Ankle Aftermath

After the Pittsburgh Marathon relay I ran 3 miles to shake out the run.  It was a beautiful, crisp spring morning.  I was so happy.


Later that evening, we drove back to Maryland and in the car something weird happened.  And then everything sort of fell apart.

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Race Recap: The Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

Listen, this was a bit of a fun, beautiful disaster.  Here’s the TL;DR.

  • MB couldn’t run because he has a stress fracture so I ran both of our legs.
  • I got lost on the way to our relay exchanges {I rode the bus but didn’t have to}.
  • I beasted the first leg, then, well.
  • It was hot.
  • I had a ton of fun.

Here’s the extended version.


grab your champers!

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Dear Ankle

I’m sure most of you are already over me complaining about my stupid dumb ankle.  I’m so sorry.  It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

My dearest ankle,

Listen, I know we’ve been through a lot.  Like that time we went for a really hot 18 mile run.  You were totally there for me.


And we’ve hike miles and miles of National Parks

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To Chelsea on Marathon Friday

Dear Chelsea,

I’ve been thinking a lot about you and what I wanted to tell you on the Friday before your first marathon.  There are so many stories I could relay, so many tidbits I could share.  But you don’t need them.  You really don’t.


Why?  Because you have us.  All of us behind you for all 26.2 miles.


You have done all the work, you have inspired us along the way.


We love you.  And we are already so proud of you.  Whatever awesome happens on Sunday, we will be there for you for every step but especially at the end.  I’ll be the crazy person screaming and crying and hopping.


And then we’ll do this.


And this.

You don’t need luck, because you are surrounded with love.  Have so much fun.

Oh!  And I know which legs of the marathon relay I have to run!!  So, go get’em Captain.

Run love to EVERYONE running this weekend.

Marathons on Marathons

There was a time, not so long ago, that I was sitting in New Orleans by myself, after running the worst marathon I’ve run to date, eating nachos and talking to MB on the phone.  During our conversation I made a very drastic statement:   I think that I might be done running marathons, what am I trying to prove?  MB seemed relieved.  “So does this mean that you’re retiring from marathons?”  I paused, ate some nachos and replied, yes I think I am.

Imagine our shock when, just a few months later, I registered for not one, not two but three marathons, all within about a month of each other.  Imagine my everlasting shock when I proclaimed to MB recently that I am PUMPED about them!

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LNRB Lately

Did you ever have one of those months where, after every busy day, weekend or week, you say to yourself, “As soon as {insert activity here} is over, I’ll have time to do {other activity}?”  Me too!  That’s how March and April have been and without any sign of slowing down I thought I would take this opportunity {namely MB lost his credit card so we have to get new ones so I can’t download the most recent episode of Shah’s of Sunset} to get the internet {aka my Mom} caught up on what’s been going on.  Because you know nothing in the world of running has been happening so I know you are all sitting around wondering about me.


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An Interview with a Recent Ultra Runner

On March 20, I headed to the city of dreams, the city of champions to crew Coach Jeff through his first Ultra Marathon.  I am so excited to share my interview with Coach Jeff.  He is such an amazing person, such an amazing coach and obviously an amazing runner.  Enjoy!


one of Coach’s awesome run friends, George.

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Ultra excited!

I think it’s only fitting that on the eve of pacing my running coach in his first ultra marathon, I would celebrate my own milestone — the five year anniversary of my first half marathon. {side note:  this was run at a time before running blogs, selfies and even functional tweeting so I only have like 1 picture and it’s wretched}

But this isn’t about me.  This is the about my dear friend and coach, Jeff, who will be running his first ultra this weekend!  I am so excited to be one of many pacers and cheerers!  I also have the very important job of documenting the weekend from Jeff’s twitter handle.  Want to follow along?  Of course you do!


i don’t have a bomb sign but I WILL bring that face with me this weekend

Twitter — @JSmerc26pt2

Instagram — @JSmerc26pt2

And of course the offish hashtags:  #JeffGoesUltra for on the course action and #JeffsPitCrew for a behind the scene peek! Make sure to use the hashtags so we can send all the run love to Jeff!

Four Reasons I Love ClassPass

Alternatively titled, In Defense of ClassPass

I’ve been waiting impatiently to write my review of ClassPass for about 3.75 weeks — pretty much as soon as I got it and started using it.  For those of you that don’t know, ClassPass allows you to take up to three classes at different workout studios in your area that are in their network.  So, I fell in love with three barre studios in the middle of nowhere which is where we live and I got to work getting stronger.

I absolutely love ClassPass.  If you want to try it out for $25 off, you can buy your membership here!

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I Fell Back in Love with Running

A few weeks ago, I was in Las Vegas for a work conference.  I learned a ton and it was great.  MB went and we had great evenings eating delicious dinner and exploring the casinos on the strip.  We also lost $14.

Another exciting thing happened while we were away, I fell back in love with running!


my yay running face/outfit

As you may remember, after the Rock N Roll Marathon in New Orleans, I felt a little lost with running.  I sort of stopped really been running as a result.  The weather had been really crappy and I’ve felt really off when I’m on the treadmill.  But the ‘mill was the only option while we were away.  I told myself that I could indulge in tasty dinner and the desserts at the resort with MB if I ran every day of the conference.  I ran 3, 4, 5 and 3 miles and it WAS AWESOME.

Each time I have hit the treadmill since that trip, I notice that I’m able to run faster for longer.  Last week I was running 2 miles in about 20 minutes flat {which is fast for me, don’t judge}.  Then on Sunday, i had the mother of all awesome runs — 4 miles averaging 9:33 — our last mile was 9:15!!  I ran with Tom, which helps because he is long legged and in amazing shape for his upcoming half marathon.  But it was then that I was like YES!  I can do this!  I feel strong and fast and capable.  I intend to hold onto that feeling.

And here’s how I plan to do it.

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