Many moons ago I would set up a training plan for myself and actually follow it. This hasn’t happened in awhile. I train but don’t train. I throw in a tempo here and there – whenever I feel like it. I race when it moves me, and run however far – fast – or slow – […]

B & A Marathon is not so far off. I’m back up to speed with the long runs but not with mileage or speed work. I’m not too concerned with mileage this training cycle, because frankly I just don’t feel like running 70+ miles a week right now. When it warms up maybe this will […]

I coach myself each training cycle. I am my easiest client because I don’t really have a set in stone training plan. I found early on in running that having a laid out plan before me does not motivate me – in fact it does quite the opposite. I stress the night before about the […]

My treadmill is in my bedroom, literally 2 feet from my bed. It faces the TV and my favorite corner of the house. I am thankful that instead of putting the treadmill in our unfinished basement we put it in my bedroom. I like looking at things that make me happy. The treadmill reminds me […]

Here is what my running week looked like last week: Training for Marine Corps Marathon has not officially started yet but I still like to evaluate my running each week to see what worked and what did not. When I look at this week and critique it, I see a couple of things. 1. Double […]

Here is what my running week looked like last week: Training for Marine Corps Marathon has not officially started yet but I still like to evaluate my running each week to see what worked and what did not. When I look at this week and critique it, I see a couple of things. 1. Double […]

For every up there is a down, for every down there is an up.  For every hill I run down there is another yet to climb.  I will not be defeated by the valleys in my life. Thank you Miles for letting me run!  Every morning I wake up between 5 am and 6 am to […]

Each week that my long run mileage is high I have ‘long run anxiety’, but I don’t have speedwork anxiety.  Why? I trick my mind.  I know that at some point during the week I will need/want to do speedwork, but I don’t decide until the last minute what that day will be.  I know what days it […]

To say I’m tired is an understatement.  I’m mentally exhausted for a variety of reasons. What do I do when the going gets tough?  Quit? NO. I fight. I used to be the girl that complained ALL the time about this and that.  The girl who hit an obstacle in the road and gave up.  I’m […]

Is it summer yet?  I’m sick of cold weather training already! I ran three times last week.  This isn’t enough.  It isn’t enough mentally and it’s certainly not enough if I plan to successfully run Boston.  I could dwell on this or I can choose to move on and focus on the success’s I had.  […]

It’s a constant battle between my mind and my fitness. I’m constantly feeling out of shape and under prepared for races. This morning while lamenting to my mom about runs that have been less than great, she reminded me the runs are not the race. It’s easy to have lots of less than great runs […]

I remembered my mental note and looked up what my tempo pace should be based on my performance at the Veterans Day 10K. McMillan has me at 6:44 – 7:01 pace – faster than I ran the other day. Oh well. I still think I put in a good effort and considering my lack of […]