My Dad – one of my biggest fans (Race Report: Man-Up 10K)

I was never an athlete in high school or college. Okay, okay, I know my sweet fiance is going to have a problem with that statement. I was never a competitive athlete in high school or college (or earlier). I swam on the neighborhood swim team when I was little. I’ve been a downhill skier since I […]

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Hello, Knoxville!

This past weekend I traveled to Knoxville, TN, to visit NF, who is currently doing some complicated researchy things I don’t totally understand (kidding – mostly) at Oak Ridge . And of COURSE we had to run a local 5K he found for us. 🙂 The Skeeter Run 5K. From what he’s told me, Knoxville […]

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Race Report: Pittsburgh Half-Marathon 2013

What recipe spells a big PR, and a shattered A-goal? Nice weather? Perfect fueling and hydration? Confidence and just the right amount of nerves? The company of good friends? I say all of the above.e This was my seventh half-marathon, and my third time running the Pittsburgh half – second time on this exact course […]

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Race Report: Burgh 10K

Something weird happened today. Something the average mid-packer doesn’t experience very often, if at all (at least, I hadn’t before – and maybe I”m alone in that). In the middle of a 10K, I felt like I was in an actual race. But let’s back up. NF and I had been planning on doing this race […]

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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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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: Montour Trail 5K

I know, I’m behind. I’ve had some pain/pre-injury issues, a lot of skipped workouts, and a 5K PR two weeks ago at Run Around the Square (noted later). But this race was the most encouraging moment of the season, so I’ll focus on that. My knee was making me very, very nervous. After SEVERAL skipped […]

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