Summer Camp for Grownups is Almost Here!

I don’t feel like I really had an off season this year. With running the Freight Train 50k in December and 3 spring half marathons, I’ve been running quite a bit. It will be fun to get back to the rituals of marathon training, though. We start in 2 weeks! I can’t believe it’s hereContinue reading “Summer Camp for Grownups is Almost Here!”

A Case of the Rungries

It’s mile 8 of my “only 12” mile long run. As my running partner and I are turning the corner on completing this journey, I realize I’ve exhausted all of my stories for the week. We’ve delved into deeper, philosophical conversation. We’ve shared lots of laughs this run, and maybe even a few tears. WeContinue reading “A Case of the Rungries”

For The Love of the Back of the Pack Runner

You know us. We make you feel good as you pass us on the race course. We are the ones who get the most money out of our race fees. We are still persisting, even after most spectators have gone home, and sometimes after all of the post-race food is gone. We run at aContinue reading “For The Love of the Back of the Pack Runner”

Running a Marathon for the First Time? Think of it like preparing for childbirth. 

Especially for my first time marathoners, I jokingly tell them to think about the race like childbirth. I had an entire conversation about this with some of my runners on our 18 miler, with lots of giggles and agreement! Sure, go in with some expectations of how you would like to run the race, butContinue reading “Running a Marathon for the First Time? Think of it like preparing for childbirth. “

Race Recap: MCM 46, Virtually!

Race Recap: MCM 46, Virtually! I told y’all a couple of weeks ago that I was going to run a virtual marathon in conjunction with my team’s 20 miler. Again, I’m so grateful to the head coach of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team for making this happen! She created 3 mile add-on routes to theContinue reading “Race Recap: MCM 46, Virtually!”

The mystery of the nagging taper pain…

My last running related post was about how surprised I was by my pre-18 mile run nightmares. Typical stuff one might dream about before any big event. You know the type of dream: the late to school, forgot your homework, forgot your class schedule, forgot to go to class all semester and suddenly showed upContinue reading “The mystery of the nagging taper pain…”

Some Things Never Change…

Yesterday my team completed an 18 mile training run per the schedule. My team also worked the SAGs for the Saturday teams this week, led by the coaches. You would think that this being my 8th fall marathon training cycle that I would be used to the ramp up in mileage, and that my mindContinue reading “Some Things Never Change…”

My Marathon Dilemma

As is customary during marathon training season for coaches for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, we sacrifice our Richmond race for our team. We are on the course for all of the excitement and to support our runners, but this is not our fall race. We typically choose another race to run. The lastContinue reading “My Marathon Dilemma”

The Mystery of the Challenging Drop Back Week Run…

This is marathon training season cycle #8. One of the mysteries of training is why drop back weeks suck so much. Seriously.  What’s a drop back week, you ask? In traditional full or half marathon training plans, the goal is to ramp up in miles for 1-2 weeks for your weekend long run, then returnContinue reading “The Mystery of the Challenging Drop Back Week Run…”

Is summer running over yet?

This is a question runners ask as official rituals of summer’s end ensue… the start of school, the end of summer vacations, the closing of your neighborhood pool… but the heat and humidity is still here. Why? (said in my best, whiny, childlike voice…) Indeed, if you are training for a fall marathon, cooler temperatures,Continue reading “Is summer running over yet?”