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The 30-minute difference en route to Boston
by Byline to Finish Line
posted October 16, 2010 at 4:53pm

If Best Boyfriend Mark had been a female, he would have qualified for the Boston Marathon a long time ago. (Then again, that would have caused all sorts of issues for our relationship, but you understand the point.) Instead, Mark needed to PR the maratho...more

Baltimore Half Marathon Goals
by Run Girl Run
posted October 14, 2010 at 4:36pm

I can't believe another race weekend is practically here. It kind of seems like it was just the other day that I was prepping for the Philly RnR Half, but that was almost a month ago now. Time flies. I'm looking forward to the Baltimore Half for a few r...more

Celebrating another Boston qualifier
by Byline to Finish Line
posted October 12, 2010 at 2:06pm

The messages on her Facebook page announced it even before she did. My friend, Belinda, had qualified for Boston. Finally. She had tried numerous times. This was No. 7 or No. 8. Some marathons were close. Others were far off. Ah, but Sunday in Chicago sh...more

The 17 miles that almost weren't
by Run Girl Run
posted October 11, 2010 at 2:06pm

The story of Saturday's long run actually starts on Friday afternoon when I had a mini panic attack about running a marathon. It was the same old stuff that usually crops up: Don't want to spend so much time running Want to be able to have fun at friend...more

Joan Benoit-Samuelson finishes Chicago yet again, this time in 2:47:50
by LHiggs
posted October 10, 2010 at 1:21pm

This morning, 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson ran yet another sub-2:50 marathon. She has now broken 2:50 in every decade that the marathon has been an Olympic event for women. Her personal best on this Chicago course was her 18-year Ameri...more

Craving a Change of Pace
by Run Girl Run
posted October 8, 2010 at 3:18pm

After three solid months of waking up at 4:45 a.m. for my training runs for the RnR half, I'm starting to crave a change of pace. I was so rigid with that training plan, that I need to re-introduce some flexibility to my running. While I will always be a...more

Babies and Boston
by Byline to Finish Line
posted October 6, 2010 at 11:56am

It was one of those amazing weekends. First, my sister-in-law gave birth to the next generation of Moritz on Saturday. Ellie came into the world on my brother’s birthday, the day I wrote about what a great dad he would be. Clearly the girl has an impec...more

Done and DONE!
by Chic Runner
posted October 5, 2010 at 6:05pm

Well yesterday I traveled out to Camarillo to conquer (strong word there) the 1st ever Camarillo Marathon! And what a trip it was! I got it done in 4:25, which I’m happy with especially with the lovely 25 at the end. It wasn’t my best race but it defi...more

Camarillo Goals
by Chic Runner
posted October 3, 2010 at 3:33pm

So I’ve delayed it enough. It’s time to write up goals for Camarillo. A. finish the race with a smile on my face and finish around 4:10 B. finish the race around 4:20 and still be smiling C. Finish the race before my personal worst time of 4:41, wh...more

To Rest or to Run?
by Run Girl Run
posted September 29, 2010 at 12:36pm

Every since I came down with my nasty sickness Sunday morning, I've been really unsure about how much time I need to recover. I still don't feel 100 percent. I have moments during the day when I feel great, but then other times when I feel crappy. I'm pr...more

Celebration Ride Half Marathon Edition
by Sarah Stanley Inspired
posted September 24, 2010 at 3:54pm

Day THREE of riding. Day five of being on the road. Day of  SWEATING. And oh yeah, let’s run a half marathon. Because its the perfect thing to do BEFORE jumping on a bike and riding 100 miles. BRILLIANT. First, let me backtrack. Saturday evening af...more

Allowing Time for Recovery
by Run Girl Run
posted September 22, 2010 at 1:24pm

How long I need to recover after races depends on a variety of factors. How prepared I was going in to the race. How well I fueled during the race. How well I fueled after the race. The length of the race. Conditions on race day. After the Annapolis ...more

