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From Elephants to Monkeys

The monkey is off my back. Yesterday culminated  months of training and just about a year with a new coach. And we all survived. Yesterday I ran my longest race and ran my longest duration-ever-despite rolling my ankle three weeks ago in a practice 10 mile trail race. No one …

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Patterns of Learning

This week was rough. The taper is real. Even though I have not been running hard the last 3 weeks, I was still in taper mode this week, dialing back on the training which means I had more time to think and sometimes that is a bad thing. Little things …

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Preparing for a Big Race

Whether you are a recreational runner or someone who competes at an elite level, a “BIG race” is still a big race. If you have put in the work and trained to accomplish your goal than no matter how fast or slow you are, no matter what the outcome, when …

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3 Things That Helped Me Get Back to Running

This was not the post I intended to write when I started writing. I wanted to write something like, “Four ways to train through injury” or “How I survived an ankle sprain to get back to running” but the story always comes back to decisions we make that affect us …

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Injury Update: It’s all mental now, or is it?

It has now been 10 days since I sprained my foot/ankle in a trail race, while training for my goal race which is in 12 days. I have been working hard to maintain my fitness-without running. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to have patience and to remain calm and …

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365 Days of Change

No matter what happens tomorrow, this race signifies a new beginning: 3 yrs since my running life began, over 50 races in the books (6 of which are half marathons) and in spite of the scariness of starting over with someone new to guide me, I never imagined I would …

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Training through Injury

It has been 5 days since I rolled my right ankle 8.5 miles into a 10 mile trail race and recovery is going well. My goal is to be ready to run the Solomon Running Festival 25k in 2 weeks; the race I have been training for since February. But I …

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I am not an Olympic Athlete

So much talk and so many stories about the “Road to Rio” right now. So many athletes, so many years of training, hopes and dreams and it all comes down to 1 race, 1 meet, 1 lift, 1 hole, 1 game. Not everyone makes it. That is the way life …

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Being Tough vs Being Smart: Race recap

I saw this shared on Twitter earlier this evening as I sit here with my foot elevated after coming down hard and wrong on a rock and pulling foot ligaments around mile 8.5 of the hardest, most technical 10 mile trail race I will ever run. It was my first …

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Recognition and Self Worth

Lately it feels as if my efforts are falling short, not because they are, necessarily, but because they are mostly invisible. In work and in life if you are not one of the best or if you are not shouting from the roof tops about your achievements, then your accomplishments …

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