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Chasing Happiness

What makes you happy? Are you constantly looking for something to make you happy, or do you find happiness in being? My new year started last July 4 when my husband was admitted to the hospital and needed surgery. We waited until the end of August because my youngest daughter …

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Only One Hill

What can I say? There IS only one hill, but the average incline is 12%, with the last 50 yards to the finish line at the summit a steep 22%. This mountain is hidden by clouds in this photo below, but you get the idea. Last week I had the …

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When the Bottom Falls Out

Just when you think things are taking a turn in the right direction and you can finally breathe just a little bit, the universe has a way of reminding you that you are not in charge. Having just returned from a true vacation, with relaxation, no hotel workouts,no runs, just …

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Bullet Proof

I have been at Great Bay Crossfit for 2 months, and although I am not doing any cross fit classes, I am feeling more at home in my new gym. I feel stronger than I have in nearly a year, and I feel good running, too. Yesterday one of the …

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Surviving and Thriving in a Noisy World

I am finally reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I say finally because I have been afraid to read it until now because of what I thought I would find out. I am an introvert, and for what feels …

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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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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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Why Being Strong is Important

After last weekend’s test of strength- a long run followed by golf, I was happily surprised at how good I felt. I knew going into a 1 week golf vacation things would get interesting and I was right. I have been golfing for much longer than I have been running-nearly …

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