T minus 5 days until Blue Ridge Marathon… – Where DID the time go?

Here I am in the middle of taper week...Seriously, where did the time go??? I wrote my last training post about 7 weeks ago and it covered weeks 3-7 of my training for the Blue Ridge Marathon. Yikes... At the end of last week, I finished up my last big climb to try and simulate …


Blue Ridge Marathon Training Weeks 1&2 – Sometimes you just want to be told what to do…

Hello and good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Many of you are still in your weekends and I'm happy for you. 🙂 I just finished up a 6 mile run this morning (I'll run 4 more later today...two-a-days are back) with some sprints/surges at the end and it felt GREAT to …

This Week in Running – Learning the true definition of hills

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I find myself sitting in a cozy chair with a cozy cup of coffee after a 7 mile run where my legs feel better after I'm done than they did before I started. I guess recovery miles or shake-outs are real after all.


a natural elevation of the earth's surface, smaller than a mountain.
an incline, especially in a road:This old jalopy won't make it up the next hill.
an artificial heap, pile, or mound:a hill made by ants.
a small mound of earth raised about a cultivated plant or a cluster of such plants.

Above is what I found when I looked for the definition of the word "hill". When it comes to running, I don't think that any of these accurately portray the meaning. I'll try mine:

The portion of a run where lungs burn, legs fatigue and goals die.

This Week in Running – Flip the Switch

With all of this work I'm putting in, I feel like a couple of switches flipped. The first switch is related to getting used to this increased volume, or "building my base". The 6 days of running a week are feeling more normal. The track workout once a week is feeling more normal. My body and my mind are in training mode now.

The second switch is related to another way that ramping up for this training has effected me. I AM HUNGRY. I've been eating everything in site. I'll admit that I've cut back on some things (sweets and alcohol), but nothing is cut out. My meals have been HUGE and I always seem to have room for more. It's kinda fun.