Oh what a weekend

Boy oh boy. Just seven days left until the Marine Corps Marathon and thank goodness we’re tapering because there’s just too much going on these days. This weekend’s run of eight miles couldn’t… Continue reading

What has made training different this time?

I’ve had several blog posts in the last few months about how great and strong and capable I feel. This is sort of unusual for me during marathon training. Sure, I say it’s… Continue reading

Yoga Heights Review Part 2: Pilates

Last week I posted a review of yoga at Yoga Heights. Now it’s time for Pilates. I’ve done three different Pilates classes and they were all a bit different. Here goes. I went… Continue reading

Michigan Running

Greetings from Michigan where I am hanging out with one of the coolest almost-2 year olds in the world and, of course, running just a bit. On the books for yesterday was 14… Continue reading

Last midweek 7 mile run before MCM

I have a confession to make. I have become accustomed in the last few weeks to waking up, working for a couple hours, then going on a run. Yesterday I needed to wake up,… Continue reading

Yoga Heights Review Part 1: Yoga

After many many months, I’ve finally been going to Yoga Heights. This is a studio that has only been open a few months but I bought a 30 day class pack way back… Continue reading

Why do we do this?!

I’ve been asking myself this question for about 7 hours now. Why do I think training for and running a marathon is a good idea? I had a couple pretty hard runs this… Continue reading

Why I’m a Morning Runner

Alternate Title: Why Tuesday’s Run Sucked Alternate Title #2: Why I Should Stick With What Works On Tuesday I had great plans to wake up, relax a bit, apply for a couple jobs, then… Continue reading

Second Sixteen Anxiety Syndrome

I have survived Second Sixteen Anxiety Syndrome (SASS). The second 16 mile run of marathon training is the most challenging for me. On February 16, 2013 I couldn’t finish the second 16 because… Continue reading

This post is all about bragging.

Sometimes I excel at feeding myself. Recently, that has been the case. I have been so good, in fact, that I have no pictures of the food I am about to tell you… Continue reading

12 Tough Miles

Remember last week when I felt so great after 18? Well, I think I was a bit overly confident and thought I could do everything. Turns out, that’s not true. Yesterday we kicked… Continue reading

I haven’t run in daaaays!

Okay. That might be a bit dramatic. I haven’t run since Monday (technically days) but I feel like it’s been months and months. I was looking forward to cutback week but really I feel… Continue reading

Why I’m starting to like yoga

I have long had a tenuous relationship with yoga. It’s just not fun. I get bored. I think about all the other REAL workouts I could be doing instead of yoga. (Of course,… Continue reading

Who knew 18 miles could feel so good?!

Okay, I may be coming down from a runner’s high right now but I am so excited after this morning’s run. We did 18 miles and I felt pretty good the whole time.… Continue reading

Oh what a difference 20 degrees makes

This morning I eventually got myself out of bed for a run. After Saturday’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run I really did not want to go out today. Luckily I had… Continue reading

95 degrees…

This morning we ran 16 miles. The longest run of training so far and the heat index was 95 degrees when we finished. No wonder it was terrible. I opened my door to… Continue reading

15 miles to close out the [running] week

I am currently in paradise. Other people know it as Okoboji. But I know it as my favorite place. I got here three days ago, after a little time here: The week started with my… Continue reading

14 miles and a “natural” exfoliant

Man. I’m tired. 14 miles this morning. We did the Custis Trail which I really like, but it’s a very challenging run. We had more than 1000 feet of elevation gain in those… Continue reading

HRM Training

A few months ago I started wearing a heart rate monitor for most of my runs and bike rides. It’s been super interesting. I didn’t know much about heart rate training but when I… Continue reading

More cut-back week fun

Today’s long run was 8 miles. That’s right. 8. And Monday’s “easy” run will be 7. So 8 felt pretty good. And it actually got cooler while we ran today. How’s that for… Continue reading