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My Worst Fears Have Vanished

I started taking my strength and conditioning more seriously in 2012. I first began working with a personal trainer in 2008 because I was sore or injured quite often. My husband thought it was because I was getting older, and I wanted to prove him wrong. So I started working …

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A Different Kind of Year

Last night as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep I was feeling slightly bad for myself when I thought about how my workouts had changed and how my running habits had changed. But then I recalled that in spite of what feels like a shift toward “exercising” (I …

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All the Goals

It is always a bit of a let down when you cannot achieve your main goal, but it is important to remember the process goals and the secondary goals are important too. I have a bit of goal amnesia at times, having a goal maybe and a deadline, and then …

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Thoughts on Running and Coaching

It is that time of year again, and a little more than a year has gone by since I have had a running specific coach. Don’t get me wrong, I have a strength and conditioning coach who understands running as movement, and a skill, who I have been working with …

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Getting Selfish

Lately my posts have been about this training funk I seem to be in, mentally. Today I realized what might be causing it. When I first started running and then training for races I made my training runs a priority over everything else in my life. In other words, I …

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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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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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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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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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