January 18, 2014

That’s the number of miles I ran through Epcot, Magic Kingdom, the Speedway, Animal Kingdom, and Wide World of Sports. It wasn’t 26.2. But you know what? I wasn’t even going to run it at all. I’d convinced myself that it was pointless to even try – I’d run 3 times in the previous 8 [...]

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Marathon Tuesdays: T-96 Days until Marathon Sunday

October 8, 2013

Welp, I did it. I officially survived the first half of marathon training. Two weeks ago, I went out and ran 13.1 miles on a perfectly gorgeous morning. When I was finished, I made Jason drive me over to the running shoe store so I could buy one of those 13.1 stickers for my car. [...]

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Marathon Mondays: Pregaming a 10K with a 7.7K

September 16, 2013
Just Run for a Just Cause 10K

That was the view moments before the start of my first real 10k! I was standing in that church parking lot, trying to will a little divine intervention out of the sky to help me figure out how the heck I was going to run 6.2 more miles – because I’d already run a too-fast [...]

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Marathon Mondays: It Just Got Real. Real real.

September 2, 2013

You guys have given me some great advice and even better encouragement to get here, to the official start of the “$hit just got real” phase of marathon training. We are now all about the double-digits. Training week 10. Double-digit distances every other weekend from here out, including an 11-miler on Saturday. Max high of [...]

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Marathon Mondays: Weeks 4 & 5 & New Kicks & Sucky Weather

August 5, 2013
Asics Women's Gel Nimbus 15

That foot pain I had a couple weeks ago? I didn’t experience it this week. And I bet you can already guess why. New kicks! They are completely fantastic. My feet feel like I’m running on sparkly fairy- and butterfly- and tequila-filled clouds. The rest of my body? Just feels like I’m running tequila-filled. I [...]

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Marathon Mond- er, Wednesdays: Week 3

July 24, 2013

Week 3′s “big run” will go down in history: 1. My longest run ever. 2. The second-most humid run-start ever at 95% humidity. 3. That run where I limped the last 3/4 mile home in excruciating pain. In the rain. With hands so swollen (sausage fingers!) I couldn’t make a proper fist. 4. The most [...]

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Marathon Mondays: Week 2

July 15, 2013
Marathon Week 2 Big Run

I run. But I’ve never considered myself a runner. I don’t always like the act of running but I’ve never finished even a short completely-distracted 1/2 mile jog and thought, “That was a waste of my time.” It’s getting to the start of that 1/2 mile that I find to be the hard part. In [...]

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Marathon Mondays: Week 1

July 8, 2013
July 7

It feels like 98… but only if you’re just standing in the sun. I couldn’t think of a better way to officially wrap up the first week of my marathon training plan than with an mid-week holiday, too many margaritas, and a stomach bug. Actually, that’s a big fat lie drowning in a pool of [...]

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