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Month: March 2016

4 Weeks to London – Training Recap

4 Weeks to London – Training Recap

I’ve been so so busy of late that I’ve quite neglected to write. So, in order to not lose the thread, I’m going to let my photos describe my weekend long run and training recap.   It was the first big weekend – 20 miles! I had a Cinderella deadline time but got lucky  when crazy ultra runners Joy and Laura joined me at 5am for the 20 miles. Joy drew up the route and it was to be a…

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Women in Running and Triathlon: Friday Five

Women in Running and Triathlon: Friday Five

Did you know that it was only in 1984 that women were allowed to run the marathon in the Olympics (won by Joan Benoit). In fact, only in the 1960 Olympics were women allowed to participate in 5 events in track and field, compared to the 16 of men. But even after that in 1961, women were banned from participating in all US road races!  Surprisingly, while women weren’t allowed to run an Olympic Marathon, there was no such restriction on…

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Training Recap: A Miserable 16 miler

Training Recap: A Miserable 16 miler

Last week was a very weird week and a low one for me on the training front. I started the week very sore from the Sunday’s 16 mile trail run but had a really really hard time finding energy and enthusiasm for anything else. As a result, my eating habits plummeted. Which in turn caused my energy levels to dive down more, which then caused my eating habits and workouts to go down, … a vicious cycle. Which all culminated…

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Friday Five: Goals that I’ve fallen Short of

Friday Five: Goals that I’ve fallen Short of

I’m usually a very disciplined person when it comes to training and I have a lot more green in my training peaks than I have reds. This training cycle, since I’m not working with a coach, I set myself overall goals and I at the end of a couple of weeks (a month to be more realistic), I look through them all to see what I’ve accomplished and where I need to make changes.     So, sharing with you…

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How to Engage Your Core

How to Engage Your Core

Before I became a runner, I was obsessed with ab exercises like crunches (that didn’t give me a 6 pack anyway). But as I became a more well informed runner and triathlete, I learnt about the value of core strength. When I asked experienced runners and coaches what else I could do to improve my running, their answer was yoga/pilates to strengthen my core.   Benefits of a Strong Core A strong core can improve running posture. While running longer distances,…

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