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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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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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 […]

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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  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. […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

Find Your Strong Headshot

I firmly believe in my head and heart that I GET to run rather than HAVE to run, yet I often have to remind myself of this fact. Lately running has felt like something I have to do instead of something that I make time for because I enjoy it. At night I always go […]

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April is my favorite month of the year. Its not too hot – not too cold – just riiiiiiight. The thought of April approaching in March makes my heart leap. April 1st is a very special day for me. It’s the birthday of my great grandmother who died of TB when my grandmother was very young, I […]

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I’m a big fan of the ladies at Another Mother Runner so I may have been a tiny bit giddy when they included me in their podcast round up post today! Thank you Sarah and Dimity!!!   Link to their blog post: http://anothermotherrunner.com/2014/03/23/102-2nd-best-of-another-mother-runner-radio-running-podcast/ {my little blurb is around 45 minutes in to the podcast} Link to […]

Target Run Fast Shirt

Chloe and I spotted this fun little shirt at Target today in the girls running section. I love it so much that there is running specific gear for little girls now. It was not so long ago that many did not consider running a sport or something that could possibly even warrant a section in a […]

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In a world that doesn’t often make sense I’d like the weather to – I know – I know – there are bigger issues. It’s been REALLY nice all week and now we are supposed to see a 30 degree temperature drop in one day. I can’t handle this – please get it together mother nature – […]

Roosevelt

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Happy Valentines Day my friends!   Hope you have all enjoyed a nice day filled with lots of miles and smiles. My gift to myself today was 20 treadmill miles <3

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The littles are home again, this time from an ice storm rather than a snow storm. I love how beautiful ice makes everything look, but it is really destructive. I swear I have spent a good portion of the winter outside trying to get snow and ice off the bending bushes in our backyard. I […]

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AM Workout: 3 treadmill miles 55 minutes of spin class strength Day 3 Food: Basmati Brown Rice Peach Jelly {organic with no fake sugars} Chicken Carrots Kale Brussels Sprouts Salad with chicken {middle of the night – I was out – better than the mozzarella sticks I would have been eating in my college days} […]

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This past weekend I FINALLY took my USATF Level 1 Certification test. I passed  with a 92% {80% is needed to pass the course} and I’m proud to say I am now a RRCA Certified Coach as well as USATF Level 1 Certified Coach! Below are my thoughts if you are thinking of taking the […]