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Thanks to George Buckheit of Capital Area Runners, rather than running alone for all 26.2 Miles on Sunday I get to run with a group of girls!! I’m super excited about this because I had some of my best runs this summer with MR PIC. I’ve found that running with someone on these longer runs […]

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really happens when you compete with yourself. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. There will always be someone faster, skinnier, prettier, smarter, richer, happier, etc….so why bother even trying to be them. BE YOU. Here is Dorothy vs. Dorothy vs. Dorothy from my last three marathons I ‘raced’ – looks like Dorothy […]

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I broke down and joined. My friend MR PIC was running Columbus Marathon this weekend(and ran a 3:17 – WHAT WHAT!!!) and the race automatically tweeted your time as your crossed mats on the course. How high tech of them! I wanted to track how she was doing so I signed up. I’ve since learned […]

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With the marathon one week away it’s time for me to really come up with my game plan. All week long I’ve been getting myself pumped up and ready by trying to do all things running – except of course run too much. I finished the book What I Talk About When I Talk About […]

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So one of the very cool things about the blogging world is getting to meet new people because of your blog! In the last couple of miles of Freedom’s Run Marathon I started chatting with a fellow runner. We both were dying and tried to motivate each other to finish strong(we ended up finishing together). […]

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Normally a rainy week would prevent me from being able to run. Not from lack of wanting to – but from lack of the kids wanting to get soaked – silly babies! Miss B however was a dear friend and offered to watch the kids Thursday and Friday so I could get in an easy […]

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You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming. ~ Frank Shorter Toonks – GREAT point on the elevation map – it was very deceiving in my last race!! I never realized they drew straight lines. That is NOOOO fun. No wonder I had no idea how […]

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Do you think I should carry my own water? I really do not feel like carrying a fuel belt for the whole race. Do you think the water station will be too crowded? I too dislike carrying my water for the whole race. I’ve done it all sort of ways. Fuel belt the whole race […]

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The hard part of tapering for a marathon – NOT running. The easy part – NOT running. While I truly enjoy just taking it easy and rolling out of bed, I actually hate just taking it easy and rolling out of bed. Does this make sense? I love the exhilarated feeling I have after a […]

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Meredith Samson is a runner, a wife and a mother of two little girls. She lives and trains in Northern Virginia. Name: Meredith Samson Age: 29 Years Running: 12 Favorite Race Distance: the marathon, which is the distance I’ve raced the most, but DURING the race I probably wouldn’t say it was my favorite Favorite […]

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Saturday I ran 15 miles and felt great. Really only felt tired at mile 15! This is good news for me because last year after Marine Corps I tried to run 10 prior to Richmond Marathon and ended up walk/running about 8 or so. Ran about 5.5 this morning with Becca and again felt great. […]

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You asked – I answered. Here is an easy to understand basic explanation! And keep those questions coming!! Why is what you eat important before a marathon? Well if you think about it – you literally are what you eat. Every day the choices that you make on what to put in your mouth eventually […]

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One of my readers asked if I had any advice or tips for running the Marine Corps Marathon. I thought this information might be helpful for others as well so here goes. 1. Sleep. Getting enough sleep in the weeks leading up to the marathon is very important. Two nights before the most important. More […]

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Marine Corps Marathon – have I told you before how much I love this race? Well if I haven’t – I certainly will now. It’s my favorite – I LOVE MCM. I ran my first marathon there and will hopefully be completing my 5th Marine Corps this year. For 7 years I have been heading […]

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I want to cry right now. Not from sadness. Not from happiness. I want to cry after reading a comment one of the readers of my blog left on my Freedom’s run post….here is part of it…. I ran it in 4:48:46 and I’m proud of that- I think that course was a real test […]

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Races should be learning tools on the road to getting faster, going farther, running more or whatever your running goals may be. One should analyze what worked and what didn’t and make changes based on the analysis. So here is mine on Freedom’s Run. Maybe my mistakes will help you not to make the same […]

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I received an email from the race director of Freedom’s run tonight. This should be interesting I thought….here is part of it….. Inaugural Freedom’s Run Marathoners, First I want to congratulate each of you for an amazing achievement on running this challenging race and battling the hills of Antietam. We are designing a commemorative medal […]

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In order to tell a story is it best to begin at the beginning or end? For me I feel that I must talk about the end to really explain the beginning. I ran Freedom’s Run Marathon yesterday. Like an onion I had my layers. Goal 1. PR – earlier this year I had set […]

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A good friend reminded me this morning – This Is What We Do. Marathons – it’s what we do – it’s what I do. No need to stress. No need to be nervous. Live in the moment. Enjoy the race. *If you ever feel unloved, if even for a moment – run a marathon. I […]

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1. My marathon is 2 days away. I’m nervous. 2. Today would have been my Godmother’s Birthday. I miss her. 3. It’s getting chilly outside. I love/hate it. Must get a double weather shield asap. 4. We came in 2nd overall at Ragnar Relay. Training for 2010 begins next week. 5. Only two teams finished […]

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As promised here is the first of many Athlete Bios to come! Name: Linda Foley Location: Northern Virginia Years Running: 20+, although more seriously in the past 4-5 years Favorite Race Distance: 10 miles – it’s long enough that you have to train for it but short enough that you can recover quickly. Favorite Pre-Race […]

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….we wouldn’t have gotten lost….. Watching the video from my last posting makes me laugh – HARD. The guy in the video saying that Bridget didn’t look happy was Tim Knowlton – East Coast Sales Director for Saucony. Tim is the guy who we were six minutes late meeting – the guy who asked if […]

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I’m back from Ragnar Relay and still on cloud nine. There is too much to write in one post so I am going to do a couple!!! Oooo la la I know you are excited! As you know I got asked a week ago if I was interested in being on a Saucony Team for […]

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Last night I feared that it was not going to work out for me to do the relay…… I was slotted as runner 1 and needed to make it up to BWI airport by 9:45 am. If I had no kids this would not present any problems…..however when you are a mom things can get […]

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Yesterday morning I had 5 easy miles I needed to run. Easy is always a funny word to me when I head out the door pushing two kids. However I tried my best to keep the miles relatively slow. My mind started wandering to my long run this past weekend with MR PIC. I had […]

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Anyone who says they don’t like cloudy days has never woken up at my house. Look at the beautiful clouds I get to see every morning when I go running. One of life’s little pleasures….. Today is a rest day – the taper makes me go a little crazy……always wanting to run when I need […]

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I’ve finally become *THAT* person. I have for years sort of laughed at the 26.2 stickers people put on the back of their car. Thousands of runners, me included, run marathons each year – what’s so special about you that you have to announce it to everyone? Same thing went for wearing race gear to […]

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Who doesn’t love Friday? Fridays runs are supposed to be easy recovery days for me in preparation for my long runs the next day. Yesterday I woke up to an overcast, lightly misting sky – the perfect type of weather! Chloe, Miles and I set out for our run and for some random reason I […]

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…..or maybe I should say an addition to the plan. Two weeks from now I will be running the Freedom’s Run Marathon in West Virginia. One week from now I am supposed to run between 12 – 10 miles in order to taper for this marathon. Thursday night the local Saucony Tech Rep, Julia Rudd, […]

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I got this question again this morning – but it’s nothing new. A common question of non-runners or ex runners is always something to do with your knees or the pain they experienced while running or the pain they think you should experience while running. I have the very lucky fortune of saying that my […]

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