Boston Marathon Training- January

I never blogged the many ups and downs of marathon training this cycle and I know I will want to have it for myself later so here goes 4 posts or so to summarize it. Weeks 1 & 2 of marathon training were actually blogged about here, finishing up with a major high at the First Light ½ Marathon. Week January 9th Monday- 2.02 recovery miles @ 9:54 avg pace Tuesday- 8 hilly miles @ 8:18 avg pace Wednesday- strength training with personal trainer (Brett) Thursday- 9 miles with 6×1 mile...

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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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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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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 8 & 9

Where does the time go? Apparently I haven’t blogged in a month? I swear, things have been flying by and I can’t believe it’s already September. Time to back track to August (I’m the queen of having to go back these days). Week of August 8th Monday: PLAN- 1:00 MGP  ACTUAL- 7.79 miles @ 7:42 avg pace New Kinvaras! I bought these at the Boston Marathon in April and saved them since I knew I would eventually need them. Perfect timing as the training picks up and a good...

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Living Unlimited

When Jes asked me if I would share what Living Unlimited means to me, I easily said yes. It was a somewhat simple answer for me. The movement is designed to transform our perceived limits into unlimited possibilities and live life to the fullest. It was inspired by the strength and courage of MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) families who do remarkable things every day despite the physical and society limits diseases like muscular dystrophy and ALS often create. I’ve had several...

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MCM Training Week 1 & 2

I’m backing up to give you the full picture of my fall marathon training. I actually had to ask Coach if we had started yet and indeed we had so I wanted to start from the beginning of it. I’m super excited to be training for Marine Corps Marathon in October, and I’m keeping my Boston goal of 3:25. I’ve really enjoyed the past few weeks of base building- it’s been an adjustment to run every day, but the easy days are super easy. It’s the getting up to beat...

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