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This morning, I tackled my longest run before the Rock ‘N Roll USA Marathon – 22 miles.  I’ve already done a 21 mile and a 20 mile run so 22 should be a piece of cake, right? Haha, I don’t think so. I was super excited about this run because it was with Team in Training.  Our team is part of their flex program which means the training...

Miles: 20 Gels: 3 Fluids: Nuun and water Entertainment: mostly music from Glee, that’s right – I love Glee! I had another 20 mile run on the schedule this weekend.  My plan was to once again join the group I ran with last weekend.  Zain ended up waking up a bajillion times on Friday night so a 5am wake up on Saturday didn’t sound too appealing. We...

I have a lot of plans for 2012.  I’m going to run my 3rd marathon, my 4th, 5th and 6th half marathons and a mud run.  That’s all by the end of May.  I haven’t decided what to do with the rest of my year yet.  I have high hopes for my 3rd marathon and I’m doing the best I can to stick to my training schedule so that I can achieve my...

When it’s cold outside, it takes me a mile, sometimes a mile and half to feel comfortable with the chill in the air.  I spend that first mile wondering if I dressed appropriately or if maybe I’d be better off going home and getting on the treadmill.  I know that the treadmill is not a good option because most likely I will get bored and press...

When it’s cold outside, it takes me a mile, sometimes a mile and half to feel comfortable with the chill in the air.  I spend that first mile wondering if I dressed appropriately or if maybe I’d be better off going home and getting on the treadmill.  I know that the treadmill is not a good option because most likely I will get bored and press...

Tomorrow I’m supposed to run 18 miles.  Eighteen miles and we’re expecting a hurricane to hit us.  Fabulous.  Since we don’t really know when the storm is supposed to arrive, I decided it was best to try to get my long run in today.  I thought about swapping this week’s 18 miles with next week’s – a recovery week – 10 miles. ...

I have this problem that has plagued me since training for my first marathon.  After every single long run (8 miles and up), I end up with a headache that sticks with me for the rest of the day.  It puts a damper on my Saturday and I feel pretty much useless for the rest of the day.  Pain meds like Advil or Tylenol can’t even touch it, plus...

I have reached a new milestone.  The farthest I have run in the past 4.5 years until today had been 13.1 miles during my two Spring half marathons.  The last time I ran more than that was when I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2006.  It’s exciting to hit this milestone and know that my marathon training is well underway. Those 14...

Zain fell asleep during our run! I know that might not be a big deal to most running moms or dads whose kids fall asleep often in the stroller, but this is epic for us.  Zain is not the best sleeper and he frequently gives me a tough time when I want to put him to sleep.  A couple months ago, I posted that we had to stop in the middle of a run...

Yesterday was a very exciting day because I ran my first 5K with Zain.  I’ve been running with him for close to a year and I was really looking forward to racing with him.  I didn’t have very high expectations for my finish time because I ran 12 miles on Saturday morning so I knew my legs would be tired on Sunday.  It turned out that my...