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The long road to 26.2

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Yesterday I did something new, something a bit uncomfortable.

I ran for time rather than mileage.

I seriously need to do this more often.

Yesterday husband, dog, and I went for a 6 mile hike with one of my local alumni groups. It was an absolutely great day for it, too – overcast, 65-70 degrees, just a bit humid. The “hike” was out and back 3 miles each way, and (unbeknownst to me) included about an hour and a half for lunch at the town at the turnaround. Well, a) 11:00am is a bit early for lunch for me, and b) the town wasn’t all that big or bustling, so when we got there, husband, dog, and I kept walking – we really wanted to make sure the dog was worn out! I was planning on running after the hike, but about a quarter mile up the road I was getting the itch to just run, so I did. I told husband I’d be back – just going to do 15 minutes up and 15 minutes back. There was no pressure to get to a certain point (plus I don’t know this part of the trail, so it’s all new and different), so I just winged it. I felt like I was floating on the way out, and managed to cover 1.33 miles in 15 min – a decent pace for me!

And then I remembered why I felt so good… The trail goes downhill. Which means I now had to go uphill.

The trail is “flat,” so it’s deceiving when it’s changing grades. The return trip took me an extra minute or so and I had to walk a teeny bit, but it was still a nice run that I can’t complain about. I just had a really nice, long warm up and cool down 🙂 This run felt as good as the run I had during the Sole of the City 10k a few weeks ago.


And today we went to a fantastic event for a fantastic cause. The Maryland Westie Rescue had its annual fundraiser, Wine and Fleas, at the Barrel Oak Winery in VA. The winery is dog-friendly (BOW – get it??) and there were tonnnnnns of super cute, perky little Westies and other dogs too. The ‘did behaved amazingly well, even though she was a bit confused about all of these dogs that looked like her cousins but certainly didn’t smell like them. All of the dogs were great, really – I’d definitely recommend this winery to anyone who wants to have a relaxing afternoon with their pups.





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I got into the Army Ten Miler!

It took 35 very frustrating minutes last night after midnight, but I was able to get registered. I would have been done 15-20 minutes earlier if I hadn’t somehow ended up with two registrations in my basket – when I went to delete one and go back to the checkout cart, it booted me back to the main page and I had to start all over… Despite all of the troubles last night it looks like it sold out in just over 9 hours this year, about the same as last year.

Last time I registered for the ATM was in 2010, but I had to DNS because b-school orientation completely derailed my training and there was no way I would have been able to run the race, no less run it well. I’ve been wanting to do this race for several years and am really excited to be able to have the opportunity to do it this year! Everything I’ve heard about it makes it sound like a really fantastic event and I can’t wait until October!

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My self-imposed hiatus is just about over – my leg is feeling pretty good (haven’t had a twinge in a few days!) and I’m ready to get back out on the roads.

But just because I haven’t been running doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. What’s one to do when one cannot run for two weeks?


Bond over the westies’ favorite past time

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Go to Homecoming and Alumni Weekend

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Go to the beach with husband and ‘Did

Even though it was 54 and super windy, it was a great day to be at the beach and visit husband’s alma matter

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really? who gets stuck in a traffic jam at 9:00am on a Saturday?





Plant a veggie garden

So many peppers and tomatoes…
La Roma Tomatoes
Sweet Peppers
Red Beauty Peppers
Purple Beauty Peppers
Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers….

All this and we still exercised a ridiculous amount of self-restraint…
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Go to a sheep festival and pet so many sheepies….

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How was your weekend??

50 Surprising Lessons Learned From Running Around the World

I found this link courtesy of – it is all so true! Especially the thoughts on Australia and New Zealand! I miss those countries so much… If you ever get the chance to go there, go – immediately. In ran a few times in New Zealand and it really is a great way to see the country and meet the people.

Boston Magazine Cover Poster

Since the May cover of Boston Magazine was released a while back (you know, the one with the running shoes in a negative heart shape), commemorating the Boston Marathon, many people have wondered how to order a poster of the cover. It really is a great photo. Well, here’s the link, straight from the Boston Magazine website! The poster is 23″x28″ and costs $20 (including shipping). All proceeds go directly to The One Fund Boston.