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Month: February 2016

16 miles of Trail Running

16 miles of Trail Running

Yesterday was a gorgeous day to run outside. For my long run this week, my goal was to increase time on my feet without necessarily having to increase mileage or speed AND without having to run mind-numbing Z2 run for 4hrs. The trails are the perfect place for that! Kennesaw Mountain, Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm are some of the main trails around the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park. Although they are all “separate”, the trails are all interconnected to…

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Hope is Not a Strategy

Hope is Not a Strategy

I’ve come across some jaw-dropping statements on Facebook; one theme particularly bothers me. These are posts to the effect of –  “I hope I finish.” “I haven’t run more than 6 miles but I know I will finish. I hope my IT band/hamstring/.. will be ok.” “I hope I’m not swept.” “I hope I break xx:xx time.” Perfectly normal sentences from nervous athletes, similar to those I myself have made plenty of. But these statements that bothered me came with a caveat –…

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Inertia: Weekly Training Recap

Inertia: Weekly Training Recap

While I had put in some solid training the past 2-3 weeks, this week was a struggle. I came back exhilarated from the hike to the Appalachian Approach Trail, but I guess it must’ve worn me out more than I thought. I felt sluggish the whole week, almost as if my body was fighting something but not knowing what. I slept A LOT! Almost 9-10hrs every night and still would feel tired. I was drained of energy.  At first, I…

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Seen on My Run

Seen on My Run

Every Wednesday or sometimes Thursday morning, I run with some crazy girls at 5am. Crazy because they are willing to meet me at 5am, and nice enough to go at my pace (and because they are ultra runners who have some wonderfully crazy adventures!). When I drive to our meeting spot, I see the morning sky and I’m always enthralled by it. This week, it was particularly alluring – the crescent moon was smudged behind some clouds but the stars…

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Why I loved Hiking the Appalachian Approach Trail

Why I loved Hiking the Appalachian Approach Trail

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Keroac I’ve been very fortunate to live in Atlanta with very close access to some beautiful places. They may not have the dramatic breathlessness of the other popular nature spots in the country, but still leaves your heart filled with happiness and takes away all the care in the world.  This weekend, I had a chance to…

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Let’s Get Speedy: Weekly Recap

Let’s Get Speedy: Weekly Recap

It’s 12 weeks to the London Marathon and I’m pulling together my training plan and goals for the race. Race day goals are still far away, but I know my training goals – train like I always do and give my best to improve every single day.  I spent time getting reacquainted with my foam roller and my new hip, glute and core routine.  Monday – My hips, glutes and core routine Tuesday – 6 x 3 min Hill Repeats on…

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