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First Marathon Training Reflections

Thank you all so much for the kind words on the recap from my first full marathon in Richmond on Saturday! The girls and I are still riding the runner’s high, and are now surprisingly kind of sad it’s all over. :) I’ve gotten some questions about the marathon and my training, so I wanted to share some reflections. Obviously doing one marathon Continue Reading …

I’m a Marathoner!

I can hardly believe it, but: I’m officially a marathoner! My first marathon was soggy, wet, and of course challenging, but overall, it was completely awesome. I spent most of yesterday weirdly wanting to do it all over again… well, maybe just wanting to cross that finish line again, you know, without that whole running 26.2 miles again Continue Reading …

Richmond Marathon or Bust!

Guys – my first full marathon is tomorrow!! I can’t believe it! Matt and I are leaving for Richmond this afternoon to meet up with my brother, who is also running the marathon, and to hit the expo to get our bibs. We have a fun dinner planned with my training buddy Kathleen and her fiancé – Italian food, of course. Then we attempt to sleep and at 8 Continue Reading …

T-Minus 9 Days Until My First Marathon!

So… there are a mere 9 days standing between me and attempting my first full marathon. Gah!! How did it creep up on me so fast?! I’m officially in taper mode. Yesterday, I met up with my long lost running buddy Karen (she’s been injured, but is on the mend now – yay!) for our first run together in WAY too long! We’ve been doing some walks and yoga Continue Reading …

A New Running PDR: 22 Miles!

On Saturday, I set a new running PDR (personal distance record): my friends and I ran 22 miles! This was our last super long run before the Richmond Marathon in 3 weeks! I know a lot of people do 20 miles as their longest run before a marathon, but since this will be the first full marathon for me and my friend Kathleen, my running coach Mary Continue Reading …

Back in the Game: 14 Mile Training Run!

I have some great news, my friends: I ran 14 miles on Saturday and my foot felt fine!!! :) Thank you to all of you for the helpful advice! After reading all the comments, I decided that if my foot still hurt when I got up on Saturday I would do a pool run instead of a normal run. If it didn’t hurt or I just barely felt it, I would attempt a Continue Reading …

Why I Skipped My Long Run This Weekend

So… I skipped my long run this weekend, guys. After the past couple really long runs, I’ve been having some irritation in my right outer foot. Nothing serious, it just felt like it was bruised almost, and would go away a couple days later, no problem. But on Sunday night, when Matt and I were back from our 1 year anniversary trip and setting out to Continue Reading …

20 Mile Training Run Success!

Guys, I think I might be crazy. Yesterday I ran 20 miles for the first time ever, and I actually really enjoyed myself. I remember a few years ago when 6 miles was a huge deal. I remember running 10 miles for the first time back in 2010 and being so tired and sore after it that I napped half the day. I remember running my first half marathon Continue Reading …