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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Run nutrition: What I eat before a race.

Today’s topic: Run nutrition. What we eat before a long race.   So, this one time, the day before 2014 Thunder Road Marathon, Quinn and I decided to do shots of beet juice from Luna’s Living Kitchen called “Runner’s High.” We drank one shot that day and another the next morning during pre-race prep. Then we did this…

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The Tortoise and the Hare: Celebrating different running styles

  If you know us, you probably know that my friend Quinn and I make unlikely running buddies. She grew up quite the athlete, notably a soccer player, where she got to put her speed work to the test often on the field. I grew up coming up with any excuse I could to get out…

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A stranger is on my mind today.

She touched my heart almost two years ago with a message through Facebook, and I have not stopped thinking about her, in some capacity, since. She is not a complete stranger. In fact, I’ve probably known her most of my life. But I cannot think of one conversation we had together. We didn’t go to a…

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Doctor’s orders

So, I went to see an ortho doctor this morning about my foot injury. And sure enough, there’s a small fracture on my third metatarsal bone. The good news is, the X-rays from a week ago show that new bone has already started to form, and the X-rays from today show an even bigger healing.…

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Back on the couch

Finally, I was starting to feel “normal” again for the first time since February. Normal in the sense of getting myself back on track with the workouts, that is. After I decided to put on a show at The Diamond restaurant and then spend 3 lovely days at the five-star resort otherwise known as Carolinas…

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When lack of communication is actually good …

The good thing about beginning marathon training on the West Coast is the flat ground and dry heat. The bad thing about it is re-entering the SouthEast, and while everyone else is grateful that the humidity is finally starting to break, I walk outside and can barely breathe. Acclimating = fun times. The lucky thing…

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Getting my strength back

So, I’ve been working out like the old days again. And I have to say, it feels fantastic. The past couple of weeks I’ve been hitting the gym every day, going hard core on the stairclimber and even running on the treadmill. And yesterday I ran 3 miles in the 103 degree heat! I had…

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2011 marathon – help me decide which one

So, I’d like to run a marathon this year. And I guess that means I should decide which one! Stipulations: Don’t want to do one anytime in the next few months. I’m training using P90x right now, and I’m really enjoying working out indoors given the current weather outside (brrr!). I also have a decision…

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At least it didn’t take me this long to cross the finish line

So, I ran a little marathon about a month and a half ago. And I have not forgotten about writing about it. I have been putting it off because I’ve felt really busy and like I don’t have the time to devote to it that I need. And I was hoping to get Jeff’s photos…

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