Farewell to 2018, Ready for 2019!

Farewell to 2018, Ready for 2019!

As the year comes to a close, it is important to reflect back on 2018. It was a year full of change, a year full of goals, some met, some still out of reach, but throughout the year I continued to grow. While I think back on all that I accomplished, it seems very tempting to set some New Years resolutions of my very own. However, to be quite honest, I’ve never liked the “new year, new me” mantra that…

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Never Stop Chasing Those “Crazy” Dreams – The 2018 Chicago Marathon

Never Stop Chasing Those “Crazy” Dreams – The 2018 Chicago Marathon

Never stop chasing those crazy dreams. That’s the phrase that continues to resonate with me as I think about what happened on October 7th 2018. This continues to be a theme in my reflection on marathons and the training cycles that go with them, but each one is so unique and different. This year, I finally had the chance to engrave my finish time on the back of my medal. 3:37:05. That time will be forever ingrained in my memory….

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Find Your Passion – Pursue it Unapologetically

Find Your Passion – Pursue it Unapologetically

After clicking the submit button or signing on the dotted line, it’s only a matter of time before the training begins for your next race. On the surface, every training cycle appears to be very similar. It all starts with picking your plan. I’ve had races where I didn’t follow any specific schedule but follow a general structure (i.e. run a certain range of miles throughout the week on a set number of days with a longer run on the…

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6 months later and I didn’t PR…The Wallis Sands Half Marathon

6 months later and I didn’t PR…The Wallis Sands Half Marathon

It took me a while to write this post, and a little over two weeks later here we are. It’s time to recap on the Wallis Sands Half Marathon this year. I spend a lot of time reflecting back on races. It’s always incredible to think back to all of the tempo runs, the early mornings, and the Saturday mornings spent prepping for a long run ahead.  And when you cross that finish line with a new personal record, well, that’s…

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3 miles! Making progress…

3 miles! Making progress…

The road to recovery is never easy, but I never thought I would learn so much about myself through this experience. Life is full of ups and downs, and I think what I have always loved about running is, regardless of whatever else is going on with my life, I know I will always have those minutes, hours, however long it may be, to focus on myself and my training. Whether it’s speed morning early in the morning at the…

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Today, I ran a mile.

Today, I ran a mile.

Up until now, I have captured my experiences with half and full marathons through this blog. I have shared many of the challenges and successes throughout my running journey, but I think it’s time to start showing more than I have before now. I came to this realization on November 18th after completing what might be my favorite running loop, the 7-mile loop full of scenery and waterfront views. I came back from my run feeling defeated. My ankle was…

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Chicago Marathon: The Sequel

Chicago Marathon: The Sequel

No this isn’t a duplicate post. Not an error. I loved Chicago so much, I just had to do it again! 🙂 I’ve always loved trying out new races, and when it comes to marathons I had never imagined I’d be revisiting the same race, but Chicago, oh Chicago. It has a special place in my heart. After running the marathon in 2015, I could do nothing by rave about how fantastic the race is! The energy, the sights, ok,…

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Breaking the 8 minute mile…Newburyport River Run Half Marathon

Breaking the 8 minute mile…Newburyport River Run Half Marathon

I always find it funny when someone hears that you have a race coming up and they ask, “Do you think you’ll win?” I don’t think I can ever recall a time where I ever thought I would win any race, not in 4th grade field day, not the gym class mile, not a single track or cross country race. Maybe that begs the question, well then, what’s the point? Well, what could be one of the most rewarding and…

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Training for the Newburyport River Run Half Marathon

Training for the Newburyport River Run Half Marathon

It’s hard to believe we are already four months into 2017 and I am deep into half marathon training for the Newburyport River Run Half Marathon on May 7th! My runner’s high from last year’s NYC marathon seemed to carry me through the cold winter months in New England and back into a training schedule for my upcoming half. For most of what I can remember, i have always had a love of running, but it’s completely safe to call…

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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

After years of running races, I have certainly found myself getting questions from friends, family, etc. about why I love running so much? “How do you run for that long? I would get bored?” “Once you’ve done a marathon, is it pretty easy after that?” “Do you listen to music while you run?” “What do you think about?” and then again, there will always be the ones that after hearing you run marathons can’t help by just ask “WHY???” While…

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