Week Sixteen/Fifteen: Baltimore and Marine Corps Marathon Training

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Did Hurricane Joaquin cancel your race this weekend? Sign up for the Annapolis Running Classic! Get 10% off with this code: SABREF15

Fundraising Update: I’m at 100% of my goal with $600.20 raised for Team TAPS!  Thank you to my very generous donors. You can still make a donation to help the families of our fallen heroes through TAPS’ programs for grief counseling.

Ahhhhh, hello taper week. I know a lot of runners get freaked out by the “T” word, but I don’t. I love tapering time. Perhaps its the subconscious realization that I may never be an ultra-marathoner because running super long distances is, for me, very hard and borderline un-enjoyable, or perhaps it’s more that I know I need to rest and recover and allow myself the rejuvenation that comes with 3 weeks of fewer intense runs and less mileage and getting psyched for a big event that you’ve been preparing for. Think about it– not many big important events in life have a taper time. I certainly never see brides at their calmest the three weeks before their wedding. High schools and universities don’t schedule finals week three weeks before graduation. Marathons practically require tapering, so it’s definitely the best part of training for 26.2 miles. Some runners freak out and get cranky; I don’t. Continue reading “Week Sixteen/Fifteen: Baltimore and Marine Corps Marathon Training”

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Off the Beaten Path: I Miss the Sun….

Photo Courtesy: Annapolis Running Classic
Photo Courtesy: Annapolis Running Classic

1) I know this post is supposed to be about all things non-running, but it’s been a slow week and this is exciting news for me. In November 2011, about three weeks after I finished my first marathon, I decided that I would run the 2011 Annapolis Running Classic Half-Marathon. Back then, I felt sort of disappointed that I had nothing more to prove when I signed up for it. I was officially a marathoner; end of story. Bucket list was one item shorter. I have no idea why I didn’t think I couldn’t keep running races, but when a friend of mine suggested that we run the Annapolis Half-Marathon, I thought, Okay, why not. Obviously, I’m glad I ran it because that was when I realized I just found my “thing.” You know, that third thing that makes someone who they are besides their trade and association. This race made me say, Why stop there? Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: I Miss the Sun….”