Marathon Doubt

Marathon Doubt

I’m now two weeks before my marathon, and I’m not confident that I’ve done all I can to finish strong.  I’m in the taper weeks and I’m still having a few “bad” runs for every “good” run.  All I think about is what I’ll feel like at mile 16, 18, 20, 26?  Will I even make it that far?  Surely others have trained less then me and will finish.  There is no reason why I won’t finish.  I’m trying positive…

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Chasing Bourbon

Chasing Bourbon

This past weekend was the Bourbon Chase relay.  I’ve participated in several relays — Ragnar Road Relays, Ragnar Trail and the Hood to Coast relay.  I have to say, the Bourbon Chase relay was by far and away the best relay I’ve done to date.  I would even say it’s one of the best run-cations I’ve ever had.  The event itself was very well organized, there were tons of volunteers who had answers to all of our questions, and the…

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One Good Run Makes All the Difference

One Good Run Makes All the Difference

I have good news to report, instead of throwing in the towel after several weeks of bad runs and giving up to my couch…I headed out for another run.  The first run out wasn’t pretty and didn’t lift my confidence any.  Then, the next day, I had one of those beautiful runs that makes all the bad runs worthwhile.  And the next day, I had my fastest run yet.  I must have hit rock bottom and ran my way back…

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The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real

I’m 12 weeks into my marathon training plan with 4 weeks left and for the first 6 weeks all went really well and I was so proud of myself for sticking to it and completing all of the runs on the plan.  Then I had a few weekends of travel and a few unmotivated days in between.  The little lies and forgiveness didn’t help get me out the door and I’ve slipped on the training plan a bit.  The good…

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Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh

As part of my marathon training, I’m also revamping my eating habits.  I’m not making a clean sweep of everything in my pantry and refrigerator.  I’m eating through what I have and then replacing those items with healthier options.  I read through “The Athlete’s Fix” and also re-read “The Feed Zone” and plan on making updates to my diet.  I don’t currently have any bad symptoms that I feel I need to change with my diet, but I’m curious to…

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Little Lies and Forgiveness

Little Lies and Forgiveness

I’ve participated in many events over the years; triathlons, cycling tours, running relays, half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, and various other athletic adventures.  I’ve always been sporty and worked out mostly for fitness and have never really “trained” with a training plan for any event.  The last time I officially trained for something was in college when I played D1 soccer.  On all occasions, I’ve signed up for these events and then just showed up and hoped for the best. I’m…

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Shoe Fly, Don’t Bother Me!

Shoe Fly, Don’t Bother Me!

To be honest, I don’t know what a shoe fly is, but I have recently figured out what deer flies are, and they are driving me crazy on my morning run! I’ve tried everything — slathering myself with bug spray, wearing long sleeves, running waving my arms around like I’m a crazy person.  Nothing was working, so then I sought out the interwebs. After reading the wikipedia page, which did nothing to help me with solutions for thwarting deer flies,…

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