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Running to Improve VS. Just Running

Running to Improve VS. Just Running

I can honestly say that I’ve considered myself a runner for about as long as I can remember.  As a young girl I would cheer for my dad on the sidelines whenever he raced and I ran my very first 5K around age 6 or 7.  Somehow I always felt like I was “part of the the club.” In eighth grade I started consistently running but I had no time goals.  I did not race or run for any team. …

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NYC Marathon Week- A little bit of everything!

NYC Marathon Week- A little bit of everything!

It’s race week! Yes, the New York City Marathon IS still on.  At least that’s what they keep saying! They are not quite sure how everyone is getting to the starting line in Staten Island but I guess they’ll figure that one out later..  My thoughts and prayers have been with those up in the northeast.  I have family in Pennsylvania and Connecticut who were really affected by the storms (lost power and had some flooding). In the meantime, I’ve…

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An Unoffical Track Half Marathon- aka A LOT OF LAPS!!

An Unoffical Track Half Marathon- aka A LOT OF LAPS!!

This morning I ran in my own little half marathon….  Around the track.  Yeah, it was A LOT of laps.  Thanks to my Garmin at least I did not have to count them!  Once again I veered off a little from my NYC Marathon training to do a half marathon pace run.  First of all, let me say that I have NEVER run this many consecutive laps around a track and I don’t know if I will again.  I can’t…

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Switching gears: A Marathoners Unofficial Guide to Running 5K’s

Switching gears: A Marathoners Unofficial Guide to Running 5K’s

After spending many months training for two marathons I find myself entering a new phase of running: It’s 5K season!  I live in the south and as the weather heats up, the race distances get shorter.  There are not that many half marathon or marathon race options but there are plenty of 5K’s! To a distance runner 5K’s can be extremely intimidating.  I have many runner friends who refuse to run in 5K’s.  I often find myself having a love/…

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4 minutes

4 minutes

In January my main marathon goal for the year was to break 3:20.  I didn’t know when I would do it but I knew I had three chances this year and I was going to do my best to accomplish that goal.  I felt fairly confident that this was a realistic goal for me based on my times in other racing events but with the marathon you just never know.  Anything could happen.  My previous best time was a 3:35…

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Determining My Marathon Race Pace

Determining My Marathon Race Pace

Before running a marathon, most people have a time goal in mind.  (Especially if you have already run a marathon before at some point.) After months of hard work and training, you have a somewhat realistic idea of what time you might finish in.  I have a few friends running in the Little Rock Marathon this weekend who are running for completion. They have no time goal in mind- they just want to finish.  When I ran my first marathon…

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