Staying busy, staying sane (while not running!)

The weeks since my last post, where I talked about discovering I had a metatarsal stress fracture have flown by. I have not been running, but I have been cross training. I spent the first 3-4 weeks of injury diligently and vigorously cross training, and felt pretty awesome. However, I soon succumbed to what I …

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Thinking about the ‘big picture’ takes work

My coach and I have recently been doing a lot of talking about long-term running goals. Broadly, my working goal for my future running is to compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials marathon and distance track events. Wait a second: it’s July of 2013, and I’m thinking about races that are at least three years …

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Preparedness: Weeks to go move into single digits

Preparation.  The word conjures up lists, planning, expectation, excitement, goals, and work.  I think of this word in a few realms: athletics, academics, and, recently, to the imminent arrival of the baby I’ve been toting around inside of me for the last 31 weeks.  Yep, that is correct: I am statistically 75% of the way …

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Planning Reality, or, Planning vs. Reality

As I write this, I look to the last few years and see my running goals laid out behind me in a nice, steady progression.  My goals for the 2012 “Olympic year” were to compete in the US women's marathon and track & field Olympic Trials.  I had spent the last four years planning this, …

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