A Runner’s Brain During Peak Training – Thinking Out Loud

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Save me from myself.  Yup, it's the peak week in my training plan and all I can think about is running.  And my crackling joints.  But that relates to running.  Yes everything leads back to running.  When I started this blog I was in my first week of tapering for the Boston Marathon, and it was a no brainer for me to describe myself as "a little obsessed with running."  Well I'm here to announce ... [ Read More ]

Yup, It’s My Food Again + Crispy Roasted Carrots Recipe

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It's me and my food again for your viewing pleasure.  This was just another oh so typical day of eats with nothing special going on really.  I'm in my peak week of marathon training right now and the hunger is full on as would be expected.  I feel like my body is in that almost-over-the-brink state and will be ready to taper as of Sunday.  Okay sorry, I know this post is about food and not running ... [ Read More ]

5 Signs Your “Inspiration” is a Negative Trigger

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Are you inspired or triggered by what you see? Everywhere you look, you're looking at something, and whatever something that is will have an impact on you whether you realize it or not.  Okay, it's really not as complicated as I just made it sound.  We see things in real life and on the internet and what we see stirs us up in some way.   Good, bad, and maybe confusing.  When you go about your ... [ Read More ]

Why I’ll Probably Never Sleep or Do a Gluten Challenge

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I had big plans to sleep until 6:30 today (Sunday.)  I went to bed at 11, and I figured with no run to wake up for 6:30 would be doable and it would be glorious.  Well, no such luck according to my cat and my snoring congested son.  But mostly my cat. Our cat (Tigger) is the hungriest, whiniest cat starting at 4am.  Even if we give him food at night and even if there's food in his bowl.  It's ... [ Read More ]

Week 12 Training Update: Lesson Learned

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So, for some reason I thought that I could throw some actual speed work into my marathon training at weeks 9 and 12 and it would not kick my a$$ hard.  I was wrong.  On Tuesday I jogged over to the track and did my 800s.   It hurt REALLY BADLY.  I get it.  I never run faster than a 7:30 pace, so asking my legs now to book it at under a 6:45 pace is asking a lot. After the first two I came very ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Chipotle Mayo Chicken Salad

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Should we talk about how difficult it is to make chicken salad with orange mayo look good in a photo?  Or is that awkward since I'm trying to sell you on this stuff?  I mean, let's just be honest, the orange color makes it look like it could be vomit.  Sorry I said vomit.  Dammit I just said it again. I have photos of it piled up on a plate, a photo looking down on it, and photos of it like the ... [ Read More ]

Thinking Out Loud: The Running Questions, Answered

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My husband hates how I answer questions.  I don't blame him.  I take every question I'm asked pretty seriously and don't like to humor people with superficial answers.  Therefore, often when you ask me a question, the answer will be another question thrown right back in your face.  I swear, this is not to be annoying, I just want to make sure I know what I'm answering.  Plus I like to speak the ... [ Read More ]

Everything I Ate Plus Kid Friendly Pulled Pork Recipe

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Another days of my eats awaits you.  I know you must be excited, rah rah. This was a rest day (last Sunday) and I was definitely feeling low on energy even after decent sleep.  I tend to feel this way on days I don't run, but possibly due to the 20 miles the day before, it seemed to be exaggerated today.  Not that that has anything really to do with my food, but just thought I'd mention it. I ... [ Read More ]

3 Insecurities I’ve Conquered and 3 I’m Still Working On

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Every now and then (or possibly more often) I like to think about where I'm at with my confidence.  It's been something I've struggled with my whole life in a lot of different areas, and sometimes just when I think I've put an insecurity in the past, it creeps up on me again and I realize I still have more work to do.  Still, there are a few things I feel I've conquered for good at this point in ... [ Read More ]

Own Your Training and Find Your Meaning

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Saturday morning spelled out "20 miles" on my training plan and I was looking forward to it in a way only a sick runner-freak like me (and probably you) could.  I also figured that 20 miles is a long way to run and clearly there would be something about it to recap - I have an epiphany, I die, come back to life, cry, whatever.  But actually none of that happened and it was really quite uneventful ... [ Read More ]