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10 Days to Marine Corps Marathon

10 Days to Marine Corps Marathon

It’s 10 days to Marine Corps Marathon. To help me with nerves, I am going to document and reflect on the training cycle and race plans  and perhaps later laugh at some of the crazy stuff I’m going through in taper.  Taper Craziness I’ve gone through these action a zillion times – checked that I’m actually registered for Marine Corps Marathon (Whew, bib# 8708 is still registered) – checked the weather (it is out of my control, but checking it habitually is…

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Symptoms during Taper and How to get over it

Symptoms during Taper and How to get over it

These past few days have been very weird. My runs don’t need any planning since they are only an hour or less in duration, so I’m not as mentally engaged in the runs as I was a few weeks ago. I have a lot of time to actually sit down and look through the minions projects!When I finished my run this morning, a 5-4-3-2-1 ladder speedwork, I was surprised at how short it was (only 45minutes) and very flustered at the low…

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Fall Racing Schedule – A confession

Fall Racing Schedule – A confession

It seems odd to write about my fall/winter racing schedule when I haven’t even finished up with my A race, but since most people I know are already filling up their calendars, I figured why not get it off my chest!  My main fall race is no surprise. I’ve been living and breathing the Marine Corps Marathon for almost a year now since the Organization of Autism Research offered me a spot last year after my fundraising for the London Marathon. Almost…

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Chasing the Eclipse – 8 weeks to MCM

Chasing the Eclipse – 8 weeks to MCM

I am normally a very cheerful person, but sometimes life bogs me down and my marathon goal seems so far stretched that I wonder whatever I am doing chasing it (for the THIRD time!).  That’s when unexpected week comes up and I am reminded that it’s not one off shot runs that make a difference, but consistency over time. Monday – Chasing the Eclipse Atlanta was just 2 hrs away from total solar eclipse and even though I’m a science nerd, I was torn…

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Learning to run at Marathon Pace – 11 Weeks to MCM

Learning to run at Marathon Pace – 11 Weeks to MCM

School in suburban Atlanta started last week on July 31st, something about “July” and “School” in the same sentence is just weird!! This past month we’ve been busy with back to school shopping, getting a new middle schooler ready, trying to align activities and schedules and just trying not to freak out. And throw in a little marathon training in the middle of it all, because, why not! I had no free time to write in my blog either. Until a friend…

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Why Revel Rockies is one of my favorite half marathons

Why Revel Rockies is one of my favorite half marathons

Last weekend, I ran the Revel Rockies Half Marathon in Colorado. It was picked by our 50 state runners as a pretty downhill course. And realizing that it was just 30-40min from Boulder, I jumped on it as a race + a visit to my sister. The weeks leading to the race were crazy with last weeks of school and work and everything else in between. I couldn’t prepare my long runs as well as I’d hoped to but I…

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Cheering for Mom

Cheering for Mom

I believe that my transformation from couch potato to (faux)runner started after my kids were born. Initially, while battling mild post partum depression, I stepped out for “some air” while Mr. FauxRunner would run with the minions in a jogging stroller. Oh, how I hated that walking from my front door to the neighborhood entrance!! But slowly it turned into the quest for bigger bolder things; and when the minions were little, I viewed running as literally running away for…

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