International Running Adventures

International Running Adventures

Oh hey, hi! It’s been a while since I last posted, and really I don’t have any excuses except I really didn’t have much to report on. But after my weekend in Vancouver for SeaWheeze, I have some things to report on! First of all, Vancouver completely blew me away.

Thanks to Lululemon, I was gifted a free entry into its annual half marathon held in Vancouver, BC and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run my first international race and a reason to visit Vancouver.

Race weekend started around 4am Friday morning when I was sleepily waking up for my early flight. My boyfriend, Nick, joined me on this trip across the boarder and went along to cheer me on and visit Vancouver for the first time as well. When we touched ground I was really bummed to see that the rumors were true, and the sky was super hazy as the smoke of forest fires nearby had crept into the air in Vancouver. I know the air quality of Vancouver is said to be one of the best, and I wanted to see the views! It was a bummer that quickly left my mind as I met up with the first of many of my concrete runners crew at the airport to grab a cab together to get downtown. Destination races are so much fun, partly because I get to see my runner friends from all over the country!! Continue reading “International Running Adventures”

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Results and lies

60 days ago I wrote down a goal. In fact, I wrote a blog post on it here. But in short, the weekend prior to that post I found myself at the pool in a swimsuit, feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. I was still recovering from a running injury and had just let my fitness go a little and it wasn’t a feeling great about my body. (some people will probably think that I looked just fine, and don’t get me wrong, I looked okay! I just felt uncomfortable and unhappy) So I set down some goals to aim for by the next time I would find myself in a swimsuit. That day is tomorrow and tonight I take off for my week long Caribbean vacation! Continue reading “Results and lies”

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

 Dear My Love, Running,

This Valentine’s Day I would like to thank you for being there for me when I needed someone to lift me up when I was down. For being there for me on good days when the miles felt easy and weightless and on the bad days when my feet felt like cement blocks. You have always been someone I could count on to hold my secrets, wishes, struggles, and doubts safe and you are always there to celebrate my successes and milestones. You never fail to prove me wrong when I don’t think I am good enough or worthy enough. You have shown me that through dedication and hard work that I am strong and I can become greater than I was the day before. My love for you is constantly evolving and changing and through each new obstacle, race, relay, and experience we face together, my love grows deeper and deeper. Even on the days when you bring me pain and injury, I know that getting through it will only make me stronger and more dedicated to keeping myself healthy so that we can be together for a very long time. The feeling of accomplishment I get when we have finished something great together is more special than any card, trophy, medal or tangible item I could ever receive. I don’t think I could ever truly express the happiness you bring to my life or how you make me feel, but I do know that what we have is something special and no one can take that from us. Day in and day out, mile after mile, through success and heartbreak, we are a team, and for that, I thank you.

Love,

Me and my two feet.



January

January

January has been a weird month. It was just kind of an off month for me. For starters, I started a new job January 3rd and it has been kind of crazy. It’s been over four years since I’ve had a new job and  I had forgotten how hard and exhausting it is to come in to a new company with new processes, new people, new ideas, and all sorts of new things to learn. Marathon training for the Mt. Charleston Marathon in April also started around the same time… kind of. My second week on the job, I had 3 days of training and orientations at the firm’s marketing retreat in NYC and that was so exhausting for me, unfortunately I didn’t get as much running done as I wanted to there (I really didn’t even see NYC as much as I wanted to either!) I also tweaked my calf the last run of 2016, so that needed some rest before I was back to feeling 100%. Safe to say that January and my marathon training just didn’t start off with a bang like one would expect. Continue reading “January”

Three Miles a Day for 31 Days

Three Miles a Day for 31 Days

For the second December in a row, I participated and completed the 3 for 31 challenge. What that means, is that for the whole month of December I ran 3 miles each day. And after my second consecutive year of participating, I noticed some of the same challenges, obstacles, and rewards each year! Before starting this last year I figured running three miles a day would be no problem- I had been training and running the sum of that each month already anyways. How hard could it be? Well, I am here to tell you that it was NOT that easy. Even after coming off of a crazy marathon and training season this fall running at least 3 miles every day for 31 days was absolutely challenging. Continue reading “Three Miles a Day for 31 Days”

2016 Running Recap

2016 Running Recap

With just a little over a week left of 2016, I wanted to take a moment to look back and recap some of my running highlights of the year. This was a hard list to make because 2016 was one of my most epic years of running to date. I set PRs in the Marathon, ½ Marathon, 12k, 5k, and 1 mile distances. I pushed myself to new limits that I never thought was possible… I ran over 1,000 miles this year for the first time ever, ran in 8 different states in addition to Mexico, and participated in some really cool fitness events including Wanderlust 108 and Dare to Bare. I hit so many running milestones and made so many amazing people along the way. There are seriously so many reasons to look back on 2016 and feel nothing but pride and accomplishment. Continue reading “2016 Running Recap”

Lessons Learned on Course

Lessons Learned on Course

You know that saying “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll be among the stars”? Well, it’s been a few weeks since I crossed the finish line in Chicago and that quote has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about now that the rush of one marathon has settled and I start to reset my focus on the NYC marathon (and beyond) and think about my goals and expectations. Continue reading “Lessons Learned on Course”