Goals.

After watching the Boston Marathon last Monday, tracking some friends and feeling the energy of the event (even through the TV!), I had a moment of ‘I want to do that.’ Please keep in mind, I just had a miserable run in Paris the prior weekend and all but swore off large marathons. How easily…

A recurring theme in 2017

Without realising it, I have set myself up for a recurring theme for the spring of 2017: hilly marathons. I assure you, this was not intentional. I loathe hills. I cannot train on hills (as we have none in Grand Cayman). I can’t even see a hill. My biggest hill I run over on a…

Thou Shalt Not Run

I have a knack for getting injured doing the most boring, mundane tasks in life. First it was my back (bulging disc while making the bed) in October 2015. Most recently it was another critical to running body part: my knee. The day after the Philadelphia Marathon (November, 2016), I was at my in-law’s house,…

After You Cross the Finish Line

In 1998, I spent 79 days backpacking the Appalachian Trail, hiking a total of 1,318 miles from mid-Virginia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. My whole goal for that summer was to climb Mt. Katahdin and have my picture taken with the famed sign that proclaimed that spot as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.…

An Olympic effort

Last Sunday, I got up early to watch the women’s marathon in the Olympics; today, I got up early to watch the men’s marathon. Never in a million years did I think that I would be the person who would sit on the edge of their seat watching hours (!) of people running. But there…

Dog Days of Training

For those who have committed to a marathon in the early fall, you are now entering what I have jokingly called the dog days of the training cycle. In the coming weeks, you will see your highest mileage weeks, as well as the hottest temperatures outside, and without a doubt, these weeks will be your…

It’s official: May sucks

Today on my Facebook memories, a blog I wrote last May 31st come up, talking about how to deal with a bad run. In reading the blog, I was taken back to that run, and man was it a vivid reminder of a really bad run! I struggled and eventually threw in the towel on…

Accepting the challenge

In the last couple weeks, I’ve been in contact with several running friends who are taking on the challenge of their first full marathon, and have been really scared to tell people about it. While I understand the fear of the unknown, it has really stuck with me why we are afraid to announce our…

Metric or Miles?

For the first time ever, I will be running 42.195 when I head to Dusseldorf in about 10 days. Yes, I know it is the same as 26.2, but for the first time in my running experience, the course itself will be marked at each kilometer, rather than each mile. I said something to my…

Chafing: 2016 Edition

I honestly and truly thought I had the whole chafing issue figured out. After my blog last year about this, I tried some new things and had great success. I thought chafing was in my rear view mirror, and marathon training for 2016 was full steam ahead. I was smug about having figured it all…