still have a wall or two to push through, and that can make the personal victory […]

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Race Report: Spring Thaw (10 miler)

The Spring Thaw – a multiloop race in a park near Pittsburgh with 10, 15 and 20 mile options that you could swap up or own on race day (even mid-race!) – marked my second race of 2012, my first “race” of my new training cycle, and my first long run of the training cycle. […]

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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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That “new shoes” feeling

I often save a post about new shoes until the verdict is in: I’ve run in them (at least once; just once is fine if it’s a particularly magical run because of particularly magical shoes), but this time, I just can’t stand waiting. When I first started running, I ran in whatever gym shoes I […]

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Taper taper taper pack

How do you go about tapering for a race when, for the last few weeks, you’ve been staving off injuries? Well, only time will tell, I’m afraid. After a failed cutback long run on Sunday (hoped it would be 8 miles, but cut it short at about half a mile), and instead road the bike […]

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Loss

The racing world lost an amazing woman yesterday. Sally Meyerhoff died in a bicycle accident in Maricopa, Ariz. yesterday; she was 27. She was an accomplished runner and triathlete. In January, she won the Rock ‘n Roll Arizona Marathon in 2:37.36. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends […]

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