Moving Forward: Fitness Goals for 2017

Wow, blogging really got away from me since my marathon training completion.  I’ve been hard at work applying for graduate school and a few other positions at various companies.  Add on the holidays and a visit from family and you can imagine how busy I’ve been.  I have a rare quiet moment on the eve of my daughter’s return to school so I thought I’d jot down some quick goals I have for moving into 2017

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Running Goals

I have the terrible habit of coming up with running goals immediately after I’ve completed the one I set.  Runners aren’t kidding when they say running goals and races are addicting!  Post-marathon I started thinking about where I would go from there.  Obviously Boston is a must but what else?  I have a good 1.5 years before Boston.  Going on a year-long hiatus would drive me crazy.  I started looking around to see if there were any races that required a time qualifier as well.  That’s where I figured out what I wanted to do within the next year.

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Race Recap: 2016 Baltimore Running Festival – 15OCT2016


This past Saturday was the last leg of my King Crab Challenge: the Baltimore Marathon.  In the days leading up it hadn’t hit me that I was running a marathon that weekend.  I felt great, relaxed, and not too worried.  I was happy because I had completed my training plan – all of it – without a hitch, something I had yet to do.  I was ready.  I was more than ready. I would own that course.

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Finisher’s High

Short drop in but wanted to just say that all the early mornings, late nights, forcing myself to run, and sticking to the plan have paid off.  I finished just under 4 minutes of a Boston Qualifier time.


I’ll try to write up a recap this week but no promises.  I have a lot on my plate for the next couple of weeks.  Have a great weekend everyone =-)

Social Anxiety and Running Groups

I’ve mentioned it many times before:  I have crippling social anxiety.  I never realized just how crippling it was until recently (in the past 3 years).  Many times I just thought it was normal to obsess over and avoid situations.  However, once those “quirks” started affecting my every day life as an adult, and eventually my children, I knew I needed to work on overcoming some of the quirks.  One of the ways I decided to tackle it head on was to join a running group.

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2 Weeks Until Go Time!

Oh, dear!  It’s 2 more weeks until go time!  Last thursday I got an email from Corrigan Sports letting us know we were 22 days out from marathon day.  It’s quite funny, really.  Last month I was complaining to my husband that I felt like marathon training was never going to end and how I was reaching the end of my ability to tolerate hours long training runs.  Suddenly now I’ve run my last long run for the training cycle!  Distance is going down from this day forward and the marathon will be here in 2 short weeks.  Now it feels like it’s going by quickly.  Crazy how that happens, huh?

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When Things Don’t Go According to the Plan (Personal Life Edition)

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and type anything.  This past month has just been so busy with getting our daughter ready for Pre-K, doctor/dentist appointments, and the job hunt.  Somehow, through all this perceived chaos, I’ve managed to stick to my marathon plan.  I’ll write more about that when I’m 1 month out from the race date.  Right now I just feel like unloading about other things.

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Chugging Along

Another personal life update today!  Marathon training’s been pretty boring so blogging about each run seems pointless.  It’s been going well since I last posted in my halfway post.  I can’t believe I have a little over 2 months to go!

As fall approaches so does the pressure to nail down a job.  Boy, has that been a doozy.

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Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

I think I’ve mentioned it briefly before, but I don’t usually write about personal life on here.  I like to keep some of it off the internet for personal reasons.  However, today is a bit day.  Today 4 years ago I gave birth to my little baby girl.  I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already!  I look back on those years and am so amazed at how much she has grown up.  She went from my little tiny baby to this beautiful young girl rather quickly!

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