R&R: The Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks since the marathon have been all about rest. My coach prescribed two whole weeks of recovery before starting to run again. Two weeks seems like forever at first, but it honestly flew by very quickly. It has been a great time to catch up on to-do lists and explore activities we don’t always have time for. There have been lots of long dog walks, thinking about the future, cooking new meals, and painting. We went to a paint and sip class, which was really fun.

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Loco Marathon 2018

Yesterday I ran the Loco Marathon in Newmarket, NH and had the best marathon of my life (so far!). We drove down to NH the day before in a terrible storm full of snow, sleet, rain, and wind. Fortunately, the weather passed through and race morning was about 40 degrees with just some light rain at the beginning. The temperatures felt quite comfortable compared to the heat and humidity from the summer. I was really confident in my training and ready to race.

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26 Lessons from 10 Marathons

With my 11th marathon coming up this Sunday, I reflected back on my last 10 marathons. Over the years I have learned so many lessons – both positive and negative, both in running and in life. I am thankful for everything and everyone that helped me get to this moment. Here are 26 lessons from all the marathons I’ve run.

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Iron: The Secret Ingredient

Iron is a very important mineral essential in preventing anemia. Iron helps carry oxygen through our blood and into our muscles. Individuals with iron deficiency experience decreased performance, fatigue, poor recovery, and shortness of breath. Athletes have a higher risk for low iron levels because iron is lost through sweat and red blood cells are destroyed through the mechanical trauma in activities such as running.

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