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White Rock Marathon Race Report

When we started out it was mid-40s, breezy, and misting outside.  The temp felt much colder because of all the moisture, so I decided to leave the ear warmers, gloves, and jacket all on… things I had planned on ditching before the race. Not sure what happened with the wave start… it took awhile to move and when we did, we all just walked across the line, which means, the course was uber-crowded.  I’m actually a big fan of the…

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Running a Marathon

So you decided to run a marathon after reading THIS.  Then you took on the training after reading THIS.  But now, it’s time to run the race… My advice:– You’ve trained hard.  Trust that you are ready.  Don’t fear 26.2.– Try everything out ahead of time.  Something that is a very small issue can amplify 100x of the duration of the run.– Look at the course map and elevation map and know what to expect.  A hill is easier to…

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Deciding to Run a Marathon

First, it’s important to cover the wrong reasons, in my opinion, to do a marathon:-My friends are doing it — This, more often than not, turns out bad.  Friends get overwhelmed with other things or get injured and then you’re alone and thinking “why did I sign up for this?”-It’s on my bucket list —  Marathons take hours upon hours every single week for a minimum of about 5 months to train.  This is not a decision to take lightly…

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Rock n Roll San Diego!!!

I know, I know… I ran, I came home, and I went silent.  Ha ha ha!  I’m still recovering.  Please forgive me for being a little slow.  I’m still a little at a loss for words as to how to explain this marathon… Did I hit my goals?  Absolutely not.  Usually, for me, that means complete upset… but for some reason I wasn’t… I was completely ok with it… and I am actually quite pleased with how I did on…

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Marathon Time and Marathon-Worthy Giveaway!!!

It’s Wednesday before the big marathon, and I’m hopping a plane at 6am on Friday.  I haven’t even thought about what I’m packing.  I haven’t even made a list (unheard of for me).  I can’t believe how close it is and how ill-prepared for making the actual trip I am.  As for the miles, I’m prepared.  I’m ready.  I want this race.  Bring it on, San Diego!!! So, I had a little talk with my good friends at Mission Athletecare. …

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Week 16 Marathon Training Plan and Other Stuff!!!

It doesn’t feel like Monday, since it’s a holiday… but I guess it is… and thus I owe you a marathon training plan update.  But do you see the number in the title – 16?  Yes, I did a 16 week plan this time… which means, this is IT!  Wow, I’m here.  Time flies when you’re having fun… ok, ok, time flies when you’re busy working your rear off, literally. Let’s look at some numbers:16 – weeks in my training…

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Week 15 Marathon Training Plan

Sometimes Runner’s World Quote of the Day just has impeccable timing… yes it does. “Races always evoke some dread about pain that will come. But we can’t escape the fact that the more discomfort we accept in a race, the faster we will run. Successful racing means courting the pain.” -John Elliot- Bring on the discomfort!  As my friend, Robin, often tells me – sometimes going faster doesn’t hurt any worse!  Besides, Dr. Magic Hands did his work today and…

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San Diego on My Mind

OK, let me rephrase that… I can’t get San Diego *off* my mind.  This marathon has taken over my life.  In just over 2 weeks, I’ll get on an airplane to fly to San Diego for the Rock n Roll Marathon.  On Sunday, June 5th, I will run my second marathon. I feel ridiculously prepared.  Confident.  But then some nasty thoughts crept in today… I felt really really prepared for my first marathon, and it all went wrong.  But I…

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25 Days…

… until Marathon #2. I keep waivering on my plan for this marathon… so that’s where *you* come in.  Talk to me, folks.  Let me give you some background… 1.  As many of you may know, Sherry agreed awhile back to go with me to San Diego and run this marathon.  I couldn’t have been more thrilled.  Sherry is the perfect pacing partner.  We run almost exactly the same pace… sometimes she pulls me, sometimes I pull her.  Plan set……

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Marathon Training – Schedule and Week 1

Today kicks off my marathon training for Rock n Roll San Diego on June 5th.  Unfortunately, I woke up to a crying Paige who was on fire… Ugh… then I was faced with the ultimate dilemma… To eat or not to eat?  You see, I want to lose 10 lbs before my marathon.  I’ve been at a weight plateau for over a year, and it’s time to drop the last 20.  So I’m splitting the goal… 10 before June 5th…

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