Celebrate and Eat: The Hungry Runner’s Guide to Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season

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Let’s talk about Thanksgiving. It’s my all-time favorite holiday, and yes, it’s because I absolutely love food.

But what I love even more than food itself is the experience of enjoying and sharing a meal with loved ones.

Sure, I talk about food as fuel for fitness and sustenance for a healthy body all of the time. But sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes, like on special occasions like Thanksgiving, it’s a means of bringing people together. It provides family and friends with the opportunity to sit down at a table together, converse and just enjoy each other’s company.

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What to Wear for a Marathon + a Skirts Sports Giveaway

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Me in my Skirt Sports Jette Skirt during the 2014 NYC Marathon.

No matter what the weather forecast or what time of year, trying to figure out what to wear for a marathon can be a huge source of stress. Not only do you have to spend 16 weeks training to run a 26.2-mile race, but you have to decide what to wear on race day, too? That’s just bonkers! No one needs that much stress in their lives.

But if you sign up to run a marathon, you will eventually have to deal with choosing what to wear on race day, so let’s talk some general tips. (Oh and don’t worry, all of the stress is totally worth it in the end.)

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Hungry Running Race Recap: 2014 NYC Marathon

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So, I finished my first marathon.

On Saturday when I wrote “I’m running a marathon tomorrow,” I said that sentence sounded crazy to me. Well, the one above now sounds even crazier.

I did it, and I’m still kind of in shock that I actually finished the race. A whole marathon. 26.2 miles.

Not that I ever doubted myself, but this was definitely one of the toughest things I’ve ever done and there were points during the race where my mind was telling me to give up. I definitely hit a wall around mile 17 and it took every ounce of my determination to keep going.

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Tomorrow is Race Day + My Marathon Running Playlist

I’m running a marathon tomorrow.

Even though I’ve done the training and I’ve been planning this race for almost two years now, that sentence still sounds crazy to me.

If five years ago you told me I’d voluntarily sign up for a marathon, I probably would have laughed in your face. It’s still hard to believe that running went from a sport that I completely hated to an activity that is now such an integral and meaningful part of my life.

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It’s Raining and I Don’t Feel Like Going to the Gym


Monday’s workout.

Confession: Yesterday I let a lack of motivation get the best of me.

I was planning on going to the gym to run on the treadmill after work, but at some point during my train ride home I decided that I just wasn’t going to go.

It was pouring rain and windy outside; all I kept thinking was, “Once I get home, there’s no way I’m going back out again.” The more I thought that, the more I was able to convince myself that skipping the gym was a good idea.

Basically, my excuse was as simple as, “It’s raining out and I don’t feel like going to the gym.”

But you know what? I don’t feel guilty and I stand by my decision.

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I’m Back in Action + An Exciting Announcement!


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Oh man, guys. I feel like I’ve died and come back to life.

So, about two weeks ago I wrote about how I came down with the flu after attempting my 18 mile training run. When I wrote that blog post I had already been sick for a few days and at that point was finally feeling better. In fact, that weekend Mark came down and we saw Gone Girl (so good!) and then went bowling…. I was feeling pretty good again!

Then on Monday I woke up to go to work expecting to feel 100% like myself again, only I was still feeling a little off.

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