The Week Before Your Half Marathon

The last training run before the race.

It takes about 12 weeks to get half marathon ready. You run and run and run, and eat and eat and eat, building up your endurance and fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to perform at it’s best.

All of that hard work and dedication  is a build up to race day, and while by the final week before your race most of the work is behind you, this point in your training is just as important (if not more) as all the rest.

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America’s Best Running Trails & Active Times Updates



Oh hey! So, I guess it’s been a while. Well, if you consider 2 weeks “a while,” that is.

It feels like it’s been much longer than that, though! I hate that I haven’t had much time to blog lately, but between keeping up with my half marathon training (my race is next weekend!), being super busy at work, and trying to maintain some sort of sanity, unfortunately blogging sort of got pushed to the back burner.

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The Hardest Thing About Running


The hardest thing about running is not getting out of bed early in the morning to get workouts in before work, rearranging your plans to make time for long-distance training runs on the weekends, or willing yourself through the last half mile of a race when your lungs feel like they’re on fire and every muscle in your body is begging for immediate relief.

Sure, these things make the sport more challenging, but none of them are the hardest part.

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TCS New York City Marathon 2014: It’s Official


I did it. I accepted my entry into the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon and paid for my (ridiculously expensive, but totally worth it) race fee!

I can hardly use words to explain how extremely excited I am. This will be my first marathon ever.

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Hungry Running Recap: Would You Rather Edition


Would you rather: Run 6 miles on the treadmill or 6 miles at night, after work, in 20 degree weather?

This was the dilemma I faced on Tuesday, and it took me all day to decide.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve really been a trooper about running in the cold this winter. There have only been one or two workouts that I’ve missed because it was too cold or snowy and up until this point I’ve mostly enjoyed my training despite this damn polar vortex.

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A Day in the Life of a Hungry Runner


Since I transitioned from personal training to my job at The Active Times about 5 months ago, my daily schedule and routine has changed pretty drastically.

I used to work at the gym, so finding time for exercise was much less challenging… Since I was already there and all, you know? Also, my schedule was a bit more flexible, which made it easier to make time for preparing healthy meals ahead of time.

Now I spend most of my time in the office, which means exercise and meal prep has to happen outside of the 9-5. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve slowly built a new routine that allows me to maintain most of my healthy habits. The following is a quick breakdown of what my typical day is like. When I run, what I eat, and even how I relax and unwind.

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