Category Archives: endurance

Run in this heat? Yes!

Consistency. Showing up. Getting it done. These words have been my mantra the past couple days. Officially I’m tapering for the San Francisco Marathon (July 29), but that doesn’t mean all running stops. It just gets easier, or at least it should. So far this week I’m not feeling it. Instead I’m feeling hot, sweaty, […]
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Fun? Endurance…Is it fun?

This morning I listened to Mario Frailoi’s podcast interview of UltraMarathoner Dean Karnazes.   https://www.themorningshakeout.com/category/podcast/ As are all The Morning Shakeout podcasts I’ve heard, this one was insightful, inspirational, and informative. I love how the conversation continued to draw new questions out of Mario, as he said something like, “one more…” One part of the dialog […]
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The Running Skirt

A few years, and many pounds, ago I couldn’t wear shorts when running. My legs were too fat and the material would bunch up between my legs. That was definitely not comfortable. I also wasn’t fond of leggings because, well, they just showed those hefty thighs rubbing against each other.   One day, while browsing […]
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That Weight Struggle – Weekends

Can you relate to this? You wake up on Monday morning, ready to start a new week. You are determined to eat well, exercise well, and do whatever else is necessary to care for your body. Before doing all that you step on the scale. Holy #@&%!!! How did that happen? You think back to […]
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The Never-Ending Struggle with Weight

A year ago I did a little series on my post Mountains to Beach Marathon attempt to “lose that last 15-20 pounds. I actually lost about 5 pounds, yet didn’t keep it off. I started that little attempt weighing in at 168. This morning, almost a year later I weighed 171. (Racing Weight – Getting […]
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Did You Finish? A Post-Boston Marathon Sermon

This sermon is based on John 10:11-18 “Did you finish?” The most common question asked after my completing the Boston Marathon. “Did you finish?” Not, “how fast did you go?” Not, “did you have fun?” Not, “what was your place?” But, “did you finish?” Why this question? I’ve now run eight marathons and I don’t […]
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My First Boston Marathon – The Race

Living my entire life in Southern California, it is entirely reasonable to hold out hope for a change in the weather, one in which the predicted storm was pushed away by the high pressure system that sets itself up off the coast. It is common for the predicted storms to move north and miss us. […]
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My First Boston Marathon – It was all about the gear – Pre-Race Recap

Before the race Like many runners I obsessively watched the weather reports in the days (even weeks) leading up to the race. For a few glorious days the forecast was for mid 50s and partly cloudy. This would have been wonderful. Would have been! Ha! A week before the big day everything changed. Rain…cold…wind. I […]
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Boston Marathon Day – A few morning thoughts

Race day is here. This is so exciting (& a bit scary). In 2014 I ran my first marathon in almost six hours! A year later we went to Boston on vacation and were here a week before that year’s marathon. Boston Marathon was the theme of town that pre-race week. I dreamed of someday […]
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About that Rehearsal – Preparing for the Boston Marathon

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of rehearsal as part of race training. You can read that post here: Rehearsal – Boston Marathon Training, Week 11 I adamantly advised against wearing anything new on race day. I still believe this…but then sometimes life throws us a few curves. I had everything ready for […]
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