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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On the Beach and In the Kitchen

Hello! I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and spending time with family.

Last weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Florida with my family. It was a great trip, and the weather was perfect, 70’s with sunshine! We did lots of swimming, walking on the beach, bike riding, and driving golf carts. I was very thankful to run outside in shorts and a t-shirt. I can’t wait to go back soon!

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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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Turkey Talk

On Sunday, I ran a pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k. I was planning to run the race just for fun, so it was a totally different feel lining up at the start with no expectations or race strategy. I have to admit it was hard to put a bib number on without giving 100%. I ended up running well and felt really great the whole race. I was pleased with my performance since I had only run a handful of easy runs that week, and the previous two weeks were rest post-marathon. I also won an 18 pound turkey in the raffle, so we were excited about that!

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