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Crono Vino Time Trial: Fake it until I make it – or just keep faking it
Crono Vino Time Trial: Fake it until I make it – or just keep faking it
On April 10th, I received this text from Karl, an athlete that I coach: I clicked the link. I read through the event description.  And, I realized: 1) Karl would do this event, and 2) I should probably hit the "register" button as well. If I'm going to think of myself as a...
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I’m Back: 2017 HITS Naples 70.3 Race Report
I’m Back: 2017 HITS Naples 70.3 Race Report
I'm back... I'm back from the edges of overtraining. I'm still pushing my edges - just not tipping over them. I'm back into the thrill of the chase, and working that line between getting enough oxygen and going as fast as I can. And, with my first 70.3 in almost 2 years, I'm back...
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Philadelphia Freedom
Philadelphia Freedom
As I ran the final 10k of the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon, the wind swirled, but thankfully at this point, mostly in a tailwind direction. A smile snaked its way around my face. I felt ah-maze-ing. My careful pacing paid off. I felt the strongest I had ever felt in the...
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Lessons from a Hard Teacher: Vermont 100 Race Report
Lessons from a Hard Teacher: Vermont 100 Race Report
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lessons afterward." ~Vernon Law My Vermont 100 experience was a hard test. I'm trying to decide whether I passed or failed. When I grade my students' work, I assess it based on what I want them to learn and how well...
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2016 Infinitus 88k: My almost first time DNF
2016 Infinitus 88k: My almost first time DNF
It was Dark:Thirty. I was somewhere climbing up the Mt. Moosalamoo Trail in Vermont, about 45-ish miles into The Endurance Society's Infinitus 88k-ish race. Before I started this climb, the nice chap at the aid station informed me, "Just 2.5 miles to the summit of Mt. Moosalmoo!" He was so...
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It Takes An Anvillage: 2016 Florida Double Anvil Race Report
It Takes An Anvillage: 2016 Florida Double Anvil Race Report
"3...2...1...Go!" "Is that the start?" I overheard one of my fellow racers ask. Yup.  I put my face in the blackest water I've ever swum and began my second go-round at the Florida Double Anvil, which is a double iron-distance event featuring 281.2 miles broken into a 4.8 mile swim,...
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Attitude of Gratitude: 2015 Javelina Jundred Race Report
Attitude of Gratitude: 2015 Javelina Jundred Race Report
[This post is my 2015 Javelina Jundred race report which is the narrative of my experience for this race. If you are looking for a detailed course overview that will be posted separately.] "It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up." ~ Eckhart Tolle Gratitude....
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I can’t get no satisfaction: Labor Pain 12 Hour Endurance Trail Run Race Report
I can’t get no satisfaction: Labor Pain 12 Hour Endurance Trail Run Race Report
I am rarely, if ever, completely satisfied by a race result--or training session. Even for the races that seem to go pretty well, it usually only takes me a good night's sleep to start picking apart what I need to do better, how I can improve, and what I did...
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“More” does not always equal “better”

I usually start each Wednesday with an advanced yoga flow class at Yoga Nine. Today was no exception. However, what was different was a noticeable dip in my energy level. Every limb of my body felt heavy. Yoga can be an excellent way to energize the body. So, I went despite the heaviness. After 60 minutes, the heaviness remained, but I did feel looser. Laurie, my yoga instructor, led us through a variation on a Tripischore yoga series, which includes postures for lengthening and balance. This series is usually one of my favorites, but today triangle was torture. Warrier I and II …

I’m an “endurance monster”

according to an article in the September 2009 edition of Running Times. Greg McMillan, author of the article, defines endurance monsters as any runners who enjoy “long runs, marathon training, tempo runs and any workout slower than 10K” (p. 18). Yup, so far I fit the profile. He goes on to say that a monster “finds it very difficult to get her legs to go fast. Short, fast training like 200m-400m track workouts and hard fartlek runs leave EM feeling deflated” (p. 18). Yup, got me again–and today’s speed workout really emphasized my speed weakness, and my preference for strength …

Community Foodbank of NJ – Southern Branch

This morning was my first day as a volunteer for the Community Foodbank of NJ–Southern Branch (CFNJSB).  CFNJSB is located on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township – near the Shore Mall. I arrived at 9:45 a.m., and met a host of characters who are sure to make my time spent there quite lively. Each volunteer had exceptionally high spirits, and we joked and laughed as we filled orders and stacked shelves with food that was donated from various people, organizations, and companies. Rod, one of the volunteers, showed me the inside of a large freezer full of poultry …

“This is stupid,”

John, my husband, said after he shut off the alarm at 4:30 a.m. I laughed. I had already been up since 4 a.m. I always have trouble sleeping the night before races. “We’re up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning, and we’re going to go pay to exercise,” he continued as he pulled on his shorts. While early morning starts might not be his thing, John has been training for the VT50 ultramarathon, so a triathlon was not in his training regimen. But, after I signed up for the Sunset Lake Olympic Distance Triathlon, he decided he wanted to do …

Sunset Lake Olympic Triathlon, Bridgeton, NJ

Tomorrow, I will participate in my first Olympic distance triathlon. The Sunset Lake Triathlon, in Bridgeton, NJ (https://www.lin-mark.us/page.asp?prmName=EventDetail&prmEventID=139), which includes a .9 mile swim, a 25 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. This triathlon will be my longest to date, and I’m looking forward to it as a key element in my training for the “A” triathlon race: the Bassman Half Ironman (October 4). Strangely, I’m not nervous–especially not when compared to my first triathlon, which was the Hammonton (NJ) tri (http://www.dqtridu.com/ham.htm), held on May 23, 2009. I had a complete panic attack during the teeny-weeny 1/4 mile swim. …

My First Marathon

I ran my first marathon on October 19, 2008. The 50th Annual Atlantic City Marathon was a small event with just 250 runners. It was perfect for my entrance into the experience of marathon running. The course was my home turf. I spent the summer and early fall of 2008 completing my long runs up and down the Atlantic City Boardwalk, with the ocean as a constant companion. Other “companions” included the bleary eyed gamblers leaving the dark hole of the casino floor for a quick smoke in the early morning hours, a group of older gentlemen who met in front of the Ocean …