Running Real Talk: What to dwell on, when

Yesterday marked the anniversary of that one time that I didn’t finish the Marine Corps Marathon.  After 16 really amazing weeks of training, I got taken out by my immune system.  I mentioned this to the BABs while we were running this past weekend and the conversation that followed was really uplifting.  And not in a tell me how great I am despite my marathon set back way.  In a really positive there are other things to dwell on right now kind of way.  And that had me thinking, it’s all about how we frame our running (and our lives to be honest), the tone of the voice in our heads and words that voice uses really matters most.  And I sort of had a eureka moment.

Lauren Fleshman says to dwell in positivity.  I wholly ascribe to that as much as humanely possible.  But sometimes, when you drop you lunch on the floor and the dog is vomming the garbage he ate while you were out on your run that didn’t go well, it’s like really hard to get to 1600 Positive Street in Positive Town 1000000%.  And — this has been the important thing for me — that’s OK.  Especially as we encourage our inner monologue to like lay off of us while we wallow, for just like 5 minutes — before we return to being real life gangsters.  


So, as the anniversary of my DNF came and went, I didn’t really feel the need to bring it back up, to tear myself back down or even let the hurt and kind of foggy confusion of those 5 ish hours fuel my hate fire for the current cycle I’m in.  It just happened.  I gave myself 5 minutes to be like Geez I wish I had that medal, and then I thought of all the awesome things I associate with that race:  Tori’s first amazing marathon, Patrick being in town, tasty Mexican with my besties after I got released from medical, all the amazing finish lines after that race.

I’ve been trying to coach the inner LNRB to choose nicer words, to not drag me down, even when it feels warranted and to know that — in running at least — my current effort is enough.  I am enough.

Walt Disney World Marathon Training: Week 3

Week three is done and it was fantastic.  After my bursitis diagnosis last week, I was worried about how how my training would feel this week.  I was very happily surprised when I was able to hit almost every workout in my plan. My monthly fiasco left me feeling under the weather so I bagged my pre-long run miles. This week was weirdly and unbearably hot in the area which made training a little more difficult than I would have liked but, generally, this week went way better than expected.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Training: Week 2

Ahhh the second week of training.  Not usually the time where things start to fall apart physically.  And yet.  Here we are.  Not really that bad, I hope but the end of the week was a stitch discouraging.  I refuse to be negative.  Whey my hips and knees go low, I go high!


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Walt Disney World Marathon Training: Week 1

Hello!  It’s been a long time since I’ve done a weekly recap of anything, let alone marathon training.  I’m happy to report that week 1 has gone swimmingly.  But let’s start at the beginning.

A few weeks before I got released from physical therapy, I started researching training plans specifically for recovering runners. A week before I was released from physical therapy, I reviewed my training program with my physical therapist and she gave me the go ahead with this particular plan with a few tweaks.  Basically I’m running 5 days per week starting with my long run mileage then cutting back to build back up to next week’s long run mileage with a recovery run on Sunday.  I’m doing all my runs 5×1 walk intervals and my only real goal is to finish the mileage. Since this is a little bit different type of training plan, I’m going to do the recaps of the week a little differently.  Let’s go!

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Patellar Dislocation FAQ Volume 2

It’s been a while and a lot has happened.  Here’s the update!

Got released from PT today!! And how cute is my physical therapist?? #runchat #injuredrunner

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Patellar Dislocation FAQ Volume 1

It has been 4 weeks since I dislocated my patella.  At a wedding.  Dancing to Motown Philly.  It has been 3 weeks since I was diagnosed with this dislocation rather than a tear of any sort.  And it’s been 2 weeks since I started physical therapy.  It’s time for an update!

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Going from 5K to 10K

Recently I had a darling friend ask for advice about making the jump from the 5K to the 10K.   Since it’s 5 extra Ks in the distances here are my 5 best tidbits of advice for anyone who might be ready to take the next, longer race distance on.


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June! Glorious June!

My first thought this morning when my eyes opened was “IT’S JUNE!”  May was a kind of off month for me in all aspects (except friends.  We had a great month with all of our near and far friends and for that we are eternally grateful). So, I’ve been looking forward to starting the new month off fresh and ready to go.  I don’t usually post monthly goals because I don’t set them.  Or if I do set them I forget about them.  But I thought today, Global Running Day, and Day 2 of BABs Summer ’16 was the right day to do it.  And yes, if you were wondering, I coined that hashtag for us courtesy of my best friend, Drake, who just gets me.  Also, playing dirty, not clean.  But I digress.


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Whoa! We’re halfway there!

The last few weeks have been a little nuts.  We moved into our adorable new house, said goodbye to our nephew, I ran my goal half marathon for the year and registered to run the Walt Disney World marathon in 2017 for Team in Training!

I wanted to pop in and give a little update on where I’m at the for the year and where, at almost the halfway point, I think running and I will go!

PGH Half

pretty much my life right now

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Back to back to back

March has been kind of an big up and big down for me in almost all facets.  I started the month coming off of bronchitis that I picked up after Princess.  I’m you, know, still running a business, we’ve dealt with a few blows in my family, I’m sick AGAIN.  And we bought a house.

#transformationtuesday from apartment renting Gaithersburgians to home owning Alexandrians! 😘🏡

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I had been scheming this post since we set our closing date.  In January.

In the midst of everything running has been an unbelievable constant (when I can breathe/don’t have  a fever) and my running people hold the ladder while I climb.  They keep me focused. With that kind of support I was able to knock out not one but two major PRs.


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