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Last night I headed to Georgetown to meet up with my mom and attend the awards ceremony for Marine Corps Marathon! A little mother-daughter time was just what the doctor ordered – that and two glasses of wine. My mom ran a HUGE personal PR at Marine Corps Marathon which was good enough for 6th […]

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I ran a marathon on Sunday. I was smart and to quote Frederik Van Lierde “it worked out” Sometimes you are in shape to run a 3:05 marathon and you run a 3:17 other times you are in shape for a 3:20 marathon and run a 3:13. The marathon isn’t just about fitness - it’s a […]

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The weather will be near perfect for a marathon tomorrow. Not too hot, not too cold. There may be some points along the course that are breezy or downright windy, they always are, but other than that it should be a beautiful day for a marathon around our Nations Capital. I’ve made the mistake many a […]

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If you have never run a marathon before you have most likely heard of this thing called THE WALL. Some runners believe that you can’t run a marathon without hitting the wall and others know better. I’ve hit the wall {many times}. I’ve also NOT hit the wall and had great races where I finished 26.2 miles […]

RW Challenge

Missed out on registering for Marine Corps Marathon?  Had a terrible time getting through the online system the day of registration? Still want to run? Register for the Runner’s World Challenge for your entry into MCM 2013! Runners who sign up for the challenge receive VIP treatment race weekend including: ·         Entry into the always sold […]

I RUN THIS BODY - Reston 10 Miler

It’s taper time. Taper essentially means I go a little crazy in my head. Crazy from not running the way I want to be running. Crazy from worrying that any little twinge I feel will turn into something more. This time I’ve been extra crazy because I have a sinus infection. Friday I went to […]

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I know in order to recover properly and keep doing this marathon thing year after year I have to rest. I enjoy rest and I hate rest. After a marathon I usually take a week off from running or working out. I’m typically in pretty good shape physically post marathon so sliding into my jeans […]

Marine Corps Marathon 2012 Cert

It’s been three weeks since Marathon #21. A LOT has happened since then – including the wonderfully painful Marathon #22. I don’t want to forget #21 mostly because I was happy, really happy. So here I sit, a in a state of self induced force, writing my own words down so years from now #21 doesn’t mesh together […]

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email – would you have any interest in interviewing Shalane Flanagan? me – jumping up and down – freaking out – ummm YES 2012 has been an incredible year in my life for so many reasons – so many in fact that I can’t even begin to count them. It makes me feel blessed and […]

25 Miles

As I type this – I’m dancing at my desk. Some Nights is playing in the background. I’m embracing fear. I said I was smart – maybe I am – maybe I’m not. What I ultimately decided was that I didn’t know why I was giving up a race I loved for one that I was only half […]

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Fall is a time of wonder. A time of renewal. The fall of the leaves reminds me that nothing last forever. That in life there are seasons. We can not be green and bright year round. We are beautiful when we are red, orange and yellow. Fall is a time when a simple leaf can bring immense […]

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Last night I felt sick to my stomach. I was silent. This doesn’t often happen. My husband asked me over and over again what was wrong. *nothing* You are deep in thought about something. Tell me. *nothing* *you could get used to me being silent right?* The reality was nothing was wrong – but my […]

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My alarm went off before 4 am this morning. Hit snooze twice. Told myself I would run later. Admittedly I stayed up later than planned reading Endurance. I snuggled up to my husband and he nicely asked me if I was going to run. I said no I’d run later. He said there was no […]

10 Mile Race

What happens after you have a bad long run? Do you automatically start to doubt your ability on race day or do you move on and chalk it up to training? I’ve done both. 9 years ago when I first started training for marathons a bad long run would get me down for weeks. I […]

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Two weeks ago I was furiously packing my bags for the trip of a lifetime. Yet I still sit here unable to put into words how amazing the whirlwind weekend was. I find that writing a post makes things final and when it comes to recaps it means something is over. Admittedly I don’t want […]

Trail

Monday determines my week. If I start it out on a high note with running, my weekly mileage usually follows suit. If I skip my run that day or have a rocky start, I find it hard to get in a groove. After my basically-no-sleep-weekend in NYC with Women’s Running Magazine, I started out last […]

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I’ve never had an injury. Yep – never. There have been times I felt a twinge of something coming. When I did I pulled back. I rested. I lowered my mileage, even stopped it for a little. I listen to my body. ALWAYS. Listening to my body is what I credit to this no injury […]

Washingtonian

Melissa Romero from the Washingtonian recently posed this question to me. It took all of 5 minutes for me to respond to her with my admition that I do *race hair* before a big race. The admission ended with me laughing to myself over how silly it seemed that I do this before races. Silly […]

HTC Leg 1 Start

How do you figure out what pace you should train at? From the 5K distance up to the marathon – it’s not easy to know what the optimal training paces are with out help from someone with experience. My go to site for figuring out what pace I should train at is the McMillan Running […]

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Do you have those days when you just can’t seem to put your finger on it, but you feel blue? Or the days that you sort-of-can put your finger on it but you aren’t really sure how to explain it to anyone other than yourself? I get this way post marathon. Each and EVERY time this happens […]

Boston Marathon 2012

Today I ran my 20th marathon. It’s always surreal to me when my words are the words that help me the most. It’s why I blog. I love inspiring others but most of all I write every word for myself. To document my journey. To give me STRONG when I don’t have any. To learn. […]

Marathon Guide

As if this week/month/year couldn’t get any better…. Guess whose name is on the main page of www.marathonguide.com ??? Oh and what makes it even cooler? My good friend is on there too! I haven’t yet mentioned that not only did I come first with a PR BUT my friend [and mommy of Miles's best friend] […]

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I write and re-write blogs posts in my head every day. Sometimes I get a chance to type them up – others are lost forever because I can not find the time to put the words down. Still others I start remain drafts for various reasons. Yesterday in the car I started this post. I […]

One of my favorite Christmas presents. Dream Big, Run Long bracelets from my sister!

Prior to Columbus Marathon I put it out there that I had BIG DREAMS of one day running a 3:10 marathon. When I decided on that DREAM I didn’t think I could or would even come close to it for a VERY LONG time - it seemed like a BIG DREAM [and a huge goal]. Then decided to go […]

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There is something about a long run that I love and hate all at the same time. When I don’t HAVE to do long runs. I MISS them. I find the distance intimidating yet exhilarating. December is usually a blah month for me. It sounds crazy since it’s a time for celebration, but the post […]

Ever have one of those days that you just feel sluggish, slow, out of shape, etc.?? Yesterday was one of those days for me and I’m not sure why….. I had a great long run on Saturday where I just ran for time. I needed to at least get in 20 miles and ended up […]