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What Did You Learn?
What Did You Learn?
No matter how much experience I gain, there is always something new to learn. That is part of the appeal of endurance sport - it never gets boring. After a race or an especially challenging training session, my Coach Steve Pye's first question was: "What did you learn?" This question is...
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Ghost Rider: In Memory of Steve Pye
Ghost Rider: In Memory of Steve Pye
When people come into our lives we may not immediately realize the impact they will have on our life. But, as we get to know them, as we learn from them, we realize how very important the kindness, generosity and support of friends is to our health and happiness. In September...
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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 am a cyclist? I AM a cyclist.
I'm coming clean: I've been a hypocrite. I've talked a time or a dozen about how central our thoughts are for influencing the way that we act. While I walk this talk in most aspects of my athletic life, there is one area where I've clearly been lacking - yes, even...
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Eat the elephant one bite at a time 
Eat the elephant one bite at a time 
I started my run on Sunday morning, and I wasn't more than 20 steps in when I began to hear the voices. My legs are really sore. Why does this feel so hard if I'm running so slow? How am I going to do today's workout feeling like this? Was...
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International Women’s Day: Nevertheless, She Persisted
We celebrate holidays because they allow us to celebrate our values and achievements. Consider Fourth of July. This is a pretty big deal for Americans, given our values of independence and freedom. It's a time to commemorate those values - and to watch fireworks and eat barbecue, of course. For...
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Asking the Right Questions: Be a Student of Your Sport
John and I were pretty clueless when we first started in endurance sport. How do we train for a triathlon or marathon? What type of fueling works best, what gear do we need? And that list of questions went on and on and on. We aren't the type of people who like...
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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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Barefoot running

After running my second marathon, the Ocean Drive Marathon, I had some persistant pain in the outside of my left hip. A few weeks after the marathon, when all of the other aches and pains had long subsided, the hip pain remained, and seemed to be getting worse. Hmmm. So, I did some research (google is always my first opinion) and went to the ortho doctor for a second opinion. Both opinions pointed to trochanteric bursitis. I was a textbook case–which made my at-home google diagnosis much easier. The simple definition of this condition: inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that normally …

“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 …