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Dopey Challenge Race Report – The Marathon

Dopey Challenge Race Report – The Marathon

The day of the marathon started bright and early! Not really bright, but certainly early!  (Maybe I should stop calling it the start of the day and just refer to it as the continuation of the previous night’s party!)  Surprisingly, I wasn’t feeling nervous. All my nervousness was spent the day before during the half marathon, when I could barely get my breaths straight in the beginning! I was feeling surprisingly good for having run 22.4 miles over the past…

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Training Recap: What I learnt from Week 1 of HR Training

Training Recap: What I learnt from Week 1 of HR Training

This week’s training recap is a little different. Instead of the usual day-by-day byplay, I’m going to focus on what I learnt from it all. Mainly because my entire week was dedicated to runs. 7 days, 5 runs – a 5k race, 1 recovery run, 2 base building runs and 1 ‘long’ run. This was also week 1 of training with a run focus (even though it is technically week 3 of the 28 week Dopey training), with CrossFit, Swim,…

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To Dopey or Not to Dopey Challenge, That is the Question

To Dopey or Not to Dopey Challenge, That is the Question

  Just as I was thinking of what to do next, my running buddies started to talk about the Dopey Challenge! The runDisney website says “Run 48.6 miles of fun in the Dopey Challenge!” I am not exactly sure about the “fun” in running close to 50 miles!! DisneyWorld races start at an insane time in the morning so that is 4 days of 2am wakeup calls. And there will be no real “racing” either of the 4 days. All…

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Hibernating my Dream

Hibernating my Dream

Back in November, I started the 6 month training path to my “Mystery Marathon“. I had my dream race picked for marathon #5 and all that was needed was to train consistently.  A destination race. In a city that I’ve always loved and I’ve wanted to visit again. I blocked flights for my family last Tuesday with the intention of paying for them on Friday morning. Thursday morning, due to unforeseen, unrelated circumstances, I was forced to change plans. I had…

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Chicago Marathon – The " What If " Marathon

Chicago Marathon – The " What If " Marathon

So … where do I start the race report for Chicago Marathon 2012? The injury scares in the beginning of the season, gingerly putting my feet back in and following a slightly modified long run schedule, then getting into the full swing of things and busting to train to this time goal I had in mind, excited and nervous and more excited and then … The week before the marathon – was I getting sick or was it nerves? A…

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Goals for New Orleans

Goals for New Orleans

Plan A – 5:35 Finish at 13:00 paceI’d like to shoot for this, and I think I can achieve it. However, the weather is in the high 60s and I am not confident enough – of both the weather and my ability. I’m retaining this plan however, because you never know! Plan B – 5:45 Finish at 13:15 paceThis is my training pace on the flat this winter. All I have to do is – Run like I trained (starting…

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Taper Time Madness – 1 Week to New Orleans

Taper Time Madness – 1 Week to New Orleans

I’ve slogged my way through 2 weeks of taper and this last week is getting to me. I’m feeling every little twinge in my legs. I’ve had 2 massages to work kinks out and when I still feel my hamstrings, I am a little more nervous (although my massage therapist assures me that feeling my hamstring means it is not tight). I’ve been germaphobic to the extent that I convinced my 6yo to have her birthday party after I came…

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