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Month: March 2015

Training Recap: Back to the Grind

Training Recap: Back to the Grind

After a huge weekend of a half marathon PR and kicking some hills, I don’t think it is fair that I could not even bask in the glow this week. Do you? Not because I was back at it (things don’t stop until September 27th), but because I was sick. I was a little “off” on Sunday evening, but by the time I woke up on Monday morning I wasn’t sure how much of it was soreness from a tough…

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Pinspiration Wednesday: LinkUp for Motivation

Pinspiration Wednesday: LinkUp for Motivation

What is Pinspiration Wednesday?  (Formerly Pinspiration Friday) We’ve all wandered around in Pinterest land (which I refer to fondly as Facebook on crack!) and found some memorable gems to share. Some of them might inspire and talk to you a little more than the others. Pick a motivation quote or something that inspires you and write about it and join me for the linkUp.  Not a Pinterest person? No worries. Share any link that can motivate people over the hump day! …

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Georgia Half Marathon 2015 – Race Report

Georgia Half Marathon 2015 – Race Report

The Georgia Half Marathon was my first ever race in 2010. And it was my strong showing in the race in 2011 that gave me courage to sign up for my first marathon later that year. I’ve signed up every year since for it (although I didn’t actually end up running it a couple of years since it was 2 weeks after my Spring Marathon and I can’t really call it “running” last year when I ambled to the finish with…

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Book Review – The Bicycling Big Book of Training

Book Review – The Bicycling Big Book of Training

In a triathlon, especially the longer distances, you spend more time on the bike than swim or run. And hence in training, a lot of time is spent on the saddle. For me in particular, this saddle time is very important. Even if it is to simply learn not to fall off the bike! And so, I jumped at the chance to review the Bicycling Big Book of Training from Rodale, Inc. (Runner’s World/Bicycling/Running Times). The book is organized into five parts…

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Training Recap: A Mental Shift

Training Recap: A Mental Shift

A few weeks back, I was dreading writing my weekly training recap because I was feeling so very down. In fact, almost the entire month of February had me in a state – I was tired, I was not my usual perky self and the winter was just getting to me. Luckily, instead of letting myself be drawn into a full blown funk, I worked to establish a routine and to be positive – both with workouts and at home. I plodded on, whether…

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Consistency in Training: A Tale of Two Runs

Consistency in Training: A Tale of Two Runs

About the end of August, I had a 2.5 hour run. It wasn’t the first long run I’d done, but it was to be my first long run without walk breaks. The evening before the run, I was a partial mess. I was so nervous about having to run straight out. And I kept going back and forth with what if I couldn’t run it all (without walk breaks), and what if .. and what if …  Today, I had the same…

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Pinspiration Friday: Yoga Poses For Runners

Pinspiration Friday: Yoga Poses For Runners

What is Pinspiration Friday?  Every other Friday, I scout around that wonderful place Pinterest (which I refer to fondly as Facebook on crack!) for motivation and inspiration to share. I usually share motivational quotes or inspirational messages during Pinspiration Friday. But this week I’m sharing something practical – a simple cheat sheet for yoga stretches. As runners and triathletes, focus on training and nutrition but sometimes forget the active rest that our body needs to recover. And yoga/stretches helps with…

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