How I Finally Ran a Sub-Four Marathon

Last Saturday I did something that I’ve been dreaming of since I crossed the finish line of my first marathon over two years ago… I went sub-four in 26.2! I finished the Anthem Richmond Marathon in 3:58:29, leaving myself just over ninety seconds to spare under my goal. This was my third marathon, so I wasn’t new to the distance. But my first two finishes were 4:17:19 and 4:11:03 respectively, so when I set the goal for sub-four, I knew it was lofty. And to be honest with you, I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to hit it. But I did, and I want to share how I accomplished taking over twelve minutes off of my personal best to hit a goal I’ve been dreaming of!

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My Search for a New Watch: The Good, the Bad, and the Expensive

A few weeks ago I started to notice that the GPS on my Apple Watch was a bit off. It started as just one or two tenths of a mile, and then turned into a half of a mile… and finally on Saturday during the Virginia 10 Miler, my watch clocked in at 9.1 miles. Clearly something was going on. So I tried a factory reset, made sure it was updated and took it for a five miler, only to have it clock me at 3.9! I’ve had the Apple Watch Series 2 for several years, so I figured it was time to upgrade… but what to upgrade to!

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Tips for Solo Long Runs

Starting in July, I began training for the Richmond Marathon. This is my third full… but the first time that I’m training on my own! With my new schedule as an instructor, I now have the freedom to do my long runs mid-week, freeing up my weekends for teaching, leading workshops… and, let’s face it, happy hour and college football! But logging long run caliber mileage and running alone for hours at a time takes some pre-planning to hang on to your sanity, push through training, and not lose your love of running. Read on for my tips on how to conquer solo long runs during marathon training!

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Marathon Day Advice

Last week I shared my tips and tricks for marathon training… but what about for the big day?? With the Richmond Marathon a little over one week away, I thought today I’d share my advice for race day! Read on for a few things I learned while running my first marathon and things that I’ll put into practice on November 11th as I take on my second!

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Marathon Training Advice

If you’ve followed me on social media for a while, then you probably are well aware that I’m in the process of training for a marathon! This will be my second time lacing up for 26.2 and just like the first time, the training has been the toughest part. While the race itself is longer than any training run, there’s so much adrenaline pumping through you along the course that the full length of the marathon doesn’t seem as difficult on race day… but 19 miles with no crowds, no medal, and no finish line IS tough! I thought I’d put together a list of tips and tricks that have helped me get through four months of training for a marathon… twice! Enjoy!

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Staying Fit on Vacation: Four Tips and Tricks

This spring and summer will be filled with a lot of traveling for me, namely Mexico, New Orleans, and Europe, woo! I’m super blessed and grateful to be able to run around the world and explore, but I also know that I need to make an effort to maintain my fitness and keep sight of my goals while I’m away from my normal routine. This past two weeks Bruce and I were in Mexico (less exploring, more laying on the beach and relaxing) and while I didn’t maintain my home schedule with my nutrition and fitness at 100%, I did prepare for the trip and made use of some tools to keep me on track while still enjoying the tropics! Below are my top four tips and tricks for staying fit on vacation!

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