Today is a big day for those of you who entered the lottery for the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon!! So what do you do if you didn’t get in to Marine Corps Marathon? If you have been a runner for a long time you are likely aware that some races offer the option to transfer […]

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In highschool I took a public speaking class, the memories from that class are seared into my brain for forever. Looking back I think it was one of the classes I hated the most because it took me out of my comfort zone. I can still remember the teacher telling me on days I had […]


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 […]

Marine Corps Marathon 2011

10 years ago today I woke up in the apartment I was sharing with my mom. We gathered our stuff together and headed to the start line of Marine Corps Marathon. It was a morning filled with excitement and angst. Could I run 26.2 miles? Could a girl who pretended to hyperventilate to avoid running […]


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 […]

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As someone who for the majority of her life considered herself un-athletic there were two things sporty that I grew to love and felt like I was decent at. Running and core work. Core work doesn’t really qualify as a sport, and to some running doesn’t either….but either way this was mostly the extent of […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


One of the many things I was reminded of at Army Ten Miler is that what you wear is EXTREMELY important in long distance races. Again long distance is relative to the person but for me a long race is anything over 10 miles. The temperature on Sunday just before the race was around 50 […]

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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 […]

Heart Rate

Yesterday I went for an 8 mile easy run in the afternoon. It was raining in the morning so a triple stroller run was not an option and I WAS NOT in the mood to run on the treadmill. It felt easy because of the pace, but not so easy because of the heat – if that even […]