True Life: Marathon Taper Made Me Cry

Ladies and gents, it’s that time during training: the marathon taper … and I have officially gone bonkers.

Even though this year’s NYC Marathon is my second, this is actually my first time experiencing the bumpy, winding, loop-de-looping roller coaster known as the marathon taper madness. Read More

5 Reasons You Should Run With A Buddy

Run With A Buddy

You could call me what some would refer to as an “introvert.”

I’ve always enjoyed my “me time.” When I was younger I would plop myself down in the playroom and I could easily entertain myself for hours on end with Barbie, Ken, baby Kelly and their new RV camper, complete with built-in bunk beds and a Barbie barbecue. I was perfectly content exploring my imagination and creating fairytale worlds of my own. I didn’t need a say from anyone else. 

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Strength Running Marathon Training Plan Review: The Halfway Point

Marathon Training Plan - Preview

Alrighty, so I’m actually 12 weeks into my marathon training (AHHH!), but I think doing a  marathon training plan review and a check in on my progress now — and then another after the race — will be helpful for all of you AND myself.

I’m happy to report that so far, overall my training is going really well. Last week in particular was been the most challenging, as I was running on legs that ran 42 miles the week before — the highest weekly mileage I’ve ever done — and I also ended up getting a little sick and was in bed for two days at the end of the week. Luckily I only missed one easy run as a result.

Overall though, I’m feeling strong and I’m confident that finishing out this 16-week plan is going to have me VERY prepared for race day.

The plan I’m following is the intermediate marathon training plan from Coach Jason Fitzgerald’s Injury Prevention for Runners program on StrengthRunning.com.

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NYC Marathon Training Update: Learning To Press Pause

NYC Marathon Training Update

Sometimes you just have to stop and take a break.  It’s that simple. This is especially true when you’re training intensely for a big race (e.g. you’re 12 weeks into NYC Marathon training). I think no matter how many times I learn this lesson or how far I continue into my running career, this lesson will be one I’ll have learn again and again. Read More

What To Do If You Get Sick During Marathon Training

What To Do If You Get Sick During Marathon Training

First let’s make one thing clear: It’s not unusual for a runner to get sick during marathon training.

Why? “Because our bodies’ resources for immunity against viruses are shared by our bodies’ attempts to adapt to training stimuli,” Marty Beene, a Level 2 USA Track & Field certified coach and creator of Be the Runner told me when I interviewed him about this subject.

In other words, your body is working hard and using resources for your workouts and recovery, some of which would normally be used to bolster your immune system. As a result, your immune system is weaker than usual. Read More

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