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Intentional

Intentional

January brings out two types of people, those that see a new year as a chance to make changes or resolutions and those that don’t make resolutions but hope to make changes to their lives throughout the year. I’m a bit in both camps.  I love January as a way to say good-bye to all that’s recently happened and to open the door to new experiences and changes.  Usually I write down what things I want to accomplish, learn or experience…

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The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Good news, I finished!  There were times during the run that I doubted that would happen, even less then .5 mile to go — I did want to stop running.  I think I could have used another two months of training to feel better about my run.  However, I don’t think I’d have used those extra two months wisely.  I’m very proud of myself for sticking to the training plan (for the most part) and for completing the race. Everyone…

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Taper Week Anxiety

Taper Week Anxiety

I’m days away (I could even start counting the hours), from the start of the marathon.  I have the “I haven’t run enough” taper week anxiety.  Today was my last easy run until the big day.  I did speak with a good running friend last night and he gave me some good advice, “Don’t do anything different, you know that you’re not going to be able to do anything this week to make the run better, but you can do…

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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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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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Glutton for Punishment

Glutton for Punishment

It’s been 21 days and two hours since I decided to run the NYC marathon, I’m not sure what I got myself into and if I’ll be able to finish…but I was given an offer that I couldn’t refuse.  However, I am already two weeks behind in training!  Sigh. I don’t know why I do this to myself on an on-going basis, I sign up for events that at the time sound “fun” and “once in a lifetime”.  Then, as…

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