Mellow Marathon Training
by Run Girl Run
posted September 21, 2010 at 2:48pm

I've got a thing for Philly. It's the biggest city near where I grew up and it's home to all my favorite sports teams. But I've also got a thing for the Philly running scene. I've run the Philly Distance Run twice and over the weekend, I signed up to r...more

Philly Rock N Roll Half Marathon: Mixed Feelings
by Run Girl Run
posted September 20, 2010 at 3:20pm

It's taken me a little while to process this race. I had such mixed feelings about the results. I was happy that I managed to PR, but disappointed that I fell short on my goal of breaking two hours. I was frustrated that my Garmin and several other pe...more

1:59:59 or Bust
by Run Girl Run
posted September 16, 2010 at 3:21pm

We're officially three days away from the Philly Rock N Roll Half Marathon and the nerves are already setting in. This training cycle has hands down been my best: I didn't have a single injury (knock on wood); I didn't miss a single run; I actually stu...more

How I decided to run a marathon
by Byline to Finish Line
posted September 16, 2010 at 12:30pm

One woman described her foray into running, originally to help her lose weight. Over 100 pounds lighter, she’s now hooked, preparing for a half marathon, then a marathon with a goal of running an ultra event. Another woman had loved running but was for...more

Stay sane during taper
by Run Girl Run
posted September 13, 2010 at 9:41pm

With only a few days left until the Philly Rock N Roll Half Marathon, I'm officially in taper mode. It's time to slash mileage, top off my glycogen stores and get my legs in prime shape for race day. The reason for tapering after months of training is t...more

Damn Rules!
by Sarah Stanley Inspired
posted September 8, 2010 at 1:44pm

Recently someone told me they were running Chicago Marathon. I wondered why since registration closed months ago. Upon inquiring I learned they had bought the race bib/number from a friend (who is injured). USAT (and the Chicago Marathon website) clear...more

Evaulation of goals and upcoming races
by Chic Runner
posted August 16, 2010 at 4:34pm

So this weekend I was on the go-go-go the whole weekend. I started it off with a great Thursday evening run which got me out of my running rut. Friday morning I overslept :( and couldn’t do my long run that morning before leaving for San Diego for work ...more

Dream Interrupted
by Run Girl Run
posted July 30, 2010 at 2:18am

I was in the middle of the strangest, yet most interesting dream ever when my alarm went off this morning. I dreamed I was back at my old job at the newspaper, but I wasn't friends with any of the same people, and I worked for a different editor and was g...more

San Francisco 2nd Half Race Report
by Chic Runner
posted July 28, 2010 at 5:05pm

Last year I ran the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. It was tough but the views and running across the golden gate bridge were thrilling. It also was at the somewhat beginning of my ‘racing’ career, if you want to call it that. So this year, ...more

Goals for San Francisco Half Marathon
by Chic Runner
posted July 23, 2010 at 3:35pm

This weekend I’ll be up in San Francisco for the Marathon Events up there. Since they are a part of the CA Dreamin’ series that Long Beach is a part of as well, we are going to the expo and involved in a lot of parts of the race. Perhaps you remember ...more

Seven training observations
by Run Girl Run
posted July 20, 2010 at 12:38pm

I'm just about a quarter of the through my training plan for the Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon and I wanted to share my observations so far.1. Getting up at 5 a.m. gets easier and easier. It's definitely darker at 5 a.m. now than it was earlier this su...more

Round dos of training!
by Chic Runner
posted July 12, 2010 at 5:10pm

So we are starting off round 2. Well it started last week. The first part of the training round was all about getting back into a routine, which it seems that I can finally beat the battle of the sheets in the morning and have been able to get up to do ...more

Finding new routes
by Chic Runner
posted July 9, 2010 at 12:05am

Drumroll Pleeeeeease! The lucky winners of the bottles of TriSlide are comments 46 and 60! Funny because 6 is my lucky number. Sidenote: Camarillo Marathon will be my 6th Marathon. EEEE excited. Anyways, Nobel for Lit and someone I’ve met in real life,...more

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