Race day prep: When to show up to start line

Today’s Tortoise and the Hare topic: Race day prep — when to show up at the starting line. When I ran my first marathon, I lived in South Charlotte. The race was in Uptown. So, I got a hotel room for the night before the race. Why? Because I did not want the extra stress…

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Running fast vs. running long

Today’s topic: Running fast vs. running long. I tell people all the time, “I would rather run a marathon than run a 5K.” And I’m sorta serious. I feel like running a marathon, while I’m still a bundle of nerves leading up to it, is really one of the most zen experiences one can have.…

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Things I want to talk about

= Buying a bathing suit at Target while drunk at 5 pm on a Sunday; = Cycling rules/laws I’ve learned/want to confirm; = Brewfest in Rock Hill that boasted a climbing wall (does that seem like a good combo to you?); = Running a 5K while stressed; = Cycling the route of the triathlon that…

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On running a 5K while sick

First, let me say I’ve never had a cold that lasted as long as this one has (more than a week.) But by Saturday, it had been around for 6 days and I was feeling better and better. I was even well enough to meet Scott for a couple of drinks on Friday night. And…

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They tried to make me go to rehab …

Where I’ve been the past few weeks: = I spent the week in Athens, Ga., visiting Chris. = On the way home from Athens, on a Sunday, I got the news that my grandmother was in the hospital. = I spent the better part of the next week at the hospital. My aunt, Josie, stayed with…

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On blue hair and beer helmets

I’ve run in 5 races now (3 this year) and one could say they all start to run together except – they don’t. At least not yet, not for me. I remember each step of each one, who I was with, where the difficult hills were, who was cheering me on at the end. This…

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My first 5K or When I realized I could accomplish something athletic

In the latest edition of the together-but-separate blog postings, Amy and I are writing about our first athletic achievements. I started thinking about my first running accomplishments recently during a discussion with Heather about how to begin running. I remember the first time I ran a mile – it felt so amazing and accomplished! My first…

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I came in ‘last’ but I was the winner

So I ran another 5K last weekend, the third in the Frosty 5K series. This one was at Freedom Park. But this wasn’t “just” another 5K – this was the first race that my brother, sister and I all ran together. And that made it amazing. I should mention that my sister, Jenny, is 5 months…

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Because it’s really all about the beer

All this running I’ve been doing lately is really because of beer. Because when I hear there is a race hosted by a brewery that starts in late afternoon (meaning no getting up at the crack of dawn) and it includes a brewery tour after in the great party city of Athens — well, I’m in. And…

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So, did you hear the one about how running adds 16 years to one’s life? …

A conversation between siblings last week: Kevin: I’ve decided to take up running. I can run about 20 minutes now without stopping. Me: That’s awesome! We’re doing a 4.1 mile race in Athens in April. It’s hosted by the local brewery and it’s at 4 in the afternoon, which means I don’t have to get…

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