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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Marine Corp Marathon Training Weeks 16, 17, & 18

The last few weeks of training!! For months it felt like I would tell people my next marathon wasn’t until October and here were are. Week of October 3rd Monday- rest day Tuesday- 3.03 miles @ 8:36 avg pace. 1 mile warmup, drills, 12 x 100m windsprints (all :22s and :23s), 3/4 mile cool down Wednesday- 5k time trial. 3.1 miles @ 6:46 avg pace (21:00). Perhaps it’s time to run a real 5k. This was in Oregon and Kim snapped a few pics of me on the run.Thursday- 3.5 miles @9:35 avg...

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Marine Corp Marathon Training Weeks 12, 13, 14, & 15

I have always been so good about writing about my training plans- mainly so that I can go back and evaluate each training cycle but lately I just haven’t had the time or energy to write. I’m always in awe of those that have time to blog regularly and unfortunately I don’t have a job that has me at a desk or even gives me a lunch break. So, with that, I get to play catch up on 2 months of training in a short period of time. More on race goals later this week. Week of September...

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Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, Alabama- A Destination for a #Racecation

I spent every summer of my childhood vacationing in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama. A short hour or so drive from my hometown used to feel like forever away as a child. After moving to Atlanta post graduation, I only made it back to the area for a random girls weekend or bachelorette party here and there, never to just vacation. Last November, I decided to do a race in Gulf Shores the Saturday after Thanksgiving but we drove there and back not leaving much time to hang out (to get back...

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MCM Training Week 10 & 11

Week of August 22nd Monday: PLAN- 1 mile endurance, 3x1200m, 400 btw, 2 miles tempo  ACTUAL- 6 miles @ 7:52 avg pace 5:13, 5:05, 5:00, 7:16, 7:12- the first two were too slow, the third one right on target, and the tempo too fast. Oops. I felt good though! I finally saw the chiropractor after several months off to check on things, mainly for a slightly knee pain on my left side. I still have weakness, but I’m holding adjustment which I wasn’t doing when I first started seeing...

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