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Getting Ready for the Next Big Thing

Right now the focus is getting back into running shape, and although I miss working on overhead lifts, my shoulders are much happier and I am working more on building strength and improving movement in other ways not so hard on my shoulder joints. I have a new PR in …

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Learning is hard, but never a waste of time

Week 2 at my new gym and in a nutshell, I feel pretty good about my choice for now. I am happy to have had my previous experiences working with two very different coaches in 2 very different training environments. I have tried not to let my insecurity get the …

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New year, new gym: just keep moving forward

I am going to keep this brief-sometimes when you feel stuck in a rut it is best to move on. I learned this lesson the hard way in 2015; this time the transition out and onward was much easier because I knew from experience it’s best to just rip off …

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Right Now

I have been working out on my own for a total of 23 days. There are so many things I love about the convenience and easiness of not having to schedule my workout time and pack my gym clothes; I don’t have to worry about being on time, and wonder …

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Taking Movement for Granted

Things I take for granted: summer rain, having enough food to eat, being able to get up and down off the floor from a seated position, the ability to walk. For the last 2 weeks as my husband continues with his health challenges, which now include (we believe) a gout …

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Living Outside the Comfort Zone

I can now say it has been a year since I joined Gain Strength and Conditioning. What does that mean? First of all, I probably won’t be sharing progress updates about how long I’ve been there since it is now my gym. (Even though it is not  a typical gym.) …

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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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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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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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The Rest of the Story

I was recently asked to shoot a video testimonial to talk about my running training at Gain Strength and Conditioning; it was easy and not so easy at the same time. It was easy to explain that I love to run and I love to challenge myself and work on …

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