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Richmond Marathon or Bust!

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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 Continue Reading …

T-Minus 9 Days Until My First Marathon!

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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 Continue Reading …

A New Running PDR: 22 Miles!

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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!

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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 …

20 Mile Training Run Success!

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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 …

Marathon Training: 19 Miler!

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Good morning! As I mentioned, I’m in Canada on a press trip right now (check out my Instagram and Twitter to see what I’m up to!), but I wanted to pop in and share a recap of my latest long run! You know what the most awesome thing about marathon training is, besides getting to be outside on a pretty day for hours? Every week you hit a new Continue Reading …

Marathon Training Continues: 17 Miler

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I officially have a new running PDR (personal distance record): 17 miles!! By all accounts, this run shouldn’t have been that great. We did the run on Sunday evening because Matt and I were gone all weekend in PA for his friend’s wedding. On Saturday, instead of resting up, I played a couple hours of tennis with Matt, then spent the evening Continue Reading …

Marathon Training Long Run: 16 Miles!

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My marathon training training buddy Kathleen and I have a new distance record for running: 16 miles! I feel like this run was the first time where we felt like we were really training for a full marathon vs. a half. And also the point where we were both kind of like… what have we gotten ourselves into? It was kind of insane finishing the run Continue Reading …