New Haven Road Race 1/2 Marathon

State #47 Half Marathon #57 Connecticut was one of those states that I struggled to fit into my schedule. Hartford had actually always been my goal race for the state, but it didn’t work out so when I found a race in New Haven, I decided that’s what I would do. Pre-Race Rich and I flew into Bradley Airport (Hartford) on Saturday morning. We decided to drive to Mystic (an hour from the airport) to check out the town before driving an hour to New Haven. We, of course, had to stop at Mystic...

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Rocky Mountain 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #46 Half Marathon #56 For years when I’ve told people I haven’t done Colorado yet, they are shocked. I have been to Colorado before and the amount of races to choose from is incredibly overwhelming. I didn’t want to do a trail race so that made it a bit of an easier decision and after learning more about the National Parks and then the Vacation Races series, this seemed like the perfect race to do. Pre-Race Rich and I flew into Denver on Wednesday and hung out with my dear friend...

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Missoula 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #45 Half Marathon #55 I have had the Missoula half on my to-do race list for quite some time. After we caught the National Park bug last year, it seemed like a great opportunity to do the race and Glacier National Park. It also worked out nicely with the 4th of July holiday and having 2 days off and only having to use 3 vacation days! Rich and I hiked A TON in Glacier the week before the race and biked and walked around Missoula on Friday and Saturday so I had no expectations at all for...

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Grandma’s 1/2 Marathon Race Recap (Gary Bjorklund 1/2)

State #44 Half Marathon #54 I was originally going on this trip alone, too, with the intention of staying with my old neighbors and “second parents” who live in Minnesota.  After Boston, my friend Amanda decided to join me and race the full (she wanted to see if she could snag a BQ again since she barely missed it in April). It was a super long week for me, I had work meetings in NYC and flew straight to MN on Thursday night and Cindy (old neighbor/second mom) picked me...

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Fargo 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #43 Half Marathon #53 After 42 states, North Dakota was my first race to travel alone. I do this for work ALL of the time, but I’ve never traveled for pleasure by myself. Pre-Race I flew out early Friday morning and arrived in Fargo around 2pm.  I rented  a car and immediately went downtown to explore a bit. I headed to the Fargodome to get my packet, had a chance to listen to Dave McGillery and then headed back downtown to grab dinner. I tried two different restaurants but...

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Boston Marathon Race Recap

  Repeat of state Marathon #10 Pre-Race I woke up at 6am on Monday and got ready. I ate a little baked potato and rice and Nuun and packed my bagel for my second breakfast. I had set everything out on Sunday so I didn’t feel rushed. My stomach was okay, and was able to go to the bathroom 3 times before I had to leave for the buses to meet Molly and Michelle. We had planned to take an Uber to not have to walk, but their cars couldn’t get to us because of security (our airbnb...

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Boston Marathon Training- April and Marathon GOALS!

April was the beginning of the taper, which kinda stinks because I was finally getting some speed back (with a little speed type work in my plan) and feeling like my old self. I wish I would’ve had a few more weeks, but perhaps this training cycle will lead to fresh legs on Marathon Monday. Read all about January, February and March. Week of April 1 Saturday- 13.1 MGP miles @ 7:51 avg pace around the ATL Sunday- 4 endurance miles @ 8:17 avg pace TOTAL MILES FOR THE WEEK- 17.1 (not...

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