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Hitting Reset

When you’re a distance runner, you hear a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t run a marathon: training will take too much time, it will dominate your life, you won’t be able to go out with your friends anymore, you’ll … Continue reading

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Giving Myself a Break

It can be hard to convince an athlete to take time off. If you’ve ever approached a runner during  her taper before a big race, I’d imagine you’ve learned to do so only with extreme caution. It’s not just the … Continue reading

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Goals and Accomplishments (AKA Boston Recap)

When you ask runners about how they did in a race, the answer often involves acronyms: whether they achieved a PR (personal record),  or in marathons a BQ (Boston qualifying time). It’s convenient to have a concrete benchmark against which to measure … Continue reading

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Deadlines

For as long as I can remember I’ve been deadline-motivated. Maybe it’s a hold-over from my college days when I worked for the student paper, covering evening City Council meetings, writing as the meeting took place and phoning in the story … Continue reading

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Mantras

Like many people, my first exposure to mantras was through yoga, but over the years I’ve found them useful for focusing my thoughts and reminding myself of things that are easily forgotten in moments of discomfort. They’ve been on my … Continue reading

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Lessons From a Tough Run

My run today kinda sucked. It was a 4 mile recovery run, with a few strides at the end. It wasn’t a bad run, but it was harder than it should have been. I wasn’t really surprised. I’m only four … Continue reading

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Superstition

Some people consider me to be a risk-taker. My adrenaline-seeking activities through the years have included sky diving, rock climbing, and riding dirt bikes and ATV’s. I try to embrace life, in part, by confronting my fears and refusing to … Continue reading

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Snow Days and Hill Training

(with apologies to my Northern friends who’ve had more than their share of snow days this winter) Snow days are something of a rarity in my adopted hometown of Atlanta. It’s not just the kids who wait for news of … Continue reading

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A Recovery, Photographed

One of the things I enjoy most about running is exploring new places, or seeing something new somewhere I’ve been dozens or even hundreds of times. I can run past the same stretch of road every week, but at a different … Continue reading

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Turning a Corner (AKA rediscovering my AWOL groove)

Tomorrow I get to run 12 miles. When I think about it I feel like a child on Christmas Eve. I know I need to get to bed early and rest up – but it’s hard, because I get to … Continue reading

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