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”

New York City: Run Culture

New York City: Run Culture

Wow, first of all, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I ran the most epic race I’ve ever experienced! I still think back, look at photos, watch videos, and relive the moments that made the New York City Marathon so amazing. But aside from hosting the most amazing marathon races in the world, New York City has a pretty dope running culture and I was lucky enough to really check some cool events out while I was in town. Continue reading “New York City: Run Culture”

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

WOW. For those of you who have never ran or witnessed one of the greatest running events of the year that is the New York City Marathon (in my own opinion and I suspect others too, but I can’t be certain). Let me take this time to tell you a little bit about why this is probably the most epic race in the world. Continue reading “A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle”

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”

Chicago Marathon Part 2: Breaking [personal] Records

Chicago Marathon Part 2: Breaking [personal] Records

It seriously took me about a week to come down from the runners high from the Chicago marathon. My legs are feeling back to normal and I am ready to start the short ramp up and re-taper for NYC! But first I wanted to recap the best race of my life!

Since I ran Chicago in 2014, I kind of knew what to except. I knew the expo was huge and exciting, I knew how flat the course actually was, and how the sidelines of the course is PACKED to the brim with spectators, but what I didn’t know was how well I would do in this race. A lot can happen in 2 years, especially since my training has never been so consistent and my body has never felt more prepared and healthy. Knowing all of this, I picked a safe time to start my race at and started with the 3:50 (8:45 min/mile) pace group. Continue reading “Chicago Marathon Part 2: Breaking [personal] Records”

Chicago Marathon Part 1: A Special Weekend with Nike

Chicago Marathon Part 1: A Special Weekend with Nike

Wow! This weekend was absolutely one for the books.

6 weeks ago I opened my Nike + Run Club app and found an invite to come run the Chicago Marathon with them. I clicked on it immediately and all it said was that I was in. The message was kind of vague and I didn’t quite grasp the fact that Nike was actually going to sponsor my entry into the sold out Chicago Marathon. It wasn’t until a few hours later when a Nike running expert from HQ called me to get my details and make sure I would be able to run with them on October 9th. WHAT!?!? Omg. Amazing, right?!? Continue reading “Chicago Marathon Part 1: A Special Weekend with Nike”

It’s Not About Having the Time, It’s About Making the Time

It’s Not About Having the Time, It’s About Making the Time

Time. You guys, this may seem weird, but I seriously have an obsession with time. Being on time, managing time, race times, split times, counting down the time…. But really, it’s not thatttt weird (okay, maybe a little bit). Here is the thing, time, when you think about it, is actually one of the single most valued possessions we have. It’s limited, you choose what you do with it, you can give it away, but you certainly can’t borrow it, because you can’t get it back. This goes for everything, not just fitness or working out, but spend your time with purpose on things and people that are important to you. Continue reading “It’s Not About Having the Time, It’s About Making the Time”