It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

That’s right, fellow runners. We are about to enter fall marathon training season! And if you’re lucky, you are part of a marathon training team like mine. There is absolutely no way I could have run any of them without the help of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.  Meeting with my team again eachContinue reading “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

The Power of the Marathon

Ultramarathons aside, in the world of running, the ultimate test of mental strength and physical fitness is the marathon. Why is running the marathon such a powerful testament to a person’s will and mental toughness? One reason: the pain. We’ll revisit this point in a bit.  In my wildest dreams, 26.2 miles is a distanceContinue reading “The Power of the Marathon”

The Virginia Capital Trail

Last week, I shared my excitement with you for the re-naming of the Ashland to Petersburg Trail, which will now be known as the Fall Line Trail. This is the developing north/south corridor trail in the metro Richmond area, and I can’t wait for it to be finished! Its companion in the RVA is theContinue reading “The Virginia Capital Trail”

Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.

I had an incredibly enjoyable final long run of taper the Sunday before the marathon, spending the first 6 of my planned 8 miles with one of my sole sisters. The marathon training team had 12 on the schedule which I cut, also giving me the opportunity to see the continued evolution of what remainsContinue reading “Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.”

Race Recap: Marine Corps Marathon #45: Virtually!

MCM 45 is a wrap. I feel like I had been training for this race since February. In essence, I was, since I’d been helping my best friend train for the Chicago Marathon, which was supposed to happen on October 11th. With all races either cancelled or forced to move to virtual formats due toContinue reading “Race Recap: Marine Corps Marathon #45: Virtually!”

Taper Madness

I have to say, this year’s taper is going better than anticipated. What is taper, you ask? It’s the time in marathon training when you have completed your last 20 mile run and are gradually decreasing mileage over 2-3 weeks until race day, allowing your body to repair itself and restore its glycogen reserves inContinue reading “Taper Madness”

Tips on Enduring the Pain of Long Runs

The best part about coaching is ushering in new marathoners to the 1%. I try to think about what I would have wanted to know as I trained for my first marathon back in 2014. The pain of long runs and anxiety of training in the final weeks leading to the race are definitely topicsContinue reading “Tips on Enduring the Pain of Long Runs”

Marathon Training Tips for Newbies!

For the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, we are about to enter what I affectionately refer to as “hell month.” It’s the time in our training plan where the 18 and 20 mile runs are done, and for new marathoners, the most intimidating parts of training. I’m already there. My marathon will be October 11thContinue reading “Marathon Training Tips for Newbies!”

Looking forward to fall!

Blah. Today’s run was terrible. I thought I was doing myself a favor by waiting until today to run, because yesterday’s weather was rainy. There were a few sprinkly breaks, but for the most part, there was either steady rain or all out downpours all day. And honestly, I just wasn’t feeling a rainy runContinue reading “Looking forward to fall!”

What a pain in the… Foot?

Let’s talk about a runner’s most essential body part to keep happy: your feet. With each foot strike producing 3-5 times your body weight in force through your foot, it’s easy to have issues with sore feet after a long run, especially those double digit mile ones! On a recent training run, I had aContinue reading “What a pain in the… Foot?”