When Life Feels Like a Merry-go-round…

I was hoping to share a race recap from coaching the Richmond Marathon with my training team from Sunday, however, life had other plans for me. My Saturday began with a face to wall meeting… as in, I had a spell of vertigo reaching for my towel and fell into it. Not a great wayContinue reading “When Life Feels Like a Merry-go-round…”

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”

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!”

It’s Time for Summer Camp for Grownups!

“I dare you to train for a marathon, and not have it change your life.” -Susan Sidoriak Attention RVA runners! Our summer camp for grownups is set to begin next week! Just in case you haven’t heard via social media or email, the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team will begin June 6th and 7th. It goesContinue reading “It’s Time for Summer Camp for Grownups!”

Book Review: Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer

Book Review Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports By Kathrine Switzer Da Capo Books 2007 I first met Kathrine Switzer a few years ago. She was in Richmond for a speaking engagement and was the special guest to the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team pasta dinner, and I thought she was amazing.Continue reading “Book Review: Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer”

Race Recap! Richmond Marathon

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Kathrine Switzer This is the truth. Admittedly, there was a tiny sense of grief about not actually running Richmond this year. I’ve now run 3 different marathon courses: Chicago, Marine Corps, and Richmond, and Richmond is still my favorite. MaybeContinue reading “Race Recap! Richmond Marathon”

Race Recap!

The 44th Marine Corps Marathon is over. My 7th, and perhaps toughest marathon. I’m grateful to Team Safe House Project for the opportunity to run for them, raise awareness, and support their organization. I’m really, really happy that I finished. That’s the short story. Here’s the long one: As I wrote last week, I didn’tContinue reading “Race Recap!”