Boston Marathon Training Weeks 1 & 2

It’s hard to believe it’s already time for marathon training, but here we go. I’m still chasing a PR and Coach and I have talked about changing up our training from Marine Corp and I can already tell that the training is different. I spent December base building and still did some speed work- averaging almost 40 miles a week. I honestly wasn’t in the mood. It was the holiday season and seriously ate whatever I wanted the entire month and wanted to be lazy to go along...

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42 down…9 to Go!

As I’ve gotten older (and perhaps busier), I don’t seem to care as much about annual goals or resolutions. I always want to continue to grow in my professional life, personal life, spiritual life and physical life. 2016 was BIG. I took a new job quickly and unexpectedly moved us to Alabama in February. Through out the chaos, I managed to run 2 marathons, 6 half marathons, 2 5ks, 2 BQs, 8 new states, one PR in the 5k and several AG awards. All in all, it was a great year of running...

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A Trip around the Tree-2016 style

Ah, the joys of the holidays. It’s a season of hustle and bustle and for me, a push for year end goals with work. We’ve loved our first Christmas season in Mobile so far and filling up our space with all things holiday. We had a slight disaster the day we got our tree and had to take it back once we got home and realized that the trunk had split down the middle when they cut they bottom off. We went to a local tree lot and found the perfect tree and began my FAVORITE part of the...

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Route 66 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #41 Half Marathon #50 Pre-Race Rich and I flew into Tulsa after work on Friday. Thanks to a delayed connecting flight, we didn’t get to our hotel until 1:30am. We slept as late as possible (7:15am for me) and he went back to the airport to get a rental car (since they were already closed Friday night) and I headed out for a 45 minute run along a gorgeous run/bike path. We hit up the expo right after it opened to avoid crowds. It was a big expo- and I took advantage of a PT doing graston...

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Portland 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #40 Half Marathon #49 Oregon has been a long time coming in more ways than one. First, I was originally going to do the Eugene marathon in 2013 until I ended up having to have my hip arthroscopy. All of my friends ran and I had major FOMO. Fast forward to 2015… I signed Rich and me up for the Portland 1/2 Marathon last December. Yes, that long ago, and before we had any clue that we were moving to Alabama (I realized this when our bib info said ATL). We had made plans to go to...

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Marine Corp Marathon Race Recap

“State” #41 Marathon #9 I didn’t plan on doing a Fall marathon…but soon after Boston I wanted revenge on the marathon. And surprisingly, two of my sole sisters (Corey and Molly) were also planning to do the same marathon (we hadn’t even talked about it- just all 3 randomly entered the lottery). I was the only one who didn’t get in, so I chose to fundraise and then trained through the summer. Fall girls trip? Check. Pre-Race Once everyone was in D.C. on...

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Marine Corp Marathon Goals

I feel like 2016 has been my year of the marathon. 2015 was a year of PRs and a new coach and things really starting to click. This year has been a lot of hard work. A lot of long runs (anything over 10 miles to me) and even more track work. I have LIVED on the track (the Sarah Marie Design shirt was oh so appropriate for this race and training cycle).I am type-A to a fault and love to check the box. I honestly don’t know if I’ve missed a single run that was on my training schedule...

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