Planning for the Training, Not Just the BQ

I qualified for Boston at the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon. Even though I was “in”, I knew I probably wouldn’t be in. It’s a tight race these days, and the faster you go the more likely you are to get that highly sought-after bib! For 2014, 3:34:04 didn’t quite make the cut, and that’s totally okay. Boston is prestigious, that’s why we strive to be there. If thousands of other females between the ages of 25-34 are faster than me, then they should have their hard-earned bib. Women running marathons these days are nothing if not a quick and determined…

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EX2 Round 3: Fountainhead Adventures

I hereby declare 2013 the year of my affair with EX2 Trail-racing Adventures. Our first run with them was in March, as part of their “Spring Backyard Burn” series, and well – hook, line and sinker – it was love.

Trails are just an entirely different race-beast, energy and feel. There’s nothing to complain about here! You feel the burn on every up and downhill, but just can’t be mad because just take a LOOK around. Like, whoa…

We had the perfect November day for this race. Virginia treated us to sunshine, a high of 50* (why do I…

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MCM 10K – 2013

It felt a little odd to be out of the marathon loop throughout the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) weekend, but I know this was a great step back for me. The first time I had anything to do with MCM was in 2009; that day, as I rode the Metro and pinned on my 10K bib, I felt simultaneously in awe of and daunted by the fact that most of the runners around me were about to run an additional twenty  miles. I mean, WHAT? What would that even feel like? How nervous were they? Did they think I had…

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RW Half (3 of 3): Everything That Kills You Makes You Feel Alive

David Willey (Editor-in-Chief, Runner’s World) said this race/weekend is “a way for us to bring Runner’s World to life and spend a weekend with our readers.” Him & Bart were all over the race scene, all weekend – you couldn’t miss them! And it really felt like we stepped into their world for 3+ days.

Photo credit: Runner’s World.

The culmination of the weekend, in the form of a half-marathon race, began Sunday morning…

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With only one more race left to complete the hat-trick challenge, we had a little pep in our steps. 13.1…

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RW Festival 1: 5(K) & Dime (10K)

Let’s start with this: if registration was already open for the 2014 Runners World Festival, I would already be signed up (probably going for hat-trick II).

Yep, they’re that good. But would you really expect any less from a Runner’s World race?

The hat-trick challenge started with two of three races today (Saturday). On deck: 5K at 8am followed by the 10K at 9:30am. Our RW-blogger team had the luxury of shuttles to/from the race this morning, so we hopped on the bus at 6:45 am and headed in for our “5 & Dime” morning.

Thanks for the…

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