Weekend Happenings and Training Catch Up

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Happy Monday!! I started off this morning with a 20+ mile run. Truth be told, I had initially planned on getting this run in yesterday but after a jam packed, fun and exhausting weekend, I made the decision to postpone it one day. I felt that it was better to get more sleep and recover […]

Spring Racing and 2014 Plans

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This post is a long time coming. And just plain long. I apologize in advance if it seems like a bunch of random thoughts thrown out. But there are a lot of factors going into my plans for the year and I want to try to explain them all so that my decision makes sense […]

Training Update + New Member of Our Family

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Don’t forget to enter the Asics Giveaway I am hosting! Two winners will each win $150 for use on anything on Asics.com. It’s officially RACE WEEK!! I am giddy with excitement about everything I am going to be able to do and people I will get to meet this weekend – there will be a post later […]

Treadmill Running with Little Ones

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As I’ve talked about a few times, I am not the biggest fan of the cold weather (by cold, I mean <25 degrees) nor running in the pitch black at 5am. So I tend to rely on the treadmill a lot during the winter months. Since we have one in our basement, I also tend […]

Life and Running Lately

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Life at home with the boys lately has been wonderful but crazy. I continually think that the next stage of their little lives will be easier and give me more “me” time during the day, but there’s always something else that takes it away. I’m finding myself more of a referee these days – they […]

1st Birthday + 8 weeks to go

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My youngest son turned one last week. Hard to believe that it’s been that long already, right? I feel like it was just yesterday that he came into this world. It’s been a fun year (sometimes crazy at times!) with a 2nd child and I could not have asked for a sweeter, happier little guy. My boys […]

More Recovery + I waited 7 months for this

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Hey friends! So not much running last week.  Or blogging.  It was just what I needed.  Although I thought I was ready to begin marathon training, my body and heart needed more time to recover. More time to not really do much of anything.  Except sleep in, spend more time outside with the boys, stay […]

Running With Your Partner

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This past weekend was the first weekend in I-don’t-know-how-long that I didn’t have a packed training schedule. Man, it was NICE. My husband and I went for a run Saturday morning with both boys – each pushing a stroller.{Review of the BOB Revolution and Ironman strollers coming soon.} It was so much for to do […]

Lake Placid Training Weekend

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It was bound to happen.  Up until this point, most of my Ironman training recaps have been successful.  They may not have been perfect, but I’ve hit the distance or time I wanted.  Well, I didn’t this weekend. While our weekend trip to Lake Placid was great for so many reasons (I’ll explain below), I […]

Whirlwind Weekend on the West Coast + 100 marathons by age 28

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Just wanted to drop in and say hello! It’s been over a week since I last came on here to blog.  I had such great intentions while I was on vacation – I even brought the computer with me…I always seem to think that I will have all this free time and that I will […]

Love Kills Cancer

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A couple of months ago, I received the terrible news that Cami (Cameron) King, the 3 y/o daughter of one of my cousin’s, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  Cami’s dad and I are first-cousins.  I grew up seeing her dad on a consistent basis and some of my fondest memories of family events involve […]

Making Time for My Spouse’s Fitness

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Don’t forget to enter the Garmin Forerunner 10 Giveaway!  I saw a tweet last week from a new dad saying he was happy to be getting back on track with running post-baby.  My first thought was along the lines of Post-Baby? You didn’t just have a baby!!  But after letting his words sink in for a […]

Behind the Scenes

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I received a phone call from one of my good friends at NYRR – she was someone I had met during the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge journey and have remained in close contact with her.  She wanted to know if I would be interested in being filmed for an On the Run episode – an online […]

Menu Planning for Ironman Training

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Don’t forget to enter my Motivational Sign Giveaway!! After my first week of swimming for Ironman training (coupled with marathon training), I realized I needed to make some major changes with my daily routine.  One area I knew I needed to focus on was my family’s meals – especially dinner.  They had become boring, sometimes […]

18 Miles + Super Bowl Fun

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I decided to do my long run on Friday this week – we had a bunch of things we had planned for the weekend and I didn’t want to dedicate 2.5+ hours Saturday or Sunday morning to a long run.  Some weeks I can totally pysch myself up to run in the freezing cold.  Other […]

Helpful Distraction

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Yesterday’s workout – last hard run before Saturday’s 10k: 1 mile warmup: 8:41 pace 5k tempo: 6:40 pace (20:43) 1/2 mile cooldown: 8:17 pace I wanted to do a 5k today to practice running on tired legs to replicate what the second half of the 10k on Saturday will feel like.  My legs were definitely […]

Battle of the Sexes – Household Bragging Rights

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Mondays Workout: Rest Day – Giving my legs an extra rest day this week since I have a BIG 10k this weekend (more details later this week)! Fact: I am a competitive person with just about everything in life (sometimes over the silliest things). Like last weekend: My husband and I were putting together Thomas puzzles […]

Birthday Celebration + PowerBar Giveaway Winners

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I’m still on cloud 9 from this morning’s workout.  As I’ve mentioned (repeatedly) on here before, I’m aiming for a sub-42 10k in a few weeks in order to apply for the Saucony Hurricane Team.  I woke up this morning with the desire to do a tempo run instead of my planned hill workout.  I […]

Running Book for Kids: Pellie Runs a Marathon

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My husband bought me the cutest kids book a few months after our oldest son was born in 2011 – Pellie Runs a Marathon (by Michele Bredice Craemer): One of the things I am MOST grateful to my parents is my exposure to sports from a young age.  They didn’t force a sport on my […]

Sandy + Double Digits are BACK!

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Good Morning, friends!  This post is going to be short and I likely won’t be blogging for a few days due to Hurricane Sandy. These are the evacuation zones for my hometown, Staten Island.  There is currently a mandatory evacuation in place for residents living in zone A.  We are just outside zone A (the red […]

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