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Category Archives: marathon training

Every race is a learning experience for me – usually because I make a lot of ridiculous mistakes.  The best thing I can do is identify where I went wrong and make sure I don’t do the same thing next time.  For the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, I took into account all of the lessons I learned in Baltimore.  I still made mistakes and I will...

…that reminded me why I love to run.  The truth is that I love to run like 95% of the time, but that other 5% can really drag me down.  Thankfully, there are the fantastic runs that stand out and remind me why I lace up my running shoes and hit the pavement. In my typical Monday fashion, I felt lazy yesterday and opted not to run outside in...

No, not Chi Running. Chia…as in ch-ch-ch-chia! Chia pet! But not quite the same as that. I had read little tidbits here and there about fitness and running folks eating chia seeds, but hadn’t thought to give them a try until a) I heard they are talked about as a superfood in the book Born to Run (I just recently started reading it so I haven’t...

The absolute biggest obstacle I face when it comes to my training: sleep. I never get a full night of sleep.  Zain will be 2 in just a couple weeks and he still does not regularly sleep through the night.  I accepted this fact for a long time because we chose not to do sleep training or let him cry it out – not that I’m opposed to it for...

The first month of the Winter 100 Challenge is nearly over and I want to check in with all of my participants to see how everyone is doing. I am in unknown territory.  In the past, if I ran during the winter, it was sporadic and only short distances.  This year, I’m running consistently (usually 4 days a week) and one of those runs is a double...

I’m really good at telling other people to think positively.  I’m also really good about thinking positively about what other people can do and achieve.  When I ran the Maryland Half Marathon with my hubby, he told me around mile 11 that he couldn’t keep going because he was going to die (yes, he really said that).  I was right there telling...

When my first marathon was over 5 years ago, I felt like I had no reason left to run.  Not only was I still nursing injuries sustained during training, I just didn’t feel like running.  I remember feeling the post-marathon blues in the weeks following the Marine Corps Marathon.  My first attempt at running 3 weeks post-race was an epic fail...

A lot of people have asked me what training plan I used while training for the Baltimore Marathon so I’m going to share it with you.  I’m also including my half marathon training plan that I followed for the MD Half Marathon and ZOOMA Half Marathon in the Spring.  The marathon training plan I came up with is based on the plan I used when...

My first marathon – the Marine Corps Marathon – taught me a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t when I’m racing a long distance.  Because I learned so much from that race, I thought I knew what to do better for the Baltimore Marathon.  However, I learned quite a few more lessons from Baltimore than I had anticipated. You know...

This morning, I went for my last run before the Baltimore Marathon on Saturday.  It was a solo run because it was raining and I didn’t want to take Zain out in this weather.  I couldn’t decide between running 3 or 4 miles so I sort of split the difference and ran 3.6. At the beginning, the rain was very light and felt great for running. ...