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The Rundown – A Quiet Place

I'm less than three weeks from my Half Ironman race and I find myself in a quiet place. I'm stuck between the rigorous 11 hour training weeks and race day, between thinking "I'm going to crush this!" and "there's a chance I could actually die out there." It's taper...

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The Rundown – You Will Suffer

  Whenever I need to give my email address, which includes "train4life" I'm almost always asked about it. Last week when one such exchange took place, the guy on the other end of the phone turned out to be a two-time Ironman, so we talked about my upcoming half....

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The Rundown – 4 Weeks Until My First Half Ironman

  In four weeks I hope to cross the finish line of my first ever Half Ironman. My only goal is to finish this race because it is going to take everything I have. Oddly enough I'm most worried about the run. Why? Because it comes after a 1.2 mile swim and 54 mile...

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The Rundown – The Longest Spring Break Ever

  Since we had an extended winter here in the northeast, it seemed only fitting to extend our spring break until it was actually spring. In my time away I saw Pink, a brawl at Fenway Park, Myrtle Beach, sort of overcame my fear of flying, had my longest bike ride...

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The Rundown – Fitspiration vs Reality

  You've seen the "fitspiration" memes. Maybe you have even been motivated by them. Well, in the words of  Emma Gonzalez, I'm calling BS on "fitspiration" and talking about the reality of training day after day to reach a big goal vs. a virtual motivational...

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The Rundown – The Stories We Tell Ourselves

  We all have that voice in our head that is constantly commenting, judging and stabbing opinions and ideas on a seemingly endless loop. It's there as soon as we wake up and holds our last thoughts before closing our eyes at night. How much attention to you pay...

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My Worst Race Ever – Just Run Link Up!

  With a writing assignment like "worst race ever" you would think one particular race would jump into my mind. You would be wrong. There are several. The time I bonked at mile 19 of the NYC Marathon comes to mind as does my first ever marathon where my pacer...

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The Rundown – Birthday Week!

  It's my birthday week and I will be celebrating all month long. That's right, when it comes to birthdays I go big! I see aging as a privilege since my mom didn't live past the age I will turn on Wednesday -- 43. In fact, a mere nine days after turning 43, I...

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The Rundown – My Life is A Fartlek

  Before you think I've started picking up vocabulary from the boys, you should know that a fartlek run is one with without a plan. When you run a fartlek, you run how you feel with no regard to pace or distance. Fartleks, in my opinion, are messy. I like order...

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