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Month: October 2012

To Philly or Not to Philly: That is the Question.

To Philly or Not to Philly: That is the Question.

I’ve been yo-yo-ing about Philadelphia Marathon since I got back from Chicago. I was going to take a week/10days off and decide. Its been 3 weeks and I can’t still 100% decide.Lots of talks with people, I was 98% close to backing off.Then some pep talk and decided this week to go for it. Unfortunately, I ran 3 times and I could feel the tightness and twinges in my hamstring everytime, plunging me in doubt again. My philosophy – when…

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The Pill Culture in the life of a Recreational Endurance Athlete

The Pill Culture in the life of a Recreational Endurance Athlete

Taylor Phinney, the US cyclist, 4th place in Olympic Road Race and Time Trials, talked about getting the pill culture out of the sport. In the interview, he addresses the issues of popping a pill in order to dull the edge of a difficult sport. Although he talks from the view of a professional cyclist, some of his comments resonated with me. It got me thinking about various instances when I’ve seen, heard, or used pills/pain medications. The research and…

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"You set yourself up for Disappointment"

"You set yourself up for Disappointment"

I wear my running heart on my sleeve (who knew, huh!). Almost all people who run with me or talk to me about my running (or read my blog) know my high-level goals. A lot of people have been with me in my journey this season, through travel, through fake injuries, through training runs, through recovery drinks and more. But only some (my coaches and a couple of trusted friends) have been privy to my detailed goals and my thought…

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Chicago Marathon – The " What If " Marathon

Chicago Marathon – The " What If " Marathon

So … where do I start the race report for Chicago Marathon 2012? The injury scares in the beginning of the season, gingerly putting my feet back in and following a slightly modified long run schedule, then getting into the full swing of things and busting to train to this time goal I had in mind, excited and nervous and more excited and then … The week before the marathon – was I getting sick or was it nerves? A…

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