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How to get a charity entry to Tokyo Marathon

How to get a charity entry to Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo Marathon (to be held on March 1st, 2020) has a field of ~30,000 runners out of which 26,370 are through a lottery entry. While several people I know have been successful in getting a lottery spot, it is becoming increasingly difficult with a growing number of people looking to complete Tokyo as part of the World Marathon Majors Challenge (Tokyo, London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York). In my quest for the WMM as a personal challenge, I figured that…

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Christmas Eve Run aka My “Runniversary” Run

Christmas Eve Run aka My “Runniversary” Run

It is hard to imagine that it was only 8 short years ago that I took my first running steps. 8 years ago, I was nervous about it, I thought I was going to die while running and I hated it when I finished the run. I used to run alone with my eyes firmly on the ground and not looking up to anyone crossing, and I’d be dressed in all cotton T and baggy cotton capris, preferably black or grey. And…

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Why not believe?

Why not believe?

I was exchanging emails with Coach G on my time predictions for Marine Corps Marathon a while back and at one point he said that I should really feel more confident about my goal for MCM. Of all things that I take on, I find it incredibly hard to believe in myself whenever a pace number is involved. I never doubted that I would finish my first marathon, but would I finish in the 6:30 time limit? Yes, I did…

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24 Hour Endurance Race

24 Hour Endurance Race

This past weekend, I had the incredible honor to pace a friend at her 24 hour endurance race. Laura (and Joy) have been my 5am running buddies and I was thrilled to road trip the 1 hour to support Laura.  Joy was ultra-prepared with everything needed. And I just had a chance of clothes and water. Not even a blanket for when it got cold at night, and it did get cold if you weren’t running.  Laura had already done…

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Sickness – Streph and Bronchitis

Sickness – Streph and Bronchitis

I started this post last Wednesday – 20 days to race day. And I had one last week of push before the 2 week taper.  But I guess Mother Nature’s pollen and my body had other ideas. Instead of that last week of added effort, I’ve spent most of the time this week curled up in bed convinced that I have the plague.  And mostly super frustrated.  I guess at least I should be glad that I’m sick 3 weeks…

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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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