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In late summer, early fall there is a house in my town {Leesburg, VA} that puts out flowers at the end of their driveway, along with a donation box for a food pantry. For two years now I've driven past this little stand almost daily and thought about stopping. The house is simply beautiful. The flowers and the way they are put outside for you to take silently as you donate is wonderful. Last week I was on my way home with Colton and finally decided to stop. Chloe's birthday was coming up and … [Continue reading...]

Competitor Cover 3

Right after I ran Rock N Roll 1/2 for fun I headed to LA to meet up with 2 other 26 Strong teams that had been chosen for a Saucony/Competitor Magazine photo shoot. When I flew out there I had no idea that my cadet, Danielle and I would end up on the cover of […]

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Heart Shell

  If’ I’m being truthful, it wasn’t love at first sight. In my heart I knew maybe our paths crossed for a reason, but I’m old enough to know that things come and go. As days turned to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years, I felt like this was something that could possibly last. I […]

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Competitor Cover 2

It’s getting close to marathon season which means long runs are in full effect! You may just find yourself getting tired of your summer playlists. Here are ten new songs to add for September! photo from the Saucony & Competitor Magazine 26Strong Photo Shoot in La The biggest winner of the month is Nicki Minaj—who […]

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My husband surprised me for our anniversary with a family beach trip to the Outer Banks. It couldn’t have been a more perfect gift. The beach is my happy place. It’s where all my worries melt away and life seems simpler. I don’t know if it’s the salt water, or the sand, the wind or the […]

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Vegas 2

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should join me in running Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas. 1. You get the big marathon experience with a smaller marathon feel. I’ve run large marathons and small marathons. I’ve finished first and I’ve finished 2,049,823,498 (slight exaggeration). When I run a larger marathon now, it’s typically for the […]

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Competitor Photo Shoot 1

I can’t believe it’s almost September already!! Where does the time go? On the last day of August here are ten songs to add to your running or workout playlist! This month’s top 10 list plays host to a variety of dance cuts, club remixes, and curious collaborations. On the cardio front, you’ll find a pair […]

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Chicago

This post was originally posted at HERE When I started running, the goal was to complete. It didn’t matter how long a run or race took me. What mattered was that I covered the distance. As I moved up in distance and ultimately settled on 26.2 as my favorite, it no longer became about completing […]

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Womens Running Blogger

I’m really excited to share that I will be blogging over on the Women’s Running Magazine website! Myself and four other female bloggers will be bringing you new posts weekly. The other four bloggers are: NYC Running Mama – http://nycrunningmama.com/ Hungry Runner Girl – http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com/ T-Rex Runner – http://trexrunner.com/ Eat Pray Run DC – http://eatprayrundc.com/ The […]

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Mazda 1

I’m excited to announce that I am part of an expanded partnership between Mazda USA and Rock N Roll Marathon! I will be the Tastemaker at four Rock N Roll races this year and will be at the expo where you can share your stories of how running has been a game changer in your […]

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How is it already the 9th of July? It feels like 2014 just started and now it’s more than half over!! If you are looking for some new songs to add to your fall/winter marathon training playlist here are the top 10 from RunHundred for July! This month’s top 10 list plays host to an […]

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Wanted to share a post I recently wrote for the 26Strong blog on my simplified thoughts on nutrition and running, if you haven’t read it you can check it out here. http://running.competitor.com/2014/06/saucony-26-strong/dorothy-beal_105561   I bit the bullet today {even though I already knew this was on my plan for 2014} and signed up for the […]

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Ride 7 Contest

The winner of last week’s instagram giveaway of a new pair of Saucony Ride 7’s is —- CHASINGBUNNYB  Please email me at irunthisbody@gmail.com Be sure to follow @mileposts on instagram for more fun giveaways coming soon!!   Hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend!! xo Dorothy

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Run Washington Photo 1

A couple of months ago I found out I had won an award for my twitter feed in the Best of RunWashington awards. The editor emailed me for pictures and when I sent back nothing usable he asked if he could schedule a photo shoot for me. The photographer arrived to my house on a sunny […]

