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Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

In September 2018 I was coming off the best group of races I’ve ever had and training had been tough but smooth sailing into Chicago where I was hoping to make my mark. Since then a really tough Chicago Marathon and an even worse case…

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Circling Back to the Mountains

Circling Back to the Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains have always felt like home to me. The crisp air, low clouds, and hazy blue mountain peaks have all lured me in to call them home. As a high schooler, (when running in an old cotton t-shirt and old broken down running…

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Reaction to Stress

Reaction to Stress

One thing that I am not very good at is telling my story in a timely manner. Whether it is going well or not. I started this blog in 2014 with that being the goal. Over the next few months I am going to put…

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Boston Bound

Boston Bound

In a week’s time I will be lining up on Main Street in Hopkinton, with just over 26 miles to the finish on Boylston Street. Over the years, I have been to Boston numerous times, a few of them on “Marathon Weekend”, and it is…

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The Opportunity of a Lifetime

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Making the turn onto Blackberry Road and seeing a long, steep, and winding road heading deep into the Appalachian Mountains, I knew I had arrived somewhere unique. Zap Fitness is a place that it truly different from anything the world has ever seen and somewhere…

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Please Don’t Catcall Me

Please Don’t Catcall Me

  If you are a runner who ventures outside, chances are good that, at least once, you have been catcalled. For those unfamiliar with the term, catcalling is a peculiar phenomenon that occurs when one party (usually of the male variety, usually while driving) whistles,…

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Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

The very last line of Samuel Beckett’s novel The Unnameable reads: “I can’t go on, I’ll go on”. In context, the book’s narrator is coping with a pretty severe existential breakdown. I’m not. As a runner, however, I think this quote is salient, particularly when…

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Forward, the Light Brigade

Forward, the Light Brigade

“’Forward, the Light Brigade!’ Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew             Someone had blundered.             Theirs not to make reply,             Theirs not to reason why,             Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six…

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Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button

They say when it rains it pours, and that is just rubbish. It can mist, it can drizzle, it can deluge, it can spit, and it can fall. (Thesaurus.com for the win) Actually though, I mention this saying because the past year has caused me to…

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Baptism By Fire

Baptism By Fire

I stepped up to the line of my first marathon with ice in my bra. Not metaphorical ice, although my heart and palms were alternating between chills and heat flashes. No, I had a literal piece of ice melting beneath my clavicles. The reason I’d…

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