Here We Go Again!

Well, sort of. I haven’t been officially accepted in the JFK 50 Miler race, but training starts tomorrow! This past weekend I ran two back to back runs for a total of 20 miles to get me in training mode. Up until a few days ago, the Taroko Gorge Marathon in Taiwan was my target Fall race. When I received an email from the race directors stating that the marathon is still not officially on, I decided I needed to quickly decide on another target race. I thought about running the Baltimore Marathon again so that I can run it with my sole sisters, but honestly, I think deep down I really, REALLY wanted another ultra. Continue reading

Tapering – Mistakes to Avoid and Nutrition

Tapering during a marathon can make or break race results. Tapering is when you cut back on your mileage a couple of weeks before your race to rest the body so that it can perform on race day. “Reducing your total weekly volume by 20 to 25 percent during this week gives your body a chance to recover from all that hard work by restocking depleted glycogen supplies and repairing tissue damage.” {source} Continue reading

Week 16 – Long Run (Not Quite 20 Miles, But I’m Good With That)

Saturday’s long run was the last long run before the Marathon. The day started out beautiful and we had a great first 10 miles, but then the sun, heat, and humidity reared it’s ugly head. By mile 15, we were hating it. We were in Timonium which means hill after hill after hill and twenty miles of hills suck. And they suck worse in 87 degree weather. Continue reading

MCM Training – Weeks 5 & 6 (Catching up!)

OMG! I’ve been away for so long that it took me a full 10 minutes to figure out how to post a blog. Good lord! Yes, it’s been over a week and my trip to MN threw my blogging by the wayside. So, we’ve gotta play catch-up! I left off with Week 5’s Track Workout, so this is going to be quick and dirty… Continue reading

MCM Training – Week 3 (12 miles)

I’m not sure if it’s the heat or if it’s the distraction of entertaining my visiting family, but it’s been hard getting my butt in front of the laptop to blog.

Yesterday we decided to get a head start and began at 6am. The temperature in Baltimore at 6am was 79 degrees with the humidity at 82%. The air was definitely thick and it felt like you were running through and breathing in mud. Needless to say, hydration was going to be the key for a successful 12 miles. Continue reading

MCM Training – Week 2 long run (11 miles)

FINALLY! A great training run! Things are starting to look up. I met with my group of running friends, we call ourselves The Six Pack, at the NCR trail at around 6:30AM. It’s been a while since the Six Pack ran as a whole, so it was great to have most of us together again. The only thing that kept this run from being perfect was our missing sole sister, Sunny. So, I guess today we were more of the Fab Five instead of the Six Pack. Hopefully we’ll all run together next week… GO SIX PACK! Continue reading

Marine Corp Marathon Training – Week 1

What a beautiful day to start training! It was great to see old friends again and the energy of excitement of taking on another challenge was in the air. We were scheduled to run 8 to 10 miles, so our little crew started off with 8.5 miles as all of us were coming back from injuries and thought it was best to take it easy for the first long run. Personally, I’ve been dealing with a knee issue caused by tightness in my calves and quads according to my Physical Therapist. I also developed Meralgia paraesthetica in my right hip. Don’t worry…that’s sounds worse than what it is. It’s just a pinched nerve in the hip area that makes my right quad numb. You can hit my thigh and I won’t feel a thing! Cool, huh? Anyway, I need to do more stretching, rolling, and yoga to kelp my knee, and I need to get some steroid injection in my hip for my nerve….I’ll wait to do this as long as I can. Continue reading