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Weekly Workouts and Weekend Accomplishments

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Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I'm especially excited to share my workouts from last week because I had a pretty eventful weekend -- I earned my green belt in Taekwondo, and I also tackled my longest run to date: my first 15-miler! Mon., Sept. 30: Rest Tue., Oct. 1: 3 miles Wed., … [Read more...]

Weekly Workouts and Giving Your Body a Break

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Hey, all! Sorry for the delayed post! I always feel so guilty when I've been a bad blogger. :( Over the weekend, I went to a Somerset Patriots game for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's annual "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day." As I've posted about previously here, I lost my grandfather to … [Read more...]

The ABCs of Me

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Hey, all! So, Lori over at Once Upon a Run tagged me in a super fun game of "The ABCs of Me" last week, and I'm always a sucker for a questionnaire-type blog post...so...here it goes! Thanks again, Lori! :)   Attached or single? Newly attached. :) B. Best Friend? My sister...even though we … [Read more...]

Weekly Workouts and 4th of July Racing!

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Hi all! Sorry I was such a bad blogger last week, the days just sort of escaped me! But since we're starting a new week (and a new month), I figure I'm due for a fresh start, anyway, right? I already got a little bit of a head start on this week's holiday celebrations; my hometown holds their … [Read more...]

Weekly Workouts and My Gold Belt!

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Hi all! How was everyone's weekend? This Friday, I was FINALLY promoted to gold belt in Taekwondo -- super exciting! It typically takes me way longer to graduate to the next belt level than it should because my piano teaching schedule makes it hard for me to make more than one class per week. It … [Read more...]

Putting Myself ‘Out There’

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For more than three years now, I have been keeping a secret. I have a blog. While those of you who follow me on Twitter -- my main forum for publicizing the goings-on here at "The Final Forty" -- may be scratching your heads right now, allow me to explain. I started blogging in January of 2010 … [Read more...]

Mastering the Art of Self-Confidence

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This weekend, I earned my Bo-Black belt in Muay Thai kickboxing (in this program, it's the belt right before black...and, not gonna lie, I'm excited because our names are embroidered on the belts). As per my usual MO, I spent weeks freaking out about this test. Was I going to survive the workout? … [Read more...]

Bye, Bye Comfort Zone

You know how people say that you have to break out of your comfort zone if you ever want to experience real change? Well, I'm here now, and guess what? It's scary as hell. I am in the midst of my full-blown training plan for the Disney Princess Half Marathon next month, and as I log my mileage on … [Read more...]

Pushing Your Limits…But Not Too Far

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First, the good news: I ran another 10K last weekend at Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ, and while I didn't technically beat my time from my first 10K in September, it was still 6.2 miles. And I ran it. All of it. Even the hills! Now the bad news: my half-marathon training (running 4-5 times per week) … [Read more...]

Staying in Control Through Hurricanes and Snowstorms

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As you may (or may not) know, I write from the great state of New Jersey. After living through Hurricane Sandy and witnessing the havoc it wreaked across my state, and now bracing for this lovely Nor'easter that has just arrived (in fact, I'm blogging from a power-less apartment after my electricity … [Read more...]