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My Shiny Running Gift to Myself

A few days ago I posted the following picture to Instagram with the caption that the gift I had bought myself finally arrived: This little box may not look like it contains a shiny running gift, BUT IT DOES!

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What I Think About When I Run…

Last week I came across an article titled “What Do You Think About When You Run” by Geoff Roes, a top ultrarunner. (Image Credit: Luis Escobar) Since Geoff is someone that runs races of 50 and 100 miles long, I…

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My First 9 Mile Run (I’m Almost into Double Digits)!

My long run on Saturday was full of firsts: MY FIRST EVER 9 MILES My first time running in the rain My first time managing stomach cramps My first time running with a fuel belt Overall, I would rate the…

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I Watched Anton Krupicka’s “In The High Country” Film and It’…

I think the secret is pretty much out of the bag: the more I learn about ultrarunning the more obsessed with it I become. One of the elites of ultrarunning right now is Anton (Tony) Krupicka. I first heard of…

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I HATED Running the Mile in Gym Class (Hate Isn’t a …

Last night during my run (3.5 miles) I thought about the reasons why I think I’m well suited to the sport. Mainly I think it’s because I’m great at telling myself stories. I can easily occupy myself with stupid jokes,…

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I Just Ran 8 Miles for the First Time (OMG)

I ran 8 miles on Saturday. Me. I did that.  And it was totally easy…. well, maybe it wasn’t that easy (at all). I finally went running outside for the first time since the beginning of July and I guess…

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Bart Yasso and Taco Bell Participated in the Funniest Race I’ve …

While I was at Burning Man last month I took time out to read Bart Yasso’s book, “My Life on the Run.” I don’t follow Bart as closely as some runners do so I was pleasantly surprised by how funny…

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I’m Officially Mentally Tough as a Runner (Avril Lavigne Helped)!

As much as I talk about loving running, there have been plenty of days when I’ve wanted to give up in the first mile. On June 30th I wrote about a really tough four-miler that was a complete mental challenge…

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This Weekend I Ran 7.5 Miles and Timothy Olson Ran 100 Miles (He’s …

This weekend was full of naps for me! On Saturday I napped way more than I care to share, but I still got my 7.5 mile long run in. The best part about the run? It was the first time…

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Oh, Achilles Stretch, Where Have You Been All My Running Life

Like most runners training for a big race, I’m terrified of getting injured. The idea of having to back out of my first half marathon (the AllState Fort Lauderdale Half) haunts me with every new little ache. The past couple…

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I (FINALLY) Ran 7 Miles – I’m Halfway to the Half!

On Saturday I ran seven miles which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I’ve been wanting to do this since the end of April when I ran six miles for the first time. At four miles in to the run…

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Camping Trip = Fewer Miles, But Longer Run Intervals!

I’m back from the camping trip (more on that later this week). Going a week without technology wasn’t so bad, but I am SUPER GLAD to be back to sleeping in my bed! Here is where I was living last…

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