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…

Make your long run fun!

I used to DREAD the long runs. Living in Cayman, it is hot, humid and boring running (we don’t have great views of the beach when we run). On top of that, it can be dangerous because of crazy drivers and roads that are not runner friendly. But when training for a race – even…

Changes in my mentality

With less than two weeks until I run my second marathon, I find myself only starting to think about the race itself. This puzzled me, as my first marathon, only three weeks ago, consumed my every waking thought and action. So on my 6-mi run today, I mulled over the differences between the lead up…

Weekly workout wrap up – 18 October 2015

With one week (ONE!) to go until marathon day, my runs are getting shorter to allow my body time to rest and recover so I am in the best possible shape on race day. It’s stupidly hot in Cayman, even well into October, with ‘real feel’ temps still above 100-degrees during the day. Which of…

Dear Taper Diary…part 1

I am officially nearing the end of my taper, the time when I have put in the bulk of the effort and could then lighten the training to ensure I was in top physical form for the marathon. From all those who have gone down this marathon path before, I knew that I would develop…

It just got real

Today, I received my bib number and downloaded the race programme for the Marine Corps Marathon. I am less than 17 days from the start of the race (!) and it’s all coming together. The anxiety I feel. Can I do this? Can I honour all those who have supported me in this journey? Can…

It’s about learning that I am capable

Throughout the last six months over my marathon training, I’ve been secretly harbouring a goal of 4-hrs for my first marathon. Let me tell you, I think it is possible, but it is also a real stretch, considering my best half marathon was 1:58:02. I then incorporated speed workouts into my training with the goal…