Marathon Training Plan Round Up

Training for a half or full marathon is never an easy undertaking; especially if you are starting training in the heat of Summer. But there’s a whole lot of truth to the saying that Fall races are won in Summer. So if you have your sights set on a race that is (hopefully) happening anytime between September and November, now is the time to start considering your training plan.… Read the rest

An Open Letter to my Husband

To my husband,

When we met a decade ago, I honestly never could have imagined where we would be.  I’m not usually inclined to state my feelings, and after 10 years I’m so grateful that you don’t hold that against me. … Read the rest

Insane Things Only Runners Understand

This weekend I decided to complete and endurance challenge that entailed running one mile every hour for 24 hours.  For fun.  And as I was clicking away the hours, I started thinking about what a unique group of people runners are. … Read the rest

Endurance Racing – It’s Going to Hurt

When I tell people that I run marathons for fun, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How much does that hurt?”  The answer is simple.  It hurts a lot.  And it hurts in places you wouldn’t think of. … Read the rest

Running A Virtual Marathon – Weekly Recap – 3.15.20

This was an interesting week to say the least. Tuesday, I finally got the confirmation that my marathon had been cancelled, and just like that I knew there was no way for me to Boston Qualify this season. I knew the email was coming, but reading the words, I had that feeling so eloquently described in Mean Girls.… Read the rest

Hansons Marathon Method Plan – What to Consider

I’m about halfway through week 14 of the Hansons Marathon Method training program, for the second time.  The high mileage, the tough workouts, the draining intensity; it’s all catching up to me for sure.  I know the cumulative fatigue and physical stress is serving a purpose and making me stronger, but this training plan is not for the faint of heart. … Read the rest

How to Keep Running When You Want to Quit

Endurance running is not an easy sport.  Running for multiple hours pushes your body and your mind in ways that can’t be adequately described.  There has come a point in every single race that I have run where each step forward is a mental battle between my mind and my body screaming at me to stop, and my heart willing me to continue moving forward. … Read the rest

Running & Mental Toughness – Weekly Recap – 2.2.20

This was another busy week for me.  I was out of town all week for work, and had all day meetings.  Ugh.  Fortunately, I was still able to get in all of my training this week.  With all of the travel, and a few unplanned difficulties, this week certainly tested the limits of my mental toughness.… Read the rest

Long Runs with Speed Workouts – Weekly Recap – 1.19.20

I want to start out by saying a huge “thank you” to everyone who sent messages of support and shared my posts last week.  That definitely put some more pep in my step.  This week felt much better in terms of anxiety levels. … Read the rest

The Unexpected Benefits of Running A Half-Marathon

It’s officially 2020! This New Year year I’ve been excited to hear how many people have decided that running a half-marathon for the first time (or second, fifth, or 23rd time) is one of their New Year’s resolutions.  Completing an endurance race can be life changing, and there are so many unexpected benefits of running a half-marathon. … Read the rest