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Colton and Mommy Running

Colton and I have been playing a lot of music lately on our runs together. He dances while I try not to die from the humidity combined with pushing the stroller. It’s always ALL smiles when we are finished. If you are looking for more music to add to your summer play list check out […]

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Shalane CC

  The Capital Challenge Race came and went faster than a blink of an eye. Hard to believe I’ve been volunteering at this race since before Chloe was born. I find the older I get the faster time moves. One of the things I’ve been working on lately is to be present in the moment. […]

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Miles May

If you have been reading this blog from the beginning, this statement will come as ZERO surprise to many of you. My priorities are often completely OUT OF WACK. It’s easier to see these things on the outside looking in. It’s a hard thing to admit something negative about yourself to others, but it’s even […]

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Some days you need to mix up the route you run for the run to still seem fun. Wasn’t in the mood for 10 miles at my usual spot on the W & OD and since I was solo with no stroller to push {focusing on a positive – even though I do love my little running […]

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Shalane

I mean it’s no big deal right that in mere hours I get to pick up one of the coolest and most talented female distance athletes around – right?!?! From the airport Shalane and I will be heading to our hotel in Arlington to get a good nights sleep before the Capital Challenge Race tomorrow morning. She […]

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May 2014

I found this quote recently from Joan Benoit Samuelson and loved it……. “When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I’d walk when cars passed me. I’d pretend I was looking at the flowers.” Have you ever felt like this? I remember in college, when my social anxiety was at it’s peak, asking one […]

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This is the time of year that my heart starts to flutter when I think about running. After making it through another winter and having a serious love/hate relationship with running – now is when our relationship turns to pure love and happiness on {almost} every run. Monday – 8 miles pushing Colton. On Mondays I […]

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May Running 1

It’s been awhile since I have had to log any serious mileage while pushing the running stroller. I knew before starting my run this morning that it was going to be hard no matter the pace. Colton hasn’t been in to running or going to the gym with me lately and for one reason or […]

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Worms 1

It has rained, actually poured for two days straight in the DC area. Roads near me were closed because of high water and I’ve gotten multiple flood warning alerts on my phone. I’m a fan of rain, BIG fan. Here’s a couple of reasons why….. 1. Rain is cleansing to me. I like to think […]

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IRTB Baseball

Run Hundred always has a great top 10 list to keep your playslist fresh and this month is no different. The top 10 list contains a  healthy mix of perennial favorites and relative upstarts. Chart regulars like Shakira and OneRepublic both clock in with their most recent singles. At the same time, Ed Sheeran and Christina Perri are making […]

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Website New - Tanks

Littles: Moooooommmmy – can we buy some more bandaids. Me: I will buy them just this once, but band-aids are a waste of money, they don’t help things heal. Littles: Ummm ok. Can we get the spiderman ones? Me: Yes {thinks to self that I’m throwing $2 away again on bandaids that will get placed all […]

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Boston 2014 2

My sincere apologies for taking so long to pick a cadet and for the delay in getting this post up. I wanted to read through every single comment and really think about who I was picking for this adventure. There were so many amazing stories and I have a list a page long of women […]

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Myself, Michelle and Jess will be taking over Fitness Magazine’s instagram account on Monday April 21! Jess and I will be running the race and taking pictures at Athlete’s Village, along the course, and at the finish – while Michelle will be spectating and sending you what she is seeing from the sidelines. The three of […]

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Essie Silver Platter

One of the quirky little things I like to do before races is to make sure my nails are painted and that my hair is straight. I will literally get up an extra 15 minutes early to flat iron my hair. Ditto with going to bed late to make sure even my toes are painted […]

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518 My first marathon - MCM '03

Reading through the entries for the Saucony 26Strong marathon team has been amazing. Literally, I wish I could pick all of you, or have a blog post monthly where you all shared these types of stories – it’s so motivating and inspiring to me. I don’t love the word INSPIRE as silly as that sounds. […]

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Boston Snez 2

After what felt like a couple of month hiatus from sharing my randomness on this blog {really it was about two weeks – so short no one even noticed I was gone – ha} – I officially feel back and ready to share! At the beginning of April my mom {@misslesleyruns on twitter and instagram} was interviewed […]

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