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…”

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”

Survival Guide for Marathon Training

I’ve written a variety of posts about training for a race of this magnitude, and I figured it was time to put them all in one place so you can easily find the relevant information on my blog! I’ll be updating throughout the season as I add new information. Find your Why First, you mustContinue reading “Survival Guide for Marathon Training”

Marathon Running: A Simulation

Marathon training season for fall races is nearly upon us. The first weekend in June is always met with a mix of excitement and fear. I get to see my team, the Pink Nation! My running will have a definite purpose. I get to usher in a new generation of marathoners as a coach (that’sContinue reading “Marathon Running: A Simulation”

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”

Exciting News!

I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ve been selected as an ambassador for the 2021 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! The Blue Ridge Marathon is held in Roanoke, Virginia, and is dubbed the world’s toughest road marathon. It is featured by Race Raves as one of the toughest road races in North America. Like mostContinue reading “Exciting News!”

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!”