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What you need to know about the Tokyo Marathon

What you need to know about the Tokyo Marathon

The Tokyo Marathon is a very different race than the races in the US. I had researched hard on many aspects of the Tokyo Marathon that you normally would not know about and since they all played such a vital part in my finish, I wanted to share some of the things that I learnt.

My first running injury – Patella Tendinitis

My first running injury – Patella Tendinitis

10 days ago, I ran the Teardrop Half Marathon and had a huge PR and finally got to one of my goals of running sub 2:30 in a half marathon. I went out for an easy recovery run on Sunday and some yoga on Monday and my usual easy run on Tuesday. About 30 minutes into my one hour run, I felt a twinge in my right knee. I walked some and run again. Twinge again. Walk some more and…

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Do you really need a goal marathon time?

Do you really need a goal marathon time?

All of last year I dreamt of my goal, and I visualized crossing the finish line, and breaking down in tears on seeing my time goal minus some seconds/minutes on the clock and fist pumping as unicorns and mermaids showered glitter on me and presented my medal and walked me along. (Surely I’m not the only runner who fantasizes!)  None of that happened, except for the tears.  My history of marathons have been as follows –  Chicago Marathon 2011 – 6:16 (No experience, didn’t adjust…

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I did not reach my big goal for 2017 but instead I …

I did not reach my big goal for 2017 but instead I …

For the entirety of the year, I was focussed on one goal – Marine Corps Marathon on October 22nd. I wanted to very badly break 5:30 for the marathon and thought that this was going to be my year. While I learnt some very valuable lessons, I woefully fell short of my time goal. After the customary 3 weeks recovery time, I felt even more lost as to what to do next. It’s not like I could turn around and do…

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7 Days to Marine Corps Marathon

7 Days to Marine Corps Marathon

It’s 7 days to Marine Corps Marathon – 1 week from now I’ll be at the start line. I’m continuing to document my taper tantrums and perhaps later laugh at some of the crazy stuff. Taper Craziness I’ve managed to keep my nerves under control for most part. Sometimes, however, stress of regular life gets to me and sometimes I’m suddenly overcome by nerves. Usually I eat when I’m stressed (not proud of that, and I’m working on it) or I…

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8 Days to Marine Corps Marathon – What if I fly

8 Days to Marine Corps Marathon – What if I fly

It’s 8 days to Marine Corps Marathon. I’m continuing to document my taper tantrums and perhaps later laugh at some of the crazy stuff.  Taper Craziness I’ve been agonizing over the biggest race day decision – WHAT TO WEAR!!!! With race day weather predicted to be hot, I feel like I should be able to pick something out of my summer wardrobe easily. But I’m still undecided. I know I will pair whatever singlet I pick with a skirt, most probably a…

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9 Days to Marine Corps Marathon

9 Days to Marine Corps Marathon

It’s 9 days to Marine Corps Marathon. I’m continuing to document my taper tantrums and perhaps later laugh at some of the crazy stuff.  The Iconic Iwo Jima backdrop Coach G posted an article – The iconic Iwo Jima statue that marks the finish of the Marine Corps Marathon and provides the perfect backdrop for the finishers photo will be covered and hidden by scaffolding this year. I had been visualizing running up the hill to the statue. And while I am…

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