2018 Review

We are just a day away from 2019! Now is a great opportunity to reflect back on 2018. It has been a year of hard work, innovation, and success. I ran 2,276 miles in 2018 and set a personal record (PR) in the 5k by over a minute and the marathon by over 8 minutes. Here is my 2018 monthly mileage:

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Training Update December 2018

Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe 2019 is right around the corner. I feel like I just got used to writing 2018, and now we switch to 2019! December has been a great training month, and I am excited to continue to build in January. Similar to last winter, I am incorporating swimming a couple days per week, which I love. I am racing a half marathon in Florida in February, and it will be fun to test my fitness for the first time since my marathon in October.

Here is my training log for the past 3 weeks:

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Hypermobility & The Beighton Scale

Do you ever worry about your flexibility? Are your joints too stiff or too mobile? Certain sports such as ballet and gymnastics encourage flexibility, whereas other sports such as cycling tend to produce joint tightness. As a former gymnast, I am very familiar with hypermobility – doing full splits and achieving incredible positions with my limbs was easy. While a certain amount of flexibility is desired, too much can be hazardous to our bodies and can also indicate joint or connect tissue disorders.

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November Meal Plan and Desserts

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I got to try sweet potato pie for the first time, and I have to say it tastes just like pumpkin pie. It was delicious! We also had homemade apple pie, which was really good too. To continue with the holiday dessert theme, we made ginger molasses cookies today. Simply amazing.

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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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