MCM: Anatomy of a DNF

DNF – runner-speak for Did Not Finish.  It’s a hard pill to swallow, but at one point or another, every runner experiences it, at least once. Ever since my ankle twist on Friday, I knew it was a possibility – it was also possible I would DNS (did not start). But I was walking fine, […]

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Ankle freak-out

So I had grand plans for writing an inspiring, excited, nerve-riddled post about how much I planned to push myself tomorrow: run a smart, controlled race and push hard at the end, laying my heart out on the line. Then Friday morning happened. It started off innocently enough. It was very cold for late October […]

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MCM Training Week 15: Biding my time

Week 15. The hay is in the barn. All that remains is patience, and I have to tell you, I don’t have much of it. I haven’t had a full-on taper tantrum, but I can feel myself freaking out a bit more than I normally would. IT band sore after a run? Oh no, an ITBS […]

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MCM Training Week 14: New York, New York and marathon in jeopardy

I’m going to try not to talk about politics too much. All the people affected by the furloughs, and the specific parties and individuals who I think are the most worthless beings to breathe on this planet these last couple days. But seriously. I have a marathon to run. Monday I began the taper with a […]

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MCM Training Week 13: Peak Week

So. Many. Miles. Unfortunately, I really dropped the ball on photo-taking last week. Probably because between all the running, I was a sneezing, sniffling, coughing, miserable mess. That’s right, kids – I got sick during peak week. Marvelous. I started noticing I had some deep nasal congestion over the weekend, and by Sunday my throat […]

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MCM Training Week 12: Lots of miles and the Great Race 10K (race report)

This past week was the second to last hard week of the cycle – the one right before peak week. And I hit my highest weekly mileage, for a training week anyway (I did run 50 in a 7-day period because of my run-crazy trip to Seattle at the beginning of September. Oops?). I was […]

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MCM Training Week 11: Air Force Half-Marathon (race report)

Back when I was talking about figuring out how I wanted to set my goal(s) for MCM, I also mentioned my half-marathon goal for Air Force. In reality, the idea of trying to get 1:45-1:47 (8:00-8:15ish) scared the shit out of me. Lots of doubts crept in over the weeks, especially with a lot of […]

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